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Peachy Printer

Hi people,

I should have studied the last few days. Why I tell you that is because everyone knows that productive stuff can come out of that, except for the stuff that should actually be done.

So, I browsed Kickstarter (of course) and if anyone did that in the last few days/weeks, you will have noticed that there is a ton of 3D printers raising some money there.

One of them specifically caught my attention though. I told you about the different types of printers here (not so sure if all of it is till or ever was accurate) some time ago. This one uses Stereolithography to harden a resin. Here comes the cool part: It is only 100$! And it is called the Peachy Printer, how cute!

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Modelling with Blender

Modelling with Blender, yep. Don’t start crying already, it will be alright, we’ll go through this together!
(I dearly hope you got the sarcasm.)

So, right now I am trying to model myself a nice Trinket, I have been toying around with the idea of making myself a model of the Bastion-Crest, because I loved the game so much and I’d like to hold something of it in my hands.

Bastion Game City Crest

So I started modelling with Blender, which I decided on using/learning even though it is quite the daunting program to use, I think it is the most powerful and I can do nearly everything with it, so let’s get on with it, I’m going to try giving you all the steps I took in designing it. Let’s go then:

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Shapeways Magic

Have you heard of Shapeways yet?

No? Well, you should most definitely change that and I will gladly help you out!

When I first heard of 3D printing I was amazed. Remember my first post? I wanted to print myself a coffe-cup and all kinds of other awesome consumer goods, and for whatever reason, I wasn’t even thinking about how hard it would be to actually print food-safe ceramics. Think about it for a second, it takes around 2000° C to manufacture ceramics!

Now that you know how impossible it seems, have some magic!

Shapeways is a service where you can upload your design and have it printed, now that in itself is nothing amazing, but the fact that you can have all of that done in an amazing array of materials is what makes it, not just special, but mind blowing.
You can check out the full list of 3D printable materials here.

The materials include stainless steel, ceramics, gold plated brass, silver, full color sandstone! You might find some other amazing ones there, either because I left some out or there are new possibilities when you are reading this.

The founders could have just ended it here, but no!

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3D Printing Workshop

I’m back in full beauty!

As I might have said at some point back in the days of this ageing blog, there is a workshop for a different device every Wednesday evening at the happylab I “belong to”.

After a 2-week workshop break because of…. to be honest, I don’t know why and I don’t really care.
Back on topic: This week, it was the 3D printers turn to shine and I am about to tell you what I got out of it.

The presentation started with a disclaimer which went something like “We just assume that you already have a 3D printable .stl-file, because explaining how to model stuff would make this presentation go way overboard.”
That’s cool. I still don’t really have a clue how to design now, but I do not think that this is going to be a huge problem with all the know-how floating freely on the Internet!

So we went right down to the technical stuff of what our cute “Dimension BST” can do. Let’s go then, shall we?

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Shiny? No. But who wants that?

So yesterday was my first visit to a “Fab Lab”.

“How was it?” – you zero readers of this blog ask. (I don’t have a problem talking to myself, doing it all the time anyways =) )

First thing you’ll notice is that it is not as shiny as the pictures on the website suggest. But thats actually a good thing, it means that people are actually working there, not just staring at the machines. There is architects Laser Cutting their projects for University, there is something “baking” in the 3D-Printer for the next 6 hours, and someone is working on the CNC-Machine, I could not figure out what he was working on, but he made something!

So how do you start? Do they just let you go berzerk on these expensive machines and hurt yourself?

Quite the rhetorical question eh?

First of all, a bunch of surprisingly quiet and shy people gathered up right after the entrance, made up from all kinds of people.
I saw two 16-year-olds, a couple art and engineering students, and some “home-improvers” or DIY-ers that were 50 years plus old.
Next, we got a tour of the “Fab Lab”, which ended with me signing on to it of course.

CNC Machine at the Vienna Fab Lab - Happylab

Next thing right after signing on was the first of a series of what they call “Workshops”.

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Fab? Yes, thats a “b”!

No, I didn’t misspell *cough cough*!

Due to most of this equipment being quite expensive and basically being out of date after one or two years, it is quite unlikely that any of you is going to get him or herself a 3D Printer right now.

Don’t worry though, there is other ways of getting access to cool tech like that, and to even more cool stuff!

What I am referring to calls itself a “Fab Lab”, these hold an array of flexible computer controlled fabrication machines. They are aimed at making the ability to fabricate almost anything accessible to anybody who wants to.
Said “Fab Labs” usually have one day a week where anyone can come and toy around with the equipment, even if they are not signed on to their ridiculously low-priced subscription plans. (With the one I know, it’s 3€ a month for access during the opening hours, and 19€ extra if you want a key! 24/7 access!)

Well, today will be the first day I step into the “Happylab”, let’s see how it works out.

If you are as excited about this as I was when I first heard this, you can check out if there is one near you on the MIT’s website, here is the link:

http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/labs/

Happy making!

3D Printers right now

Well, before I started thinking of actually making some stuff, I started informing myself on what the available technologies are and what they are capable of right now.

To my knowledge, there is 3 different types of 3D printers right now (or 3 major ones at least).

Well, let’s start making a list here, incredibly entertaining, isn’t it?

  • The first, and most accessible is what they call “Fused Deposition Modelling”.
    What they do there is quite similar to the desktop printer you probably have sitting right next to you right now. It has a printhead that melts a string of ABS plastic and puts it on a plate through a jet, the plastic hardens quickly, and when it’s done with a layer, it just moves up and prints the next “slice” on top of the first and so on.
    My description obviously is close to perfect! Still, I’d like to give you Makerbot’s website here so you can check it out for yourself, its astonishingly simple. (Makerbot is not the cheapest but it’s the one I’ve heard the most of up to now)
    Also, this kind of printer starts at aroung 800-1000 € (Yup, Europe, as I said!).http://makerbot.com/
  • The second type I know of is called “Stereolitography”.
    This one has lasers.

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Hello, my name is…

So who am I?

Well, I won’t tell you my real name but I’ll start by saying that I am an “economics and social sciences” student from the lovely city of Vienna and I love it (both).

Yeah… it is disappointing, I am not the real slim shady, sorry.

I’ve always been interested in technology (which is a nice way of saying I was quite the gamer) and I also tried programming a couple times, so I am a an intermediate retard on Adobe Illustrator, some programming (never really got further than programming tic tac toe), and some web design too.

Due to my interest in technology and social sciences, I’ve been reading quite some books lately, among them was a book called “Makers: The new industrial revolution”.
It is all about what the state of the art is for 3D printing and how this combined with new forms of financing, namely crowdfunding, could cause a big change in how we think of production and hardware goods.
So that made me want to try this thing out for myself and maybe be part of said “industrial revolution”.

So that’s what I’ll do here. Now. I guess.

It will be a “How to fail at making and have fun with it”. =)

Hello World!

If you found this blog here, you are probably either dead bored or absolutely lost in the dephts of the internet, but I am still glad you are here.

So, what is “here” exactly you ask?
Well, for starters, its a WordPress blog as you might have noticed already.
Why I feel obliged to share something with the world is obvious though. Its about my latest neat Nike-Sneakers and the rumours surrounding the xbox-one of course!!

I guess no one fell for that, right?

What I actually want to do with this is document my “journey” of dilettantism and incompetence to become something they call a “Maker” now.
I want to print myself a Halo-Coffe-Cup over night and have the first sip of it the next morning!

I am doing this to make more people try 3D-printing because I think that this could be a huge step forward, it enables everyone, with every crazy idea, to produce hardware without noteworthy investments.

But I am getting ahead of myself, first, I’d like to introduce myself.