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DIY Whiteboard

Well hello there again, has anyone noticed I’ve been gone for a while?

[Out of the crowd: “Noone cares!”]

Fu** you, I’ll continue regardless!

Ok good, now that tha’s dealt with, let’s proceed:

So I bought a couple of wood planks to proceed with my Longboard project, but they have been way too small because my local hardware store has a crappy selection. Also, I’ve been craving a Whiteboard for a while now, but they are quite expensive, so after I found out that there is such a thing as Whiteboard-Film, I decided to make one.

DISCLAIMER

No fancy machines involved in this one!

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How [not] to CNC-Mill a Longboard

Hello there again!

Remember my Longboard-project? [Link here]

Well, in continuation of that project, I went to Happylab yesterday, with a roughly sketched file to CNC-mill the shape of a Longboard out of a ply of wood. I say “the shape of a Longboard” here on purpose, because the cut thing will not be useable as a longboard whatsoever. The thing ply I got is a 5mm thick 600×600 mm made from beech. That shit’s going to break quite rapidly (I guess) and it’s not the right length either, but it’s enough to experiment with it!
The goal of this project is quite the pragmatic one anyways: “Learn how to operate a CNC-Mill”. Mistakes are welcome and expected!

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A Longboard?

Hey and Hi again,

unfortunately, I have not really had any time to do any cool stuff at a Fab Lab =(

A lot of exams, a lot of being sick. Not fun at all.

I had time to think of some cool stuff though! I’ll talk about my brainfarts if you don’t mind! (they don’t smell, I swear!)

Actually, a couple weeks back already, I took the workshop on the CNC machine at the Happylab.
The first thing that popped into my mind there is using said CNC machine to fabricate myself a Longboard.

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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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The Vynil Cutter

Its Wednesday again people!

And we are continuing our weekly ritual of taking a Workshop at the local Fabrication Laboratory. This week’s attraction: The Vynil Cutter!

Happylab Vynil Cutter

It is a beauty. Kind of.

Its purpose is quickly explained, cut some foil following a Vector, a path. The reason for me even mentioning that it cuts along a Vector is for you to understand what that actually means.

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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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No Laserply!

Everything went well, except me forgetting that today is a holiday in Austria, well well, silly me.

Let me start a bit earlier.
This morning I started making my first design to be laser-cut.
So the guys at the workshop yesterday gave some examples of different materials that are perfectly suited for Laser-cutting. One of them is called “Laserply”. It is basically a plasticy-ish plate that has a thin layer in a color like blue/red/yellow etc. at the top, and the core of it has a different color (they have black and white as far as I know).
You could check out the different variations in the store if you wanted to. ;)

https://www.fabstore.at/

It seems quite basic, but by burning away the top layer (engraving), you can make the core show, which allows you to do 2-colored Laser-cuts.

So as soon as I saw the yellow one with the black core (which looks awesome with text engraved), I thought of designing one of the minions from the movie “despicable me”, and so I did.

Engraving for Laserply

(took a couple hours ^^)

This file should be printable now, without going into detail: The black lines and areas are going to be engraved, and the incredibly thin red outline you can (hopefully) see there will be cut.

With a ton of enthusiasm, I went to the “Fab Lab” to have it cut. Well, normally you can buy the materials right in the Lab itself. Unfortunately, today was a holiday in Austria, so the guys running the shop were not there. =(

Cool thing though is that the only 2 people in the Lab at that time immediately offered to lend me some of their materials. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make any use of the stuff he offered, so I left.

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”. =)