Month: January 2019

Magician’s Chain

Several years ago, Colin Wright (mathematician/magician/juggler extraordinaire) showed me a Magician’s Chain. This is a toy made from metal rings where the rings cascade from the top of the chain. It was fascinating, fun, and quite intriguing. I have seen Colin’s chain, and others, many times since. Then, a few months ago, I was at …

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One that got away

After I made my first 3D Curve of Pursuit I had a go at making a ‘skeleton’ version. The shape is good. This was my first time at using supports. The yellow bits you can see are the remains of the supports and it will take a lot more attention to get rid of them …

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An Orchid

Steve recently completed a new illusion knitting design, called An Orchid. It is based on a drawing by Lodygin Sergey Pavlovich who was a Russian graphic artist and theatre designer. There is very little information about him and his name appears in several different forms. This is a very intricate design. It took well over …

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Spacers

Feeding the filament over the top of the printer meant that the lid could never be put back on. We made spacers from a file we found on Thingiverse. Problem solved. These spacers seem to be used mainly by people who want to prevent a build-up of heat inside the printer.

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Improvisations

The helpful man at Box said it was never a good idea to remove a model from the printing surface while it was still inside the printer because the model could get damaged. He had various suggestions for surfaces that could be removed but none were immediately available, or were expensive, so we decided to …

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First things first

The printer we bought is a FlashForge Dreamer. We originally intended to buy a less expensive printer but didn’t know enough to make a sensible choice until we stumbled across a company called Box. There are very few places where you can actually see printers in action and ask questions so we took a trip …

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