Category: 3D Printing

New Glasses

Ben made another puppet that needed glasses. I know a little more about 3D printing than I did a month ago so I was able to adjust the settings to get a better print. These are puppet versions of the presenters of the TMRO Space webcast I doubt if anyone else would want to make …

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Reinventing the wheel

I printed a small toy with rotating wheels and was intrigued when I found it is possible to print something all in one go and for the wheels to be able to move. I didn’t need any wheels, and I didn’t want to use anyone else’s designs for wheels, so I experimented just to find …

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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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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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