As promised earlier this week, I am going to start posting the results of our 3D print-to-metal process.   We decided to start with a nice iconic 3D printing model, scaled down with an added loop for a keychain or necklace.. Yoda! I believe the original thingiverse yoda model is here: Yoda (bmoshe) / CC BY-SA 3.0 Numerous very creative remixes are posted.  Read More
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Here at, through the use of a mix of dark magic and science, we have discovered the secret to turn plastic into metal.  That’s right.  We’re modern day alchemists. 

Alright, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. 

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Those of you with kids, or perhaps pets, are probably familiar with these gates that go across a large opening and have a hinged door in the middle.  They come with a part that is a little cup with a hole in it that you are supposed to screw into your doorway to anchor the gate in place.  Read More
Last weekend, my wife and I decided that it was time to hang the baby gates as our youngest is just starting to walk.  However, we could not find the metal hinge pieces.  We had bought the gates years ago from a warehouse store.  There was no manufacturer identified on the gate, so we didn’t even know where to go to get the replacement.  Read More
About a month ago, I put up a blog post about some 3D printed props I was making for a haunted house.  Since then, we’ve refined the plan for what I will be making for them.  One room in the haunted house will have about 30 miniature creepy clown busts mounted around the room.  Everyone I’ve described this to thinks its pretty creepy.  Read More

There are a lot of great applications for 3D printing in the field of architecture.  

Here is a mass model for a large building.  The black material is the grounds with the road and parking lot recessed.  The white material is an outline of the building.  The overall scale is about 4” squared.

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People refer to 3D printing as ‘mass customization’.  You have the combination of an automated production capability in the 3D printer without the high up front tooling costs that typically result in mass production of a generic product.  You can take a base design, modify it so that it suits your needs exactly and then print it out without a ton of manual labor.  

Here’s a great example of that concept at work.

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A few weeks ago, my wife and daughters were out of town.  I missed them a little so I decided to try to figure out how to turn one of their pictures into a 3D object on my Makerbot Replicator printer.  

I stumbled across a cool program called PhotoToMesh.  This program converts 2D pictures into 3D surface mesh files, which can then be printed.

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So far, I have posted examples of more ‘artsy’ type things I have done.  Today I am going to go with something that is a pretty drastic departure.

The object is a bearing made of gears.  Each gear is a herringbone gear.  For those of you that are not into mechanical things, this means that the gear looks like a tractor tire.  The use of the herringbone gears gives the bearing very good thrust load capability(when you push against the face of the center or outer gears while the others are held in place).

There are a few really cool things about this. 

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