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.Read More
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.Read More