3D Printed Tree

I know Christmas is over and the new year has started, but this was my main adventure for November and December.

Many months ago, I got the idea that this year’s Christmas card would be 3D printed.  After many rough drafts, I decided on the “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” design.

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The initial design phase went smoothly.  And then, I had more ideas.  The words on the tree should turn, so the tree would look like it had stagger branches.  The words on the tree should be readable from any angle.  Oh, it need a tree skirt and the simplest design would have stars on the skirt.

It then occurred to me the tree needed a train going around it.  Well, the train could not literally go around it, because the size of the train.  My printer would not be able to print the tiny detail the train would need to allow it’s wheels to turn.

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I still was not entirely happy with the tree skirt.  The tree needed presents.  I designed three unique presents and place them under the tree scaling them to different sizes and placing them under the tree at different angles.

Designing the tree was the easy part.  Printing the tree out, proved to be the most challenging part.  The filament started grinding.  I regularly had be dismantle the extruder box to remove filament.  I also had to dismantle and reassemble the printer head on no  least three occasions to correct issues.  That is why only 6 of these Christmas tree were sent to friends and family.

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There were eight .stl files created to print the tree.

The .stl files can be downloaded from youmagine.com.

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/we-wish-you-a-merry-christmas-tree/embed

Tinkercad – the free, online 3D CAD app

Fantasy of Trees

This is the 28th year that the Stuhr Museum has held the Fantasy of Trees.  Local organizations and community member displays decorated trees.

I took the opportunity to view the trees this year.

I also brought with me my new 360 camera.  This is just a test to see how it come out.

Low-Carb Pizza

I have fallen way behind posting to my site.  Since August, I have had a lot of experience and hopefully with the new year I will be able to catch up and post some new experiences.

All of my “good” cookbooks were lost in the 2016 Great Flood Of Louisiana, so I have spent numerous minutes looking at recipes, trying to come up with something good.  I have been inspired by several websites.

This is my low-carb pizza:

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Ingredients:

1 large egg beaten
1/2 tsp of Italian Seasoning
1/2 cup of Pizza Cheese (grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese mixture)
7 slices of pepperoni
Olive oil flavor Cooking spray

Heat small (8″) skillet over medium/high heat. Beat together large egg and Italian Seasoning in small bowl. When skillet is hot, spray with cooking spray and pour in egg. Adjust skillet so the egg is cooking evenly. Turn on the oven’s Hi boiler. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the egg mixture. The egg does not need to be cooked all the way before adding cheese. Place pepperoni on cheese. Cooking until the cheese is mostly melted and the peperoni has a glimmer.

Remove skillet from heat and place under the boiler. Let cook under boiler until desire crispiness. Watch closely, it will only take a couple of minutes until done.  Remove from broiler.  Make sure everything is turned off.

Place on a plate, cut, and serve.

It’s a good think I have a tester to try out all my creations.