3D Design of Houmas House

Here it is!  This is what I have been working on since May 14.

I selected the Houmas House in Louisiana because it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in Louisiana, and because I had a bunch of pictures.

I worked on it about 20 minutes per day.  On July 3, disaster happened.  For some reason the image was locked.  I could not make any changes.  This event was very discouraging until I decided to see if I could “duplicate” the design in the program.  Success, I now had a copy of the original that I continued to develop.  I also decided to create parts of the design in other files and import them into the design so it would load faster.

I designed it so it could be 3D printed; each floor, the post and steps, the railing, the original building in the back.  One day soon, I may try to print it.   The stairs will not print, not enough support structure.  Everything in the design, is no smaller that .4 mm.

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This is the view from the front door.  I decided to make the windows panes transparent so the inside of the house could be viewed through the windows.

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The house is not exacted.  I did not have pictures of some of the areas of the house.

This is the design in Tinkercad.  It will take a while to load because there are numerous parts. Houmas House

Here are a couple picture of the Houmas House.
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Balloon Cart

Three years ago, I designed this Balloon Cart in Tinkercad.  I thought I would feature it in this blog because I been finishing up another similar project.  This design has been downloaded numerous times from Tinkercad.  I think they are just after my balloons.

Here is the link to view it in Tinkercad:  Balloon Cart

This link will let you view it in MakerBot Thinkverse:  Balloon Cart

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I do not believe that it can be 3D printed without some tinkering.

https://www.tinkercad.com/embed/lsOGqEv4J22?editbtn=1

Autoplay Videos – Argh

I can read faster than I can watch a video.  There are numerous sites where the video automatically start playing – first the ad then the video.  I can read usually read an article in the 20 to 30 seconds duration of the advertisement.  However, if I try to read the article, the video seems to act like a little child saying “No, no watch me! Watch me!”

I have learned how to disable the auto play of videos.

Microsoft Edge:

  • Launch Microsoft Edge
  • Click the three dots in top right corner or press Alt+X
  • Click Settings
  • Click Advanced
  • Under Media autoplay select your preference from the drop down box.

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  • If you select Block, it will warn you “Some sites might not work as expected.”  This will prevent the videos from autoplaying.  You will need to click the video to play it.

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Chrome:

The Chrome browser settings did not have an option to turn off autoplay.  It is done on their “flags” page.

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • In the address bar type: chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy and press Enter.

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  • The flags screen will be displayed with Autoplay policy at the top of the screen.

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  • Under the dropdown list, select your preference.  To stop autoplay, select “Document User Activation is Required”.  The video on a website will not play unless it is clicked.

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  • Click “RELAUNCH NOW”

What I did not test was, if I was logged onto my Google or Microsoft account, if changing these settings would propagate across all devices.

 

Sarah’s Roomba

In 2011, I created a Facebook page for my Roomba.  My Roomba has many adventures, most about getting trap under furniture and shut inside rooms.  The page had many post for a few years, but alas things happens;  Roomba gets put in a box, taken out, and ignored.

A few weeks ago, I cleaned my Roomba’s brushes and changed its batteries.  Now the daily adventures with the Roomba continues.  Most of the adventure involve blocking it’s access or getting it unstuck.  Still, you have to enjoy the moments, even if it is with a small robot.

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Here is the link to follow the Roomba’s Adventure:  Sarah’s Roomba Page

Now, I just need to work on the robot that daily goes from room to room cleaning the toilets.

Klingon Adventures – Part 2

I am not a Klingon.  I did not marry a Klingon, but my sister did.  Over the rIntaH DIS (past year)  Kur’Den and his be’nal (wife) ‘u’ leng (traveled the universe) looking for qaD (challenges).  Upon their visits to jISop Daq ‘ej leS yoS (places to eat and areas of rest) they ta mIllogh (recorded pictures) of belmoH poch (pleasant plants) and chaH Daqvo’ targhHom (transmitted them back to me).

Here are a few of the belmoH poch:

I took the flower pictures and Kur’Den’s official photo and made him a plaque.  Below is Kur’Den, Tuq BelmoH Yotlh (Clan Pleasant Pastures)!

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No, he will not take his Batleth to my mong (neck).  Kur’Den has received many unique and interesting gifts from me that he batlh bey’ (displays with honor).

Yes, he did send me a human version of the sign.

Seed of Life

My latest 3D project was to print a sphere with the Seed of Life Design on in.  I created it in Tinkercad; Seed of Life. On the bottom of the object I left a 12 mm hole for a LED light.

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It took me numerous attempts to get it printed.  Finally, I had to add supports to the sphere in Cura, the 3d slicing program, to get it to adhere to the plate.  Approximately 10 hours in to the 13 hours print, I noticed the translucent filament that the printer was using was about to run out.  I therefore replaced the filament with white.

Here is the final result.  The printer obviously needs some more adjusting.

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After I put the light in the bottom of the sphere, it look so good I made a video.  The video is posted on YouTube.  Seed of Life Video

Here are some pictures with the LED light.

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I posted the STL file on Youmagine for anyone to download.

Printing – What I Have Learned

Many years ago, I had an HP Printer and it worked great.  It sat there quietly just waiting for someone to send it a print job.  Once it received an order, it printed the document with no issues.  The only things I had to check were; did the printer have paper in it, was the correct paper in the printer, and was printer turned on.  HP made this printer so well it lasted for more than a dozen years.  I had to stop using the printer and purchase a new one because HP tried to encourage the owners to buy a new printer by no longer making a printer driver for it.  

My current printer is a Epson Photo Printer.  The more the industry makes printers easier for the general public to use, the more complicated they make it for us who want to print impressive items.

There were two projects that I was trying to print.  One was a photo I edited with Corel Photo-Paint and the other was my Christmas Cards.  Challenge one: Printing the photo on metallic paper.  Challenge two: Printing the cards on high quality paper.

Color Management

  1. Make sure the color conversion is being done by the program, not the printer nor the default computer driver.  The printed colors may be different from what you intended.

2. For a better print, you may need to designate a color profile.  I used the Premium Luster for the Metallic Paper.

3. Select the correct paper type.  Select “High” Quality for detailed work.  And, turn 2-sided Printing “Off” because we want to give the front side time to dry completely before printing the reverse side.

Thick Paper

Yes, I was dealing with thick paper.  I learned after my prints were smearing, that envelopes are considered “thick”.  If an envelope is thick, maybe I should consider most paper, such as card stock, photo paper, and envelopes as thick.  There is a setting on the computer to tell the printer you are using thick paper.  Basically, it slows the printing down to allow the ink to dry.

I did a web search to find the “Thick Paper” setting.  It was little help.  I found it by looking at all the settings. It is located under the “Maintenance” tab under “Extended Settings”.

Select the check box next Thick Paper and Envelopes.  Epson only recommends turning it on if the prints are smearing, because it slows the printing down.

Smearing Prints

If your prints have smeared, you probably need to clean the inside of the printer.  Yes, the printer is designed where you can not take it apart and use a cloth to clean the inside.

To clean the inside:  Do not place any document on the scanner part of the printer.  Press Copy on the printer and make blank copies until the paper comes out clean.  For me, this was about 10 copies.

For smeared prints, you may want to slow down the printing speed to give the ink time to dry to produce a higher quality.  To do this, turn off “High Speed” by removing the check.

After all the smearing of ink, I decided it was best to clean the print nozzle before I attempted to print anything else.  This is done directly on the printer.

Success!  I got 20 prints with no smearing.

Windows Update – Argh

If you ever looked at the homepage, you would have noticed it says Technology is one thing that this blog is about.  Well, I haven’t written about technology in a long time, because I have been drawing.

First the Rant!

Microsoft, why do you make my PC starting acting up the day you release a new Windows Update, even though the update hasn’t been installed on the PC?  The web browser start hanging up and sometimes crashing.  The PC gets so slow, I want to pull my hair out!  It was perfect fine the day before you release the new update.  But, on update day – Argh!  I have to stop everything and update my PC just to get it to work like it did the day before.  If it only takes me an hour to get my PC updated, I am lucky.  But, most of the time it takes me days because of an error.

End of Rant!

It start off as a normal day, a nice day, and a quiet day.  I was going to spend time designing and printing things on my computer.  But, the browser was hanging up.  Programs were slow to open.  I did what I always did when my PC is acting up, I checked Windows Update.  Click Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update.  There was an update.  No problem.  I will let the update finish and everything would be good again.  Wrong!  An hour later I checked and the update was at 70%.  Two hours later no change, and Adobe was reporting it failed to install.

The first step, do a web search to find out why it is stuck at 70%. Numerous website wants you to download their product to fix this problem.  I don’t know which ones to trust, so that is not the solution for me.  On one of the sites, it recommended downloading the update directly from Microsoft’s Catalog. 

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/home.aspx

All you need is the Update Number to search and download the update.  For Adobe is was KB4467694.  There are multiple updates for each number, just make sure it matches the description as shown on the PC’s Windows Update.

I tried the Adobe Update first, because it had failed.  It opened a Window stating it was checking the system for updates.  So, I let it run.  Hours later, it was still running.   I rebooted the PC while it was still running.  I checked Windows Update again and the Adobe Error was gone.  I started the Windows Update again.  It failed, but this time I go an error message.  Error 0x800f0984.

The web search results said that Error 0x800f0984 was related to .Net Framework.  That did not help.  I booted my PC into Safe Mode.  I learned that you can’t install Windows Update in Safe Mode.  When I tried to run Windows Update again for the 100th time, maybe not the 100th, I got a new error code: 0x80073712.  That was better, It was pointing to a Windows Component.  

In my previous attempts to get my PC working after a Windows Update, one of the recommended actions was to boot the PC with only the Windows Processes running.

  • In the search box, type in MSConfig and open the System Configuration.
  • Click the Service tab and click Hide all Microsoft service
  • Click Disable All to stop all the remaining services

This time, when I opened the System Configuration, I noticed that it had changed.

Instead of going through the process of disabling the services, I selected “Diagnostic startup”, clicked OK and rebooted my PC.

After my PC rebooting, I ran the Command prompt, as Administrator:

  • Type CMD in search window
  • After Command Prompt displays, select Run as Administrator

In the Command Prompt window, I ran these commands:

  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Both commands gave error messages, but I tried Windows Update again and it successfully updated.  The next time, I may just give in and reinstall Windows.

I do not know if I fixed the problem, or Microsoft fixed the Windows Update.  Now, I off to reboot my PC in the Normal Startup mode.  Yes, I type this blog post in the Diagnostic startup mode.