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.
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.
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.
Here is the Ferris Wheel I created with Tinkercad. If I were to deconstruct Ferris Wheel, it’s parts can be 3d printed and reassembled. Maybe one day, I will test this theory. I am tempted to create people to ride the Ferris Wheel.
Link to the Ferris Wheel in Tinkercad: Ferris Wheel
Link to the Ferris Wheel in Thingverse: Ferris Wheel
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
I do not believe that it can be 3D printed without some tinkering.
Another three house painted from my Rescued Houses series. Why are they called “Rescued Houses.” In August 2016, South Louisiana had what some believed to be a 1000 year flood. The storage unit which held these houses flooded. These plaster houses were in water for over week. There is minor damage to all the houses, but that may add to their charm.
The entire story is in Part One.
Notice the Railroad Crossing sign. It is not original to the house. The original sign is currently missing, which means it could be in another box. Therefore, I created the sign in Tinkercad, printed with my 3D printer, and painted the sign. I only had to print one sign, because I got the measurements right on the first design.
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.
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.
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.
I posted the STL file on Youmagine for anyone to download.
Yesterday, I designed an Easter Egg using Tinkercad. Today, I printed the Easter Egg. Creating the Egg in Tinkercad is easy. They have a egg object. Hollowing out the egg is easy; copy egg, reduce the size, make it a hole, align the solid egg with the hole egg, and group.
Making the two egg halves with the crack was more complicated than making the chick. The chick is two circles for the body, two circles for the eyes, two flatten and stretched trapezoid for the wings, the heart shape for the head, and Tinkercad’s chicken foot object for the feet.
To see how I created the crack in the egg, check it out here. Note: I am working on other cool chicks, so the design my change.
I probably could have made the chicken bigger, maybe I will.
The egg was printed on Ultimaker 2+ printer. I read that beta version of the Cura Software allows more control over supports. Yay!
I do not believe that Amazon is spying on us, but there are a numerous hackers in the world. And, getting dressed in front of a camera….
This privacy shield is for the Amazon Echo Show to cover the camera. It will put the device to sleep because it can not detect movement in the room. You can still access the three buttons on top of the device with the shield installed.
The Camera is in the top center of the device.
I put “Alexa” on the shield because that is the wake up word for the AI.
This gadget was made with Tinkercad, and is published on Thingiverse and YouMagine.
It all started on Facebook and someone saying “Do you remember…” Yes, I do remember Clackers, they were fun to play with, but dangerous (will at least in today’s world.) We would get hit with one or both of the glass balls and go ouch or whoops. However, in today’s world, they are safer than the Tide Pod challenge.
My 3D printer and I were not getting along, so we both took a break from each other. After the Facebook posting, I decided it was time to put the print back to work. And, one of the simplest thinks to design and print would be a ball with at hole in the middle.
I used Tinkercad to design it. 5cm ball with a hole in the middle. I then did the thing I been regretting for a while, I cleaned, oiled and balanced the printer. The first print failed, the item was not adhering to build plate. Failure. I rebalanced the build plate. Failure. I removed the build plate and cleaned it with soap and warm water and rebalanced the build plate. Success, I had one ball for my clackers, so I printed a second one.
The string is only nylon string with a loop tied at the top and a knot at the end of each ball.
My family have official declared me weird.
I am calling today’s Fluid Painting Chocolate Explosion. It reminds me of chocolate milk. This painting took on a different twist. First I designed and printed the 3D object, shown below, to create my painting. The object has an 2″ diameter, and 1″ tall. The holes are 8mm with the center hole 10mm. By applying a thin layer of paint to the canvas, I was able to place the object on top of the canvas and fill with layers of paint. No paint leaked out until I lifted the object.
The small painting measuring 4″x4″. First I put a light pink color on the canvas, and then place the object on top. I then pours light blue, dark blue, light yellow, chocolate, and pink into the container. I let it sit for a few minutes and blew gentle on it to release air bubbles. When I lifted the object straight up, the paint flowed out of the object quickly. After tilting the canvas, this was the result.
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.
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.
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.
There were eight .stl files created to print the tree.
The .stl files can be downloaded from youmagine.com.