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Top Ten Prints for Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m happy to present this list of top ten prints to help celebrate the occasion!

  1. Schmarty’s 8-bit Heart for that 8-bit Nintendo heart flavor!
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  2. Nophead’s original heart box was uploaded to Thingiverse more than 2 years ago! 
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    Those of you who either don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day or do so with a certain theatrical flair might prefer the Twisted Heart Box from Wizard23.
  3. 3D printable Heart by emili
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      While this model appears indistinguishable from an “8-bit” version, it’s actually a mathematically generated model!  For a smoother mathematically derived model, there’s always the excellent “exploitable heart” by emmet.
  4. Message Heart Box by JadeKnight
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    Why just limit yourself to putting a message in a box?  JadeKnight was kind enough to provide numerous possible messages for your heart box printing delight!  These are like the 3D printed plastic of those chalky candy hearts. 1
  5. Valentine’s Day Heart Box by Starno
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    This is another model that makes use of the “exploitable heart” to great effect.
  6. Heart shaped cookie cutters by CreativeTools and guru of the cookie cutter script fame
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    Cookies!
  7. Illusionist Butterfly locket by McTrivia
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    A little locket and box that transforms from a butterfly into a heart and back again.  What’s not to love?
  8. Printed LED Heart by worldgnat
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    How else would you find your sweetie in the dark?
  9. Love Gasket by IHeartRobotics
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    Infinitely recursive fractal hearts?  Now, THAT says love!
  10. Heart Gears by Emmet, inspired by the Broken Heart by GregFrost, are a spectacular mashup of the exploitable heart and the cube gears already on Thingiverse. 
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      What I like about Emmet’s design is that he provide details on how to create your own Whatever-Gear object!
  1. Only far more palatable! []
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Over here at the botfarm, we’re hard at work frantically printing out some last-minute valentines day gifts before it’s too late. Some favorites are:


Emmett Lalish’s epic Heart Gears,

Heart shaped box
Nick Starno’s giant Heart shaped box with a sliding dovetail lid,


and Chris Palmer’s heart shaped boxes. We still have a bunch of these available, so if you’re near the Botcave, be sure to stop in and grab one!

Pictured above is the impromptu 8-bit sucker, which is both long-lasting and low in calories.

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OpenSCAD Tutorial Madness!

OpenSCAD Tip: Round 1 of 3 - Basic Rounding

OpenSCAD Tip: Round 1 of 3 - Basic Rounding

The guys over at IHeartRobotics just posted the first in a trilogy of tutorials on OpenSCAD.  Their tutorial teaches how to round off the edges on a structure where two flat edges meet at a 90 degree angle.  What I really like about the IHeartRobotics tutorial is that they uploaded their examples to Thingiverse so that it’s easier to follow along at home. 1

There’s been a renaissance in OpenSCAD in the last few months with people posting more and more OpenSCAD tutorials.  With more resources and places to look for inspiration and illumination, people are going to be better suited to get started designing in OpenSCAD.

Some people have mentioned that they’re put off by the “programming” used in OpenSCAD.  To those people I would point out that although my tutorial series uses “code,” that’s really just shorthand for describing to the program what you want it to do.  There’s actually a big difference here.  I’ve made an effort to keep the “programming stuff” completely out of my tutorial series.  If you can type “cube” you’re about 90% of the way to designing anything you want in OpenSCAD.  I used to be a die-hard fan of Google’s Sketchup.  The reason I made the switch to OpenSCAD is that I no longer have to fight with Sketchup to get an object that has no holes, that converts neatly to an STL every time, and can easily conform to the exact measurements I specify.

But!  Enough of my preaching!  Here’s a list of the tutorials you can find out on the interwebs to get you started:

OpenSCAD tutorials:

  1. OpenSCAD beginner’s tutorial by Daniel K. Schneider
  2. Getting Started by The Masked Retriever
  3. Modules and Loops by The Masked Retriever
  4. Include and Import by The Masked Retriever
  5. MCAD Library by The Masked Retriever
  6. Loops and Constants by The Masked Retriever
  7. OpenSCAD Tip: Round 1 of 3 – Basic Rounding by IHeartRobotics

Then, there’s my own series:

  1. OpenSCAD Basics: The Setup
  2. OpenSCAD Basics: 2D Forms
  3. OpenSCAD Basics: 3D forms
  4. OpenSCAD Basics:  Manipulating Forms
  5. OpenSCAD Intermediates:  Combining Forms
  6. OpenSCAD Intermediates:  Mashups

OpenSCAD learning resources:

  1. Official OpenSCAD website
  2. OpenSCAD User’s Manual

Am I leaving out your tutorial or your favorite tutorial?  Please leave a comment and let everyone know about it!

  1. Or, if you’re lucky, at work. []
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Summer Internships Available

We’re are on the lookout for a few champion summer interns!

A few internship slots are available for software engineering, marketing, design, electronics engineering and mechanical engineering.

If you’re interested in open source hardware development and have some skills and a passion for 3D printing, shoot us an email with a letter of interest/intent and a resume and your availability. The MakerBot internship experience is varied and includes building kits, design work, production, using a laser-cutter, and bigger projects. Interns get real experience doing real things that make a difference in the world.

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Don’t forget to swing by the Botfarm™ and pick up your heart box!

Hearts from the Botfarm

We’ve got the MakerBot Botfarm™ fired up and printing out LOVE in the shape of Nophead’s small heart boxes. Swing by and say hi and pick one up. We won’t be giving tours, but you can check out our new vending machine filled with open source electronic goodness!

Here’s our address and a link to a google map!

MakerBot Botcave
87 3rd Ave
Brooklyn NY 11217

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