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Crayon Maker and Sharpener by CodeCreations

Pouring custom crayons into printed molds!

Pouring custom crayons into printed molds!

I’ve wanted to make a MakerBotted crayon mold for about as long as I’ve owned a 3D printer.  Now this is a reality thanks to Thingiverse citizen CodeCreations.  CodeCreations1 has shared his STL’s, OpenSCAD source code, and detailed directions for making crayon molds.

CodeCreations’ method involves using a printed container into which plaster of Paris is poured.  When the plastic is removed, it leaves a plaster mold with triangular crayon “troughs.”  Then it’s a matter of melting crayons, pouring the wax into the mold, and waiting for them to cool.

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  1. Who has one of the awesomest profile picture evar! []
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Jason Welsh’s Awesome Portable Folding Arduino Electronics Lab

The Folding Arduino Lab by jasonwelsh

The Folding Arduino Lab by jasonwelsh

Thingiverse user Jason Welsh just shared this awesome MakerBottable Folding Arduino Lab.  This printable case is essentially a mobile electronics lab that has two drawers for holding parts and can fold up for easy storage and transport.  I suspect like many others, my electronics projects can get pretty unruly.  It would be really great to have a small case that could hold all the parts for a project in one place.  Whether you want to hold an Arduino and some parts or an Arduino with a shield on top, this folding project box was clearly well-designed to suit your purposes.  What I particularly love about this Thing is that once you’ve finalized your designs, the folding case would make a fantastic ready-to-go instant permanent project box.

If you’ve got three minutes to spare, definitely check out Jason’s video showing off the versatility of this box.

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The Future of Pet Augmentation

Battle Cats

Battle Cats

Thanks to Thingiverse citizen AminimalStudio, Thingivese now has Battle Cats.

They still won’t do what you say, but they’ll accomplish it in half the time.

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Pocket-Dungeons by dutchmogul

Pocket-Dungeons by dutchmogul

Pocket-Dungeons by dutchmogul

If you haven’t checked out Thingiverse citizen dutchmogul’s Pocket-Dungeon playset, you need to stop what you’re doing and check them out on Thingiverse right now.  This totally modular set was designed in TinkerCAD, a free online and easy to use CAD website that allows you to share directly to Thingiverse.  What I like about this little set is that I could see myself having as much, or even more, fun putting together a dungeon layout as I would have playing the game itself.  Each of these intricate little pieces was printed on their MakerBot Replicator at 0.1mm layer height – which means you can really see all their little design details.  My personal favorites are the little creatures wearing cloaks.

And, if strategy games are more your thing, you might want to check out their Pocket-Tactics playset too!  For more photos, rules for each game, and information about dutchmogul’s sets you can also check out their blog at IllGottenGames.com.

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Discworld Figurine by aesedepece

Discworld Figurine by aesedepece

Discworld Figurine by aesedepece

Thingiverse citizen aesedepece has uploaded this really sweet model of a turtle, four elephants, and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.  According to the physics of the fantasy Discworld, the entire world is a large flat disc, supported by four elephants who stand on a great giant turtle named A’Tuin as it travels through space.  Printed in three separate pieces and clearly very lovingly painted and assembled, this is a whimsical little model. 1

  1. I suppose if you included the MakerBot Mixtape module in this, you could play world music… []
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Sometimes a fake is all you need

Secret agent man?

Secret agent man?

Yesterday I realized two potentially uses for a bad fake prop. 1 Since I have a MakerBot and easy access to TinkerCAD, I just went ahead and mocked it up.  To put together the four cylinders and cube together in the rough approximation of a bluetooth headset only took about 2 or 3 minutes.  So, here’s my realization – even a really quickly designed bluetooth headset actually serves some useful functions.

I talk out loud, with no one around, rather frequently.  I suppose people might consider this me talking to myself.  Whether this is an odd personality quirk or some mild form of mental illness, I do find it helpful to verbalize my thoughts when working through a problem.  However, people tend to give me funny looks and even interrupt my thoughts to check if I was talking to them when I do this.  Now all I have to do is use this bluetooth replica and voila! instant acceptance of my personality quirk/mental illness!2

Sometimes when I leave the office and walk to the nearby deli I am approached by people who want me to sign up for something or sign a petition.  With a bluetooth headset in and a meaningless line of chatter, I could easily walk right past them without having to inconvenience either one of us.

And, of course, at about $0.05 worth of plastic, this mock-up is considerably cheaper than the real thing.

Now, if you could do this with a fake bluetooth headset, just think what you could do with a fake earbud, an old spirally phone cord, and a black suit!

  1. Photo courtesy of kansasphoto []
  2. Amusing anecdote:  A few years ago I was staying at a hotel with a big lobby and a really really enormous lounge.  I checked out the lounge and saw there was a woman who was sitting on the ground in front of a coffee table surrounded by some of the pillows from the sofa behind her.  She had on sunglasses and a bluetooth headset and was talking non-stop as she flipped through magazines.  After going up to my hotel room and coming back several hours later – I saw her in the same exact place doing the same exact thing.  This time I realized she had a bedroll tucked under a number of those pillows.  I won’t ever know for sure – but now I think what I saw was a clever person using sunglasses, a bluetooth headset, and her extreme preoccupation with her conversation and magazine to create a complete psychological barrier all around her – preventing anyone from rousting her from her nest of pillows. []
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Ultima Ratio Regum: When Words Fail

When Words Fail

When Words Fail

There are days when diplomacy and tact are paramount.  Common ground and values are found and peace reigns.

When those measures fail, there is but one option:  Seej.1

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  1. Ultima Ratio Regum means “The last argument of kings” []
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Awesome Scale Armor by Krest

Scale Armor by Krest

Scale Armor by Krest

I was totally floored by this sweet shoulder scale armor by Krest.  It appears to use a leather cord woven through holes at the top and bottom to hold the scales together.  Krest’s 3D files include five variations on the scales so that they could experiment to get the best effect.  Frankly, I think the result is amazing.

Although Krest’s shoulder scale armor uses leather cords which can be adjusted for fit, I think it would be really interesting to use an elastic cord so that the armor could bend and flex.  While not nearly as authentic, it would also be interesting to use loops on the inside of each scale instead of holes which might allow for a seamless appearing exterior.

Scale Armor by Krest, the reverse

Scale Armor by Krest, the reverse

And, if you’ll forgive the pun, wouldn’t it be great to scale this model down for a smaller set of armor?

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Turtles All The Way Down by GuardToad

Turtles All The Way Down by GuardToad

Turtles All The Way Down by GuardToad

GuardToad’s whimsical and poignant “Turtles All The Way Down” by GuardToad invites contemplation contemplation of the cosmic and the microcosmic at the the same time.  Although it appears only the tray itself is MakerBottable, I think it’s not long before we see a fully printable version.

Frankly, I feel inspired to take this little chocolate gem and turn it into a companion piece – “Turtles All The Way Up” by stacking turtles on top of turtles.

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FULL SIZE printed Motorhome… 0.001% complete

Just a few more parts!

Just a few more parts!

When I saw marcsulf’s Drawer Rail Support for his motor home I couldn’t help think…  “Wow, he could replace… EVERYTHING.”

Admittedly, it probably isn’t a very good idea to take an entire motor home and replace it little by little with MakerBotted plastic pieces.  Then again, if it works for cupcakes, perhaps it would work for a motor home?

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