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Library All-Nighters, Now Featuring A MakerBot

How You Can Participate in Project Shellter

A couple months ago we posted about the Fayetteville Free Library in New York setting some ground rules for how a MakerBot could best be incorporated into a public library.

It looks like another library has picked up the torch! The Killam Library at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, has an excellent resource page explaining The Replicator and how people on campus can use it. This library appears to be running a bit of a printing shop for the cost of $1/hour.

Students can submit .stl files through email or into a shared file space and go pick up the final products later. Nice!

Given the school’s focus on marine research, let’s hope there’s a big jump in the number of related tools on Thingiverse. Have they heard about Project Shellter?!

 

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March Mid-Century Madness!

A mere month and a half ago, a small, disgruntled groundhog, also apparently known as a woodchuck, was yanked from his comfort zone to bestow some prophecy on us. As conflicted as I am about this practice, I am so happy that we now know there is only another week before…

Mad Men returns.

One of our genius community members, Miles of TeamTeamUSA, has used his love of the TV show and mid-century design as inspiration for a series of Things on Thingiverse. TeamTeamUSA, lest we forget, is also the brain behind Project Shellter.

Miles’ goal is to create a full Mad Men playset by the time the show premieres on Sunday.1 His first few Things are absolutely fantastic. Here are a couple things to keep in mind:

  • Miles suggests sanding or filing your finished pieces or the components of your pieces to get smooth edges.
  • If you don’t have appropriate filament colors, take the extra step to paint or color your pieces with permanent marker.

Here are the first three pieces in the Mad Men Playset. We’ll be posting on this throughout the week, leading up to Sunday’s show. We can’t wait to see what our community members come up with!

Be sure to:

  1. Upload your designs to Thingiverse and tag them with “Madiverse”.
  2. Share your creations with us over twitter with the hashtag #Madiverse.

Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table by TeamTeamUSA

 

Eames Walnut Stool by TeamTeamUSA

Nelson Platform Bench by TeamTeamUSA

  1. That’s Sunday, March 25, 9-11pm EDT, 2012 C.E. []
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Project Shellter Makes NY Mag’s Approval Matrix!

Pick up this week’s issue of NY Mag to see MakerBot as one of the items featured in the Approval Matrix. Project Shellter’s 3D-printed hermit crab shells made it into the territory between highbrow and brilliant, alongside some other pretty awesome things!

 

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Project Shellter @ Wonderloch Kellerland Gallery in Los Angeles

Come see limited edition Project Shellter shells at the Wonderloch Kellerland Gallery in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Opening is tonight from 7-11PM and there will be music, live portraiture, and looping shell adoption videos. If you can’t make it tonight, the show runs through February.

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

This guest post is part of Project Shellter

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Paris Shellton Adopts a Printed Shell!

Paris Shellton, one of the hermit crab stars of Shellter East here at MakerBot Industries, got tired of her drab gray winter shell this weekend and decided to take on something more Spring-timey – a Daffodil Shell!

Check out the video of Paris adopting her MakerBotted shell:

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

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Holy Crab! Hermit Crab in Printed Shell!

Hermit Crab in 3D Printed Shell
A picture is worth a thousand words – here are a few more…

Kendall, one of the five “sisters” living at the Shellter West crabitat, seems happy in her Project Shellter shell. She’s one of two crabs sporting printed Oxystele sinesis shells in the crabitat.

Here she is adopting it for the first time:

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Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

Tip o’ the hat to Greg at Dropcam for the “Holy Crab!”

This guest post is part of Project Shellter

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Printed Shell Adoption! – Project Shellter

Kendall Karshellian adopted a printed shell!

After nearly 2 months of ongoing experimentation by the Project Shellter teams, on Wednesday December 07, 2011 at approximately 04:23 PM PST at the Shellter West crabitat in Los Angeles, Kendall adopted a printed shell!

Similar to the shells suggested by hermit crab caretaker and commentator wodosorel, the shell is modeled on that of the Oxystele sinensis sea snail.

Watch the entire fascinating process as she examines, switches, and adopts a 3D printed shell!

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Got red/blue anaglyph glasses? Click the “3D” below the playback bar to see it happen in the third dimension!

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

This guest post is part of Project Shellter

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Modelers Wanted for TEDxYouth@Flanders Shells

TEDxYouth Shell

Thingizen deeeep conducted a Project Shellter workshop at TEDxYouth@Flanders last week. The enthusiastic kids envisioned all sorts of fantastical shells for hermit crabs. Now they need to be modeled so they can be printed and introduced to the crabitats!
Will the Karshellians like a multi-room shell? Will Paris Shellton dare to wear a shell adorned with wings? There’s only one way to find out: empirical science!

Are you a Blender ninja or a Sketchup wizard? Maybe your Maya-fu is legendary. If you’re looking for a unique challenge please consider helping out by modeling one of the drawings produced at the workshop.

Drop a comment here if you take on the challenge then upload a finished model to Thingiverse and tag it with shellter.

The kids and crabs thank you!

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter:

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Shapesmith – An Open Source Web-based 3D Modeler

iPhoneDock in ShapesmithPrinted iPhoneDock made in Shapesmith

iPhone dock created in Shapesmith and printed on Thing-O-Matic

How can I model the thing I want to print?

As the population of 3D printer operators continues to grow, answering that question will become more important than ever. Combining parametric modeling and a clean UI, browser-based Shapesmith hopes to provide an open source answer.

The developer, MakerBot operator, and Thingizen Benjamin Nortier tells us all about it.

Q: Who are you and what is Shapesmith?

I’m a software developer with an Engineering background and I’m also a 3D printing enthusiast. Shapesmith is a browser-based 3D modeling tool that I’ve been working on, and am very excited about. It is aimed at users who want to create high-quality parametric models for 3D printing, but who don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on expensive 3D CAD software.

I wanted to design an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) after being inspired by DIY Drones. I realised that it would be very attractive to 3D print aeroplane parts and I was using tools like Blender and Sketchup to design some airfoils or wings.

Because I had worked on a 3D CAD tool for electromagnetic simulation earlier in my career, I was very dissatisfied by the free design tools that were available. This dissatisfaction was reinforced when I bought a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic and started to design some models. So I decided to try and make something better.

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How You Can Participate in Project Shellter!

How You Can Participate in Project Shellter Photo credit

Project Shellter welcomes various levels of participation based upon interest and skill. Here are six ways from casual to dedicated in which you can participate:
  1. Interested but don’t have a lot of time?
    Participate on a casual basis by observing the time-lapse videos of the crabitats and logging any crab encounters in the comments. Who knows, you might be among the first to see a crab “try on” a printed shell! New crabitat videos are available every day at youtube.com/​ProjectShellter.
  2. Have 3D modeling skills? You can review Dr. Bulinski’s interview to get guidelines on what makes a great shell and then upload yours to Thingiverse.com so it can be printed and tested in a crabitat. You can see what others have created at bitly.com/ProjectShellterShells. Remember to tag your shell with shellter so everyone can find it!
  3. Interested in programming or advanced mathematics? Sweet! Help convert these shell formulae from the commercial Maple software to the open source Sage, Blender, or Shapesmith software to allow more people to design, explore and print sea shells. Hermit crabs the world over will chirp your praises!
  4. Are you a hermit crab caretaker? Fantastic! You can help test the shells. Just introduce yourself on the MakerBot Operators Group and let the community know you can help test shells. MakerBot Operators are friendly, helpful and located around the world.
  5. Got a 3D printer? Great! Print out any shells at bitly.com/ProjectShellterShells, and then post to the MakerBot Operators Group to let the community know you have shells to test.
  6. Have a 3D printer and hermit crabs? Awesome! You’re a self-contained Project Shellter machine! Please print out the shells at bitly.com/ProjectShellterShells, introduce them to your crabs, and share your observations and experiences at projectshellter.com or @ProjectShellter!
However you choose to participate, your contribtions are encouraged and welcomed!
Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

This guest post is part of Project Shellter.

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