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#1

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Friend of mine has had an Ender 3d Pro printer for over a year, but for one reason or another, never got help building it. So she brought it here.
I've been interested in these things for a while, but it's always been "meh, it's one more hobby that I don't wanna sink money into" but now that it's here, i'm having fun with it
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She bought pink PLA with slightly non-standard temp ranges, so it took a couple tries to dial it in since default temps were failing.
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#2

Dave

Dave

I would use it specifically to turn HeroForge characters into minis.


#3

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I would use it specifically to turn HeroForge characters into minis.
that's what she wants to do for sure


#4

PatrThom

PatrThom

3D printing is something that would solve SO many of my day-to-day issues, but would not be worth it because it would be endless one-off project after one-off project, each one requiring a different filament or different head or etc or…

—Patrick


#5

figmentPez

figmentPez

I just want a pop-out sword:




#6

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

3D printing is something that would solve SO many of my day-to-day issues, but would not be worth it because it would be endless one-off project after one-off project, each one requiring a different filament or different head or etc or…

—Patrick
We have a Prusa Mk 3 filament printer and my husband uses it for making custom/prototype parts and the like all the time (everything from shelf spacers to race car parts). We just have the assortment of nozzles that came with the printer (and use the .4mm for the majority of prints) and spools of PLA & PET (depending on the project). Unless you're getting into some really crazy materials or want to print in multiple colors, you only need a few basics. He uses the free version of Fusion 360 to create objects.

I print miniatures and the filament printer kinda sucks for that. If all you want to do is print miniatures, resin is the way to go. We have a Phrozen Sonic Mini 4k resin printer and an Anycubic Wash & Cure. Resin requires more work on the printing side, since you're dealing with resin (which can be stinky and should be handled with gloves since it can cause skin irritation) and it requires rinsing (with alcohol) and UV curing, but it requires much less work on the finishing side and the results are absolutely worth it. Filament miniatures will require a lot of finishing work and there is a high risk of breakage of the tiny arms/legs/weapons when you're prying them out of the supports. Resin miniatures essentially come out ready to paint, though the longer you let them cure, the better. After doing the intense curing with the UV light they're still a little soft, just letting them sit for a few days in sunlight will finish hardening them.

Star Wars Legion-scale miniatures (about 32 mm, 1:47 scale), filament & resin. I don't have any pics of the same model in each material, but these models were created by the same person so are very similar in design and detail.

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When Padmé came off the printer, she was completely encased by support material. I used clippers and dental picks to remove the supports. You can see a lot of filament bits and strings still on her that would need to be sanded or picked off. Her face is kind of blank and the gun is a mess because filament printers have trouble with fine details at this scale (0.25mm nozzle for this one).

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Resin only needs a few supports (they look like a few bits of scaffolding) that I just snipped off. Echo has sharper fine detail, which is what makes resin ideal for miniatures. He just needs a little touch-up sanding. (His prosthetic arm is missing because it was printed as a separate piece).

I printed a 6" Captain Rex figure in filament and it turned out fine (except I snapped off his viewfinder while removing the supports *cry*).

Before
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After (about 5 hours to clean him up)
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#7

PatrThom

PatrThom

Oh, I’ve done 3D printing as part of my job before, but all that did was impress upon me how expensive it would be to have my own setup. Between initial cost and consumables, it would be more than I could keep up with right now.

—Patrick


#8

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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I'm just printing at "medium quality" and not fiddling with things to make them smoother or better. I'm just getting a feel for the machine and printing random stuff.

This was a life-size skull model that I scaled down to about an inch across.


#9

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

If you haven't found it already, MatterHackers is a great source for filament (and pretty much anything else 3D printer related). We mostly use their MH brand PLA & PET and have had good experiences printing with it.


#10

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

If you haven't found it already, MatterHackers is a great source for filament (and pretty much anything else 3D printer related). We mostly use their MH brand PLA & PET and have had good experiences printing with it.
I ran across them in my googling, but it's good to know they're a decent source :)


#11

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I've been using a coat rack as a cap holder, but as I've accumulated more caps, it's outlived its usefulness. There were a ton of options on thingiverse for wall-mounted cap holders, but most of them were for baseball caps. This one, however, seems to do nicely

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#12

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

four part print, assembled. This is the first print I've done that required supports, and I'm pretty happy with the end result. (Incidentally, I have some filament other than pink arriving very soon lol)
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#13

Dave

Dave

So I was sitting here thinking tonight and I had an idea. I googled it to see if it was possible and it is. Right now the technology is pretty bad, but it's going to get better and better as people work on this.

3D printed albums.



#14

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

So I was sitting here thinking tonight and I had an idea. I googled it to see if it was possible and it is. Right now the technology is pretty bad, but it's going to get better and better as people work on this.

3D printed albums.

That sounded much better than expected. It reminded me of when I tried to play an old shellac 78 on my 1980s record player.


#15

PatrThom

PatrThom

I know people have been trying to do this for a while, but the printing technology hasn't advanced enough to print at actual size.
But what it really calls into question is how faithful does a copy have to be before a human can't tell the difference? How long until a 3D-printed record can pass a turntable test?

--Patrick


#16

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I wonder if an industrial SLS would sound significantly better.
I mean, it's totally impractical from a manufacturing standpoint...stamping vinyl would still be the faster and cheaper technology. But industrial SLS printers can have a layer thickness measured in microns...(Formlabs Fuse 1 prints at 110 microns, .004 inches, for instance).

Nevermind...he's using an Objet with a print thickness of 40ish microns. lol


#17

Dave

Dave

Right but just think. Soon maybe we can take MP3 files and press them ourselves into "vinyl" that will add the pop & hiss. Sound wouldn't be as good but for record player peeps it would be interesting.


#18

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

So, my own 3d printer arrived today (recall, the one I've been playing with has been my friend's).
Bambu P1S. Shown here next to the Ender 3 pro.
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This thing auto feeds, will allow you print multiple filaments/colors in a single print, and is *fast*. It came 99% assembled. That little green tugboat in the bottom right of the pic is "Benchy"...a benchmarking print to troubleshoot print problems.

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I printed Benchy in 19 minutes on the P1S..by comparison the Ender 3 Pro prints it in around 2 hours.


#19

figmentPez

figmentPez

That's a fine looking Benchy. No stringing, only a little bit of ringing.

Will you move on to more advanced tests like the torture toaster?


#20

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

That's a fine looking Benchy. No stringing, only a little bit of ringing.

Will you move on to more advanced tests like the torture toaster?
Maybe some day...but at the moment, as long as I'm getting decent prints, I'm not gonna nerd out about it.

Decent prints like this 2-color bed scraper. Bambu sent a razor blade, 2 screws and stick-on magnets and a 3d file to print your own bed scraper and holder.

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#21

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

If you want to print something cool to show off 3D printing, do a planetary gearset: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:53451 is one of many on Thingiverse.

It's print-in-place (no assembly required) and it blows people's minds. :D


#22

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

If you want to print something cool to show off 3D printing, do a planetary gearset: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:53451 is one of many on Thingiverse.

It's print-in-place (no assembly required) and it blows people's minds. :D
That looks like just the kind of impractical wizardry that will blow my friends' minds when they ask me "but why do you need a 3d printer?" when all the practical things I'm already lining up won't impress. lol

Edit: and with Bambu Studio and the AMS system I have, I can print the gears in different colors :D


#23

PatrThom

PatrThom

impractical wizardry that will blow my friends' minds
Also print yourself a Gömböc to put in that pile.

--Patrick


#24

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

So far, in every print, the Bambu prints about 6 times as fast as the Ender.
Same pumpkin and witch hat--hat in sparkly PLA, and the pumpkin in random spool of orange they fortuitously sent me with the printer. (they send a random partial spool..they sent me partial spools of orange and green. Maybe because it's spooky season)

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#25

MindDetective

MindDetective

Hey 3D Printer enthusiasts, I have been eyeing the Swingrail trainer as I am coaching 9 YOs in a competitive baseball team but it seems so simple that 30 bucks is hard to swallow. Is this a thing that could be easily assembled with, in part, 3D printing? I don't have a printer but I have a buddy.

Picture for reference and also to grab your attention:

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#26

PatrThom

PatrThom

Everything can be "easily assembled" with a 3D printer.
The only real issues are going to be ones related to precision and to material properties, and that shape looks like one fated to immediately snap like a wishbone if printed with standard PLA. I suppose if you want to fab up a few dozen and have "Ah! It broke!" be the indicator of a poor swing, then ... sure? Otherwise you'd want something more durable, and then you're looking at either using the printer to make a sort of lost-wax model for casting, or else having them SLM/DMLS'd, which would be pricey.

--Patrick


#27

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

So far, in every print, the Bambu prints about 6 times as fast as the Ender.
Same pumpkin and witch hat--hat in sparkly PLA, and the pumpkin in random spool of orange they fortuitously sent me with the printer. (they send a random partial spool..they sent me partial spools of orange and green. Maybe because it's spooky season)

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I love the sparkly black.

We got the multi-material upgrade for the Prusa a couple weeks ago, but haven't had time to install it yet. Maybe that needs to be moved up the priority list.


#28

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

Hey 3D Printer enthusiasts, I have been eyeing the Swingrail trainer as I am coaching 9 YOs in a competitive baseball team but it seems so simple that 30 bucks is hard to swallow. Is this a thing that could be easily assembled with, in part, 3D printing? I don't have a printer but I have a buddy.

Picture for reference and also to grab your attention:

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That thing looks dangerous even in the molded plastic version, LOL! It's attached to elastic, yes? Most objects, I'd say "Yeah, go for it", but since it's under stress from the elastic and kids are the intended users, I say spend the $30 for the molded plastic that is less likely to snap and put their eye out.

From a design perspective, it's kind of complicated. It has the curved part that has to be fairly precise to fit snug to a bat, and then that thin T-intersection "wishbone" bit that's under stress. Besides the material issues @PatrThom mentioned, layer adhesion is a weak point in 3D printing and that intersection is a big weak point. It could potentially be redesigned to be stronger at the intersection when 3D printed, but that's going to take some work in CAD. This would only be worth it if you weren't happy with the design and wanted to customize it and cost wasn't the issue.


#29

MindDetective

MindDetective

Thanks! That answers my question.


#30

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

Another cool model to amaze your friends: a print-in-place articulated dragon. https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/game/articulated-dragon-mcgybeer



#31

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Another cool model to amaze your friends: a print-in-place articulated dragon. https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/game/articulated-dragon-mcgybeer

I already have that one, an articulated snake, and an articulated axolotl in my 'to do' list :D
I'm waiting until I have cooler PLA to print them with.

Right now, I'm playing with Bambu Studio's ability to take a monochrome shape file and 'paint' colors on it to print multi-colored prints. I'd printed a set of coasters in pink (the only PLA my friend had with her printer), and I'm currently trying to print in blue/grey and green.
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As of this posting, it *just* started the green layer.
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#32

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

final result
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#33

PatrThom

PatrThom

Ooo, like inlay.

—Patrick


#34

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

and this new printer is so much faster....that coaster single was a 3.5 hour job on the old printer. After I saw success with the coaster, I printed 5 more and the holder last night..
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#35

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

It's crazy how fast I went from "where can I buy this thing I need?" to "I wonder if I can print this thing I need."

Stackable filament storage made with 3d printed shelf walls and cheap EMT conduit from Lowes. (The last bit of the righthand wall is still on the printer for a few minutes yet)

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#36

PatrThom

PatrThom

It's crazy how fast I went from "where can I buy this thing I need?" to "I wonder if I can print this thing I need."
Let us know when you print (and hand-finish!) your first tinwhistle.

—Patrick


#37

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Let us know when you print (and hand-finish!) your first tinwhistle.

—Patrick
I have 3d files for them already. I just am afraid FDM will lack the print dpi required for a good tinwhistle. Tiny tiny tiny variations can make a big difference in sound and tuning. Back when I was running that particular experiment, I was sending the files off to be printed SLS


#38

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

saw a few cool files on thingiverse labeled "lithophane"....so I learned how to make them myself :)
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With light behind it
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If I get cyan, magenta and yellow filaments, I can do full-color prints of these.


#39

figmentPez

figmentPez

If I get cyan, magenta and yellow filaments, I can do full-color prints of these.
For anyone who is curious about how those look, and what the process is like:


#40

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Well, i think I've got struts figured out :)
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#41

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Fully articulated, no assembly, print in place silver dragon


#42

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I'm not gonna bore you guys with all the little things I print here and there. But I thought you might like this one. I got some rainbow Silk PLA in, and printed a fully articulated rose dragon overnight.

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#43

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler



2 5x9 chainmail squares attached together. It would take 36 squares to recreate the 22.5 lb steel hauberk I currently own.


#44

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I just want a pop-out sword:


I am looking at various options for these now :)


#45

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler



#46

figmentPez

figmentPez

Not consumer 3D printing, but still really cool. Medical 3D printed casts:


#47

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

This one failed a couple of times before I got all the settings dialed in. Dune Striker..fully articulated rock/dragon/scorpion thing.

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#48

Sara_2814

Sara_2814

This one failed a couple of times before I got all the settings dialed in. Dune Striker..fully articulated rock/dragon/scorpion thing.

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I love the filament. We haven't tried gradient yet.


#49

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I love the filament. We haven't tried gradient yet.
I dove right in with gradiant silk PLA...just started playing with PET-G day before yesterday. I like the feel of the finished items in pet-g...they feel less brittle, and the material properties (chemical resistance, strength etc) are amazing, but it doesn't make nearly as clean-looking finish.

I've been using TTYT3D for the gradient silk, because they had color combos I wanted. It has a few bad reviews on amazon, but I find that drying mine for 4-6 hours in my big Cosori dehydrater at 110F made it print just fine.


#50

PatrThom

PatrThom



--Patrick


#51

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Twisty pentagram vase

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#52

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

made a collapsing light saber similar to the katana. But with a pink blade. :D
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#53

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

That's no moon...but it is a lamp printed from a Nasa-provided 3d render of the moon

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#54

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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#55

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler


3d printed low g whistle


#56

PatrThom

PatrThom

THERE it is.

—Patrick


#57

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

THERE it is.

—Patrick
I'd feel better about it if it was my own design. But it's not. And I also don't have much use for a low G whistle.
So...I've been working on designing my own D whistle. I have the body pretty much nailed down and am now iterating on the head design. The following is my printed whistle body stuck on an Abell brand whistle head. I'm super happy with the results so far.



#58

PatrThom

PatrThom

Sounds a lot more airy than I think you'd really want, but I guess you can't beat the price!
(assuming you already had a head lying around)

--Patrick


#59

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Sounds a lot more airy than I think you'd really want, but I guess you can't beat the price!
(assuming you already had a head lying around)

--Patrick
Airiness is an artifact of the microphone I'm using to record. It'd also be caused by the mouthpiece and not the whistle body--it's not evident at all in person except as a little complexity in the tone (which is a desirable trait). This is the whistle head I play in sessions all the time. :)

speaking of whistle heads...


#60

PatrThom

PatrThom

Next is to experiment with orientation.
Which direction of "grain" sounds the best?

--Patrick


#61

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Next is to experiment with orientation.
Which direction of "grain" sounds the best?

--Patrick
I think I'm printing the only way possible on this printer without having to clean out a bunch of support material. Basically printing them standing up. If I print them on their side, the whole tube is a giant overhang, and rather than a little tree of material on the outside I can grow up to support the mouthpiece, the entire inside has to be supported.

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#62

PatrThom

PatrThom

I think I'm printing the only way possible on this printer without having to clean out a bunch of support material.
I figured you were, I just didn't know if you'd endure the headache of the other orientations in order to see whether something like "60/45/30deg angle, holes up" made any difference to playability/sound/etc.

--Patrick


#63

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I think i can get away with up to a 45 degree angle on this printer without excessive supports. It's worth experimenting.


#64

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Been a busy little beaver
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#65

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Had this idea yesterday, and designing whistles gave me enough Fusion 360 to make it a reality
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#66

PatrThom

PatrThom

Does it say, "I'm already disturbed enough" on the back?

--Patrick


#67

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Wee little baby crystal dragon


#68

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Baby mistletoe dragon for the yuletide season


#69

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

A change in filament can make a world of difference
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#70

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Been making a lot more little babies of various kinds. I can hardly keep up. I sold 11 last night, and I'm supposed to vend these things at an event tomorrow.

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About two weeks since I started offering stuff for sale, and I've earned half-way to a 2nd printer in net proceeds.


#71

PatrThom

PatrThom

Those who can, do.
Those who can't...will happily pay $7 for someone else to do it.

--Patrick


#72

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Those who can, do.
Those who can't...will happily pay $7 for someone else to do it.

--Patrick
Hah..those are $10..or $15+ if you get them on Etsy and the like.


#73

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

2nd printer arrives today (Saturday's vending was very successful).

New model: Little fidget wolves, printed in dual-color filament that shifts from black to white depending on which angle you look at them.

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#74

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I may have a problem....lol


#75

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Winter dragon, clover dragon, coral dragon. Saturday is my last vending opportunity before Xmas. Then i expect sales will dry up considerably


#76

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

3d printing..not just for silly fidget dragons.
Friend of mine is moving from Houston, and her bed in storage had a couple of broken frame slats. She was gonna go to home depot and buy and cut wood, and I was like "It's a non moving part that sits on the floor, right? You just need it to not, you know, fall apart?
Measured with calipers and whipped up a support/patch in Fusion 360. Printed in PETG for a little more strength, and threw in some wood glue for extra hold.

The printed patch covers 3 out of 4 sides, and is fairly dimensionally stable. If it was weight-bearing, I would have said this wasn't a workable fix, but it rests on the floor, so I think it's gonna work out.

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#77

PatrThom

PatrThom

THIS is the kind of stuff I want to get a printer for. Not the trinkets, but for the bespoke "Nobody makes this part any more" stuff.

--Patrick


#78

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

THIS is the kind of stuff I want to get a printer for. Not the trinkets, but for the bespoke "Nobody makes this part any more" stuff.

--Patrick
Yeah, she also has a missing plastic foot to a table, and I'm gonna re-create that too. My aunt sells vintage collectible toys, and they're always having to whittle replacement parts out of wood (because that's what her husband does) but would love to get them 3d printed.

I mostly got my printer for practical uses, but decided to vend stuff to help it pay for itself (well, pay for both of them, now that I have 2)...but now that the Christmas rush is over, I can use one to restock inventory and the other to do other stuff with.


#79

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Foot I'm copying.
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recreation in Fusion 360. We'll find out in a couple of hours if it does the job
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#80

PatrThom

PatrThom

Forgot to mention that you could have also added a piece of flat bedsheet to the glue layer between the wood and the patch, which would've acted like fiberglass and given it more long-term rigidity.

--Patrick


#81

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Forgot to mention that you could have also added a piece of flat bedsheet to the glue layer between the wood and the patch, which would've acted like fiberglass and given it more long-term rigidity.

--Patrick
good to know! I have a 2nd slat to fix if this first one works out, and I'll add that idea to the fix


#82

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I forgot to post the update....fit like a glove!
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Also: I would totally pritnt this if it didn't look like $50 worth of filament


#83

PatrThom

PatrThom

good to know! I have a 2nd slat to fix if this first one works out, and I'll add that idea to the fix
T-shirts and the like are made and meant to stretch, but flat sheets usually aren't woven that way, so they make a halfway decent reinforcing matrix. You can also just pick up a chunk of appropriate fabric from the scrap table at a craft store to have handy if you don't want to carve up a sheet. :)

--Patrick


#84

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

T-shirts and the like are made and meant to stretch, but flat sheets usually aren't woven that way, so they make a halfway decent reinforcing matrix. You can also just pick up a chunk of appropriate fabric from the scrap table at a craft store to have handy if you don't want to carve up a sheet. :)

--Patrick
I have a craft room. There's plenty of scrap fabric in there lol


#85

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Practical print--vape stabilizer, so I quit knocking it over
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Fun print: Stingray and display stand
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#86

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Local gaming store that is going to be selling my prints has asked if I can do more gaming-related 3d prints. So I designed this last night and printed it this morning

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#87

Far

Far

Local gaming store that is going to be selling my prints has asked if I can do more gaming-related 3d prints. So I designed this last night and printed it this morning

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Look into dice towers, those will probably sell like hot cakes!


#88

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Look into dice towers, those will probably sell like hot cakes!
you would think. But at least in this area, they do not. At the comic-con here, there was a guy with a million 3d printed dice towers of various cool designs, but they just don't sell. And the gaming store here said they don't want any because the various ones they already have aren't selling. And my intuition says that gamers will spend big money on dice, but they like to roll them in their hands and give them the juju--the dice tower takes that human superstitious element out of it. They seemingly enforce randomness--and gamers, in the hearts of hearts, don't want randomness in their dice. They want their special "I roll 20's on this" die and their "this is my die for low rolls" lol


#89

evilmike

evilmike

you would think. But at least in this area, they do not. At the comic-con here, there was a guy with a million 3d printed dice towers of various cool designs, but they just don't sell. And the gaming store here said they don't want any because the various ones they already have aren't selling. And my intuition says that gamers will spend big money on dice, but they like to roll them in their hands and give them the juju--the dice tower takes that human superstitious element out of it. They seemingly enforce randomness--and gamers, in the hearts of hearts, don't want randomness in their dice. They want their special "I roll 20's on this" die and their "this is my die for low rolls" lol
Will you be printing giant, novelty dice then?


#90

PatrThom

PatrThom

Print a set of 3d6 but print them instead with only 1's or 6's on each face. Tell everyone they're designed special for people who like to min/max their character stats.

--Patrick


#91

Far

Far

you would think. But at least in this area, they do not. At the comic-con here, there was a guy with a million 3d printed dice towers of various cool designs, but they just don't sell. And the gaming store here said they don't want any because the various ones they already have aren't selling. And my intuition says that gamers will spend big money on dice, but they like to roll them in their hands and give them the juju--the dice tower takes that human superstitious element out of it. They seemingly enforce randomness--and gamers, in the hearts of hearts, don't want randomness in their dice. They want their special "I roll 20's on this" die and their "this is my die for low rolls" lol
Fair enough I figured since they are usually super expensive that the 3D printed ones could undercut the prices of the retail ones but I totally get that.


#92

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Fair enough I figured since they are usually super expensive that the 3D printed ones could undercut the prices of the retail ones but I totally get that.
Yeah, my initial thought was dice towers too..there's lots of good designs out there. But they just don't sell :(


#93

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Will you be printing giant, novelty dice then?
Funny you should ask....I just got a commission to make this thing.

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#94

Shakey

Shakey

What about initiative trackers? Might be a little extra work adding dry erase to it, but they’re pretty useful. Might not be a high demand item though.


#95

PatrThom

PatrThom

Might be a little extra work adding dry erase to it
This could be done easily as an inlaid panel.

--Patrick


#96

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

What about initiative trackers? Might be a little extra work adding dry erase to it, but they’re pretty useful. Might not be a high demand item though.
The game store owner thinks "ability tokens" might be popular--think 'second wind', barbarian rage, etc. Something the character can 'spend' during the course of an adventure to track these limited-use abilities.


#97

PatrThom

PatrThom

Is it worth it to have them be two-sided?
Like, for Barbarian rage, it could be face on one side, and then all Clash of Clans on the other side. Keep it face-up, flip it over to Clash side to "activate" it, then turn it in when spent.

--Patrick


#98

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Is it worth it to have them be two-sided?
Like, for Barbarian rage, it could be face on one side, and then all Clash of Clans on the other side. Keep it face-up, flip it over to Clash side to "activate" it, then turn it in when spent.

--Patrick
I don't really know what Clash of Clans is, but I think I get the reference. But yeah, my thought was on some coins to put two sides, if it's appropriate to the ability. I am still mulling over the details, but I think I'm going to try to make "character class packs"...with enough tokens to cover all the abilities for a specific character class all way through level 20.

Since there are subclasses, with varying abilities, that gives me an opportunity to really make a bunch of different designs.


#99

PatrThom

PatrThom



#100

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

got a bit of a breather from making vending goods and can get back to my true love :)


#101

PatrThom

PatrThom

Do you have to do any hand-finishing of the blade? Or is your printer accurate enough to not need any smoothing?

--Patrick


#102

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Do you have to do any hand-finishing of the blade? Or is your printer accurate enough to not need any smoothing?

--Patrick
The first batch of "for sale" whistles I made, I had to do a lot of hand-finishing on the blade. But I've made some tweaks to my process....that whistle there has no work on the blade whatsoever.


#103

GasBandit

GasBandit



#104

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Custom order for someone. Turned out pretty nice!

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#105

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

this little guy can stand up on its tail!

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#106

evilmike

evilmike

Custom order for someone. Turned out pretty nice!

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Cool. Now that you've managed giant dice, you should start crocheting giant dice bags!


#107

PatrThom

PatrThom

this little guy can stand up on its tail!

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I don't think I ever considered whether we would one day be able to 3-D print nudibranchs, but here we are.

--Patrick


#108

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I don't think I ever considered whether we would one day be able to 3-D print nudibranchs, but here we are.

--Patrick
I knew they reminded me of something

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Cool. Now that you've managed giant dice, you should start crocheting giant dice bags!
No money in crochet lol
That's actually a giant dice BOWL...the lid comes off, and maybe 100 dice or more would fit in there.

Printing more stuff for the market that happens in a couple weeks.
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#109

PatrThom

PatrThom

I knew they reminded me of something
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Glaucus marginatus - I didn't know which one exactly when I saw the pic, but really what else could they be?

--Patrick


#110

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Glaucus marginatus - I didn't know which one exactly when I saw the pic, but really what else could they be?

--Patrick
designer calls them "frostphin" and their tails are very much ice-crystal-like in closeup. I think they're supposed to be some kind of ice/dragon/dolphin hybrid. But I definitely see the resemblance. And I can understand why I subconsciously made the color choices I made


#111

Far

Far

I was looking into resin printers but then realized there is a lot of fumes to be concerned about even when it's not actively printing plus additional steps to finish that are also fumy and while it's something I'm still interested in, it's definitely more of a backburner thing at the moment.


#112

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I was looking into resin printers but then realized there is a lot of fumes to be concerned about even when it's not actively printing plus additional steps to finish that are also fumy and while it's something I'm still interested in, it's definitely more of a backburner thing at the moment.
I looked at them too..they're much better for doing miniatures. But I shied away for the exact same reasons.


#113

PatrThom

PatrThom

While you're at it, take a look at the prices of the various resins, too. :eek:

--Patrick


#114

Vrii

Vrii

While you're at it, take a look at the prices of the various resins, too. :eek:

--Patrick
Sure, but if you're 3d printing minis you're comparing against Warhammer and the like, and $10 of resin is nothing compared to $50-100+ for the same model in a store.

A printer is something I definitely intend to buy at some point, but the cost and ventilation requirements combined have it well outside of feasibility for right now.


#115

Dei

Dei

I have a resin printer that I was using to print minis and honestly the detail felt really lacking. But it's 5 years old at this point so maybe they've gotten better since then.


#116

Vrii

Vrii

I have a resin printer that I was using to print minis and honestly the detail felt really lacking. But it's 5 years old at this point so maybe they've gotten better since then.
They definitely have. Top of the line (for individual use anyway) 8k printers are pretty incredible now.


#117

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Loving these multi-color prints. Fine details come out pretty good at .16mm layer height too


#118

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Hah, who needs resin? Printed at regulation 28mm size, and I didn't even have to break out my .2mm nozzle (which still sits in a box)! I had a couple meters of orange PLA left on a roll, and I didn't really have any print jobs that could use that small of an amount--but I felt terrible throwing it away. These things only take about 1.6m of filament, so it was a good test to see how much my techniques have improved. (My first miniature attempt, days after first getting my printer, were a disaster)

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#119

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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50 shades of 3d printing


#120

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

This model was too much of a PITA to try to make in bulk but it was a fun one-off for a valentine's day gift.

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#121

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

This one made me think of @GasBandit for some reason :whistling:

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#122

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

continuing with the trash animals theme
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#123

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Last of the 'types' of trashcan animals I'm doing (though I'm also doing this one in a calico and a striped tabby)

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#124

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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This one didn't come with a face. It was a 3 part print, intended to print each color separately, and they suggested painting the face on with acrylics last. Instead, I used my printer software and freehand painted a face on in the slicer, and printed it that way.


#125

figmentPez

figmentPez

Not at all a serious video, but, from Emily the Engineer: How Dangerous are 3D Printed Knives?


#126

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I've been seeing 3d printed balisongs and such, and so, coincidentally, this thought's been on my mind


#127

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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I know someone who might get a kick out of these... (cough cough @LittleKagsin cough)


#128

LittleKagsin

LittleKagsin

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I know someone who might get a kick out of these... (cough cough @LittleKagsin cough)
I'm in LOVE :heart:


#129

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

So, you know those coupon books for couples? The ones where instead of giving a 'real' gift, you give the promise of some future task?
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Well, I know a fair amount of kink people. I've been doing a brisk business using the same idea, but with kink themed 'tokens'.

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I originally thought i could just do regular sexy themed ones, but I realized that there's a whole lot of stuff out there in that market already, but not too many things out there that cater to non-standard interests. I've been letting people tell me the kinks they want represented and printing them on demand.


#130

PatrThom

PatrThom

words on coins
Do you pierce them? So they can be worn on a chain/hung from hooks/etc?

--Patrick


#131

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Do you pierce them? So they can be worn on a chain/hung from hooks/etc?

--Patrick
Nah..they're meant to be spent, like these things:
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I mean, if a customer WANTED me to, I could print them with a hole in place. But nobody's asked me to yet.


#132

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

bamboo dragon
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#133

ThatNickGuy

ThatNickGuy

Waaaaaait a minute. That doesn't look like it's made of bamboo!

I feel bamboozled!


#134

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Waaaaaait a minute. That doesn't look like it's made of bamboo!

I feel bamboozled!
Of course not. It's a dragon. It's made of meat :) It's just got bamboo camouflage


#135

PatrThom

PatrThom


Rough, but promising.

--Patrick


#136

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

This was a difficult print, and there are imperfections, but I think it's good enough to give to my friend who's into hearts and skulls and roses.

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#137

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Doing a Valentine's Day party this weekend, and we're doing Valentine's like in elementary school: Everyone is bringing a decorated box, to be filled by Valentines by everyone else. I'm making these cute 3d-printed secret message sliders

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#138

PatrThom

PatrThom

I feel like, with a little Fusion tweaking, they could also be redesigned to appeal to your kink crowd.

--Patrick


#139

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I feel like, with a little Fusion tweaking, they could also be redesigned to appeal to your kink crowd.

--Patrick
Lol, I imagine that's true


#140

evilmike

evilmike

A new pattern for you?

Transformers: A toaster named Crumbs
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#141

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

cute :)
It's not for me, though. And it's not saleable due to it's non-commercial license on printables (which I'm not sure holds much legal weight as pertains to selling prints of legally acquired designs--otherwise companies like Shapeways would have been taken down long ago) and the fact that Transformers is trademarked IP.


#142

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Stepping away from cute and cuddly a moment to make this bone dragon. The local gaming store specifically asked for it for their display case.

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#143

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

My most ambitious print yet...about 54 hours total estimated to completion. Still got about 9 to go. Hopefully it will look pretty nice one all the support structures are carefully removed.

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(For those who don't know, this is a Sleep Token Vessel mask. I'd never heard of them before getting this commission, but evidently they're a band that's become recently popular on the TikToks and the like)


#144

drifter

drifter

Not a fan of the lore behind the band, but it's a cool aesthetic and they got chops.


#145

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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#146

PatrThom

PatrThom

May I ask why it was printed right-side up? Just to keep from having to post-process so much of the dome?

--Patrick


#147

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

May I ask why it was printed right-side up? Just to keep from having to post-process so much of the dome?

--Patrick
yup...upside down is often suggested if you're going to sand and paint, but as I was multi-color printing upon request, with minimal post-processing, I preferred the top be as blemish free as possible.


#148

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I vend at local popup markets. 3d printing fidget animals and stuff. People have told me I should sell more 3d printed weapons (I do a couple of very blunt swords). I've specifically been asked to make balisongs. This is why I refuse.

(trigger warning: Already dead chicken murder)



#149

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I've learned a lot since October. The designer of these dragons specifically say that if you print them lower than about 60% scale, the joints will fuse.

I present to you: A dragon made at about 25% scale, with a jump ring thru the snout so it can be an earring! This is just a prototype--someone asked me if I could do it. I suppose the answer is "yes" :D I'll be making them a couple in color.

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#150

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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4 down, about 4 more to go.

plus, I designed and printed this beside caddy to slip over my friend's Ikea bedrail
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#151

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Almost done whee
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#152

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Sometimes, you just gotta make something for yourself. Approximately life sized


#153

PatrThom

PatrThom

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Sometimes, you just gotta make something for yourself. Approximately life sized
Now go get an MRI and ask to keep the disk.

--Patrick


#154

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler



Am I officially a factory now?


#155

PatrThom

PatrThom

Workshop, at least.

--Patrick


#156

GasBandit

GasBandit

Oooh that's cool...



#157

drifter

drifter

What it would look like if they made a French adaptation of Space Battleship Yamato.


#158

GasBandit

GasBandit

What it would look like if they made a French adaptation of Space Battleship Yamato.
More of an Event Horizon, really. In fact it has a lot of the same story beats.


#159

drifter

drifter

I just meant the ship looks like it could have been made from a repurposed Eiffel Tower.


#160

PatrThom

PatrThom

I just meant the ship looks like it could have been made from a repurposed Eiffel Tower.
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Yay for A.I., I guess?

--Patrick


#161

figmentPez

figmentPez



People come up with some crazy mechanisms that can be 3D printed.


#162

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Now that I have 3 printers, I have time to print new stuff again.


#163

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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#164

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Design just dropped, and I had to print it immediately. Cherry blossom dragon
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#165

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

and, an update on the 3d printed whistles..now in mutli-color wood fiber impregnated pla
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#166

Dave

Dave

and, an update on the 3d printed whistles..now in mutli-color wood fiber impregnated pla
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Did your post cut out or is there something called "impregnated pla"?


#167

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Did your post cut out or is there something called "impregnated pla"?
"wood fiber impregnated pla"

From Dictionary.com
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Though admittedly the phrasing is mine. Most places call it a wood-pla composite, or call it an "additive" or call it "infused". But it's a valid use of the word ;)


#168

figmentPez

figmentPez

Did your post cut out or is there something called "impregnated pla"?
PLA, poly-lactic acid, a type of plastic. In this case it has wood fibers in it.


#169

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

and video


#170

PatrThom

PatrThom

Did your post cut out or is there something called "impregnated pla"?
PLA ("Pee-ell-ayy") is the acronymic abbreviation for probably the most common raw material used in consumer 3D printing, as Pez sez, above.

--Patrick


#171

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

It didn't occur to me that Dave might not know what PLA was, and that maybe I didn't get cut off trying to type "plastic" or something


#172

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler


My Saturday was full


#173

figmentPez

figmentPez

I don't know if this is a good deal or not, but Humble 3D Beastmasters Compendium with $1, $15 and $25 bundles of files for printing tabletop minis.


#174

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I don't know if this is a good deal or not, but Humble 3D Beastmasters Compendium with $1, $15 and $25 bundles of files for printing tabletop minis.
it looks good..but I haven't really looked into making minis aside from a couple of experiments. The local gaming store has a resin guy who does them, and I don't have enough personal need for them to spend a lot of time on it.

But I *did* make this bit of art yesterday while my printers have a little downtime...spoilered because art is often nudez

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#175

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Friend of mine requested this, and it turned out pretty good
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#176

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I've ended up with a lot of coinage, so I needed to print a piggy bank.
This one seemed a good one, and I dolled it up a bit with gold rub-n-buff

spoilered for nuuudez
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#177

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Dulcimer player at the local Renaissance Festival asked me if I could replicate a dulcimer hammer she had. I don't know anything about dulcimers, so these could suck big time. But they look alright.

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#178

PatrThom

PatrThom

Even if you get the profile right, it's more about the balance/weight distribution, a bit like a tiny khopesh.
From observation--the finger holds near the neutral (balance) point with just a shade more weight towards the front. The head should be light enough to swing/move quickly via wrist motion, but have its weight loaded vertically (thin and tall) so that striking can be exact yet bring the full weight of the head to bear in a precise vertical profile. The back end should be beefy enough to allow the fingers holding it sufficient control to "soak up" any undesired rebound or sideways deviation, but still allow enough rebound to jump high enough off the string to head towards the next one(s).

--Patrick


#179

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I was talking about this same thing elsewhere and said something along the lines that "I'm sure dulcimer players geek out about their hammers the same way whistlers geek out about their whistles. thickness, weight, balance, striking area, etc etc etc. But since I don't have years of experience to inform my efforts, I'm just gonna use my eyes and calipers and if they don't like 'em, I warned them in advance that I didn't know what I was doing and PLA doesn't have the same weight as wood"


#180

PatrThom

PatrThom

Hey all it makes me think about is whether it is possible to make hammers with ridiculous geometry, or make a dead blow version, or ones that "break" like a torque wrench when struck, or come with accelerometers and RGB, or silliness like that.

--Patrick


#181

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

So, the dulcimer player said that the hammers were perfectly serviceable. They weren't her favorite, but the one she gave me to model them after weren't her favorite either, so I dunno what she was expecting :)

Also: I can wholly recommend the BambuLab P1S as a workhorse printer. 10 minutes ago, I lost power for less than a minute. I have print jobs going on 3 different printers.

Power came back on, printers rebooted, and I just hit "resume" on each of the printers and off they went, picking right up where they left off.


#182

figmentPez

figmentPez

Fidget "knife"


#183

figmentPez

figmentPez

CNC Kitchen covers highlights from RMRRF 2024 (Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival)

This first video includes a toolless quick change hotend, HueForge software for art prints, and 3D prints that were left outside for 7 years.



#184

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I've been fiddling with Hueforge for a little while. But it's not something that's really in my niche, so I've only used it to make friend/family gifts.

But I did make a big purchase today. Guess who has two thumbs and a laser now ;)

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#185

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I figured you were, I just didn't know if you'd endure the headache of the other orientations in order to see whether something like "60/45/30deg angle, holes up" made any difference to playability/sound/etc.

--Patrick
So, I had a crazy thought and did an experiment. As it turns out....printing these things completely upside down like this:
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means I only have to pop off the supports, which pop off cleanly, and it's immediately playable without me having to tweak a god damned thing!

Also, I have learned that if I put masking tape over my whistles before I laser them, not only are the edges of the letters cleaner but also the tape then acts as a stencil, which allows me to then dab a little paint over the entire thing without having to be too precise...peel the tape off, and voila! the maker's mark looks so much better.

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#186

GasBandit

GasBandit

So, I had a crazy thought and did an experiment. As it turns out....printing these things completely upside down like this:
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means I only have to pop off the supports, which pop off cleanly, and it's immediately playable without me having to tweak a god damned thing!

Also, I have learned that if I put masking tape over my whistles before I laser them, not only are the edges of the letters cleaner but also the tape then acts as a stencil, which allows me to then dab a little paint over the entire thing without having to be too precise...peel the tape off, and voila! the maker's mark looks so much better.

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You forgot the L in front of the MW, you lecherous man whore.


#187

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

You forgot the L in front of the MW, you lecherous man whore.
Shhh...that's our little secret ;)


#188

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I've been avoiding TPU....everything I've read on Da Interwebs says it's a nightmare to work with. But finally, I bit the bullet, manually fed some TPU into one of my machines (because it won't go thru the AMS) and...it was fine

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#189

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

doin the social media thing...


#190

figmentPez

figmentPez

CNC Kitchen covers highlights from RMRRF 2024 (Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival)

This first video includes a toolless quick change hotend, HueForge software for art prints, and 3D prints that were left outside for 7 years.

Follow up video: DIY Wire EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining), a filament color library, and a DIY plastic shredder.



#191

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Trying to take more dynamic and fun pics as I print new models

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#192

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Now that I can print squishy TPU, I can print these :p She says they're very comfy

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#193

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

"Back from the Dead" reclaimed waste skulls.

3d printing creates waste, and can create a lot on multicolor prints. Instead of throwing that waste away, it has been repurposed into these trippy multi-colored skulls

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#194

Azurephoenix

Azurephoenix

Any Helldivers here? To knock some rust off my 3D skills I made up some customized coins for my friends and I taking inspiration from the Malevelon Creek silliness that went on early in the game. Designed them in Fusion 360 and resin printed them on my Anycubic Photon X. There's a weird sheen made up of straight lines but I'm pretty sure it will disappear with some paint and primer.

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#195

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Snap back to practicality, ope, there goes sanity
Ope, there goes Tin, and he dope, he so bad...

I dunno why I channeled eminem there for a second.

So, I have a bunch of product in some Ikea Kallax shelves. But, I really don't have enough shelf space--which is why you see some stuff double-stacked in the following picture.
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Kallax shelves are 315mm square. They make an insert that divides that in two. But 3 of those blue bins will fit stacked on top of each other, with a little space to spare.

Ikea doesn't make an insert that divides Kallax shelves into 3. Etsy has some..for like $50 per shelf. I have 15 shelves I wanna do that to...no thanks. That's the price of the whole Kallax unit by the time I'm done!

So, i'm gonna print these shelf pins
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And use this handy jig that I mocked up in Fusion to position them precisely:
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Drill some holes with a 4.8mm drill bit, and just make them myself at a cost of something like 70 cents per shelf--even less if I can tear apart those pre-existing inserts and repurpose the wood.


#196

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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#197

Azurephoenix

Azurephoenix

Tinwhistler, are you running a full on 3D print business? What are you using for these multicolor prints? I have an old Prusa Mk3 as my filament printer but I might want to upgrade at some point (it's still going strong though so it wouldn't be getting retired).


#198

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler, are you running a full on 3D print business? What are you using for these multicolor prints? I have an old Prusa Mk3 as my filament printer but I might want to upgrade at some point (it's still going strong though so it wouldn't be getting retired).
I am, but not full time...well, except for when I did the local renaissance festival for 5 weeks. Mostly 1-2 pop-up markets a month. I'm avoiding selling online because it's basically a race to the bottom on price and quality can be suspect online. I'd much rather sell in person, set a price I think is reasonable for growth and profit, and if someone tells me "I can get that cheaper on Temu!" I wish them well and suggest that maybe they do that.

That said, there's good money in it. So far, it's paid for 3 printers with multi-material systems, and a 2009 Ford F150 to haul around all the plastic in.

I'm printing with 3 BambuLab P1s printers with AMS units.

The print room, but the shelves in the video are full now:

The truck:
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my business facebook page:


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figmentPez

figmentPez



#200

Azurephoenix

Azurephoenix

I am, but not full time...well, except for when I did the local renaissance festival for 5 weeks. Mostly 1-2 pop-up markets a month. I'm avoiding selling online because it's basically a race to the bottom on price and quality can be suspect online. I'd much rather sell in person, set a price I think is reasonable for growth and profit, and if someone tells me "I can get that cheaper on Temu!" I wish them well and suggest that maybe they do that.
I may have to pick your brain a bit on this if you are open to helping someone. I've been thinking about doing something like this for a while but I technically have the time to really look into it and work on it now. My 15 year old son was diagnosed with Leukemia back in February and I've been away from work since then. Really looking for something I can do from home on my own time instead of for uncaring corporate overlords so that I can accommodate my son's hospital schedule.

I'm up in Alberta Canada so I wouldn't be encroaching on your turf at all lol.


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Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I may have to pick your brain a bit on this if you are open to helping someone. I've been thinking about doing something like this for a while but I technically have the time to really look into it and work on it now. My 15 year old son was diagnosed with Leukemia back in February and I've been away from work since then. Really looking for something I can do from home on my own time instead of for uncaring corporate overlords so that I can accommodate my son's hospital schedule.

I'm up in Alberta Canada so I wouldn't be encroaching on your turf at all lol.
I'm very open to discussions. I even discuss stuff with folks who come up to my booth. It's not like it's a secret formula..most folks can figure out how to do this kind of thing if they set their mind to it. I'd rather have a discussion with folks and have them leave with good feelings than be all secretive and have them come away thinking I'm a dick, and they learn it anyway. I'd rather make friends than rivals ;)


#202

Azurephoenix

Azurephoenix

I'm very open to discussions. I even discuss stuff with folks who come up to my booth. It's not like it's a secret formula..most folks can figure out how to do this kind of thing if they set their mind to it. I'd rather have a discussion with folks and have them leave with good feelings than be all secretive and have them come away thinking I'm a dick, and they learn it anyway. I'd rather make friends than rivals ;)
I'm pretty good with the tech side of both FDM and resin printing... I lack the business acumen lol. For me I wouldn't even know what to start with for printing. What do you find your best selling items are? Do you make your own models or do you buy ones that have commercial rights included?


#203

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I'm pretty good with the tech side of both FDM and resin printing... I lack the business acumen lol. For me I wouldn't even know what to start with for printing. What do you find your best selling items are? Do you make your own models or do you buy ones that have commercial rights included?
Except for tinwhistles and custom work, I find models with commercial rights. I have some feelings that trying to restrict what you do with a print after you print it is not legally binding (in a similar vein to trying to restrict if you can sell a crochet or knitted item made from a pattern), but it hasn't been court tested. But my most popular stuff happens to be licensed. I pay those fees not because of the restrictions, but because having those subscriptions gives me new models every month.

As for finding the best items, I use a bit of intuition on colors and such, spend a good amount of time painting models to set me apart from the "I'm just gonna print everything in gradient filament" guys, and then print a small sample. If they seem popular, I print more. If they don't, I don't. The cost of most print runs of 1-2 items is pretty negligible.

I mostly troll around the big-name 3d print design boards (Printables, Thingiverse, MakersWorld) and look for things that catch my sense of "cool" or "cute" that also looks like there's a good profit margin possible. Some prints look amazing, and then you see it's going to take hours of assembly, and $20 in filament. In my market, the mark-up would make those kinds of items unsalable.


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Azurephoenix

Azurephoenix

When you say "spend a good amount of time painting models" are you referring to painting them inside the slicer to print in multiple colours or painting them manually with an airbrush or something?

I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a Bambu P1S with an AMS unit.


#205

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

When you say "spend a good amount of time painting models" are you referring to painting them inside the slicer to print in multiple colours or painting them manually with an airbrush or something?

I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a Bambu P1S with an AMS unit.
Painting them in the slicer. There's no way I could achieve that level of precision with hand-painting. My eyesight and coordination are just not that good ;)


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Azurephoenix

Azurephoenix

Painting them in the slicer. There's no way I could achieve that level of precision with hand-painting. My eyesight and coordination are just not that good ;)
That's what I suspected. Do you do any post processing smoothing techniques or is everything just as it comes off the printer? Sorry for so many questions lol


#207

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

That's what I suspected. Do you do any post processing smoothing techniques or is everything just as it comes off the printer? Sorry for so many questions lol
I try to pick models that require minimal post processing :)
for things with big curves, I try to use adaptive layer heights to minimize layer lines.

The folks in my area won't pay a lot for stuff, generally. So I try not to make things that will take a lot of my time once it comes off the print bed, because I can't justify the time spent versus the money I can get. My biggest sellers are $10.00 items.


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Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Snap back to practicality, ope, there goes sanity
Ope, there goes Tin, and he dope, he so bad...

I dunno why I channeled eminem there for a second.

So, I have a bunch of product in some Ikea Kallax shelves. But, I really don't have enough shelf space--which is why you see some stuff double-stacked in the following picture.
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Kallax shelves are 315mm square. They make an insert that divides that in two. But 3 of those blue bins will fit stacked on top of each other, with a little space to spare.

Ikea doesn't make an insert that divides Kallax shelves into 3. Etsy has some..for like $50 per shelf. I have 15 shelves I wanna do that to...no thanks. That's the price of the whole Kallax unit by the time I'm done!

So, i'm gonna print these shelf pins
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And use this handy jig that I mocked up in Fusion to position them precisely:
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Drill some holes with a 4.8mm drill bit, and just make them myself at a cost of something like 70 cents per shelf--even less if I can tear apart those pre-existing inserts and repurpose the wood.
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Seems to work out just fine.

edit: All done
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Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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Fennec foxes anyone? @LittleKagsin :awesome:

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I really need to 3d print a moon for these three guys to howl up at ;)


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GasBandit

GasBandit



#211

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

That's...sadly very familiar


#212

Just Me

Just Me

Well, at least it's only spaghetti and not a fat blob of death.
Count your blessings.


#213

PatrThom

PatrThom

Also known as, "I forgot to include some crucial supports."
I had an SLS print fail rather spectacularly once because two objects had barely a square mm of overlap and the laser did NOT like that.

--Patrick


#214

figmentPez

figmentPez

This is SLS printing, not the more common FDM, but I think it's really interesting:



TL;DW by mixing copper chromate in with the nylon being sintered in the SLS printer, then using a pulsed laser to create traces on the printed part, and finally using a chemical bath to plate copper onto those paths, he was able to create circuits, with the goal of making circuits on curved surfaces, trying to mimic the industrial process of "metalized interconnect devices".


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Azurephoenix

Azurephoenix

Classic failed print lol


#216

PatrThom

PatrThom

I had an SLS print fail rather spectacularly once
This is SLS printing, not the more common FDM, but I think it's really interesting:
Whoops, my bad. I meant SLA, not SLS.

--Patrick


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Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Working on making a "mini" line that I can sell in little bundles
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And finding more uses for 'waste' PLA
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Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

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#219

PatrThom

PatrThom

I vote for calling them "Ankyl-biters."

--Patrick


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Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

I've often lamented at the poor showing of Cthulhu among fidget toys. Plenty of non-fidget stuff, sure. But not too many good fidgets.
Yesterday, all that changed ;)
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Articulated tentacles, wings, arms, legs and tail, and he doesn't look stupid!


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PatrThom

PatrThom

He will consume ALL your nervous energy, and still demand more.

--Patrick


#222

Frank

Frank

So, any y'all got 50 grand kicking around (plus 7 grand for the deodorizer)?



The quantum leap in 3D printing tech man.


#223

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

He will consume ALL your nervous energy, and still demand more.

--Patrick
Here's praying he consumes people's impulse buying resistance :) I sold six nearly instantly.


#224

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

So, any y'all got 50 grand kicking around (plus 7 grand for the deodorizer)?



The quantum leap in 3D printing tech man.
I wish...sigh


#225

Frank

Frank

My buddy was showing me this stuff and it was mind boggling to me. It's still a far ways off of being consumer available but holy smokes.


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Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

My buddy was showing me this stuff and it was mind boggling to me. It's still a far ways off of being consumer available but holy smokes.
Years ago, my mom and I were spitballing about what the next truly disruptive technology would be. Kind of like how personal computers went from maybe a half dozen in a neighborhood to several in every home (if you count smart phones etc). I told her 3d printing.

I had never yet played with one, and the state of the technology was abysmal then, but I could foresee that if you could just press a button and create any plastic thing you needed, cheap items from China and making a trip to Walmart for 70-80% of your household needs would just...disappear.

There's already so much that I'd normally buy that I just print these days. Usually because it's faster, cheaper, or easier than me making a trip to the store. Especially at night, when the store is closed. Once, I would've said "I'll make a trip to Walmart in the morning to buy shelf brackets". Now, I'm like "I'll wake up in the morning, and have as many shelf brackets as I need at about a penny per."

When this technology gets as widely spread as early home computing, it'll be a huge societal game changer.


#227

Frank

Frank

Once I get some more space I intend to get a resin one, a filament one and such too. I've been fiending to get into it for over a year now.


#228

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

Couple of new cuties

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#229

Tinwhistler

Tinwhistler

my Fusion skills are improving.
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(If you know, you know..)


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