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July 30, 2015

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Thingiverse - Newest Things

The Pursa I3 X-Axis Dual Extuder With Cable Chain Mount.And Updated Drive belt Keeper.

I had to come up with a better way if holding the drive belt. Well I think this is it.
Created with Design Spark Mechanical

Have a great day. :-) Robert KB3LNN

by kb3lnn at July 30, 2015 08:21 AM

Rifle M4A1 (Split Into Parts)

split an m4a1 into parts for printing.

someone let me know how this prints. might need super glue to fasten parts together

by SOELexicon at July 30, 2015 08:16 AM

Thingiverse - Newest Derivatives

GoPro extension arm with Right Angle extension

I'm using this to mount a GoPro on my CNC machine. It's printed in ABS with 30% fill and .03 layer height. The part is oriented correctly so it prints the strongest possible way.

by Tobrew at July 30, 2015 02:55 AM

Son and Daughter Gimbals

The mom and dad gimbals already existed, so why not have some for the kids?

by Sh0rt_Stak at July 30, 2015 02:40 AM

July 29, 2015

julianh72's Blog of Interesting Stuff

Interested in getting into 3D printing, but don’t want to spend a lot?

How about AU$246.28 (plus postage) for a fully assembled, ready-to-go machine?

The TinyBoy Mini 3D Printer is a fully assembled machine designed by Parker Leung of Tiny Boy as an open design easy to use 3D printer.The Mini Fabrikator by TinyBoy was designed around a concept that by 2016 every student should have the opportunity to have a 3D printer on their desk.

The TinyBoy is available on-line from HobbyKing for only AU$246.28 (at the time of writing): 

(Postage is extra, and ranges from AU$82 to AU$169 for delivery to Australia.)

The machine is only 150 mm x 150 mm x 220 mm, and the build volume is fairly small (80 mm x 80 mm x 80 mm) so it can only make small components.- but still, at that price, why wouldn't you buy one?

by Julian Hardy ( at July 29, 2015 10:47 PM


Kids Make It Challenge Winners Announced

ThinkFun - Winners

This July, educational game maker ThinkFun partnered with MakerBot Thingiverse to sponsor a Kids Make It Challenge. The participants competed for the title of Master Maker as well as fun prizes.

The kids who made it have been announced: @bumbleflies, who built a toy fishing boat; @PlayEatGrow, who fashioned an alien friend with a propeller; @SkunksMonkey, who made a sweet penguin mobile; @AlissaApel, who souped up a Creativity Can; and @SalientTech, who created a working fishing pole.

Each Master Maker will receive a large spool of MakerBot PLA Filament or its equivalent in 3D printed products, plus a collection of ThinkFun games.

For the challenge, ThinkFun made its Maker Studio Construction Sets available for free on Thingiverse, so that anyone can download and 3D print the files from the Gear, Winches, and Propellers sets. Use the Maker Studio sets to build suggested projects, or to create something entirely from your imagination.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated.

Didn’t get to enter this challenge? Keep your eyes peeled for more from ThinkFun and Thingiverse.

by Nicole Caputo at July 29, 2015 09:56 PM

The Coolest Way to Prototype

Once upon a time, at the end of the 20th century, Ryan Grepper of Montana had a weed whacker but no yard. One day, he turned the weed whacker into a blender, and added it to a beverage cooler that he’d modified to play music.

These tinkerings became the very first version of the Coolest cooler, which raised $13.2 million in a Kickstarter campaign last summer — at the time a record sum — and started shipping to backers this month.

“The Coolest was basically my attempt to correct every shortcoming that I’ve ever experienced with any other cooler,” Grepper says. “Looking back, the last big innovation in coolers was wheels.”

It took a while for his vision to materialize.

Grepper and his wife moved to Portland and started a family. It took them a few years to make friends and get out of the house, and they discovered that their makeshift beach party — the cooler and the blender — had not aged well. As a product developer and early fan of MakerBot, Grepper knew that he could do better, and started to play around with a cooler that would make a family trip to the park nicer and easier. He prototyped battery connections and a blender lock, and, armed with the know-how and the tools, used his MakerBot Replicator to iterate as he went.

“That first one probably won’t work the way you imagined it, but that’s a chance to learn what else could be better and then go back and iterate,” he says.

In product development, Grepper uses 3D printing mostly to test for functionality. Does his hypothesis make sense in the real world? What can be refined? Prototyping helps him recognize pain points quickly.

“3D printers make it so easy. You can make a correction; you can print. You can test.”

Thirteen years after his first tinkerings, all the elements came together into what seemed like a solution for a lot of people. Grepper turned to Kickstarter, which “lets you get your idea directly in front of the people who are going to be using your idea,” he says. “They’re voting with their wallet, which is the most honest feedback you can get.”

Kickstarter’s rules say that “physical products must feature explicit demos of working prototypes.” Grepper did this for his first campaign, in late 2013. It didn’t quite make the goal of $125,000, but he did raise more than $100,000 in pledges. That plus encouragement from family, friends, and supporters inspired Grepper to refine and relaunch. And the second campaign was successful — raising a record $13.2 million.

Grepper then worked with an industrial design firm in Ohio to do a lot of rapid iteration on the final design, exchanging 3D printable .STL files over the Internet. “The portable party disguised as a cooler” incorporates music, food, drink, storage, and clean up.

On its journey from unused weed whacker and broken cooler to crowdfunded success, the Coolest is the story of a big need, an inspired idea, and the tools that made it happen.

“The promise of 3D printing,” says Grepper, “is that you can get your own Coolest idea out there.”

by Nicole Caputo at July 29, 2015 06:53 PM

July 27, 2015

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Me and my 3d printer

Ke7dbx posted a photo:

Me and my 3d printer

This is me and my SeeMeCNC Rostock Max V2 3d printer.

by Ke7dbx at July 27, 2015 11:50 PM