Now that my students are wrapping up their summer research activities, it’s time to share some of my new designs. This one is inspired by my students – they wanted to design and 3D print keychains – and Rozenn’s request to have name tags for our plants.
Read on to see how I designed these, which involved a little bit of magic for the swash ornament.
Our hummingbird feeder was inundated with ants. While there are plenty of commercial options available for solving this problem, I wanted to try my hand at designing my own solution. In thinking about how a water trap should be designed, I came up with the following critical elements.
A leak-free cup for the water (duh)
An upper attachment point that prevents tipping of the cup
A lower attachment point that is integrated into the monolithic design.
I’ve had my MK2S printer sitting in a box for quite some time (I did have an X-carve to put together and a few assignments to grade – oh and I published a paper, but more on that later). This is my second 3D printer, the first being a Makerfarm i3v. I love my first printer, and it taught me a lot about the design and maintenance of these machines. That said, I’ve always had a hard time with calibration and getting the prints just right. My first successful 3D print with the i3v was a cube in ABS, and I was so proud. Here’s my first successful print with the MK2S (brought to you from one of my students, Anusha Ventress, who is moonlighting as a videographer while she works in my lab):
OK, technically, this was the 3rd successful print on my MK2S, but all I can say is: wow.
I made this thing a while back, and I keep telling myself that I’m going to write a longer article. Well, it probably won’t happen, so at least here’s a summary of my impressions on the build. Continue reading The RPi Palmtop