Monthly Archives: September 2016

Shared On YouMagine – PIX-E Gif Camera by nickrbrewer

PIX E Gif Camera by nickrbrewer

Here’s a great Raspberry Pi GIF camera project created by Shayna and Nick Brewer. I’m a huge fan of this project and brought a couple of Nick’s units with me for World Maker Faire New York this year — check back for more animated gifs and experiments printing and assembling more rigs….

Shared On YouMaginePIX-E Gif Camera by by PIX-E Gif Camera by nickrbrewer:

A fully customizable 3D printed camera that takes short gifs using a Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi Camera.

This is the PIX-E Gif Camera! My thought process was that I wanted to create a camera that recalled those days when disposable cameras were a thing. Anyone with intermediate making/printing/coding skills should be able to put this together pretty easily.

Print out the three pieces and follow the instructions on Make Community Projects! I’ve included the 123D Design file so feel free to modify the design to fit your needs.




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3D Printing News – Doodle 3D Transform

In a world where we can buy affordable 3d printers it can seem intimidating when it comes to creating your own 3D model for the first time. This is what the founders envisioned when they created their first successful Kickstarter for the Doodle 3d WiFi box with embeded sketch app (still available). For the first time you could not only use your fingers to paint a 2d sketch and extrude it into 3D you could send the design directly to your printer over USB. The WiFi box hosts an app that allows any touch interface like phones or tablets to be the modeling tool wirelessly. It’s much easier than it sounds.

The founders have improved upon the concept by releasing the Doodle3D Transform App, which runs a web technology-based app and forthcoming tablet app, pending a successful campaign. You can draw by hand, scan photos/drawings or import existing images. In addition to sending your design to your 3D-printer you can upload it to an online service like 3D Hubs for output, if you’re still saving up for a printer. But instead of being limited to single-walled prints you can create complex objects with the same simplicity of the original. Watch the video above and see all the capabilities on their campaign page.

I can’t think of a quicker or more fun way to get started in modeling! You can find out more about the features on the Kickstarter Page and more about their company on their website.

Shared on YouMagine – 3D printed RC truck V3 by MrCrankyface

3D printed RC truck V3 by MrCrankyface

MrCrankyface shared a 3D-printed RC truck that has been 12 months in the making!

Shared On YouMagine3D printed RC truck V3 by MrCrankyface:

After roughly 12 months development, this is what has come of it!

It’s an almost fully printable RC truck with gearbox and AWD drivetrain.

  • Each differential works as a real one but you can replace the internals with
    “truckv3_axle_difflock” to have a locked diff with more grip.
  • It has two axles in the files, select the one you want.
    Axle1 has dual rear tyres, Axle2 has single rear tyres.
    Axle2 also has 2 choices in rims.
  • The frame can be printed in 2 or 4 pieces, depending on how big your print surface is.
  • Use the “split” files if you have a small printbed.

All you need to build this, besides a lot of filament, is screws/nuts, bearings and electronics.

This was a huge project to develop and upload so please let me know if anything is missing or unclear!

Assembly videos of most parts to aid you in building can be found on my youtube channel….

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Shared on YouMagine – Penrose P2 tiles by Juan Gonzalez-Gomez

Penrose P2 tiles by Juan Gonzalez Gomez

Modular robotics researcher Juan Gonzalez-Gomez shared a parametric set of Penrose P2 tilings he created in FreeCAD. Check out the video of his research assistant, six year old daughter Alicia, testing the accuracy of his project below. 😉

Shared On YouMaginePenrose P2 tiles by Juan Gonzalez-Gomez:

Only two Penrose tiles are needed for creating a non-periodic tiling. The tiles have been designed in Freecad, and they are parametric. Just open the Parameters spreadsheet (in freecad), change the parameters, generate the STL and print them. Examples of tiles with 30mm and 40mm side have been already generated and ready for printing and testing

The source code (Freecad) is available at this github repo.
Find more documentation (in Spanish) in this github wiki.
Have fun tiling the plane!

Tessellate the plane

Building tile in freecad

Tesselation example

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Shared on YouMagine – MEI BLUSTER and SYMMETRA (overwatch) by Oleg Osipov

MEI BLUSTER by Oleg Osipov

These two Overwatch projects recently shared by Oleg Osipov are not just satisfying cosplay prop builds — bonus points for excellent use of incorporated electronics! — but this approach to stacking and part insertion is a master class for how to make impressive colorful pieces, one color at a time. Benefits from contrasting colors up against each other, and also a wider pool of community members can run these files on their equipment.

Shared On YouMagineMEI BLUSTER and SYMMETRA by Oleg Osipov.

SYMMETRA by Oleg Osipov

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3D Printing News – 3D Prints for Teachers of the Visually Impaired

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The above image shows solids that all have the same volume, you can check this by filling one with water and then pouring that water into the next, fixed-volume objects. You can use the OpenSCAD script that Rich Cameron (aka Whosawhatsis) shared or download the sample objects. But why? Rich Cameron and Joan Horvarth, well-known authors, are on a mission to get all the 3d printers in the world, in all those new classrooms to help visually impaired students make use of 3D prints to learn just about any subject, but they need help making good models. This is where you come in.

Start off by downloading the sample objects above or generating your own via the openSCAD script we mentioned. Then visit the project page on to get instructions on how you can volunteer to help this community and join their Google Group to continue the conversation. This is a great tactile to learn and a great way to share your talents with the world.

“Often students with visual impairments have difficulty with concepts based on visual/spatial relationships, particularly in math and science. 3D prints offer an unprecedented asset for their teachers, and 3D printers are becoming affordable. But these teachers need help designing models. [Whosawhastis] and I have been volunteer mentors to various groups working on figuring out the best ways to use 3D printing for the visually impaired. Our goal with this project is to document some simple, practical conventions for designing models, and lay the groundwork so that interested parties can create the needed designs. We know that schools have 3D printers and want to teach design thinking to their students. This project creates a minimalist open-source way to link teachers who need design files and (sighted) students who want projects to do. We want students to create the designs for the needed models, learning science, math and other subjects while helping their visually-impaired peers.”

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Shared on YouMagine – Vertical Axis Ugrinsky Wind Turbine VAWT by Robotobi

Vertical Axis Ugrinsky Wind Turbine VAWT by Robotobi

Here’s an excellent vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) project that caught our eye. The assembly video below helps to see how the piece is structured and how it functions. Created by Robotobi to interface with a work-in-progress low RPM Generator (at bottom).

Shared On YouMagineVertical Axis Ugrinsky Wind Turbine VAWT by Robotobi:

A beautiful, modified Ugrinsky wind turbine. Intended for balcony and low windspeed use. Designed for Ultimaker 2 with Olsson block or UM2+ (max build volume, big nozzle, high printspeed).

Low RPM Generator

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Shared on YouMagine – Wireframe Skull Pencil Holder (For The Love of Dog) by philnelson

Wireframe Skull Pencil Holder For The Love of Dog by philnelson

This hollow skull model has passed through so many iterations, designers, and purposes, but this version caught our eye from philnelson, who renders this historic archeological skull model in a pleasing gridded mesh — as a pencil holder.

What particularly stood out was how well the gridded cage presents the contours of the form, the pattern and density of the mesh suggesting finer details than those actually present in the source model from garygeo, remixed from macouno, derived from… scanned by … dug up by … you get the picture. 😉

Whether a well-tuned transformation process, or just luck with a well-ordered underlying geometry, the results here beats out “default settings” Voronoi exports you see frequently in desktop 3D printing. And soon, a print of this model will be on my desk!

Shared On YouMagineWireframe Skull Pencil Holder (For The Love of Dog) by philnelson:

A remix of the excellent little skull vase by garygeo. Made by @philnelson of

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Shared on YouMagine – Set of 8 Drawer Handles by Arjan

Drawer Handles - set of 8

This simple sequence of drawer pulls from UltiArjan make excellent accessories or replacement knobs for cabinetry for a workshop parts storage solution. (Or a child’s bedroom!)

Shared On YouMagineset of 8 handles by Arjan:

“Hole spacing is 128mm, like on some Ikea models. Use M4 x 30 bolts & nuts to mount. The nuts are a tight fit. I used a 0.6 nozzle and 0.2 layers. Ultimaker Orange PLA”

TABS Sequence set of 8 handles by Arjan YouMagine

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3D Printing News – DUS Architects print micro home

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Pasted Image 9 4 16 3 50 PMDUS Architects in Amsterdam has created a tiny gabled urban cabin that is a mere 25 cubic metres (882.87 cubic feet) using FDM technology. They are allowing guests to spend the night to experience what life in a micro 3d printed home might be like. There is no toilet but you can take a bath outside au natural. Concrete set into the infill gives it strength and forms a seat on certain locations while pebbles in the infill outside form a path.
(Bathtub photo by Sophia van den Hoek)

A window punctures one end, while the other integrates both an entrance and a stepped porch seating area. Its walls are patterned with angular protrusions that create a three-dimensional surface, giving the building extra structural stability.

It really is further insight into the groups design sensibility that is part of major project that launched in 2013, to be complete next year, a four story 3D printed canal house. They use the KamerMaker (Dutch for “room maker”) and KamerMaker2, a “XXL 3D Printer” 3.5 meters high and housed in an up-ended shipping container to produce the large pieces. They use bio-plastics on all pieces and say it is a part of a future ecosystem that allows full recycling of the material.

This micro home isn’t the first time DUS has exposed their designs to the public, they also unveiled a beautifully printed facade for a European Union meeting building, as seen below.

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(via de zeen magazine)