3D Printing

Electoral State Stackers

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I haven’t been stress-printing before the election, YOU have. Well, maybe you will after this post, at least. Fire up your 3D printer(s) because there are dozens of things you need to print before Tuesday, including each of the 50 states (and DC, which has 3 electoral votes), sized to each have approximately the same area, with heights determined by number of electoral votes.

Fitted Face Mask for People Who Aren’t Great at Sewing

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Over the past weeks I’ve iterated mask designs many times, acquired a bunch of sewing supplies, and learned from a lot of online patterns and videos. This mask design has a sewn-in nose wire, elastic loops that go all the way around your head, a filter sewn inside the mask, and minimal exposed seams. It’s washable and reversible, so you can decide which side is the outside after you’re done sewing it, or each time you wash it.

Origami Press #2: Yoshizawa Butterfly

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This 3D-printed origami press is a helper for folding a beautiful and elegant butterfly model designed by Akira Yoshizawa. One of the final folds pulls the paper together past its natural fold line, which is what creates the organic, curvy shape of the finished model.

3D Printed Origami Press – Miura Fold

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This weekend we’ll be headed to the MOVES 2019 Conference in NYC at MoMath, organized by mathematicians Josh Laison and Robert Vallin.  This year, MOVES is origami-themed and features keynotes by Erik Demaine and Robert Lang. In honor of the occasion we’ve decided to design 3D printed “origami presses” that push crease patterns into origami paper…

Stacking 3D Models for Bulk Printing

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Sometimes printing multiple copies of a design can make it much more affordable. In this article we’ll compare the cost of printing items individually and in bulk, and show how to efficiently stack and loop objects for inexpensive bulk printing.

Stainless Steel Knots

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Knots are embeddings of circles in 3-dimensional space, but they are typically studied in terms of their projections into 2-dimensional space. We can use 3D printed models to investigate knots in a more 3-dimensional way. This series includes nine Stainless Steel 3D printed knot conformations.

Print All The Pentagons

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Some years back we created the Pentomizer, a customizable model on Thingiverse that could generate all possible irregular pentagons that tile the plane. Although we went crazy making all sorts of things out of those pentagons, one thing we hadn’t done until today is create bulk sets of all fifteen types of tessellating pentagons that people could order from Shapeways. A lot of work goes into creating, packaging, creating media for, and setting up 15 different products. In this post we’ll walk through the surprisingly lengthly process of turning a model into a released product/design on Shapeways and Thingiverse…

3D Scanning Works, If You’ve Got the $$$

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3D scanning is a serious pain and in my experience none of the solutions have worked particularly well in terms of capturing fine details… but that’s because I keep trying to make it work with free software and tools. As with so many things in life, it turns out that 3D scanning actually works, if you’ve got the money. In this post we’ll compare scanning options with Trnio, Qlone, Meshroom, and EinScan.

3D Printed “Names Dress” – 300 Powerful Women in STEAM

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Here are just some of the 3D-printed handwritten names that make up the Names Dress, part of the Sustainable Thinking exhibit at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy: This conceptual…

Designing with Weighted Random Parameters in OpenSCAD

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Starting from just one random number you can use code to generate snowflakes, clocks, and even entire worlds. Use our simple randomizer as a starting point for adding some controlled randomness to just about any OpenSCAD design…
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