I started the process of making custom pawns on a 3D scanner, which allowed me to 3D print a replica of a small train. Then I created a silicone mold to replicate the pieces even faster.
Using a laser cutter turns out to be painless compared to a 3D printer. After about three hours of work, I successfully create a nice looking chess board.
3D printing and laser cutting offer a fun way to create a high-quality board and pieces. I’ll use 3D scanning to further customize the pieces.
A family member asked me to make a custom part for a costume. The process was relatively easy, with one major snag.
After weeks of struggling with an older MakerBot 3D printer, I learned how to use Noisebridge’s Ultimaker. I finished the day with two printed objects and enough knowledge to use the machine independently.
I finally convinced my computer and a 3D printer to play nice together. But the aging 3D printer might have deeper problems than I suspected.
Frustrated by my failures with the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, I turned to Noisebridge’s resident expert to learn about another 3D printer the hackerspace keeps around.
I had some troubles creating a design in a computer aided design program, so I decided to try a program that generates a design from reality. It went OK.
Every week, I’m spending some time at Noisebridge and making something. This week, I spent 4.5 hours designing a replacement cap for my water bottle. Next time, I’ll attempt to 3D print it.