Blog entries from November, 2014

3D printing a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skull

Posted on Sunday November 23, 2014 in 3D Printing

I find I use my 3D printer mostly for personal or client work (inventions, products, prototypes, etc). I always have fun making products, but I rarely just print things FOR fun that do not serve a specific purpose. I decided to just print something frivolous. I’ve wanted a large t-rex skull on display for quite some time, but they can be kind of expensive and not great quality in most cases anyways, so why buy one? This is printed from a 3d scan I downloaded, and not finished yet. It’s about 1/5th scale (30cm long) and printed in 9 parts. Almost all 3d printers have fairly small print areas so it’s going to need a lot of filler and sanding, but when I’m done, I expect it’ll look great. I’ll update more on this later. It’ll have to sit in my queue with other projects and slowly progress.

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Another Project

Posted on Saturday November 15, 2014 in 3D Printing, Prototype

This is a very rough sketch of an assembly I’m designing for a new product I’m collaborating on.  I’ve designed multiple versions but I like this one the best I think. I’ve worked on about 20 products over the last year, and with practice I’ve become super fast at taking things from concept to finished version ready for production. I thought this went very quickly and turned out really well. I’ve got final tweaks to do yet, and use scenarios may dictate changing the design, but I’m happy with this version of it.

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Posted on Wednesday November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Well, I wasn’t at the FITC conference this year, but Professor Steve Mann was. He gave a presentation on wearable technology, and demoed a small light I designed in CAD and 3D printed. It was a talking point for a larger project we’ve teamed up on with a few others for a new company. I can’t really say more yet, but Steve’s previous companies have included Interaxxon, which created the Muse thought controlled headband, and Meta, which makes the augmented reality space glasses. (think Oculus, but with a 3D scanner built in). I was super excited to simply meet Steve Mann, and now I’m working with him. This project is separate from the big one I’ve been hinting at that I’m launching.

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Sneak peek at my new product 03

Posted on Monday November 10, 2014 in Prototype

For the new product I’m launching for my own company I needed some metal parts - this was the first time I’ve designed custom aluminum parts for a personal project. It was quite exciting getting a box of them in the mail. And no, it’s not a spatula or fly swatter. It’s far more exciting than that. haha. More to come...

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Sneak peek at my new product 02

Posted on Saturday November 08, 2014 in Prototype

Well I’m just going to tease a bit more. We just started shooting a video demo of the new product I’m designing and getting ready to launch. I’m very excited about the launch, and working with Jeremy Thompson again. Jeremy shot the video for the launch of our Matter and Form scanner also as a favor to me, so I owe him double big time now.

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Sneak peek at my new product 01

Posted on Saturday November 01, 2014 in Prototype, Electronics

I won’t say too much, other than that it’s purple and it’s my design.. and it’s part of something big coming soon. I like printing circuit boards at home, but I LOVE getting them professionally printed in gold.

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