Earlier this year I was commissioned by the artist Nadia Shinkunas to design and build a way to spin one of her paintings at different speeds based on the position of the observer. Using CAD, 3D printed parts, bicycle components, off-the-shelf electronics and a distance sensor I was able to rapidly design, prototype and fabricate […]
As part of an on-going collaboration with glassblower Kenny Galusha, I’ve begun working on a series of 3D-printed platforms that combine some of his glass art with my Lumiboard open-source LED platform. We are planning to launch a Kickstarter soon to enable the both of us to purchase basic equipment we will both need to […]
For the holiday season I worked on two gifts that combine some neat lighting effects with some hand-made glass pieces. The first piece was created in collaboration with glassblower Kenny Galusha on commission for a friend as a Christmas gift, while the second piece uses similar electronics and a hand-made Klein bottle I found online. […]
Building upon lessons learned while building the first version of the Eyewriter 2.1 hardware platform (rev A), I set out to redesign the system to require fewer pieces of hardware and less 3D-printed plastic. The result is a much more compact, manipulable and adaptable system that can be attached to monitors, laptops and desks.
Prusa Mendel build update #7: building and early use of Universal Paste Extruder (printing frosting on cookies!)
When I made the decision to build my own Prusa Mendel i2 3D printer I did so with a very specific goal in mind; to be able to make 3D prints using various pastes such as chocolate, frosting and peanut butter. In fact, I don’t even have a working plastic extruder yet! Last year I […]
Prusa Mendel build update #6: using pen plotter attachment for calibration, reducing backlash and fender washer upgrades
The printer itself is assembled and functioning and has now begun it’s long (possibly never-ending) journey of calibration and improvement to be truly usable. Eventually I’d like to print using a syringe-based extruder with viscous materials like molten chocolate, frosting, peanut butter and more, but first I need to make sure that the bot is […]