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 […]
In the fall of 2015 I was invited to teach a class called “How to Build Almost Anything” at Nebraska’s first and only FabLab, located at the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha. Inspired by the legendary class of the same name taught for many years at MIT, this intensive 11-week class was intended to […]
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 […]