What are you up to now?

3D Printed Minion
3D Printed Minion

Err… lots of things. Mostly though, I’ve been getting better with Blender. I’m really starting to understand the tools and features of the program. Right now I’m practicing mesh editing a Minion model. I plan to reverse engineer the STL file into Blender shapes to create variations of the original. I’ll upload and release them shortly.

Upgraded Stepper Motors

So I recently got around to replacing the original stepper motors on my Thing-O-Matic with “upgraded” motors. So far so good. My first test prints were of a Stormtrooper helmet. I still haven’t worked the motors hard enough to see any improvements but I’ll get around to that eventually.

Blender for 3D Printing


One of the items occupying my free time has been learning to model in Blender for use in 3D printing. I purchased this training DVD as a way to dive into Blender. So far it has been very helpful. It covers most of the basics and does a swell job of exploring the new Blender 3D Printing tools. For more comprehensive modeling tutorials check out their other training DVDs.

Man–Machine Interface (Gen4 Interface for Thing-O-Matic)

Gen4 Interface

Gen4 Interface

1. Makerbot created a MMI unit for the thing-o-matic to allow PC-Less control…(print, jog, calibrate)
2. Makerbot stopped selling MMI kit.
3. Files were open-source.
4. Access to the design files means you can build it your self instead.
5. Profit?!?!?
6. I now have a MMI unit for my Thing-o-matic. 🙂

This is a prime example of the power of Open Source Hardware. I created my own Gen4 Interface for a Thing-O-Matic printer when the company decided to stop selling the units.