Category Archives: Makerbot

Copper Electroplated Darth Vader 3D Print

Here you have it, folks! I successfully electroplated a 3D ABS plastic print with copper. Its my first attempt and I’m  rather pleased. I’ll have to keep tweaking my setup until my results improve and then finally I’ll plate with nickel. So far, Darth Vader is looking very stylish. Onward and upward!

3 Weeks of Summer to Tinker

My internship is ending and school doesn’t start until the end of August. That gives me 3 weeks to live it up before I’m back to the grind. With that precious free time, I’m currently considering taking up several personal projects. One very likely candidate is experimenting with DIY 3D laser scanning. The goal I set forth for my self is simple: Scan a real-world object and print it out on my 3D printer. Let’s see how far I get…

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

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.