Carol got two nice ice cream bar molds on Amazon (mash fruit, add yogurt, freeze!), but putting the mixture in each bar cavity was a messy pain. Read More
I never have a pen nearby when I want to scribble something on the grocery list pad which is conveniently mounted to the fridge with a magnet. I’ve looked around for a simple magnetic pen holder, but couldn’t find something suitable… so I made one! Read More
Here’s a shot of my first “4-way tentacle control”. I can’t say enough about the DVDs from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts! I’ve watched most of 3 DVDs, and learned so much, including how to machine parts for the tentacle control, and how to 3D print parts for the eye mechanics. Here, I’ve combined the two by 3D printing the spacing discs (think “vertebrae”).
In the Stan Winston terminology, anything that looks like a tail that swings back and forth plus up and down is referred to as a tentacle control. This is the basic mechanism for the chest burster in Alien!
I’m not done yet, but pretty happy with the progress on “eye mech” – the mechanical part of the eye movement control.
Its been a few months since I did any 3D printing, but now that I’m exploring the inner workings of the dragon kingdom, I’m back into it.
This morning I designed some eyes, a pulley (which I ultimately decided I wouldn’t use, but went ahead to try the part concept after all), and a small plate for mounting eye parts and mechanics.
It went pretty well. Read More
So my family has the Renaissance Fair bug. Big time. Me, too.
Of course, I can’t just be satisfied with a wizard outfit. Now I’ve got it in my head that I want to develop an animatronic dragon to sit on my shoulder and “wow” the crowd. Read More
An article in USA Today highlights a Chandler company that is 3D printing cars! How cool is that!
The NeoPixel Gas Mask from the Adafruit Learning Center was completed and Franklin wore it to Day 1 of the Arizona Fur Con. It was quite a hit! Read More
The holder created by the Ruiz Brothers on Adafruit and Thingiverse didn’t quite fit into the respirator portion of our gas mask, and we thought the attachment of the rings was also a little clunky. (But then, we’re relatively new to this whole 3D printing thing… so we’re not saying the Ruiz Brothers messed up… just “it didn’t work for us”.) Read More