Friday, July 22, 2011

Harmonic paint job

Ah, finally! After base coats, sanding, and feeling afraid of messing up, the paint job is complete! Thanks go to my husband for helping, and for the photography.

Here's how it looks from the back. 

And here it is back-lit by a lamp, to illuminate the layers. It's hard to capture the details in a single photo.

Scale matters

Also for Father's Day, my hubby wanted a work bench on casters. So obviously I made him one. I discovered that I could print these tiny casters with axle and wheel all at once. Some careful knife work, and the support material comes out, leaving free-turning wheels. Then just push the caster pegs into the table, and there you have it! The wheels turned out unfortunately not really round, but that didn't seem like a big deal.

He was surprised with his work bench; I think he wanted a larger one. So we'll go get a bigger one later at the store. One of the casters fell out and was lost. On the re-print, the wheel wouldn't break free and spin. I think it may be because I didn't pre-heat the platform. That was unexpected; I didn't think it would matter on such a small part.

Terrible Trio

What could be better than a greeting card for Dad on Father's Day? How about home-made, 3d printed Minecraft monsters, hand-painted by the kids? I thought it would also be a nice way to start the kids on their 3d modeling ventures. They look perfect to me. :)