Some time ago while reading about new development boards I ended up in a Microsoft site called Windows On Devices. In there they are promoting the Intel Galileo board and their dev environment with Visual Studio. To do so, they offer a free dev kit if you register and tell what you want to do with it (and they like your idea). So we’ve decided to apply explaining what Fabsterdam is and what we do with arduinos, pis, and 3d printers and some weeks ago we received a mail confirming that they’ll send us a dev kit (YEY!).
Aliens printed in green ABS and smoothed with the acetone vapor bath treatment. Spaceship printed in silver ABS, in two halfs. Not treated yet. The background is just a picture that we printed in a paper to take the photo since our photoshop skills are not that good. But overall it looks pretty good, don’t you think?
Source of the model: Flying saucer on Thingiverse.
After we set up our Etsy Shop and had a few orders, somebody came out with a custom order a bit challenging for us. He wanted some markers for a card game (like Magic) and he loved our purple tentacle so he asked if we could print 15 mini purple tentacles.
The purple tentacle model is about 7cm tall and the base is 5cm diameter and that’s too big for a card marker so he asked if we could do it about 1-2 cm base diameter. We were worried that with that much down-scaling we will lose too many details, so we decided to experiment on ways to do it just to see if it was even doable. Continue reading
We’ve been printing for a while and showing our models to everybody around us. So many people asked us where to get one of our ‘printies’ that we decided to start a shop in Etsy!
For the moment we have listed the two more popular items among our colleagues and friends: the purple tentacle and the cute octopus, but we will add more items very soon.
You can have a look at the shop here: The Fabsterdam Outlet
For a while, we’ve been thinking about upgrading our photo setup. We take most of our pictures with our phones, for convenience, but it’s difficult to get nice pictures of small, 3d-printed models this way. Using a ‘real’ camera helps, but for really nice pictures you need a light box. This is essentially a box-shaped diffuser that gives you a nice, even, white background with uniform lighting. Rather than paying a lot for a commercial one, we decided to give this DIY Light Tent project a go.
After some time in silence… we’re back!
“A lithophane (French: lithophanie) is an etched or molded artwork in thin very translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source.”
3D-printed plastic works fine, too. There is an excellent post on the RepRapPro blog describing the whole process from start to finish. This was something we just had to try ourselves, of course.