Some time ago we heard about a research project for a 3d printed house. Later on, we discovered that it is being developed in Amsterdam by DUS Architects and pretty close to us so we decided to go for a visit today.
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 ‘pinties’ that we decided to start a shop in Etsy!
For the moment we have listed the two more popular items among our colleges 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.
We’d been reading about this technique called ‘vapor treating‘, that is supposed to smooth out the surface of prints. Bathing them in vapor of a solvent would blend the ridges so typical of 3d printing, so that the part would look almost injection-molded. This looked like something we’d like to try ourselves.
Different plastics require different solvents. The solvent for ABS plastic is acetone, which is both widely available and not too toxic. We have a lot of pieces lying around from semi-successful ABS printing experiments which are perfect candidates for some smoothing.
We really like this new purple filament, so we’ve decided to keep printing more purple thingies. And of course, we had to print this…
We’ve just got some new purple PLA and after doing our usual test (lego block printed correctly) we’ve decided to go for something else. And here it is, our new cute friend