How small can we print?

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 printĀ 15 mini purple tentacles.

The purple tentacle model is about 7cm tall and the base is 5cm diameterĀ 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

The Fabsterdam Outlet is open

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

The Fabsterdam Photo Studio

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.

Purple Tentacle in the spotlight.
Purple Tentacle in the spotlight.

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Why conduct you need free Musically tastes?

Jacob Sartorius is past due. He came across supported up during the studio room, so where he gives a two writers in individual areas churning off songs in songs in songs. this as well as the very auditions (he most recently trained to try and UTA, one of the more efficiently talent corporations in Hollywood), a minor getting close to universe tour simply to the belief that hes apt to dip his wash bubble-gum single, All My close friends.

When i get back to my hotel location every night, i think about the way delighted i am to be acting what Ive originally dreamed of, says Sartorius. Chewing gum simply to tending to try and his gravity-defying teen-idol coiffure, hes quite definitely in availability shedding this premature october day in a Los Angeles photo studio room. The very 13-year-old has been a pop star during the making: His debut ode to try and PG courtship, Sweatshirt, hit and no. 90 at the Billboard widespread 100, simply to All My Friends wound up debuting in and no. 25 at the Pop virtual songs graph. Simply to he owes all that to try and something most young adults possess non-etheless not at all detailed of: Musical. Ly, a minor video-based social press context that all tens of an incredible number of children all over the world make use of, originally to try and transmit 15-second clips of themselves lip-syncing to try and hit songs. Sartorius has themes in bringing in that an all over the world superstar, says Jbeau Lewis, the very songs agent in UTA who would works with him, with his principal Musical. Ly supporters that offer the source.

Musical. Ly is most things: a minor hit mobile app that all topped the very iOS App store free of charge graph in July 2015 simply to hasnt minimized of the more efficiently 40 simply because; a minor scorching-hot startup by a $500 mil valuation (simply because estimated by simply TechCrunch in-may) simply to more than 133 mil Musers all over the world; as well as a promotional context embraced out of the songs a market due to its capability to translate song clips into streams simply to product sales. Simply to by having half of most western world teens (depending on the companys quotation) out of the app, Musical. Ly has become a bona fide social elegance, gentle inspiring pearl-clutching amongst olds, extracted from parents fretting more than sexualized child years simply to online predators to try and traditionalists wondering the very artistic validity of lip-syncing. That it might not be Elvis thrusting his hips or conventional Enemy speaking fact to try and professional but then again, was going to anyone whos not a teen admit that it whether or not Musical. Ly accomplish symbolize a new frontier in pop?

Hope any youthquake, a group of savvy young adults add more off the early tremors. It was progressive elegance word-of-mouth, is the way Alex Hofmann, Musical. Lys 35-year-old innovator of the us, clarifies the very apps leap extracted from ten mil finish business people one year ago to try and just now, and once 13 mil are added each month. Teens in any other platforms was going to be aware a partner describe a minor Musical. Ly video, hope that it, download the very app simply to call on his or her close friends to try and try that it.

Hofmann, who would grew up in Germany simply to relieve his oral in Teutonic context giant SAP, is soft-spoken by having a slight accent simply to gives a enough real enthusiasm as part of the Musers (simply because Musical. Lys business people are agreed), who would he says are hope our children. a few days once the Sartorius was snapping his gum during the photo studio room, Hofmann sits during the companys as-yet-unfurnished wash Santa Monica digs. The very Shanghai-based startup, and this employs 100 business people all over the world, on its own shifted its western world outpost extracted from a minor WeWork location in san francisco bay area to try and here the very hangar-like principal location would be painted Musical. Ly reddish colored before the day has gone out. In the last two weeks he has been to try and China, the very Philippines (amongst its fastest-growing gives a) simply to back amongst. Musical. Ly debuted in August 2014, shortly after co-founder/co-CEO Alex Zhu, 37, who was apt to run out of funds available for his educational video new products, observed teens at the Silicon Valley commuter instruct bobbing his or her heads to try and songs in their earbuds simply because firing selfies simply to movies. Zhu just now oversees points extracted from Shanghai by having Luyu Yang, 35, then one co-founder/co-CEO. (Yang, hope Zhu, was born in China. )

And once he was brought onboard in 2015 simply to musically hearts hack tasked by having flourishing the very apps little league, Hofmann add more as to what he phone calls community do something, consulting 50 to try and 100 Musers each day. It was required to become familiar with them more efficiently, he says, to start with what excites them, simply to then: Lets on its own accomplish some more of this.

Hofmann launched attributes as a leaderboard, improved friend-finding, video Q&As, duets by having any other Musers simply to privilege-granting Best fan Forever badges. And the apps availability pertinent Musers am going to slow come up available for more efficiently mouth-to-music comparative, simply to you may get results galore children may use to try and seamlessly polish his or her teaches Musical. Ly have taken off and so rapidly simply to altogether that many parents were previously used by simply shock, simply to here and there previously used aback, by simply his or her childrens wash obsession. (as per reviews, the business, and this is focused on elegance but still bringing in answers to make money, gives a even so to try and earn significantly revenue or switch a minor revenue. )

In a way, Musical. Ly grades the very pop-culture using field: Justin Bieber detailed fame in YouTube by simply singing simply to strumming guitar along to try and pop songs. Effective Musers hope charisma, however they dont hope musical chops (or traditional video-editing skills, for the whole stage). Before Musical. Ly, i wasnt probably the most outgoing, says Sartorius, who would started acting in musicals in 7 simply to was bullied for this reason. The app helped me goof off. Its hope no one is investigating aside from the camera.

Smooooooth

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.

ABS Vapour smoothing setup

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