Tic Tac Box Challenge

Challenge: Make something to turn a Tic Tac box into something new then share your design with the world. Yesterday, I finished a box of Tic Tac Mixers (Cherry Cola flavored of course) and was about… Continue reading

Desktop CNC: Carvey Unboxing

Last year during the National Week of Making, Inventables CEO, Zach Kaplan committed to donating a CNC machine to a school in every state. One of the schools I support, the Loudoun Academy of… Continue reading

3DP: Women’s History Month – 0 Results

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contribution of women to events in history and modern society. It was in the back of my mind to check what items were… Continue reading

Makerspace Design Criteria

I provided input about makerspace design to the architects planning a new school in my district. To plan for the meeting, I went to the source at the K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces group. I summarized… Continue reading

3D Printing Easter Eggs

Holidays are a great opportunity for makers to challenge themselves to create new designs and try new techniques and then share them with the world. Every holiday is an evergreen design challenge that… Continue reading

3DP Woven Texture

Happy accident.   Printing a model using code sliced for 0.8mm with a 0.4mm nozzle produced this beautiful woven appearance. The overall texture is reminiscent of lace or wicker. The model was printed… Continue reading

Brainstorm: 3D Printer Shootout for Students

Educators are constantly asking me for 3D printer buying advice. I usually refer them to the Make magazine 3D printer reviews as a starting point. I have been a reviewer for the annual Make 3D… Continue reading

Remixing Classic Art

The heist of a priceless bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum in Berlin by means of 3D scanning and 3D printing has been in the new recently and sparked debate and controversy. Articles by… Continue reading

Lithophane Test Card

Lithophane Test Cards are designed to help users determine the optimal print settings for 3D printed lithophanes. Variables such as filament color, opacity, slicer settings and lighting display conditions can have a dramatic… Continue reading

3D Printing Graphs with Desmos

3D print a graph using this workflow that utilizes Desmos.com and other online tools to generate a STL file. Pictured here is the Lists: Falling Ladder example from Desmos. Graph to 3D Print… Continue reading

Tuskegee Airmen – 3D Design Challenge

The Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex, will be celebrating the contribution of African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/african-american/ “The day will include… Continue reading

Outsider Art Fair 2016 Submissions

A few weeks ago, I saw a tweet mentioning a 3D design contest. “Wide Open Arts will host a curated booth of imaginary towers in the upcoming Outsider Art Fair | NYC (Jan 21-24… Continue reading