About a year ago I designed and printed a 1/4 cup measuring cup. You see, I needed a good way to measure cat food. I only needed the one size, so buying a whole set of measuring cups seemed like a waste. With a MakerBot in the other room, I figured it was best to make just the one size of measuring cup.
Inspired by the book “Gödel, Escher, Bach,” I designed a 3D-printable monogram cube that you can customize with your own initials.
Yesterday I taked about fixing a cat toy. Today, I should briefly mention the one I designed a couple of weekends ago. I’ve had the idea kicking around in my head for quite a few months to design a treat-dispensing cat toy. Surprisingly, there is not one already on Thingiverse. I sketched out a quick [...]
In coming decades you’ll be able to 3D print a reliable gun. No license. No background check. This is the Star Trek replicator future that we will find ourselves in, ready or not.
At work, we have motion-activated sinks. This is great in theory, but the ones we have seem to be pre-set with a very specific focal length. The following picture marks the spout, the sensor, and the approximate range of locations where movement is detected. It works perfectly. *IF* you contort your wrists and turn your [...]
If you scroll back a month, you will find my article entitled The Universal Catapult for Seej. It talks about a small toy catapult I designed and printed for a tabletop war game. You would not know it because there is no mention of other versions, but it is entirely focused on the 3rd revision [...]
As a kid, I may have watched War Games a few too many times. In all my re-watchings, though, I do not believe I consciously noticed the incidental scene at about 1h:11m in which the camera pans around the WOPR computer. During a recent rewatching at a friend’s house, I noted that scene where the [...]
I was talking to zheng3 this morning via Twitter and an idea occurred to me. It would be great if Thingiverse had a way to subscribe/friend/follow particular designers. …so I found a way to do so.
I discovered I needed a few more irrigation hose stakes to keep things tidy and in place. Instead of making the trip across town — waiting for the bus or fighting for parking at the local nursery — to buy a $1 bundle of plastic stakes, of which I only needed one or two, I decided to do what any self-respecting maker would do: design some.
In the late 1700s Eli Whitney, the designer of the cotton gin, developed muskets with interchangeable parts to help the United States military. The manufacture of objects with interchangeable parts was soon a key factor in the industrial revolution. Mr. Whitney is perhaps a little anachronistic when brought alongside castle and siege warfare, but we can use the principles he championed to build a better piece of siege machinery.