3D Printed Medieval Barbie Armor

Zheng3’s Kickstarter project is to design 3D printable medieval armor for Barbie dolls. I see this as being a great transition to help girls ease their doll play from “let’s go shopping” to a much more active and kick-ass “let’s fight that nasty dragon and save the village.”

Son of RatRacer: Mouse Car

After the initial failure described in yesterday’s blog post about the RatRacer, I thought I would scale down the problem a bit. I figured it would be easier to iterate through design tweaks when big parts took 20 minutes to print versus 120 minutes per part. If I ended up with a sound design for … Continue reading Son of RatRacer: Mouse Car

On designing and building the Rat Racer

As you might have guessed from the previous post about attic rats, I had a few leftover rat traps. And what does one do with leftover traps? I supposed you could do something cool with ping pong balls, but I did not have nearly enough traps or ping pong balls. I have a vague childhood … Continue reading On designing and building the Rat Racer

Designing the Chubby Tricorder

Part 2 in a series. The story so far: a secret surprise puzzle game, a gadget that had to “contain” a piece of paper upon opening, the decision to make that gadget electronic with screen and keypad and to make that paper printed on demand by a thermal printer. Would it work???

The Chubby Tricorder Project: designing a digital puzzle box

Recently, I had the pleasure of building a puzzle-hunt gadget. The circumstances surrounding this particular device and hunt were extremely unique. The puzzle hunt was for an audience of one — a surprise birthday party for my friend Curtis.