Saturday, 21 May 2016

Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog
How did you get started?
     Probably the most common question I get asked at local events so here's my answer: I've always been curious about how things work, starting with simple Lego toys when I was younger and then moving to robotics in my teens, along with learning the basics of 3D design. Fast forward to 2008 when desktop 3D printers started to emerge and I was instantly curious. Now there was a way to bring some of the quirky things I'd designed on the computer over the previous years to life. But that was early days and building one of these machines was still more of an exercise for engineers in their spare time. I continued exploring what was possible with 3D design and then when I was visiting my local library I noticed they had a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer sitting on a table in a quiet corner. I asked the librarian about it and learned about Richmond Public Library's Launchpad program. After trying a couple of prints on their machine, I started looking into getting one of my own and after a bit of looking found that the best balance between cost and size was either the Prusa i3 or the Mini Kossel. September 2015 marked the month I purchased my initial mini kossel kit and by December I was designing and printing things on a fairly regular basis.
What do you Design?
For this one, pictures speak louder than words, so here's a few casual photos of some of my creations. 
GeoCat prototype
Chess Knight
Barn Owl Pendant

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