Superhero Clock to the rescue!! =========================

Since I didn’t get to go to comic con :(, I have decided to design/make a set of superhero clocks instead to show my geekery.

shop: alantronics.etsy.com [link] , just because I made a bunch as prototypes and… really, I can only own so many clocks. Hahah

**edit - due to some problems, I have removed the files from Thingiverse


3D Printing Marketplaces

Short list of functioning or future (in production) online 3d printing marketplaces:

1. Shapeways (the most popular with the biggest “3dprintouts” collection)

2. i.materialise (very interesting 3d printable art, jewellery and so on)

3. Ponoko (one of the earliest webpage to order 3d-printed things, laser cutting is also available!)

4.Sculpteo (recently backed by huge investment european 3d-printing marketplace)

5. Kraftwurx (“platform that empowers everyone to create, showcase, buy and sell personalized products with 3d printing”; huge thx seattle-gadgets.tumblr.com 4 reblog!)

6. Azavy (new player not yet online read more at 3ders.org)

7. MakerShop (new kid on the block available online! read more at 3ders.org)

8. Fabulonia (soon available “The world’s first 3D marketplace securing the originality and copyrights of designers with real, online copyright technologies, while keeping the creativity of 3D printing.”)

9.3DLT (soon available “3d Printing Template Marketplace For Everyday People)

10. Layer By Layer (in production “marketplace for the buying, selling, and sharing of 3D designs”)

11.Trinckle (new german 3d printing marketplace available online!)

12. Modelyst ( not yet available “all-in-one 3D printing service that allows users to: -Download, sell, create, share, purchase, send and gift 3D printing models, designs, and much more… “)

3D Printing Net/Hubs of local services:

1. makexyz (“get your model printed by a maker or print shop in your neighborhood”)

2. FabGate (“locale rapid prototyping or 3D print services”)

3. Presspin (new “3D printing peer-to-peer marketplace”)

4. 3dHub (very early project - local 3d printing marketplace by Brian and Bram, more info in 20 min video on blog.ultimaker.com)

Please if you know not mentioned above 3d printing marketplaces/nets or websites with similar functions reblog this or send tumblr private message! Thanks in advance. :) ~ personalfactory.tumblr.com

LeBigRep, a Giant 3D Printer


 is a monster RepRap capable of building within a 1-meter cube.

Inspired by the RepRap Project, the idea arose of having a machine which could actually produce objects exceeding the dimension of objects produced by desktop fabbing devices as the RepRap, Makerbot, etc.

Imagine printing furniture, sculptures and other life size structures and experimenting with materials which are maybe more useful on a larger scale, like concrete, home-cooked starch plastics, or maybe the leftovers of your cnc-mill mixed with some resin?, etc…

This project is about building a Repstrap kind of machine with a approx. build-envelope of 1m^3, designed with a focus on openness, extensibility and lots of room for experimentation.

Also as this machine is build in a repstrap kind of tradition, the materials used to build it will be easily accessible and comparably cheap..no fancy and expansive t-slot aluminum for now.

[Via Ponoko]


Ten rules for maker businesses by Christ Anderson

  1. Make a profit.
  2. It takes lots of cash to stay in stock.
  3. Buy smart.
  4. Basic business rules still apply.
  5. You get no leeway for being a Maker.
  6. Be as open as you can.
  7. Create a community to support and enhance your products.

  8. Design for manufacturability.

  9. Marketing is your job.

  10. Your second most important relationship is with your package carrier.

Ponoko – Blog

DIY Minifridge Beer vending machine kit - 3/4 by tinyenormous on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
3/4 view of soda / beer vending machine prototype. To be cut out of 3mm acrylic and actuated by an arduino.

The idea behind this is that most college students buy a mini-fridge freshman year and then sell it sophomore or junior year. This way they can turn their freshman mini-fridge into a senior beer vending machine!

With a rectangular hole cut in the front of the door and an acrylic tray for the delivery, this can convert any mini-fridge (or regular fridge!) into a party favorite. Two units would fit into the smallest of fridges, and a full size one might be able to support 8 or more!


When making a laser-cut structure one of your key design decisions will be how to join the pieces of your structure. The following are the different methods of joing laser-cut pieces that I have come across whilst researching the topic:

  • Tab and slot (upper-left) - This is the simplist method and relies on compression to hold the tab of one piece in the slot of another. See Ponoko’s blog for more information on the use of nodes and specific advice when using acrylic material.
  • Slot and Bolt (upper-right) - This goes by other names, including T-Slot and Tab-in-Slot, but I think Slot and Bolt best describes this approach. Tabs and slots are used to align pieces whilst a bolt and captive nut hold the pieces together securely. See Oomlout’s page on Instructables for more information.
  • Slot and Bolt variation (lower-left) - I haven’t seen this in use but a square nut is used in place of a hexagonal nut and there is no allowance for the bolt to go past the nut. It looks tidier but does require greater care when designing and when picking the parts to buy. See this MakeZine article for more information.
  • "Dragon-claw" (lower-right) - A novel approach, this method uses flexibility in the material to create a clip that holds a tab in a slot. This eliminates the need for additional parts. I think we’ll be seeing different variations of this approach in the future to suit different design requirements. See Adafruit’s guide to lasercutting for more information.

Inspired? I hope this helps you pick the best approach for your project and enjoy your laser-cutting!

Oh my gosh. I did some designs up and got them made and couldn’t be happier with them. I was resigned to the fact that I was going to have to redesign and this would be a practice batch but it worked! So happy.

Things to improve/note:
- I know I can add more detail in small objects (tiny ukulele!)
- the light shading is quite light
- eyes on fork could be deeper engraved

Next step:
- varnish (and finding out what type to use)
- brooch clips on the back

I’m so excited about these if anyone has any tips or ideas of what to make next I’d love some outside thoughts!