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


You guys! My prototype 2015 charms came in! I have some minor tweaks I’d like to implement before batch ordering, but I’m super pleased with the results. They’re on cherry veneer and are ridiculously cute!

Out of curiosity, what’s your favorite design? I’ll be taking suggestions into consideration when ordering numbers. My fav is the chibi Kara with the print on her dress, but the jackalope, the utahraptor, and the lucky cat are all REALLY cute. I can’t wait to have these at upcoming cons.

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]


Nattosoup: Wooden Charm Production with Ponoko

My fiance did me a huge favor and wrote about his digitization process for our wooden charms.  I’ve used a couple other charm services in the past, like Printcess and Ink It Labs, to create acrylic charms, and this was our firs time using a 3D Printing/Laser Cutting company like Ponoko to make charms.  I’m really happy with how they turned out, and definitely plan on using them for future projects!  If you’re interested in making your own charms, or are looking for alternatives to Zap and 

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


I designed a toy robot! He’s a variant design on my previous Skullbot that I had 3D printed. I designed the pieces in Illustrator and had them laser cut by Ponoko. They sent the pieces to me through mail and I assembled it just using wood glue. A lot of the parts interlocked with wooden pins I included in the cuts and dovetail joints. The material I used were two tones of bamboo plywood and particle board.I had tons of fun building this and I think I’ll definitely do this again.