Makerbot 3D printer


I am completely flabbergasted. For Christmas this year, my father got me a Makerbot. To be specific, it’s a Make Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

It can do so much I feel nearly overwhelmed to be honest. I’ve made so many things already, I’m all over the place. Just to show its capabilities, here’s a printed Yoda bust-

Skateboard Couch

After helping Capsule Boardshop relocate their store front, I was left with around 20 old skateboards that kids had donated to the shop at various points in time.

I made a frame and screwed some boards together

Pretty much done, I just need to give it some legs

Finally fit for sitting-

Engraved Calculator!

One day I had the idea engrave calulators with a V-carve bit. I started with my own, just in case something went terribly wrong.

Here’s another one featuring a logo from the popular TV show, Gurren Laggan, for my friend Matt. I rubbed some red wax into it the engraving and then clear-coated the cover to highlight and protect the engraving –

And last but not least, a Narwal on my friend Kelly’s calculator!

Inlays

One common project in my school’s Honors Engineering course was to make inlays with our Techno CNC Router. Like so –

Basically, we took a CAD file and separated it into two halves – a base with pockets to inlay material into and inserts that nested in the base. The results could be quite stunning when a project was well executed!

Back in January I made the Intel logo for my Honors Engineering midterm:


To start I needed a base, and to make the base so I used the Raster to Vector function in Mastercam, and pocketed out my newly born vector/dwg file. I used a piece of oak for this first part.

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Next off, I took the outside of the chain and gave it a 200th of an inch offset inwards, in order for my inlayed pieces to fit! This time with some Cherry:


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The next logical step was is to sand the cherry to be flush with the oak, and hope that the sawdust will fill in any unintentional cracks or outlines This surely did the trick, after I had a nice smoothly sanded surface, I applied many many coats of polyurethane and admired my work.

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I’ve even reverse engineered the cutouts for a drop-through truck on my Omen Pike Longboard, and make what I call a Pike-Plug to covert the drop deck into a topmount board


Another inlay of mine was a nameplate for my spanish teacher, Sr. Rameriez


And here’s an Android logo, done with hardwood and polycarbonate, backlit with Green LEDs-