3D Printed Paddle Boat

I printed this cool little paddle boat over the weekend. It was simple to print and just needs an elastic band to power it.

The model was made by user swtchrwr  on Thingiverse.

Click here for a link to the model and the settings I used to print it. I printed the hull at 5% infill to make it nice and light.

Because the boat at full scale was too big for my printer I printed it at 60%. The pegs and paddle were too big for the hull so I printed the paddle at 50% and the pegs at 60% with a few mm taken off the width and depth.

Hopefully I will be looking at printing a steam powered boat next.

3D Printer

I have been so busy playing with my 3D printer that I have neglected posting about it. I find it to be a deceptively simple machine with much configuration required to get things going smoothly.

I have got to the stage now where I can look at a 3d model and make the required tweaks to suite the printing of that particular model. This helps to avoid wasting time and filament on prints that are doomed to fail and is particularly important when you consider printing can take many hours.

Here is one of my favourite prints so far. Bender from Futurama painted using Tamiya paints. I downloaded model for this print from thingiverse details are underneath the images

 

Bender Bust by cerberus333

Published on November 13, 2013

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:182789

Finishing the idbox 3D Printer

Its been a while since I posted about the 3D printer build. This is because I decided to wait for the rest of the parts to arrive before finishing it all in one go.

I apologise that there may be a few black holes in this section of the build where I am missing photos.

Here is a summary of the second half of the build. Continue reading Finishing the idbox 3D Printer

Poseable 3D Models & First Blender Creations Printed

I decided to have a go at making a basic 3D humanoid in blender. After a little research I gave it ago and I am rather pleased with my initial results.

manCreate

Here I am using a mirror modifier Continue reading Poseable 3D Models & First Blender Creations Printed

A Quick Clip Of Animated Tank Tracks In Blender

Again this is a very basic model and I am already playing around with better ways of doing this using physics and motors.

The animation was made by moving the y coordinates of the duplicated track piece forwards or backwards by the width of the track piece.

The video demonstrates one track going forward and the other going backwards.