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You truly can 3D Print anything! Some of my latest prints

By: Charles Gantt | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 @ 0:06 CST

CES is always a big deal for everyone in the tech media world, and here at TweakTown we work hard at providing the best content on the web. 2014 will be my first year attending CES for TweakTown, although I have attended in the past with other sites.


This year I will be handling most of the CES Video work for TweakTown, and will be conducting interviews with representatives from many of the largest names in tech. As such TweakTown as well as myself invested in some decent hardware for these video interviews. Imagine my surprise when I realized I forgot a very important (in my opinion) piece of the puzzle, the microphone flag. Above you will see my solution to this dilemma. I designed and printed a microphone flag for CES, and touched things up with some custom vinyl stickers I cut out at my MakerSpace. You can download the .stl as well as sketchup files from Thingiverse.


This week I also printed a desktop organizer that will hold up to 24 USB thumb drives for TweakTown's own Tyler Bernath. This is also something I designed from scratch and printed using my Lulzbot AO-100 3D Printer. The organizer is built on a 20-percent infill so the end result is light, yet sturdy, and Tyler can now keep all of his thumb drives neat and organized. You can download the 24-USB-Drive holder from Thingiverse.


After doing some maintenance on my AO-100 I wanted to print something funky and fun. The object needed to be useful, and at the same time allow me to stress the printer to see if my issues were fixed. I found this neat little twisted spiral vase that I scaled down to 75-percent its original size. The end result is quite stunning, and makes for an excellent pencil holder. You can download the vase at Thingiverse.


One of my Christmas Traditions is to create a unique ornament for both myself and my nephew. Since both of us are huge Star Wars fans, I decided to print some cool Yoda Snowflakes I found on Thingiverse. I printed them in a forest green PLA that Voltivo sent me, and the end result was simply amazing. I would like to note that I did not design this object.


Finally, here is a sneak peak at a calibration print I made on one of the printers I have in for review. This print is not indicative of the printers capabilities, as the machine had only had basic calibration, and a completely wrong Slic3r config file was used. I did not realize this until the print was 5 hours in and at that point it was too late to stop. Yoda has a nice crack in his head where the layers separated due to a lower than ideal nozzle temperature that was the result of the bad Slic3r config. If you would like to try printing Yoda for yourself, check out the model on Thingiverse.

Please Note: This blog is not edited by TweakTown staff, and may not represent the thoughts or opinions of TweakTown or its editors.

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