That really inspires me (and my kids ) to come up with some other fun, possibly even more useless stuff… Or maybe something useful for a change. We’ll be back.
I wonder if the following embedded caller will work
Note: I’m not impressed. It allows you to add a phone number… I thought it did the call there and then. Well, adding a phone number probably wont’ work either, since I haven’t put any credit on the account …
I’ve made a small robot that’s controllable using the Chronos Watch. It also has a robot arm on it. The video and more info is available on a separate page.
I changed my blog’s name from ‘Disruptive Messaging’ to ‘Gadget Dreams…’. I think it’s probably quite appropriate.
I’ve added a webcam to my 3D printer. It’s viewable as a live video here. If you get an error message, it means I’m not printing anything. The web page requires Java.
I am so happy with it. I can really recommend Makerbot Thing-o-matic to anyone who wants to make stuff in 3D. In fact, everyone should have one! I was lucky to get the new stepper based plastruder when I ordered, and it works so well. I had thought the quality would be poorer than Shapeways etc, but it’s really comparable (for the stuff that uses the same print process).
I’ve printed in PLA and ABS. Both are great. PLA doesn’t stick so well to the platform, but is really beautiful. ABS works well, no problems there.
The automatic build platform is cool, though the base isn’t completely fixed (there is a plastic belt, and if the object is pushed slightly the plastic belt lifts off the surface slightly). So for really precise builds, it’s probably better to not use the automatic build platform. But for my use, it works well and I’m happy.
I really feel this concept will create some serious waves. It’s great stuff. Just now I’m printing a holder for Nespresso-coffee-capsules. Yesterday my kids made some designs on 3dtin.com and we printed it on the thing-o-matic. Easy even for a 4 and 6 year old. Sketchup also works well, with the STL plugin, but 3dtin is clearly the easiest (though not as powerful).
(this text is also copied to the 3d printer page I set up)
My thing-o-matic has arrived. All in order, except an error in the shipping. It seems two people called Lars in Norway both ordered a printer that was shipped on the same day, and they switched the printers. So some of the extras were mixed and we have to ship them to each other, but the printer is there.
I built it (took about 1 day) and it’s now printing its first calibration cube.
More to follow