Friday, 17 June 2011

But is it art?

For the most part, 3D printing is about practical applications rather than art.

Making sculptures is not easy, and the finish is a tad rough, but it can be done.

This is just the FireBrick F/B logo twist extruded in openscad. It has come out quite nicely, and makes a change from printing TARDISs.

Right now I am printing all sorts, just to see if I do indeed have the machine set up reliably.

It seems I may have to clean out the hot end when I start up, but after that it just works job after job.

Of course the problems just move up a level - I can now print the box and lid I designed for a small PCB and connectors. Issue is now that the design had a tiny join between the "clip" to hold the lid on, and the rest of the lid, and so it just snapped off - I have to think about design issues now I have the printing itself sorted.

Next challenge is ABS, which means a new hot bed that gets a lot hotter than this one. Seems like some combination of aluminium and glass and 25W resistors I expect. That will take a while and I suspect I'll be cleaning up shattered glass at some point.

4 comments:

  1. Sorry Fav Brother-in-law, but it does not look like art to me lol , keep trying though xxx

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  2. It's art because you suffered for it.
    Congrats on persevering and getting it to work.

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  3. Hey, isn't art all about working with the possibilities and the limitations of the material? Like hiring Ken Adam to design an underwater volcano headquarters for your movie villain, or writing a haiku.

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  4. Writing a poem
    in seventeen syllables
    is very diffic !

    :-)

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