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Five 3d printed projects I want to make

I have a bit of a thing for 3d printing. Ever since we moved our art-making into a space with several 3d printers (and then some!), I’ve been considering what I could make. Here is a list of some of my plans:

  1. A small custom game controller for the X box.

Someone I know got an x-box, but unfortunately he is finding the available controllers are too big for comfort. So I want to make a smaller controller customized with colors and designs he likes. Should be fun!

2. A light-weight puppet head.

The puppets we make are fairly light – but even a little weight wears on the hands after awhile! So I’d like to experiment with flexible but sturdy materials that weigh almost nothing.

Most likely, though, we’ll be using an Mcor Iris paper carving printer to do that job. It slices into stacks of copy paper (or whatever paper you want to recycle!), applies adhesive, and prints designs on the resulting sculpture. Recycling at it’s most fun!

3. A raspberry pi case

I dream of a wearable, audio only computer with just a keyboard for input. Tablet screens are too fragile for me, a bumbly electronics destroyer. So instead I’d love to have something I can strap to my wrist, plug headphones into, and use on the go by typing into it one handed. I will then attack it with glitter and sparkles!

4. Flat celtic jewelry pieces and ornaments

I’m already working on turning some of my knotwork designs into vector files that can then be used for 3d printing and laser etching. I pretty much just want to plaster knotwork into every conceivable type of object and surface.

5. Shelving that uses thumbtacks

Trying to find shelving that works for apartments which don’t allow screws was always very difficult for me! The stuff I did find was either big (as in full sized bookshelves) or not very sturdy. To solve this problem, I’d like to design something that will only leave thumbtack sized holes, but can hold up a decent amount of weight.

 

If you have a problem you’d like a 3d printed solution for, let me know! I’ve got room for more experiments!