Author: Ross

Introducing Slicerhub

Slicerhub is a framework to power server based (‘cloud!’) slicing of 3D models for 3D printing. There will be a publicly addressable RESTful API up and running at Slicerhub.com soon. The project is fully open source under the BSD license. Slicerhub allows much lower powered machines to have models sliced on a much more powerful machine over the web. Imagine...

My entry to the Makerbot Customizer contest – Parametric box generator

So a while ago I tried to help a friend design a case for some electronics. Essentially some electronics enclosures. Towards that effort I developed a library that allowed me to build a basic t-slot powered box like below. Well, I decided to clean up the library, throw it up onto thingiverse as a customizable object and push the code...

Adventures in printing vol 1

The best words a significant other can say are “Can you print me something that does X?”. This past weekend my spouse asked me that very question. She wanted to know if I could print her something that would help her organize cans in stacks in our pantry. A quick search on thingiverse revealed that no-one had tackled this particular...

Build a Tony Stark Iron Man Gauntlet in a weekend

This Halloween I wanted to challenge myself a little bit for my costume so once I finally settled on Tony Stark I just had to put a gauntlet together. This video is of me with the final product. Not perfect but I’m happy with what I was able to get done even though it was in a very short time frame. I...

Cheap and Easy Tony Stark Arc Reactor

I really enjoy Halloween and use it as an excuse to spend more time working on fun projects. This year as a family we decided to all be superheros as the nicknames for our boys on our blogs has always super hero based. This year were going to be Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Tony Stark (Iron Man). You can guess who...

Makibox Hangout 2 Summary

Tonight Jon Buford hosted a hangout on AIR to answer questions from the community and interested parties. Some good questions were raised and the progress on the project is clearly moving along. During the hangout Jon covered several parts of the printer they’ve iterated on. The extrusion system using the pellet drive is now using a 2:1 gear ration instead of direct...

Fix Contact Form 7 not working with Dreamhost

Tonight my wife asked for my help trying to sort out why a plugin (Contact Form 7) was not working for a website she was working on for a client. Long story short after some trouble shooting it appeared that we were running into an issue where the e-mail address we were forwarding contact form responses to would work with...

Printrbot LC update – Finally

I do a great deal of micro-blogging on Google+  so check out the latest, my blog will remain with more stationary long term content versus status updates. So I’ve been printing for a while now and one of the flaws in the Printrbot design is that it will always wobble because the linear rods are not constrained along all axes of...

Shapeoko Progress Update

Well, my parts are all finally here and while it took a while I’m very very excited to get this mill up and running. Right now I’m rather swamped with graduate work (both school work and research) and my small family but I managed to grab a few hours Saturday night to work on the mill. Here is a shot...

Waiting for parts…. hack something else!

So I’m still waiting on the final parts for my CNC machine I took my hacking time this weekend and put together my own Rootooth. I bought the bluesmirf silver, a voltage regulator (and associated caps) and a cable to hack from http://www.sparkfun.com/.