When I tell people that I have a 3D printer, many of them ask something like „what on earth could you possibly want to print with that?“. The best answer would be: a lot! I have only recently startet this YouTube channel. To help me with that, I have already printed a number of things, three of which I would like to show you now.
If you work a lot with cameras, you usually also have lots of SD cards. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little box where you can put them in?
I’ll show you how I design such things with Sketchup, but of course you can also download the files on Fluxing.de.
First I need to know the dimensions of the SD card.
Then I open the CAD program Sketchup. The free version will do.
It looks something like this. It is important that the unit uf the model is set to millimeters.
First I draw a rectangle. I click into one corner and draw the rectangle. However, I do not click for the other corner, but I simply enter the desired edge lengths in millimeters and confirm this with the return key.
A 3D printed roller blinds – is that possible? Well, yeah – sort of.
I had the Fluxing logo printed on a tarp to hang it in front of my window as a roller blind. Unfortunately you can’t buy a roller blind with your own design, and I thought it was too expensive buy a suitable roller blind just to disassemble it, especially since I still had a chain from an old roller blind.
So I used Sketchup to reconstruct the mechanism. To explain that in detail takes too long here, but I wil happily make a Sketchup Tutorial if you want me to. Here are the files:
I trimmed a broom stick with a diameter of 24mm to the correct length.
Now we need hot glue. Pro tip: While the hot glue gun is heating up, you can eat some cookies. I can easily do half a pack in that time.
The caps are glued to the broom handle.
I temporarily fixed the tarp to the stick tape. It is still is, by the way.
The edge of the tarp must be exactly straight. Maybe I should have marked this. The tarp is rolled up and fixed.
Now the two brackets are screwed on. Don’t forget washers inside and outside!
I designed the brackets with holes to screw them to the wall. But since I have smooth basement walls, I am lazy, and the hot glue is still hot, I simply glued the bracket to the wall. That seems to work very well.
And that’s how the roller blind works. But it’s still very wavy. I thought it might hang straighter if I stuck an old wooden strip to the bottom as weight. That was a silly idea.
In the local hardware store I bought a clamping profile for about 2 Euro. I pushed it onto the lower edge of the tarp from the side. But be careful, if it slips out, it only helps to start from the beginning. I made a pencil mark on my second attempt to see if the tarp slipped away.
Now only saw off the surplus end of the profile. It’s looking pretty good.
You see, a 3d printer is very handy for printing all sorts of stuff that you just don’t have at hand. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments, I will answer as soon as possible. So bye for now, see you next time!
Have you ever watched snow melt? Or snails racing? Or grass growing?
Modern cameras usually have a time-lapse function, which allows actions that take hours to be compressed into a few seconds. But how do you get a smooth camera movement over this long time?
With a motorized dolly. And where do you get one? Build it yourself. It’s not difficult, it’s fast, and its ridiculously cheap. I’ll show you how I did it.
We need some kind of base plate first. I still had this sawn off end of a shelf lying around. I ordered most of the other components directly from Aliexpress in China. It takes forever for the parts to arrive, but everything is incredibly cheap. We need a motor controller, a very slow running motor and three furniture castors. I bought them locally and together they are the most expensive part in this project. Also a battery holder for eight AA-batteries. 8 times 1,5v results in 12V. In the description I will give you links to the parts.
The axle of one of the three furniture castors is drilled out. I’ll put the wheel on the motor for a trial. The motor gets connected to the controller. I first had to figure out what goes where, because everything is labeled in Chinese. in this case the motor connectors are left and the input voltage right.