Our little girl is growing ridiculously fast. This project was over due. I made a height board for our son when he was about a year old, our daughter is just shy of 18 months. Our sons board was made with spray paint and stencils.
With the 3D printers and laser cutter at our disposal now I wanted to try a different route this time
Using abs I 3d printed the letters for our daughters name. The letters are 3mm thick and about 90mm tall. the printed very nicely with no warping at all.
Using the laser cutter I created a basic alignment tool from acrylic, the letters were glued on in a jiffy and the board is ready to be installed!
On the next iteration, a gift for a friends daughter, we are going to try laser cutting the letters from colored acrylic.
I had te chance to play with some more slate last night.
I tried a couple things and all came out pretty decent. I used my friends name, BAZ as a guinea pig.
The laser can easily engrave the letters in a traditional raster engraved sense.
With a little twist in Corel I also created the rubber stamp look, etching material away, leaving the letters behind.
Last fun twist was using the vector cut mode to get a deeply engraved outline for the letters. I really like the rubber stamp look the best. The vector cut lines are clean and crisp, but almost too precise to be plainly visible from a distance.
Tonight was great. We recently had a request from Jason, a CS student at UNH Durham, to come see what we are up to and interview us as small business owners for a project in his Ethics in Business Communications course. His project is based on 3D printing as a means for rapid prototyping and development for small business.
Here is a great example of a customer request for printing an existing design. We were asked to print this electronics case in the lightest, strongest form possible for use on a radio controlled airplane. The .stl's came from thingiverse and we used blue ABS. Total weight is less than 4 grams and the ABS is very sturdy. The custom enclosure keeps everything safe for flight for the customer in a bright blue color for just $7.50!
I recently attended some online training after reading this:
Industry News: Plastic bearings are a real thing now... Design News article on plastic composite bearings
After seeing the hard, self lubricating plastic at work in the demos and training material we went looking for samples of the material.
We have samples of the IGUS iGlide 3D printable material in stock before you can buy them.
The applications i have seen for this material include more of what i would call a 'bushing'... stay tuned for test prints!