I felt like Ralphie’s dad when he finally received his “Major Award” when I finally got my 3Doodler in December. It was like “The soft glow of 3D Printing bliss gleaming in the palm of my hands!”
So the first thing I made was a Santa hat for my FoldableMe, also a great Kickstarter project. Ok, really the first thing I made was those squiggly blobs in the photo….
Once I got the hang of using the 3Doodler I wanted to put it to the ultimate test: the very first ever 3D Printer Cage Match held at Chicago’s Beauty Bar. I had missed the deadline for entry so I entered under the radar. The battle took place in a very low lit room with most of the light being provided by a disco ball. The challenge was to 3D print a siege weapon to then fire marshmallows at the slower competitors trying to build their weapons. The odds were stacked against myself and the 3Doodler. We were up against formidable odds: a SeeMeCnc Orion and Rostock Max, Rep Rap, Ord Bot, UP! Plus 2, and even a Shapeoko mill.
But the competition didn’t even stand a chance. Little did they know I now had the most portable, easiest setup, fastest warm up times, and fastest design to construction times of any 3D printer on the market. Also the cheapest with no 3D modeling skills required!
With the release of the latest Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing and all of the new machines and products coming out at CES for 3D Printing, don’t count out the little guy the 3Doodler! It really provides the fastest way to go from idea to physical object, even though it might not be the prettiest object.
Download the stencil for the Desktop Catapult here. It will also be available on The 3Doodler web page too, where you can find a lot of other great designs. #Whatwillyoucreate?
Thank you to Simpleswitchlabs, SeeMeCNC, Inventables, and Beauty Bar
The first ever Bridgeport Day was a huge success! Even the rain was not a match for the community of the future. It was a great site to see. The parade at one point stretched about three blocks along Morgan with only one police escort leading the way. The Residents of Bridgeport marched on through the rain gaining momentum as they passed by onlookers that may of had no idea what was actually happening.
The parade ended at Benton house where the block party continued for the remainder of the day. The rain may have turned Benton House’s gym into an actual zoo, yes there was a sloth, but the event was still a huge success. The Pop Up Pup Park even saw a few four legged friends brave the weather to have a good time. We even got some help from past 26LAB students to help set up the Park.
Version Fest 12 starts today! There are going to be Pop Ups everywhere for the month of May in the neighborhood of the future, Bridgeport Chicago. There are going to be Pop Up bookstores, art galleries, donuts, parades, dog parks, and Bridgeport Day!
Collect all three, before the end of the year. A great last minute, FREE, X-mas gift for all. They look great on the desk, on the Christmas tree, in a stocking, or helping out with holding the new phone you got for X-mas. Have fun folding and have a great holiday. Princess, X-men, and Zombie.
Be careful you might poke your eye out!
Only for fun, any reproduction rights or copyrights belong to rzfolio.com & Robert Zylstra. See post below for ideas and finished Knuckle Bump.
Please VOTE for my entry! I designed and built this entire project in two days and I am excited about it. I only found out about the competition two days ago. I only have pretty much one day to collect a ton of votes. I thank you in advance! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
Click on the image to see the final project and please VOTE. Thank You!
A blog post later on this project, hopefully with some good news with your help.