Wednesday, January 25, 2017

3D Printed and Painted Millennium Falcon

I've been moving things around and creating a painting/crafting nook for myself. I just painted a whole bunch of things yesterday and wanted to share one today.

Yesterday, every time I finished painting something, I would send a picture to Jason. He wrote back, "Good job. Now do the Millennium Falcon." and then I would send another picture, and the same thing, "Cool! Do the Millennium Falcon. NOW." ha. 

All right. All right! ha. 

Here it is before painting↓
3D digital file of Millennium Falcon found on Thingiverse

First paint layer↓


The person who created this 3D design took artistic license with the Millennium Falcon, so I had to also in the painting details.


I'll have more painted 3D objects to show you soon. 


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

3D Printed Trophy Wife

Today is my 4th Wedding Anniversary. I wasn't going to post anything about it, but it's 3D printing I must. ha.  

If you follow my blog you might remember the first post I did on the topic of 3D printing. I talked about buying my husband, Jason, a 3D printer for Christmas after hearing, all too often, "If I had a 3D printer, I could print one for you" at every turn.

Well, since we are both crafty, we always make Birthday and Anniversary cards for each other.  I made one with a picture of him pointing to a #1 Wife trophy and saying that same phrase, "If I had a 3D Printer, I could make one for you". On the inside I said, "So What's stopping you? If I knew how, I'd make one for you, my #1 Husband."  

Don't you know, I just came home to find this on the 3D printer. ↓
3D Printed #1 Wife Trophy via
3D printed trophy digital file from user  tc_fea

3D Printed #1 Wife Trophy via
#1 Wife Trophy 2.75" tall. 

The guy is pretty creative, and what quick turnaround! I was so surprised and thrilled.

And just like that, I'm a trophy wife. ha. Happy 4th Anniversary to us, and a great big thank you to my sweet Jason. I am so lucky to have found you. (Okay. I might be getting a bit too sappy, even for blogger. 🤣)


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Art Is Therapy: Acrylic Handpainted Mini Wooden Bowls

A few years ago we received some cute little wooden bowls in our Christmas stockings. I didn't know at the time, but they are for condiments when you are cooking. I just use them around the house to hold little trinkets, and I always had the idea in the back of my mind to paint them. 

When we started 3D printing after Christmas time and I was painting Jason's prints, I found that I couldn't put the paint brushes down. I was possessed. I was looking around the house, thinking, "What can I paint? What can I paint?" So, I found my little bowls. 

You can see Mollie inspecting them. I think she approves. ↓

I had so much fun painting them. I got completely lost in the process. It was so relaxing to randomly paint shapes and designs, and mix colors.    

I left a painted area on the bottom for my initials. ↓

One of them hasn't been painted yet because, at the time, I forgot about it, as it stays in my bedroom and holds my rings at night. 

Since it worked out that I have a bowl with a red background and another with blue, then it will be only logical (and fun) to paint the third one with a yellow background. After they are all three painted, then I will put polycrylic on them to protect the surface. 

I will post a little update when they are all painted and sealed. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

3D Printed Stonehenge, Death Star, Electronic Arts and The Police.

So, yesterday, as you might have guessed, (or at least my one and only loyal follower guessed. hi Debra!) we were printing a 3D Stonehenge. ↓
3D Printed Stonehenge via
3D Death Star digital file by Thingiverse user Spacerobot775

I would kind of consider this print questionable, because the base turned out so thin and flimsy, even though Jason printed it at 200%. I can't even imagine how it would print much smaller than this. It is already so tiny at 200%. ↓
3D Printed Stonehenge via
3D Death Star digital file by Thingiverse user Spacerobot775

3D Printed Stonehenge via
3D Death Star digital file by Thingiverse user Spacerobot775

And another thing, it is so hairy. That's hard to clean up after the filament dries and those little leftover hairs harden.
3D Printed Stonehenge via
3D Death Star digital file by Thingiverse user Spacerobot775

3D Printed Stonehenge via
3D Death Star digital file by Thingiverse user Spacerobot775

But, I'll still give painting a go, and I'm sure it will be cute. 

Here are a couple things that I actually painted for those who think I am a complete procrastinator. 😏

The Death Star. ↓
3D Printed Death Star via
3D Death Star digital file by Thingiverse user embeddedjunkie 

This was printed in pieces, with two halves and a center ring, and it was glued together after I painted it. 
3D Printed Death Star via
3D Death Star digital file by Thingiverse user embeddedjunkie

By the way, have you seen the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One? We saw it, and I thought it was pretty good. Nowhere near as good as the original trilogy, which were movie perfection, but better than the prequel trilogy, in my humble opinion. 

Back to 3D prints. If you know the video game company, Electronic Arts, you might recall their early days logo: ↓

And here is their current logo, which you might be more familiar with today: ↓

Jason's first 3D design created with the free 3D design program, Tinkercad was an homage to Electronic Arts' original logo with the cube, sphere and cone. Though, when I saw it, I thought of something completely different. So, and I kind of commandeered it, and painted it as an homage to my favorite band, The Police: ↓

3D printed cube, sphere, cone via

Notice the cube, sphere, and cone in the album cover below, and the screenshot from the video of their 1986 version of "Don't Stand So Close to Me", which if we are talking old vs new, that 1986 version just screams 1980s, while the original is timeless. I'm glad they never got around to rerecording anymore of their hits, which was apparently the plan at the time.  

The Police Don't Stand So Close To Me video screenshot via


So you see? I have painted some things after all. and I will get to the rest of them as soon as I have that dedicated painting space I've been dreaming about....Jason. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Rome Was Built In A Bit More Than A Day And A Half: 3D Printed Colosseum.

Hello World! In yesterday's post, I showed you the beginning of the Rome Colosseum being printed. It started printing Thursday evening at 7:15, and was done today (Saturday) around 10:30am. So, a bit more than a day and a half.

Here it is still in progress yesterday at about 4:00p.m. It's pretty cool to see the layers as they build up....slowly. ↓
3D printed Rome Colosseum via
3D Colosseum digital file from user CausalJoemama7
And here it is completed!↓ 
3D printed Rome Colosseum via

It is so cute, I can't handle it. 

3D printed Rome Colosseum via

3D printed Rome Colosseum via

3D printed Rome Colosseum via

3D printed Rome Colosseum via

It still has to be cleaned up a bit. It has a lot of hairy bits stuck in the arches.                   
3D printed Rome Colosseum via

But overall, for our printer, I think it did a great job. 

I told Jason we should just dunk it in a bucket of paint. He said, "Oh no. You have to paint inside each one of those tiny little arches." My brain hurts just thinking about it. 

Up next. Can you guess? ↓
3D printing via

Here it is with the Colosseum for comparison. This one is even more teeny tiny!↓
3D printed Rome Colosseum via

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rome Wasn't Built In A Day: 3D Printing Takes Patience.

Hello world! As I type my post today, this is what is currently on the printer.  I don't have to tell you what it is, do I?
3D Colosseum print via

3D Colosseum print via

Yes, of course! You got it! The Colosseum!
Rome Colosseum

Colosseum digital file by user CasualJoeMama7
As the old adage goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day". Well, let me tell you a little something about 3D printing. You must...have...patience. 

Depending on the size and settings of your file, it could take anywhere from a few minutes to days for something to print. This current print of the Colosseum? It started last night at around 7:15 and it's only now at 34%. Jason said it should take a day and a half. 😲 So much for that production line I was envisioning. 

And to add more adventure to this world of 3D printing I find myself in, this is how it usually goes after something is sent to print, which is usually when I am not around: 

Me: What are ya printing? 
Jason: I don't know.
Me: OMG. 
Jason: {smirks and shows those dimples}
Me: Did you design it yourself? 
Jason: No.
Me: Have I seen this on Thingiverse? 
Jason: I don't know. 
Me: Is it something I asked you to print?
Jason: Maybe. 
Me: {Looking at what is printed so far and trying to guess from the shape and size} 
Me: Is it a figurine or something gadgety? 
Jason: I don't know. 
Me: Will you just tell me?!
Jason: You'll see. {more smirks and dimples}
Me: OMG. 

The boy doesn't budge. 

So, last night I went to bed not knowing what this thing was going to be. This morning when I saw the first slight nubbies cropping up, I went to Jason with my guess, and all I got was another smirk. Although, this time it was meant as confirmation that I was correct! The Colosseum it is!

The thing is, he'd been trying to get this print started for the past few days but was having problems with the filament. The print bed is heated, and you want the softened filament to stick to it firmly before it starts to dry, which is not what it was doing. It was curling up and making messes. 

Here are the first 4 attempts to get this thing started. That burrito on the left was Jason's doing. I don't know what originally went wrong with it. ↓
3D printing misfires via

So, as you can see, I went a lot longer than one night trying to figure out what he was printing, and then getting nothing but a lot of "I don't know" and smirks. I guess I better get used to it, because I know more of it is coming. 

In the meantime, here are a few more prints he's made. ↓

3D printed Swan and Benchy via

The swan was the first or second print he made. It was another sample file (oops. It came from this file by user, loubie), and it came out wonky, with it's head hanging by a thread, and then I broke it's poor little wing. I used a glue stick to glue the wing and head back on, and that bloody looking ring around it's neck is nail polish. I was just trying it out as a glue because it happened to be sitting there. ha. The little boat is called a "Benchy" for "benchmark", and it's a file that you print to test and calibrate your 3D printer.  I don't really have to paint these two, but I'd like to at some point. 

One of the main reason's Jason wanted a 3D printer (besides TARDISes and other space ships) was to make buildings for our Dickens Village. He found that on Thingiverse, there are a lot of people that design buildings, accessories, and figurines for wargaming, and that is where Jason found this next print file, a stone gazebo. ↓
3D printed stone gazebo via
stone gazebo digital file from user herrigold
I flipped when I saw this print. It came out so well with such sharp detail, and really, it's a tiny gazebo! How could you not love it? It's even got detail on the inside arches, if you can see it in the photo below. ↓

3D printed stone gazebo via
stone gazebo digital file from user herrigold
It's about 4 inches tall, and it's design is inspired by Baroness Burdett Coutts Drinking Fountain. ↓

I can see it now. "Jason, want to go on a trip to see all of these places in person? We could take a picture of our prints next to the real thing!" It could happen. 😏

And last for today is a sweet little British victorian post box for our Dickens Village, designed by the same Thingiverse user that designed the stone gazebo. ↓
British victorian post box digital file by user herrigold
Is that cute or is that cute? I'm not sure how tall it is. I think less than 2 inches? I can't remember if he'd shown this file to me before he printed it or not, but I was so surprised to see it printed, painted, and fitting right into my village when I came home from work, I think the day after Christmas.    

Right after that, Jason turned the painting duties over to me, even though I thought he did a wonderful job. But he said emphatically, "Oh no, it's too stressful". ha.  So, I have my work cut out for me. These all should be fun to paint...soon (which is what I keep telling him). 


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