Category Archives: Decisions

Wait, wait before you go….

Although we are currently wrapping up the semester, I’d like to get you input on what to do for a workshop series when the spring semester starts. Below is a poll for possible workshops. All of these would be at the introductory level. They would be 60 to 90 minutes in length. Where possible you would leave with a finished product in hand. Please check all of the workshops that you would take. Don’t just check everything, which is of no help, but check just the ones that you would make the time to attend. This will help me prioritize what to offer. The workshops will start the first week of the Spring semester at a time, date, and place to be announced.


Vacuum Forming — Does it Really Suck?

It’s time to play with vacuum forming. Below is a poll. Pick your favorite date/time and I will get back to everyone with the final choice. All you need to bring with you is some roughly mound shaped object smaller than 12″x12″ that you want to pull a mold from. We will be draping melting plastic on it so no (live) body parts or highly perishable items. Or just show up and look for found items. Some ideas can be found in my earlier post .

Also it’s a good chance to get your lab safety check-off and basic tool briefing if you have not done that yet.

[update: workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 at 4 pm]

If I can find my can of Instamorph we will play with that as a bonus.


Make a copy of your head

Now that people have had a chance to print out stuff from it’s time to get more creative with the 3D printer. Autodesk has an interesting free product called 123D Catch ( This allows you to take a series of photos of a 3D object, upload them to their cloud service–which stitches them together into a 3D model, and print the model out.

I tried it this morning with a gargoyle off of my bookcase and got a decent result with very little clean up time.















This is encouraging enough that  I think we should schedule a night to make copies of things. Things may include people in the room. Here is a poll for you to vote on which night next week to do this. Pick the night that will work best for you.

(Poll closed)

123D Catch experimentation session is Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:30 pm

You will want to bring:

  1. Something to copy (could be yourself).
  2. Something to take pictures with (cell phone, camera, webcam). You will need to upload your pictures to the 123D site.
  3. A laptop, ipad, or iphone.

We will not be able to print all the models out in one night, but can certainly capture a bunch of stuff and work on preparing it for printing.