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Wednesday 13 June 2018

Our New Toy

So over a year ago I helped fund a kickstarter campaign for a 3D printer, Laser Engraver, & CNC Machine. The Snapmaker! It's a tiny but as it turns out so far very good 3D printer.
The Snapmaker with enclosure
Putting the 3D printer part together was very easy but the enclosure was a total nightmare. But I got it together and that's really what matters right!? Anyone at CHS will recognize my favorite test print object the Companion Cube sitting on top:
It's not super fast... that little 1" cube took about 45 min to print but the quiality on normal setting was quite impressive!
Mid print

Hexagon tile on the build plate

A closeup of a 3D printed flower pedal

 This next one is a medallion I printed for mum. It worked out really well and to my surprise even with such a bowl shape the print didn't need any supports underneath.
An intricate, medallion
Sure the bottom is a little messy but not too bad

Right now I'm toying with making custom tiles by making molds but that's for another day... However mum is really excited with the idea about making molds that she can use with her resin jewelry. I haven't had a chance to try out the laser engraver or CNC part but we'll keep you posted on our progress!

In other news we have a been working on sanding the siding of the house. Progress is slow but to our surprise the shingles are actually in good condition and so far there's very few that will actually need to be replaced and once cleaned up they look great! We've decided not to paint them and rather let them weather to their natural blueish colour.
Hard at work
Oooh and one last thing! We spent one day cutting our way through the brush to make it to the ocean.
mum digging her way through the brush

the end is in sight!

360 view from the shoreline

As you can tell mum is the busy bee and I just wander taking pictures 😜

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