This week I wanted to try making a small hinge. This hinge is built in three parts, and I wanted them to click together like a small model.
Next I’ll be building a small leg piece, I’m slowly learning about this process so I can create a full robot out of the 3D printer.
If you want to print your own copy download the model here:
In another post I mentioned my interest in WarHammer. Well I have jumped into the world of 3D printing.
In my town the Library offers 3D printing. All I had to do was take a quick one hour course reviewing the printer and the 3D printing process.
After the course I opened up blender and build a little 2 Gear set up. This was inspired by my tutorial - making gears in blender. Here are the final gears rendered in blender.
I exported the object files into out of blender and took my USB to the library. I was pretty excited to get my first print. I worked with a staff member to prepare the files. I had to scale my initial model to 60% as I could only book two hours at a time.
This took about 2.5 hours to print (it was a pretty quiet day so they let me use the printer for a little longer). After taking off the extra plastic everything worked well! It was awesome to put the gears together and have them work.
Below are the object files if you want to print this model:
The main goal of this was to familiarize myself with the process of 3D printing. I wanted to start simple and build from there. Now that I know my work flow I can begin working towards cooler items, and cooler machines.
Somethings I Learned:
Let me know if you have any questions!