It was a quiet Saturday this weekend, unless you were either a Jaffa rolling down Baldwin St, or the new 3D printer. We’ve been requested to make a hundred or so of these Grommets for the Loom Room:They’re used like this, in table-top looms:
I was recently tinkering with a thing at work, and was surprised to find that a couple internal parts of this thing are 3D printed using a printer of the same type we’ve got at the makerspace!
This is a Thinklabs One digital stethoscope, available for sale online through mainstream retailers for about $500USD. Check out the grey plastic ring around the blue part.
Here’s some references from the 3D printing talk:
First of all Thingiverse where you can find 1000s of things to build and make
The “reprap host” slicing application can be downloaded from reprap.org
you’ll need a working Java runtime to use it.
You need to download the config file for our working reprap from:
install it in ~/.reprap (or wherever else reprap host stores stuff on your computer). To slice:
- press ‘load STL’ to load an object
- drag the loaded object a little on to the be – about 1 square diagonally
- press the green ‘Print’ button
always quit and restart reprap host between objects – put the resulting ‘.gcode’ file on a USB key and bring it in to print
There’s also a design guide to help you make stuff that prints well:
OpenSCAD – the 3D CAD program I was using is available at:
Instructions for repairing bogus STL files: