So a while ago I kickstartered 3Doodler. I got in early and got one of the first 100 released and it arrived last week. So this weekend I have been playing with it and so far I have come up with some weird cocoon lights:


The cocoon lights are UV cold cathode tubes all wrapped up in fluorescent PLA filament. Mostly I used the fluoro blue filament I already had a spool of but there’s some of the white PLA that came in the sample pack with the 3Doodler as that also fluoresces strongly and adds a bit of variety.

Also in that picture is my laser cut fluro-acrylic Mandy Mendel light which I finally got around to attaching a cold cathode to the edge of using the 3Doodler to apply PLA as a sort of more robust hot glue – I like the organic blobby texture it gives it with little bits of fluro PLA peaking out from the top coat of opaque.

Reprap T-Shirt

I’ve made myself another T-shirt. Starting with this image:


I loaded it into iDraw then traced around it with a mix of straight lines and bezier curves to produce a stencil which I cut as a mask on my silhouette cameo:


In the end I decided to go with a simple black sillhouete look for this mask though I may still do another version of this t-shirt in future with the same mask painted in several colours.


Next I cut masks of the reprap logo and the words
“Making Friends” in a stencil font. These I painted with fluorescent paints – green for the reprap logo and yellow blue and pink for the letters:


Overall I’m really pleased with the result. There are a couple of rough bits if you look closely but it’s been too long since I painted a t-shirt so that’s just me being out of practice. The mask I made of Mandy Mendle is good enough I can identify it as not just a reprap but my reprap and doing the masks on the silhouette means I can easilly duplicate them any time I want to do another version.

Maker Faire UK

DSC07164Went to Maker Faire UK with Melanie at the weekend. We had a “Team molanie” stand with various projects we’ve been working on including my 3d Printer.
I had a great, if exhausting weekend. I was on the stand talking to people pretty much the entire show although I did find time to have a look around at the other stands and even bend up a bit of neon (well the glass tube for neon – thanks to Sarah Blood for that) and generally met a load of cool and froody people doing neat things. My pictures from the weekend are up here.


I’ve brought in the posts from my old hippiegunnut.org.uk site. That site is still up for the moment but I’ll be changing it for a redirect to this site once this one is more sorted.
This site is still rough around the edges but I put it live in time for Maker Faire in Newcastle next weekend. I should get things a bit more together looking once Maker Faire is out of the way.


Just getting the new site sorted. Live server is up but with no actual contents yet. WordPress is installed and https is set up at least.

Up and running

up and running

Got everything together last weekend. I’ve now moved Mandy Mendel (she needed a name, she’s definitely a machine with personality) into her new home on my desk:

Mandy Mendel in her new home

I’ve done a few initial prints:

printing and extruder body
IMG 1005

Since I’m given to sitting in a darkened room but want to be able to see Mandy printing I’m in the process of adding some cold cathode lighting – blue as you can see from the tint of one of the above pictures. I designed and printed up some brackets to properly to properly attatch them but haven’t had a chance to photograph them yet – that’ll be the subject of my next post I think.