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Optimizing 3D Prints

This is going to be a new series of posts which do an elaborate research on optimizing 3D printed parts.

Why am I doing this?

Because I don’t like wasting print filament, even when it is dirt cheap… You can get 1 kilogram of poly lactic acid, perhaps the safest material to print, for as little as $20.

For something so cheap, why bother about wasting or not?

No. That’s a bad attitude. It is not sustainable to waste plastics, knowing how they are made.

I once reloaded a new filament on an ultimaker but forgot to stop the process. Do you know what happened? The hit extruder kept releasing the filament.

Well, you might say, just end the process when you see the extruder releasing the material

And I’d do exactly that. But I got caught up in another work and completely forgot about this. The bigger issue was I had kept the 3D printer on… overnight… The new filament (an entire kilogram of it) was turned into a thin string of plastic when I realized what had happened.

What a waste!

I don’t like it when waste happens for unnecessary reasons, be it food, or in this case printing material.

This series will show– mostly through technical means, but also influenced by good design practices– how to curb wasting the 3D print filament in general, by playing with the printer to get the best quality prints.

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Project Spark

In this day and age, even little children cannot escape the harshness of the world forcing them to focus on becoming something. My friend is interested in helping children figure out the kind of career path they want to pursue. This mostly will relate to those interested in fields of STEAM aka., Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics.

Project Spark is an initiative of doing exactly this. It is a series of workshops on STEAM fields, and I help him in designing and facilitating them. The following posts on Project Spark will tell the stories of the outcomes of each workshop.

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CNC Milling

This one is a new category that I am really interested in. Desktop CNC machines are small Computer Numeric Control machines which can be used to mill a variety of materials into desired shapes. The machine that I use is called OtherMill Pro. Unfortunately, it is only a 3-Axes CNC machine, so it can only move the tool up and down and sidewards. No other angular modification is possible (for now). Hence it can mostly create extrusions of shapes by “digging” through the materials.

This is one of the really fun machines that I have used in the NYU Tandon MakerSpace

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Wearing Technology

Wearable technology is an interesting area of technology today. But most think that it is restricted to smart watches or fitness apps. But the truth is it has more application in medicine and engineering.

But this new section I that I am creating is not meant for any of those areas, but instead for gaming. I have come across an awesome class this term  and I will be building lots of fun prototypes that can be used in gaming.

I will be working mostly using the Adafruit Flora and Arduino to create costumes which can be used as Game controllers!

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Das ist kein bier – 1

During the summer vacations (probably the final one for me), I would rather do something than sit around. Since my sponsor has invited me to visit Peru, I have been to so many beautiful places. The food here is divine. But that is not enough!

My sponsor has a passion for brewing beer. He makes so many different kinds of them at home. The craft beer he brews is mostly for his friends and family. Someday, he plans to own a brewpub. Since I stay at his place, I have had the opportunity to learn one or two things about beer brewing. At the same time, I try and help him with some 3D designs for his beer bottles and 2D images to be printed as stickers.

This post is going to be the part of a series posts where I show some of the things related to beer, and some of my designs of beer related things.

This one is only going to be my first horribly designed and photoshopped/illustrator-ed design of a Belgian style wheat beer bottle called WiTreat. The bottle is made using Rhino and the label using Photoshop and Illustrator (I know that the design is pretty pathetic, but my sponsor liked it anyway. I will try to create better designs for the upcoming ones)

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I am not going to write a lot in this post. The following picture is of the actual bottle and the beer. The beer has subtle tastes of orange and coriander.  From the next post onwards, I will  post the videos and images of how the beer is made. This is going to be an exciting summer after all!

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Why call the series of posts “Das ist kein bier”, when it is about beer related things?

Because of a funny little incident that happened a couple of years ago.

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Introduction

I like building stuff. But most times, I do not get an opportunity to create something due to all kinds of restrictions. But the modern world is amazing. All I need to do is Think of a concept, Imagine how it would look like, and Design it. Hence the blog is called:

Imagine . Think . Design.

The full stops between the words of this blog’s name are for show and do not mean anything… On the other hand, they might mean that I like to take rest between two subsequent processes.

Ideas are everywhere. Unlike energy, inspiration can be perpetually drawn from thin air!  The human mind is amazing because it is fickle. There is a constant quest for progress and urge for better things. I like to think that I am a philosophical being (No, I am not. But I am funny… at times).

My interest is to develop new and useful product. My background helps me to make them real. But to make a fully feasible and working prototype, after an idea is conceived, the first task would be to create  model or simulation. My interests in building things makes it easy for me to create a model. Sometimes, I also use a process called “Design Thinking”, but most times, it is just an informal thought that becomes the inspiration. Hence, the posts in this blog will show my designs.

Tl; dr: This blog will show some of my creations in the form of images, videos, text etc.

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