Saturday, February 9, 2013

Iris Box v1

This was derived from the iris door on the Octopod and was a hit at Maker Faire.  It's a great gift for kids and a fun fidget toy.  Complete files and directions can be found on my Thingiverse page.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Octopod Reprints

I reprinted some Octopod parts for Maker Faire way back in September and forgot about posting pix.

The cockpit lid had a few problems.  Due to the nature of the material I printed with, it wasn't holding it's shape properly and the curvature of the top was acting like a spring which caused it to fit poorly.  

Nagra Stand

One of my prized possessions is a Nagra SN 'spy' recorder. It's about the size of a thin paperback and was originally commissioned by the CIA in the 1960's.  They were made by Kudelski, a Swiss company renowned for their production recorders for film & TV.

It's a beautifully made piece of machinery and I needed a proper way to display it.  So, I designed and printed a stand which prints flat and then slots together.

Doctor Who TARDIS

I can't take credit for building the original version of the TARDIS, that goes to Gossamer and nopoe on Thingiverse.  I modified it to have windows, made some nice labels and lit it up as a birthday present for my brother-in-law.

This was done on my Thing-O-Matic and was tough, because it was about 5 inches tall and the ABS kept splitting at the corners.  I think more outer shells and more infill will make it work better.

The print files, labels and instructions for LED lights can be downloaded from Thingiverse.

Star Trek Harry Mudd Flower

My buddy Spencer put together a great Harry Mudd costume for Shore Leave 2012 and I made a 3D printed flower for him.  It was really quick and dirty and not the best model, but it worked.  If you really, really need one the files are on my Thingiverse page.


It actually printed without supports, although it was a little messy on the back.  The original was thinner than I wanted so I reinforced it with some hot glue.

Card Holder

A Charlesworth Dynamics business card holder I whipped up on the Thing-O-Matic for Maker Faire.

MintyBoost Box

Read my full write-up of constructing the MintyBoost on

While I would not consider myself an electronics guy, I am a solder guy and enjoy a good project.  One of my favorite sources for such projects is Adafruit Industries and in particular I love their MintyBoost USB Charger, which is normally installed in an Altoids tin.  I wanted to design a custom case with the ability to add an on/off switch AND store the USB cable inside.

Once again, if you would like your very own, the 3D print files are available on my Thingiverse page.  Or if you would just like to buy one, it's up on my Shapeways store.

Name Badges

Got on a name badge kick.  Made all of my employees their own custom badges and all my helpers at Maker Faire.

Evil Dead Chainsaw

I haven't done Halloween for a long time, but my workstudy students convinced/inspired me to put something together this year.  Unfortunately the costume never got used due to Hurricane Sandy and our mandatory evacuation.  Maybe next year...

Flashfoward two years and I finally got to use it:

The side vent, and pull-cord assembly are 3D printed, you can download the files on my Thingiverse page.

See my walkthrough of how it was built on Tested.

Get your own chainsaw on my Etsy store.