Tag Archives: 3D Print

Prototyping on the Zünd Cutter

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I’m currently developing an analogue pinhole camera that is made predominantly from corrugate card.  I’ll be posting up snapshots of the development process, prototyping, photos and anything else that might be interesting for y’all to look at.

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3D Printed Phone Charger Wall Mount

My bedroom is, how did the estate agent put it..?  Cozy!  Yes, not small, but cozy.  My storage space is limited and one thing I use on a daily basis, as I’m sure most of you do too, is my phone charger.  However, when it’s not in use it just took up space on my desk, sort of scrunched up, tucked in next to the right hand speaker.  It’s okay, but not great.

Anyway, as an aspiring designer I decided to design and make something that would solve my untidy charger issue, so I set about designing a simple device that would neatly and discretely contain the charger when not in use.

I came up with this, a simple design that contains the mains part of the charger and uses the housing wall as a surface to wrap the cable around.  The USB end makes use of the 3 pins found on UK plugs and through the natural tension found in the cable, simply locks into place.  The charger container is mounted to my wall about a metre above the mains wall socket.

I designed the charger wall mount using SolidWorks and printed the design out in PLA using an Ultimaker.

Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, share and like my posts, your interest and feedback is much appreciated, thanks!

Credit to Modla who kindly allow me to look after the Ultimaker and use it as freely as I like.  Much respect!

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3D Printing at The Other Art Fair

Can CAD software be considered a canvas?  Can powdered nylon be considered paint?  Can a laser be considered a paintbrush?

We at Modla like to think so and have had the privilege to showcase some of our 3D printed artwork at The Other Art Fair in Brick Lane, London.  We had on display a 3D printed collaboration with Dan Hillier, an SLS nylon version of his Nothing Matters screen print.  We also collaborated with James Hopkins on the Audi D8 to R8 3D Print.

Our ‘Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow’ flying beer bottles were suspended from the rafters and a selection of letters from the Arkitypo project were on display.

3D printing is commonly used within the engineering and product industry for creating prototypes and moulds, however this format of creation is increasingly being used within the art and fashion world.  We wanted to see what we could achieve by taking our engineering, product and architectural backgrounds and applying our 3D CAD software and 3D printing skills to an artistic medium.

What do you think, can 3D printing be considered art?  Leave your comments and opinions below.

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Me, holding the Modla, James Hopkins collaboration Audi 3D print.

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Nothing Matters – Modla, Dan Hillier collaboration.

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I very much enjoyed talking with people about 3D printing and the possibilities of such technology.

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Love Knux 3D Print

Another addition to my ‘Knux’ 3D prints.  This ‘Love Knux’ print was designed for a friend.

Printed using an Ultimaker desktop printer, with a single PLA extrusion.  I was very impressed that a print like this could be achieved without using any support structures.  Post print, I gave any rough edges a light sanding.  You can see my ‘Birthday Knux’ print here.

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Birthday Knux 3D Print

The concept behind the Birthday Knux 3D Print (other than as a birthday present) was to remove any aggression from an otherwise violent and destructive tool and place more of a “party” emphasis on a possible fashion accessory.

3D printed using a Stratasys UPrint FDM printer, the Birthday Knux is printed by extruding heated material layer upon layer until the object is fully printed.

If you would like a custom Knux designed and printed please feel free to contact me via email which can be found on my contact page.

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3D Printed Final Prototype – Radio Project

This is the 3D printed final prototype for a radio based project I worked on for my university course.  The main body is printed on a Zprinter 450 powder printer that bonds powder material with a liquid adhesive.  The speaker trim, radio face trim and button/knobs are all printed on a 3D Touch printer, which is an extrusion printer.

I had to sand down all of the surfaces and apply Pollyfilla and/or primer filler to achieve the desired surface finish.  Once ready, I applied the final layers of paint.

The making of the speaker trim and grill can be seen here.

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The following is a photo presentation of the final prototyping methods I used.

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The first 3D printed body prototype was printed in two parts, with a wall thickness of 1mm.  After seeing the first prototype it became obvious that I would have to increase the wall thickness.  I also decided to print the body in one piece which would eradicate some of  the complexities associated with the assembly process.

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Applying super-glue to the body to increase the strength of print.

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Applying paint to the raised details.

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Each individual component before final assembly.

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