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The Icarus First Person View Drone Racing Headset

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The Icarus first person drone racing kit is my final major project I am working on for university.  It is a ready-to-race kit that enables users to experience first person view drone racing in a safe and affordable way.

The above image has all of the internal components for the Icaras first person view drone racing headset laid out prior to assembly.  I designed all of the parts in SolidWorks and 3D printed them out using an Ultimaker 2 in black PLA.

The externally visible parts have been sanded, filled and sprayed to fit the colour scheme of the finished product.
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The above image shows the internal structure in its assembled form.  The blue wheel rotates to tighten the internal smartphone locking mechanism.  To release the lock, simply press down on the top button and rotate in the opposite direction.

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This is a shot of my HTC phone in position streaming a stereoscopic video of a FPV drone race.  The phone is comfortably locked into position and the focal distance is correct.  Time for some fast paced, FPV drone racing action!

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Out And About With Proto 2

The second prototype functioned much better after the minute changes made from Proto 1.  The shots came out much better too as I gave a lot more exposure time and used 400 ISO film instead of 100.2015-01-21 12.40.50 The 3D printed tripod mount really improved stability and allowed me to angle the camera.  And I promise, once I get a half decent method of processing the negatives I will upload the photos for all to see.  Stay tuned!

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Previously, On Breaking Bad…

Yesterday I decided to take the bull by the horns and buy a home development kit for black and white film.  My Pinhole Moments project has developed into a hobby as well as a final year university project.

2015-01-19 15.50.56After researching developing black and white film at home I spoke with a few professionals and hobbyists, as well as YouTubing the heck out of it.  I thought, “yeah, I can do that” and went down to Silver Print in Elephant and Castle to look at the kits and chemicals.  They were very helpful and really friendly, I can’t recommend them enough!  I ended up buying the kit and chemicals and even developed my own 120 B&W film that very evening. (Results coming soon)

There is something beautiful and exciting about developing your own photos.  I did feel a bit like Jesse Pinkman mixing up the chemicals but that’s all part of the fun.

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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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Ravensbourne Course Of The Month – Product Design

I was asked to represent the Product Design course for Ravensbourne’s course of the month section on their website.  The Q&A article and examples of my work can be seen here.  Check out what Ravensbourne has to offer if you’re interested in a career in creative design.

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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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