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3D prints

This weekend I had access to a 3D printer. Up until now, I didn't really have a clue what I would be doing with a 3D printer if I had one (or easy access to one) myself. Sure, you can print some cute or handy things other people made, but that's not a good enough reason for me to spend so much money on it. I admit I really love the 3D printed Dalek my husband brought back home one day (by request) (to my Dutch readers: this is a British thing- seriously people, just start watching Dr Who already!) but it's just a toy and how many of those plastic little toys do you want around the house anyway? I also love the little vase we printed (and pretty much the rest of the 3D printing world, I imagine), it's so pretty I wish I had designed it myself, but I wouldn't want an endless supply of vases.

I like creating things, not copying them. However, I'm usually a very 2D minded person when it comes to the medium I use. I take photos, I make drawings. On occasion I feel bold and I try to use clay but I usually end up making penguins then, and not much else. My brain always thinks 'penguin' when I think of creating something in 3D. Or furniture, but I wouldn't want that in clay or in small PLA printed parts.
True, my photography work focusses on 3D- spaces, the environment- but still, my medium is a two-dimensional one. And yes, I like it that way. No 3D photographs for me.

Furthermore, I hate 3D movies (the movie decides for you where you should be focussing which makes focussing on the background very hard, I don't think it adds anything to the story in any way and I am not fond of wearing the glasses either) and the 3D option on my Nintendo 3DS (gives me a headache even though some games look really cool in 3D, so I always turn it off).
I prefer architectural drawings, sketches or actual photographs above the renderings you see everywhere nowadays. Call me old-fashioned- in some ways, I really am- but the whole '3D craze' is beyond me.

As you can imagine, I wasn't too fond of the idea I'd have to use 3D drawing software. I just wasn't used to thinking like that. When I draw, I draw in lines. But I decided I wanted to make and print some things now that I had such easy acces, so I used tinkercad for the first time in my life.

My first self-made 3D print: a little box (click to enlarge)

I started simple. Well, sort of. Not a penguin- actually, now that I think of it, the thought of making a penguin hadn't even crossed my mind yet, how odd.
A box is an easy shape and I always have stuff that needs a box. I wanted it to have a pattern though, otherwise it would be too boring. Creating this pattern (which had to be perfectly symmetrical) in tinkercad took me a while (understatement; it took me ages) but I'm pleased with the result. I discovered it's not easy coming up with a nice repetitive pattern actually. It had to printable too, of course.

All the sides have the same pattern so you can see through the entire box.
I printed all the sides and then glued them together (I made cutouts on all the sides so they would fit nicely). I wanted the lid to have hinges but I went for an easier solution for now. At some point I'll work on a better lid for a box.
Part of my logo, the [•] part, is printed- or actually, left out- on the bottom of the box. I couldn't resist.

It's a small box, credit card sized. It still took the printer we used many hours to print all those sides with all those patterns.

My second self-made 3D print: a robot, inspired by a drawing I made a while back (click to enlarge)

Next, I decided to try and redraw one of my drawings in tinkercad; a drawing of a robot I made in Paper about a year ago. I changed a few things but overall it's pretty much the bot-bot as it was in 2D. I painted a few parts (by hand) to give it a bit more expression.

Bot-bot is 6,5 cm tall (the printer was working on this one for about 100-120 minutes). I have to say, I kind of love him and it was nice working on something as fun as this.
I'll be trying some other old drawings too. I've already started working on one, but it's a very difficult thing to print.

The original 'bot-bot' drawing

The original 'bot-bot' drawing

So, now I'm hooked. Seriously hooked. I really want to try some woodfill filament at some point (a mixture of wood fibres and PLA which gives the print a real nice wooden look).
I'm hoping I'll have some time to experiment some more soon. If so, I'll post the results here.

HKLOS

Today almost everyone working in the 'Havenkwartier' (the harbor area that houses a lot of creative companies, artists etc. in Deventer) opened their doors to the public.

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Vandaag was HKLOS- oftewel, (bijna) alles en iedereen in het Havenkwartier had z'n deuren open. Een mix van open ateliers, de achtbaan ervaren middels een 3D-bril, muziek, wijn proeven van La Bottega in de Bella Macchina garage, een Space Cowboys barbecue, DAVO bier, snuffelen in de kringloopwinkel, de Lucy Cube van binnen bekijken, workshops volgen, informatie over zelf bouwen in het Havenkwartier opvragen, de smid aan het werk zien en de smalle trapjes van de Zwarte Silo beklimmen.
Voor de kinderen was er de beste (onbedoelde) zandbak ooit.  

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PTT Pi

I saw this at the second hand store here. A fifties speaker. It has a few scratches and smudges but it looks fine mostly. Best of all: it has quite a lot of space inside.. so I decided we just had to buy it so we could put our Raspberry Pi inside and transform it into a music box.

We're both quite busy at the moment so it'll probably take a while, but I can't wait to get this thing working. Which means.. I'll need to buy a second Pi at some point because obviously I had other plans for it initially :)

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winter

In the Netherlands, it seems as though autumn is filling in for winter until spring arrives. We drove to Germany today; the cold and snow there took us by surprise. A pleasant surprise, because I wasn't sure I was going to see anything like this anymore before next year.

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Radioprogramma Business Actueel

I attended a local- hence this rather short English and longer Dutch text- radio show hosting entrepeneurs last monday. They talked about the necessity of having a website nowadays (yes, you still need one, a facebook page won't do!) Pictures of the host(ess) and one of the guests.

Op maandag 20 januari presenteerde Miranda Apeldoorn van ZinVol haar eerste 'Business Actueel'; een programma op de Deventer Radio met en voor zelfstandige ondernemers. Miranda bespreekt hierin recente trends en ontwikkelingen op (zzp) ondernemersgebied. Edwin de Kuiper van STIJLAPART en Randy Gasper van The Content Guys praatten als eerste gasten over de stelling "Een website: heb je die eigenlijk nog nodig als ondernemer of kun je tegenwoordig juist weer zonder?"
Ik was aanwezig als (voornamelijk stil) publiek en maakte een paar foto's.

Miranda Apeldoorn - ZinVol

Randy Gasper - The Content Guys

De heren waren het over het algemeen behoorlijk eens; een website is nog steeds nodig en kan niet worden vervangen door social media. 

Gelukkig maar.

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