- Not feeling so well today.
- The Shapeoko was put to work cutting out foam mount backers for Amphitheater Concession TV mounts. The mounts are being hung on a split-faced block wall, which is rough and uneven. The foam backer is to “even” out the mounting surface.
- The Stacker 3D Printer was working on printing out some more spray can rack mounts, to get MakerCave better organized.
- I worked on setting up operating systems on SD cards for two new Raspberry Pi Security Camera.
- I flipped on the Muse Laser Cutter nd Engraver for a pushed software update. It hasn’t come through yet.
- The MakerCave iMac is also undergoing updates.
- This year, I printed out the popular 3D-Printed Advent Calendar by pleppik, which I have done in past years. However, I made this year’s twice as large. A challenge was a large enough print bed to print out a double-sized Day 25. Thank goodness for the Stacker…
- I also started assembling a new addition to the MakerCave, an Inventable’s X-Carve.
- Meanwhile, the Shapeoko continues to work on, cutting another set of yokes for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies.
This morning, while getting ready for school, McKenzie, my 11-year-old daughter, informed me that she need a breaking wheel for her saints school project by this afternoon. Of course, I had no idea what she was talking about, so she Googled an image of a breaking wheel for me. After some additional Googling, I settled up this image as the basis of my design:
Now I had to take this raster image and make it into a vector art, and here is where Inkscape came in to the rescue. I imported the raster art into Inkscape:
Then I opened Trace Bitmap under the Path menu:
And ran the trace:
Now I wanted out a cutting template, so I had to get rid much of the detail of the trace by deleting many of the interior nodes. I eventually came up with this:
Then I imported this SVG vector art into Inventable’s Easel web app:
I loaded a 26″x26″ sheet of 1/2″ MDF and let the Shapeoko do its work:
Ignore the timestamp. I forgot to reset the camera clock.
I rounded the rough edges with a trim router and a rounding bit and then added some cable clips to represent spikes on the breaking wheel. Hopefully, McKenzie will be impressed.
- Using SketchUp, I created a mounting board for my Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer. I control this printer with an OctoPi inside this enclosure I found on Thingiverse, and wanted something that would make it easy to move it around. I elevated the OctoPi in order to get a better view of the print bed with the attached Logitech C270 webcam. This is what I came up with.
- With the design finished, I place a piece of 3/4” MDF onto the bed of the Shapeoko and cut out my design.
- Well the Shapeoko worked, I worked on cutting more pieces for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies on the table saw.
- Also I started another artwork on the QuickDraw Bot…
- I neatly routed all the cable under the board, and the end result turned out well.
- Groot Kid added the MakerCave Art Gallery.
- I had some fun with the Muse today. I discovered a living hinge generator website and made up a quick box.
- I then worked on some more image engraving on the Muse.
- I completed another CEIA Magnetometers Storage Pallet.
- The Stacker 3D Printer is printing a K40 Laser Cutter Mirror Alignment Tool.
- And another addition to the MakerCave Gallery…