It seems to be happening more and more often; during a moment of boredom and desperation for distraction (school work, you see), a friend approached me with a task. He wants to make a zombie game – not any simple, single player nonsense, but a “realistic” (for a zombie game) multiplayer online game with high detail and impressive zombie AI systems.
I have a 3d printer! it’s small and green and adorable. I’ve mostly been printing small things with it at the moment, little models and things, but I have tried making a few functional pieces, such as a little replacement plastic pivot thingy for our fridge that allows one of the interior lids to open and close properly.
3d printing is an interesting new technology that allows you to build an object up, 1 layer at a time, from a 3d model. There are a few main kinds of 3d printing, but the most common is FDM. FDM, or fuse deposition modeling, is the simplest, as it basically consists of a fancy plastic extruder and some motors that move the head around in 3 axes, allowing it to draw shapes with the plastic, move the head up a little bit, and draw a new shape, slowly creating a (normally plastic) 3d object.
I have a tendency to get really interested in projects for a few months, then move onto another one. One project I tend to do on and off is making things in Blender, a program for 3d designing. Here are some things that I made. Some of them had help from tutorials, some without, and some are modified versions of other people’s designs (such as the phone case).