My brother got me an Alexa Dot for Christmas a few years ago. It turns out to be a lot of fun. We put it in the kitchen and the kids play music. My wife and I also use it to add things to our shopping list (very convenient!) Anyway, I like to explore Thingaverse.com by tying in the names of gadgets I have to see what kinds of modifications you can find. When I typed in Alexa dot I came across this really cool plug holder which would get it off my kitchen counter.
The design is by Cpt Skippy and I am really pleased with how it turned out.
I may post a new picture when I get a smaller USB cable that doesn't need to wrap around so much.
3D printed Switch Guard
We recently moved into a new house and the kids are having fun running around turning on and off all the lights. Unfortunately, some of the light switches are not for lights. One goes to our garbage disposal, another goes to the gas fireplace and another turns off the furnace …read more
Intrducing a 3D printer to my daughter's Kindergarten class
We had fun showing off my 3D printer to the Kindergarten class. Although the printer is fun to watch, kids tend to get board with it in just a few minutes. I like to come up with classroom projects that let the kids use things that are printed with the …read more
Electric box extender
I have been having trouble with my 3D printer over the last couple of months. It turns out that the fans got disconnected. Once I fixed the problem my printer is working better than ever. I was itching for something to print so I came up with this simple spacer …read more
Ultimaker 2, cleaning a clogged nozzle
So my Ultimaker2 extruding head got clogged, really bad. Something got jammed while printing and I could not get the filament to feed. This had happened once in the past when I tried using some really cheap filament but I am not sure the real root of the problem this …read more
April 1st Brownies
An oldie but a goodie with a modern twist. This year I printed out the letter E on my 3D printer using Brown PLA plastic.
Then I put the Brown E's in a baking pan:
Cover with aluminum foil and tell the kids I made brownies for them.
The were …read more
3D Cookie Cutter app comparison
My oldest daughter is in her second year of Brownies. My wife and I volunteered to lead a couple of their meetings with a maker theme. I thought the 3D printer is always a hit and what better project for girl scouts than cookies (yes I realize this is cliche …read more
I saw my first 3D printer when I was visiting the University of Notre Dame. It was over 10 years ago, it was fairly expensive to operate and it printed in a kind of expensive wax.
Anyway, this was the first time I saw a lithophane. It was a picture …read more
There is something magical about looking at a lithophane. I like handing them to people with the light coming from the front. Most of the time they are polite and say, "that's nice." Then I have them hold the lithophane to let the light come in from the back and …read more