Author: Chris

What project should I finish?

I’ve mentioned a few times I have a problem starting projects then not finishing them. While I’m making good progress getting my Mando helmet printed (more on that in another post). In the mean time I’m looking to get something that is already printed finished. I just can’t make up my mind what to do.

All Metal Hot End Upgrade

The All Metal Hotend was another upgrade I got from my wife for Christmas of 2017. I sat on it until the other night when I finally got up the nerve to install it. While fairly simple to install it does involve fully taking apart the extruder (the part of the printer that feeds the

Han Solo’s Blaster

One of the many projects I started and would like to finish this year is Han Solo’s Blaster. A modified DL-44 that the character has carried with him in every movie. I find it to be as iconic as any lightsaber! Last year I finished printing it out. The sanding and painting process is a

Sizing to print a helmet

After a convention a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to join the Mandalorian Mercs. It’s a costume club for fans of Star Wars, specifically Mandalorians (like Boba and Jango Fett). In addition they are a non-profit who raise money for great causes. Our local group is full of wonderful people I’ve met

ABS Acetone Smoothing

One of the hard parts of 3D printing is getting a nice smooth surface. Typically an print has tiny lines where the layers and layers of plastic have been build on top of each other while printing. These are commonly called “Step Lines”. Until recently I’ve been printing with PLA while you have to sand

Lego Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter

Another of my hobbies is collecting Star Wars Lego. I find the engineering of them fascinating. I’ve been putting together many kits at early on think “what the heck is this for?”. Then a bag or two later find it causes some point of movement or something. The folks who design these kits really are

The MOSFET Upgrade.

In January of 2016 I bought a 3D printer to start my journey into that maker space. I went with a Monoprice Maker Select V2. After doing some research it seemed like a solid machine at a good price with a large online community I could learn from. One of the things I thought was

Droid Inventor Kit

Last year after seeing some 3D files to print an R2 unit I got curious about building my own droid. I know it is a huge project and the scope of it made me keep pushing it to the back burner so I never started. This year it is on the project list! For Christmas