While I am still moving projects forward there isn’t much exciting to share. My Mando helmet is around 75% printed, which is exciting. I’m having some problems with cracking in prints, I’ll share what I’ve been doing to fix it in a later post. I’ve started the process of filling and sanding the Sith Mask.
First I want to thank everyone who voted in my poll. It is really encouraging to know people are reading and interested in my projects! Surprisingly the Sith Mask was the winner. I thought for sure it would be Han’s blaster. I started the Sith Mask as part of a cosplay idea for an original
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.
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
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
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
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
One of my more ambitious projects I’m starting this year is a full size R2-D2. After I got my 3D printer I started looking at all the Star Wars props I could make. It’s amazing the things people 3d model and share for free. At the top of that list were files for a full
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
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