And here’s the data printed out.
And here’s the data printed out.
My forthcoming iPhone app called Kennedy allows you to not only capture the now with surrounding context but also lets you export that data as either a CSV or JSON file. That means you can then use it to create data visualisations or even 3D models from your data! The video shows the exported CSV data used to create a sphere that maps the weather conditions - spiky bits are when it was raining and non-spiky was when it was sunny. Nothing earth shattering but kind of fun.
This is a physical representation of my Twitter activity from 2012. Tweets, read in from a CSV file, are mapped across the grid for the entire year. The height simply represents the number of characters in the text which is pretty stupid but served fine for a test. #makerbot
I knew this wouldn’t print, but I did it anyway. Still kind of like it. The form is created from Prince’s Kiss, after being generated and then exported as an stl in Processing.
Always print a Field Notes clip when I get a new filament colour. This is Jet PLA in orange bought from Amazon.
3D Printing is Abused
Wise words from Ron Arad. Whilst printing lots of things is part of the process of getting to know 3D printing, pushing the buttons to see what happens (and god knows I’ve done my fair share of printing unneeded things), eventually you have to stand back and ask what is this good for? I don’t think the world needs anymore Darth Vader key rings or badly designed jewellery.
You look at Ron Arad was doing with rapid prototyping years ago and it’s better than 99% of the stuff on Thingiverse. But of course, he’s Ron Arad.
Prototyping a little box/enclosure system using a snap-fit tab on the #makerbot Works pretty well though more to do yet.
Any electronic project needs to be held in some kind of enclosure. In the past I’ve used off the shelf boxes and then drilled or cut the required openings or I’ve had laser cut boxes made that I then stick together. But I’ve never been happy with any of these solutions. I also tried using my original Thing-o-matic Makerbot but even if I could fit it on the build plate I’d just get a huge amount of curling and warping.
So when I was needing an enclosure for the latest version of my Happiness Machine I revisited the Makerbot except this time I had the Replicator 2 but more importantly I had the latest version of Makerware, the printing software created by Makerbot. Printing with the raft option, just on standard, the results were fantastic. Yes this is not yet shop bought quality but it’s getting there and it was certainly good enough for the exhibition it was planned to go in. No warping, no curling, just nuclear green loveliness!
The reason I upgraded to the Replicator 2 was so I could use it to create this kind of thing, so my studio at home could do everything I needed it to do to create the things I make to a certain level of quality. It’s been fantastic to see the quality level advance so much and I know it’s going to continue to get better. It also means I can now start to create some more interesting forms and shapes to enclose these things…
Moments in Music - experiments in creating physical forms from music.
This is very much an ongoing experiment, but I’m exploring creating forms from moments in music; data as object. Each form is made by analysing the sound data in real-time using software I’ve written in Processing and then pushed and pulled using various algorithms to create a 3D printable model.
Might lead somewhere, might not. More to come.
Experiments with making an acoustic speaker for my iPhone.
I know nothing about acoustic design so I’m just stumbling around with this but I’m certainly getting somewhere. The first version pretty much amplified the middle frequencies (or dampened the high frequencies) but by the time I had fiddled around to get the third version things were starting to get somewhere.
I know there’s some lovely wooden speaker docks that will amplify the sound and I imagine wood really helps with the timbre but I’m having fun exploring this, not least because I kind of like them as a form, especially with the slightly bigger radius on the corner of the third version. Of course the speaker grill is a little homage to transistor radios as well as Dieter Rams!
In December 2010 I bought and built a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer. Now two years later I have a Replicator 2. This blog is an on-going diary of everything I make with this wonderful machine; a machine sent from the future.