Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?

In December 2010 I bought and built a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer. The in 2012 came the Replicator 2. This blog is an on-going diary of everything I make with this wonderful machine; a machine sent from the future.

When you run out of PLA half-way through a print on the #makerbot just improvise and create a two colour print.

When you run out of PLA half-way through a print on the #makerbot just improvise and create a two colour print.

Makerbot is working overtime this week to print a series of ten prints for an exhibition in September.

Makerbot is working overtime this week to print a series of ten prints for an exhibition in September.

My brother-in-law – Philip Robbins – sketched out this idea for a coin holder to hold four pound coins and a fifty pence piece to go with his minimalist wallet by the [Machine Era Co](http://www.machine-era.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-machine-era-wallet-gunmetal-edition]. After a few prints to get the size of the holes just right the final thing rolled off the Makerbot printed in Faberdashery white. Works pretty well.

Files to make it are on Thingiverse

A few clicks using the He Mesh library + Processing and I have a very nice pencil holder for my desk.

When I was a kid, if they had shown me how amazing maths was with things like this, maybe I would have paid more attention.

Created with a little thing I made in Processing, using sine waves to manipulate a sphere to create some pleasing shapes.

Printed in Robot Silver PLA from Faberdashery.

First 3D print of 2014 was a Wabbit for my niece. To her and her generation  it’s just normal to choose a rabbit from Thingiverse, download it and then print it out.

First 3D print of 2014 was a Wabbit for my niece. To her and her generation it’s just normal to choose a rabbit from Thingiverse, download it and then print it out.

I highly recommend Carla Diana’s great new book on 3D printing “Leo the Maker Prince”. Whether you’re 6 or 60 it’s a great intro to the world of 3D printing and of course tonnes of fun. #makerbot

Get it from Amazon

I highly recommend Carla Diana’s great new book on 3D printing “Leo the Maker Prince”. Whether you’re 6 or 60 it’s a great intro to the world of 3D printing and of course tonnes of fun. #makerbot

Get it from Amazon

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 2008 and 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