What a crazy month it was!

COVID-19, lack of PPE, 3D Printing Movement. You all probably know about the shortage of PPE for NHS and care workers. But not all of you know, that this caused probably first, global, geeky 3d printing revolution. Some companies, including 3d printer maker: Prusa, have decided to design, test and 3d print face protection, parts for ventilators, etc. As I own 3d printers, I have joined the movement nearly month ago. First, with 3dcrowd.uk – printing Prusa RC3 mask frames, then with MK Maker Space, printing N3DPS model V6, and lately model V7. To use all the short remains of the filaments, I’m also printing “Ear Savers” for people who have to wear face masks all day long. And there are thousand people like me, printing and delivering thousands of PPE items every day since it started. It really rises a hope for future of the humanity 😉

Until today, I have printed nearly 450 face protection frames and over 200 Ear Savers. It wouldn’t be possible without massive support I have received thru my GoFundme campaign. My income (my family’s income as well) was greatly reduced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemy. I’d have a lot of time due to reduced work hours, but no means to buy filaments or fix really hard working 3d printers. So, big Thank You to all my supporters! I’m not stopping printing for as long as there’s demand. You can still support me if you wish to.

Quick fix for amp’s name plate

I have noticed that the plaque on my ancient Line6 guitar amp started to fall apart. The obvious option to fix it make new one was to use advantages of laser cutter. The procedure is very simple:

  • scan or measure the original plaque, draw new one of the same size.
  • apply transfer paper to the acrylic glass you will be cutting the plaque from
  • vector engrave all details – remember to mirror flip the image as you’ll be engraving on the back side.
  • cut around the shape
  • remove the paper from parts of one colour, spray paint the acrylic (few thin layers), allow to dry
  • remove the rest of the paper, spray paint another colour, allow to dry
  • add double side adhesive tape on the back side
  • attach to your amp and enjoy
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Piggy Bank

I did have old, Russian clock enclosure, and I wanted piggy bank. That was very quick and very easy upcycling action. Maybe 15 minutes including design, cutting and assembling. Top and bottom of coin compartment made of 3mm plywood. Walls around – 3mm acrylic glass. Looks good, now to testing 😉

K40 Laser table

I’ve seen hundreds of different K40 table projects: adjustable, non-adjustable, 3d printed, welded, improvised, motorized etc. I just wanted a bed easy to adjust every few days, stable and attached to gantry rather than to wobbly bottom. Here we go: few aluminium extruded profiles, 4x M6 screws, 4 springs and I have a bed that does what and how I need. I can remove slats and only leave them where support is needed – that allows me to have clean, tidy cuts. Read more “K40 Laser table”