On Space Planning



I have a bad habit of building prototypes right in front of the keyboard I need to access for coding said prototypes.

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Gear Cube

I’m giving a talk about desktop 3D printing at Disney for an internal symposium on creativity. While there has been a lot of industrial 3D printing at Disney for many years, the immediacy and accessibility of inexpensive desktop 3D printers changes how we interact with out digital designs. Creative iteration is the key — I find it incredibly empowering to print a work-in-progress character or prop model any time I want to show it to others for feedback.

I’ll be giving a brief history of desktop 3D printing, starting with the RepRap project, show examples of how we’ve used 3D printing at Disneytoon Studios, talk about some future developments in desktop 3D printing, and discuss what the maker community is up to in this space.

In preparation, I’m printing a few examples of popular objects on Thingiverse. Here’s the gear cube:

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3D Printer Build Surface

I bought a couple of sheets of this 3D printer build surface material from BuildTak when I was at Bay Area Maker Faire 2014. It works much better than the blue painters tape we were using on our 1st gen. Ultimaker at work, printing PLA plastic. The trick is in finding a material to which the printed plastic will adhere well enough for stable printing, but not so well that it is too difficult to remove the object when finished.

Note: As seen in the bottom-right photo, I wasn’t very careful laying down the sheet, and managed to trap a few air bubbles. Oops. Hopefully that won’t create any terrible problems with critical prints.

Get some here at BuildTak. This sheet was around $10 and should last for many, many prints. How many? I’ll let you know.buildTak.jpeg