Saturday, September 16, 2017

3D Printed Lightsaber

This was a long project to work on. At least a year ago, I found this article about a 14-part 3D printed lightsaber based around a replica of Obi Wan Kenobi's lightsaber from Star Wars. I downloaded the files before I even had a 3D printer - that's how interested I was in making this; it may even be the primary reason why I wanted to printer in the first place.

And so pieces started getting printed, some of them finished in an hour or two, others taking 8-10 hours each. When it was finished, I had this:
and the first real test-fit of all of the pieces
But the best part was getting everything painted to look like a metal artifact from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Closer detail shots below:

Sunday, September 3, 2017


New camera: Pentax K3 II
New Lens: Pentax 16-50 f2.8
My Panasonic GX1 has done well by me for the last 5 years, but I when I started looking around at newer options, I got caught up in this Pentax model and lens. A bigger sensor (APS-C) means better low light performance (for indoor and nighttime shooting). A fast f2.8 lens (with zoom!) means even more opportunities to get shots that would be completely lost on the GX1. 

The camera itself is beastly. So much larger than my Panasonic (snapshot below of my GX1 with my Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens). It also weighs 3lbs with the lens, and even more if I were to put on the extra battery grip.

Suffice to say, there's some tradeoffs between the versatile mirrorless GX1 and the SLR Pentax. That being said, I've never had an issue with some bulk or weight (my telephoto for the GX1 is fairly substantial and negates any size benefits of the body anyway). So far I've been very happy with the performance of the camera, and my new best friend for editing, Adobe Lightroom. i figured that it would behoove me to find a good editing solution since I no longer work on my Mac Mini for photos (PC only these days), and Lightroom really is a fantastic product. I'm not the biggest fan of subscription services for software, but I've found myself using it enough to justify the cost. All in all, I'm really happy I upgraded, and find myself investing more time in shooting and editing again.

Some recent samples:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Spiralized Vases - 1 hour 30 mins each

links to files:

These two vases are done using a technique where the file is printed as a hollow surface, and the entire outer wall is printed in a growing spiral pattern, meaning that the walls of the vase are one continuous strand of filament. The twist vase took a couple of tires because the base wasn't adhering to my printer bed well, but the finished pieces are lovely and, as an added bonus, they both do hold water! I liked that they're quick to print too, around an hour and a half each.