A little something I was experimenting with a wee while ago… I’m hoping to pick this up again soon…
Very pretty results if nothing else.. I really liked the way you could track the nozzle not only by it’s movement and noise but also the heat exchange changing the colour of the surface it was printing onto…
The picture below shows only the nozzle’s track and no polymer yet!
The picture below shows how the yellow polymer glows as the magenta thermochromic dye changes under the heat. It’s a 31 degree magenta thermochromic dye on silk that I printed the polymer onto with the Ultimaker 3D printer.
It’s funny how an introduction to a certain design, technique, fold, skill or material can lead to an obsession with (in my case) a certain origami fold pattern! Is it funny tho? Is it just what we do? Is it our way of working as designers? Do we see the potential in the simplicity of an engineered shape and explore it’s aesthetic potential!? Well, for me, if it hadn’t been for the DEAF 2012 workshop that I attended last year I don’t think I’d be so obsessed with this particular origami fold! I have several people to thank for that – Meg Grant, Anja Hertenberger, Leonie Urff, Florian Horsch and Mika Satomi.
Before I had the pleasure of meeting the talented individuals above I had started here
Then as a team we arrived here –
And since then I’ve used the same fold again and again and again! This is just one textile sample under four different conditions that appears as different colours. Still… so much more I could do with this!
Finally I’ve managed to fix/work out some glitches and managed to print a wee box!
Now to work out why the polymer is getting stuck and needs a wee nudge now and again to keep it flowing. Something to do with the extruding motor mechanism this time.
I can’t wait to get stuck into some real designing now!
Watch this space
Right, The printer is built and yesterday all the motors were happily working away testing with ReplicatorG until the Ymotor stopped working. I don’t know why!?
I’ve managed to get it running now but ReplicatorG doesn’t want to work even after new firmware there are still no ports detected! Do you know what all this means? I don’t, but I’m trying to learn and learn quick!! Today will be spent trawling forums, crying for help and hopefully getting the yellow monster working again… It’s going to be a few days before I print my first replicant by the looks of it! Oh well…. Here’s some pretty pictures for you until that day arrives!
In case you want to see how the build goes… check this time-lapse video of the whole process… Really shows you what goes into an Ultimaker build!