Although I'm relatively new to modeling and 3D printing, I have plenty of experience "making stuff", as an electronics and computer hobbyist, a home shop machinist, and as a co-founder of a local makerspace.
I am in awe of many of the creations that I've seen here that have been shared by skillful and enthusiastic modelers, and hope that I can contribute to that effort as I gain more experience.
A recent trip to a nearby dollhouse and miniatures store was a real eye-opener. There are so many different aspects to this hobby that I never even realized existed. By approaching things from the perspective of "makers", perhaps we can broaden the reach and appeal even farther.
There's plenty of unexplored territory related to integrating 3D-printed miniature worlds with electronics and microcontroller technology. As one who has both created and taught a variety of STEM (or, as it's sometimes called, "STEAM") classes to young and old makers alike, I can truly appreciate the potential for using 3D printing, and especially its application to dollhouses, dolls and miniatures, as a way of sparking interest in technology. It would be great to make this group a hub of discussion and activity related to pushing the boundaries in this area.
Please feel free to join in to get and keep the discussion going.
Ed (a.k.a. "dollhouse_maker")
I used a 3rd party resin (Liqcreate Stone Coal Black) to print a skull and miniatures for an architecture model on my Formlabs Form 2. I thought this might also be interesting for mini creators to get a feeling on how the Form2 is performing concerning miniature printing. The video covers the following topics:
-Exchanging Build Platform
-Exchanging Resin Tank
-Prepare Printer for using 3rd Party Resin
-Prepare a Model in Preform for printing & Uploading to the Printer
-Postprocessing Prints: Clean/Rinse with Ultrasonic Cleaner, UV Cure, Cutting Supports
I'd like to try making a lighted miniature bookshelf. The project will involve remixing a bookshelf 'thing' that someone else has already designed so that I can modify it to accept some built-in LED shelf lighting, and print it at 1" scale. There will also be some simple electronics involved, so eventually I'd like to modify the model to house and hide the electronics rather than crudely hanging it off of the back of the shelf unit.
Along the way I'm going to use this project to help me become more proficient in the use of the OpenSCAD 3D modeling program and language. I'm also hoping to use this to get more hands-on experience with my fairly new 3D printer, and it will give me an excuse to post some things to Thingiverse.
I have only just started working on it, so I'm not yet sure whether the project will be a success or a failure.
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