I have been 3D printing for several years and currently have four printers. Three are FDM (filament style) printers and the forth is a DLP (UV light/resin) style. I'll be describing more about these machines as I publish more articles.
I employed all three of my FDM printers for this project. To produce this much product in a couple of days was a lot of printing. There are 50 coasters in the pictures, but I printed a few more than that in the last two years.
The smaller, star coasters are not my design. They are similar to the Dallas Cowboys emblem, the reason I printed them. The snowflake coaster is also not my design, but was the inspiration for my design shown here to the right.
My wife Gloria is a "Quilter". If you know one, or like me, are married to one, you know they can have an intense group-society relationship over all things quilted. They gather together and go on Quilt Shop Tours and stage several day "retreats" where they get it (quilts) all put together. It forms a a basic fabric of their society. They have a great time and it leaves then all laughing in stitches. (Had to say that...)
Enough about quilting, but it formed the idea about this project. My wife likes to give away "treats" in the form of some of the things I make. Especially some of my plastic Junque. She asked me to make some more of the Star Coasters, so she could hand them out at her next retreat. Dutifully, I started printing. Then I got the idea that since it is a quilting retreat, the coasters should have a quilting theme.
I cast around a bit, fishing for a design. Trying to think of a simple design for a quilters' coaster. Then I got the strike! It's a basic pattern all quilters know... a square in a square in a square. Gloria recognized it immediately and exclaimed, "They will WANT that one!"
Uh-Oh... Now I have to make a bunch! I designed it in Fusion 360 and the #1 prototype was a bit too fat (thick). Easy fix and I soon had the production version ready for the print run. The outside diameter is 100MM as many folks like to use large oversized cooler mugs these days. A small coaster doesn't cut it. The Star coasters are smaller...
So, all three FDM printers were started and production commenced. Gloria claimed the light blue for herself, but the rest are up for grabs. Please note: Most of the production is setting on... a table quilt.
Here is a link to the quilt_sq_coaster.stl.
We are back! The template that controls the appearance of the website is the same. The old content is gone, and this is a fresh start. I will bring back some of the old pictures, but it may be with a different story.
I am not going to lay down any ground rules. Just enjoy showing what’s happening in my little world of 3D printing. One thing though. I realized a lot of hobby 3D printing is plastic junk and trinkets. I am guilty of that myself. I have labeled such printing I have done as producing plastic Junque, just to give it a fancy name.
For sure, I will continue printing plastic Junque. I want the focus of Dimensional Print Studio to be on invention, design and engineering. The printing is simply the manufacturing final stage of the process.
I am not selling 3D printers. So, I am not promoting the machines I use. I will talk about their features and faults and how that affects the design of what I create. It’s completely plausible to create designs that can’t be printed because of the nature of the process. Same goes for any machine tool in the workshop.
This website is dedicated to utilizing various hobby level three-dimensional printing systems. Using proper material application, design and engineering, items of enduring value and practical purpose are created. Little to no Junque designs are permitted. Oops, that sounds a bit like a rule to be broken…
Summing up, my goal is to show and tell how I design and make quality plastic things intended for dimensional printing. It’s the project design that is the prime focus of Dimensional Print Studio. The printer is a computer operated machine tool that simply follows our directions to produce a tangible output.