Going back into my sketchbook, I found some potentials that I doodled a few weeks back.
Cue thoughts of designing something and having it manufactured using 3D printing or Stereolithography depending on the final material.
I have never been happy with 3D design software — things like sketchup just don’t do it for me. After a bit of searching I found something that does do it for me: OpenSCAD — a 3D modeller, but parametric and driven by code. I like writing code.
After an hour or so getting too grips, I came up with a concept designs.
Armed with these designs I obtained some quotes to see how much these would cost to manufacture. Eeks! Technically feasible, but I’ll need to do some heavy optimisation to the design to keep the costs down… and trying to work out the optimisation is a bit of a black art (a tedious combination of material choice, then size, which determines the machine, which impacts the setup fees, and so on).
So, a bit of thought, some changes to the clamping method, the switched to a more modular component that can be assembled with others, leading to another test design.
Perhaps I am making life too difficult and I should just stick the original mSpN set artworks to the wall with bluetack?!comments powered by Disqus