3D Printing Is Awesome

The other day my local library held a free 3D Printing Class for adults that I just had to attend. The class went into detail on how to use the library's LulzBot Mini 3D Printer.

LulzBot Mini 3D Printer

We went over popular 3D design communities, how you can choose a certain design, and the right format to save it in for downloading. And if you wanted to create your own design how to go about doing it.

When the class was over I was the first person to sign up for a 3 hour appointment slot to create my very first 3D printing project! Oh yeah!

I used Tinkercad which is an easy to use browser-based 3D design and modeling tool for designing your very own project.

Using this program I decided to create a techie pendant that I could wear. After a few adjustments to the size of the pendant it was time to test my design through the 3D printer!

This is a photo of the first three attempts of tweaking here and there in trying to fix the errors. Learning process for sure.

3D Printer Errors

After some more tweaking I finally had a design that I was proud of. Not bad for my very first time at the 3D printer!

Coder Girl Pendant

Coder Girl Pendant

And just for fun I downloaded a design from Thingiverse of a DNA helix and even though the way it printed was far from perfect it still looks cool...imperfections and all.

DNA helix

3D printing is truly an amazing piece of technology and one that I am going to continue to experiment more with. Since I created my very own pendant using a 3D printer and even got to print a cool looking DNA helix you know what that means...it's time for the Woohoo Dance!

Anime Girl Dancing