Well, the random update is here lolz. Anyway I was very disappointed with my work recently hence the short mourning period. Remember the laptop skin thing yea..... that didnt work out too well.
yup, utterly destroyed that acrylic piece. well, its a good thing I bought spares I guess. The black turned out very well. its just the design which screwed up everything. i guess its due to the laptop skin stickiness combined with the very complex design so when I peeled off the laptop skin, it just started getting stuck together. thinking of that give me the shivers. anyway, I was about to give up on the design and just paint that portion black. till, my bro-in-law reminded me that my cousin recently procured a 3d printer.
and what can you do with a 3d printer? THE AWESOMEST THING EVER.
I'm not kidding. so I asked my cousin and he gave me the cad formats I'll need to save in.
so I dropped by his house to check out the 3d printer and to run a trial test to see how things work out. well here goes then
well, I can imagine most people will go like huh? I though 3d printers are the uber cool futuristic thing? yup. thats on youtube and probably worth a fortune. go ahead I wont stop you. anyway so we loaded the file and fire it up.
as a mechanical engineer (by profession, but dun really like it) it was freaking cool to see one churning out materials and weaving them into objects. this was gonna be the prototype and it's printing at a height of just 1mm. I was afraid that the plastic wouldnt be strong enough but I was so wrong.
so basically you're looking at the finish product. the net mesh at the bottom is like the base so its easy to peel the object from the plate. it looks gorgeous and I couldnt ask for any better. its pretty strong as well. I honestly thought 1mm was really pushing it and it will just snap in 2 at any time.
well this is 1 of the pieces that I removed from the base. see the connecting joints? thats... I have no idea how thin but the main parts are barely 2mm. so that like 0.2-0.4mm? and it held fine.
so with this, I decided to up the game. my initial design was to be kept as simple as possible cuz i'll need to cut and spray and whatnot. but with 3d printing, I can be more ambitious muahahaha.
I went back to the drawing board and updated the design and made it more complex than it was before. Though maybe I'll regret but oh well, high risk, high returns,.
so this is the updated designs. there are more shapes and what not. and I even made some parts through and through with the hopes that it'll look awesome when led shines through it. like this
so you see there are some parts on the base where there'll be some cutout looking thing. hopefully it pans out as I hope. So hopefully I can print this out soon and well see how it goes from there on.
and also been working a bit on the wirings for the led strips. manage to secure some 3pin male and female to use them for the led strips.
I got them from the voltage reducer in aerocool shark fans. since I have a lot of unused fans haha. There'll be lots of wiring to do. already soldered some but well, too recent for pics but I'll definitely follow up on that.
Have a great weekend guys.Edited by Valoritky - 4/4/14 at 1:56am