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Merry Christmas 2019!

Been posting too much of the negative. Complainers and Big Brother. Not total doom and gloom, but I want to be more positive. HA! Christmas is a good time to start. On this day a savior was born. Joy to the world. The list goes on…

Why wait until New Years… I can start now with resolutions.

Here is a Christmas tree I 3D printed. Not an original design by yours truly, but it reminded me of the lighted porcelain trees we have around the house at Christmas. 

Most of my time is spent on creative projects, making things. Enjoying what I can do […] Continue reading » Merry Christmas 2019!

An Investment in Wax

Some rambling on the art of lost wax casting.

Wax masters ready for casting

There is a basic or fundamental law in lost wax casting. The law says,”The casting is only as good as the model.”

Every and I mean EVERY flaw in the model will be duplicated in the cast. There is no such luck as expecting it to “look better” once it is cast. Because tiny details are easily overlooked in the model. The casting almost always has a flaw in some detail.

Time spent on the finish of the wax is time well spent. Wax on a model […] Continue reading » An Investment in Wax

Junque Plastic

My Plastic Junque Collection

My creative efforts (making tangible art and thingies) are expanding through the world of three-dimensional printing. It’s a new-age process of additive manufacturing. If you don’t yet know what that is, you have been under your rock too long… Ha! Excuse me while I holster my plastic gun…

Three-dimensional printing at my budget level is mostly Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) which means hot plastic is extruded through a tiny nozzle and drawn (deposited) as a line, one thin layer at a time on top of the last layer. I also do DLP (Digital Light Processing) which prints a full […] Continue reading » Junque Plastic

Ubuntu LTS Update

Sandbox

I haven’t been playing with my Sandbox (Linux) computer for several months. Too busy messing with the Intel NUC Win10 computer. That changed today.

I energized Sandbox and expected I would have some usual application software updates to perform. Yes, there were quite a few. When the those updates completed, the Ubuntu OS informed me a new LTS (Long Term Support) update was available for the Ubuntu OS itself. A move from the 16.xx LTS to a new 18.xx LTS series (18.04 LTS to be exact.)

I always want to run the latest and greatest, so performing the OS update was […] Continue reading » Ubuntu LTS Update

All Things Plastic?

Feeling rooked?

I am writing this as I think the “blush” of a new love has worn off. The love was infatuation with the process of three-dimensional printing. I truly like using the process but now only for purposes where it makes real sense. Printed plastic parts have a place in many things I like to make. That’s not going away.

I have also made a huge box full of useless plastic junk just because it was possible. Yes, it was fun. But it is still useless junk. I gave most of it to my young granddaughter as “toys” to play with. […] Continue reading » All Things Plastic?