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3D Printing with Blender - Part 1


We have the coolest office in existence!  Old school arcade games, TV's everywhere, snacks, soda, beer!  I think the partners never want us leaving. But my favorite is our Makerbot Replicator.  For a year-and-a-half now I’ve been itching to try my hand at 3D modeling and printing. 3D printing isn’t necessarily new, in fact early 3D printing technologies date back to the 80’s. But it hasn’t been too many years that you could have one on on your desktop. What an amazing technology with countless possibilities!
So, what to create? It should be something useful! Something that, when its used, you’re proud to say, “hey, I made that!”-- not some sweat shop in China. So, one day, as I was looking for a drink in the fridge, I noticed that we could use a better way of organizing our cans. You’ve probably seen the plastic can dispensers that you can easily purchase at Wal-Mart for a few bucks, but why buy one when you can make your own.

There are tons of tutorials out there on how to model in Blender, so I’ll spare you the Blender basics and dive right in to how I created my own can dispenser. The can dispenser has 2 basic parts.  And so I'm not blowing peoples minds in just one video blog, I'm going to start with a piece that I can only describe as a spindle, and save the sides for part 2.  The spindles (we'll need to print 5) hold the 2 sides together and set a specific separation for the sides (wide enough for a standard 12 ounce can).

The spindle part is:
  • 5 inches long
  • 1/2 inch in diameter in the center
  • 1/4 inch diameter on the ends.
The ends are separated down the center by 1/8th of an inch.  The separation on the ends is so they snap securely into the side pieces which we will create in the second part of this walkthrough.


Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for part 2!!


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