Thursday, August 4, 2011

Entering the 3D printing world

Recently I wanted to create a few prototypes of some Industrial Design project that I had in mind.

I considered printing them using a 3D printing service like "" or "", but I would have needed several prints and as corrections arises, it would get the cost quite considerable high.

So I entered the world of 3D printers and made a research of what the market had to offer.

And I discovered the world of Repraps, a project started by the university professor of Bath (UK), Adrian Bowyer.

Here are a few of them: Mendel, Huxley, Prusa, Shapercube, MakerBot, UP, BFB.

I realised that I could build a 3D printer with about €600.00.

The quality of the prints are lower (also I must admit I saw recently some very good ones), but excellent for my prototypes.

The project consist of being able to create a 3d printer that can replicate itself (reprap), and use common industrial components, easy to find, and to keep the cost as low as possible. The Repraps use a filament of plastic (PLA or ABS (same plastic as lego)) that through a layer process builds the object, you can find an explanation from the inventor here.

As they are several derivation of the original project, I made a research of witch one gave me the best compromise with cost and quality, and I ended up choosing a Prusa. Is one of the cheapest and the quality they say is better then the makerbot, is also one of the easiest to tweak and easy to build. You can build your system completely by yourself getting the components from your local store and over the internet, or you can buy a complete kit or a ready to go out of the box via this vendors: botmill, reprapsource, xyz printers, mendel-parts, makergear.

To build it took me about a month, mainly to get hold of all the components, I would say that if I had everything handy I could build the machine in two days. I also needed to do a bit of wiring with the electronics, ad a firmware and choose a software to control the printer, getting the necessary experience took a bit of research and time, that I could have avoided if I participated to a classroom organized by the original inventor and Joseph Prusa in Bath, but I was to late and when I applied the classroom was already fully booked.

Anyhow I found a lot of help from the internet and mainly from the reprap #IRC channel where you can find many developers answering your questions.

While bulding the Prusa and looking around I discovered another project developed by the Brazilian Junior Veloso, he uses a different approach then reprap and his project is still under development, but the quality of it's prints are just stunning!He is going to bring the DIY printers to a new level. Check his blog to keep updated with his development.

Also have a look at thingiverse a library of free 3D models that you can use with your 3D printer.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


So after being absent for quite a while, here I'm back again :)

I went on holiday to Brazil, and I must say that the experience was really amazing, the people, the scenery, the carnival, the amount of natural resources.

If Ireland is green, Brazil is even greener, vegetation is everywhere, you can find coconuts, banana, and exotic fruits trees by just walking around.

The best thing is that I got rid of all the stress I accumulated in years.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Business Card

I'm making me a business card as I'm always meeting people asking me for one, and I always end up writing my email, phone on some kind of paper, that eventually will get lost. So I decided to go on something a bit original, that you will not throw in the bin soon after, so I came up with this idea, that you can see on the right. I will do another one with a modern style, just to see what people around me will prefer, so if you have an opinion I will like to know about it. :)

Light trails in Softimage

Hello everyone, so I just made a quick video tutorial on how to create light trails in softimage, as somebody reading an old post on xsibase asked me how to do it.

So here it is:

I have in mind to make a more complex project and make a video tutorial out of it, must get the time and see the feedback I receive on this one.

Any feedback is always appreciated.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2009 Show Reel!

So I have just uploaded my new Show Reel on youtube and vimeo.

Comments and critics are very welcome!


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here we go again experimenting with the new camera :)

Monday, May 18, 2009


I recently bought a camera, to understand a bit better the world of photography, and mainly because I have a really nice view from my office, and wanted to do a Timelapse of it.

So this are my first attemps in using it. For the time lapse i need a time remote or intervalometer and I'm just waiting that it arrives.