3D Printing and Modeling

3D printing can be 100% functional or 100% cosmetic, and I 100% love it.

My first printer was a Monoprice Select Mini 2. It’s a very solid machine and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking to get started. It has a 110mm3 build area which was just a bit small for me on many projects and I found myself modifying models to fit. Now it’s my small-sized and fine-detail printer with a 0.2mm nozzle for when I need something to look pretty.

My primary printer as an Anet A8 Plus with a whopping 300mm x 300mm x 350mm build area! That may sound like it’s triple the Monoprice mini volume (1.33 liters), but it’s actually over 20 times larger (27 liters)! The only downside is that I haven’t fine-tuned it for small details so for now I only use it to print large functional pieces that don’t need to look very pretty.

Below are a few of my favorite prints, including designs of my own.

Buck Converter Mount for Ryobi Batteries

We had a power-wheels jeep with a dead 12v battery and rather than pay $50 for a proprietary battery I decided to create this mount so that I could use my Ryobi batteries and chargers.

The buck converter used can output 12 amps and may be useful to me again in the future for <18v applications.

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  • Ryobi batteries and tools mounted on wall

Ryobi Tool Mounts

My collection of Ryobi tools and batteries was becoming a cluttered mess. These are an elegant solution to keep them well organized and out of the way.

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Insulated Buried Potable and Boiler Water Lines

We needed heat and potable water in our garage and rather than use expensive electricity to run a space heater I decided to run boiler lines with the water lines at the same time. These spacers help to keep the pipes spaced evenly apart while the spray foam insulation sets. Normally a pre-made insulated line like this would cost $1500+ but it only cost $200 + lots, and lots of time to do it ourselves.

Lithopane Lamp

This was a gift to my little-sister-in-law. It's a picture of her cat that I printed as a lithopane and positioned in front of LEDs. The effect is stunning.

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Condensor Mic Stand

This little guy fits perfectly in my monitor arms and allows my microphone to be positioned above them.

GPU Stand

This allowed me to add 3 more GPUs to my server than I had slots for.