They did it!

3 Apr

I have a proper post coming, but I wanted to let my readers know that the engineering team, led by CleverGuy, got their printer working!



They tightened all the moving parts (vibrations could have been knocking the resin loose), shortened the cure time and reprogrammed the software to lay down a larger base area so that subsequent slices would have a larger surface to adhere to.

And it worked!

The silicon screen was Plan B, but Plan A was tickety-boo, so no further action required.

Congratulations, guys!

Three more members in the fellowhip of the rings.


Lots of love,


16 Responses to “They did it!”

  1. BG7B April 3, 2013 at 13:39 #

    Looks amazing! great job all around 🙂


  2. Ruxman April 3, 2013 at 13:44 #

    either someone fixed the printer and there’s a picture of a hollow golf ball and some people with rings, or it’s a 3d printer that made a hollow ball and some rings for three guys who felt a little left out… interesting post 🙂


  3. judgybitch April 3, 2013 at 13:48 #

    It’s bigger than a golfball. More like the size of a grapefruit.

    And when they start printing heart valves specifically designed to fit an individual heart, you’ll be damn glad they weren’t left out!



  4. zykos April 3, 2013 at 14:21 #

    Congratulations to the whole team, and welcome to the club!

    — A fellow ringbearer


  5. angelowal April 3, 2013 at 14:29 #

    So proud and relieved, phew! I just know that without your positivity, this outcome may not have happened. Love ya!


  6. judgybitch April 3, 2013 at 14:37 #

    I think the ham and mustard and roasted potatoes with shallots and sour cream helped a lot, too.


    Now he has to let me win at Euchre. At least once.


  7. Liz April 3, 2013 at 14:43 #

    That is awesome!

    I imagine quips about their impressive large balls will be forthcoming….


  8. angelowal April 3, 2013 at 14:47 #

    Hahahaha! Somehow, I hadn’t gone there; maybe ‘cos it’s my baby boy we’re talkin’ ’bout……….LOL


  9. Liz April 3, 2013 at 15:00 #

    Sorry. I’ve spent too much time around fighter pilots. 🙂


  10. tarzanwannabe April 3, 2013 at 15:30 #

    3D is our Gutenberg press.


  11. Pirran April 3, 2013 at 16:45 #

    Excellent job. Now to produce a rad-fem resin dartboard with Amanda Marcotte’s colossal chin for a bulls-eye.

    Speaking of Mandy Manjaw, I wondered if you had seen these two articles on Slate. An eminently sensible piece (? I know, who’d have thunk – on Slate!) from a young woman who had married at 23 and (natch) the inevitable response from the Texas Chain-Jaw that is such by-the-numbers hamstering cliché-driven dreck, it should be framed and mounted.


  12. judgybitch April 3, 2013 at 17:03 #


    I shall take a look.



  13. Xayadvara April 3, 2013 at 18:26 #

    Well congrats to them for pulling this one of – I love tech wizardry. But at the same time, I do recall reading about something similar to this one being around in the market some 5-6 years back though the raw material was some sort of plastic or something

    Could you please ask them if they know of a 3-d printer already existing in the market??? I think some form of it is already commercially available – maybe they are using a different or cost-effective approach here compared to that?? I have a feeling that they just might have brought in an improved version of that…


  14. Ayurvedic Yogi April 4, 2013 at 03:31 #

    Engineers rock! Here’s some, women at that, who have invented anti-rape underwear.


  15. GrimGhost April 4, 2013 at 14:28 #

    > who have invented anti-rape underwear.

    They had that in the Middle Ages. It was called a “chastity belt.” 😉


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