Friday, June 23, 2017

Smoothing a Mesh in Blender Video

This is old school videos like I used to make. No worrying about music or outros. Just answering a question as expeditiously as I can. IN fact I don't even have tome for a write up.

Original thread:!topic/3dprintertipstricksreviews/JXiLwDoO7hA

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teaching 3D printing

To counteract the negativity of the last post, here's some pictures from my 3 day 3D printing summer camp. The camp went great and the kids are learned so much. By the third day all I had to do was roll up with the printers and the kids did all the setup for me. Now that's how you know you taught it right.

Thanks to everyone who's participated so far, and I look forward to more in the future.

 Working hard, or hardly working? Them the first, me the last.

My opinion about Just3DPrint vs 3D Printing

Just my opinion, but I really hope I don't screw myself over by putting this out there. But in my opinion, when I see people being rewarded for bad behavior, and I feel I have something to contribute to put the world right, it's not right, in my opinion, to sit back and do nothing.

Of course this is all my opinion.

Looking over the court documents I discovered something interesting.
Lookie here. Not only did they list my items for sale, but it seems they sold one of them. Did I see a penny for that sale? Of course not. Maybe I should sue them back? Generally this isn't my game. I'm too busy actually contributing to the world.

So what does this mean? Can someone take 3D models available online and sell them without compensation or even attribution to the people who created it? This court case doesn't answer that, but it does throw that into question again. Because saying that these statements were defamatory says that it was these statements that damaged their reputation. But, in my opinion, that reputation was already damaged by the individuals own actions and statements. Their damnation was already decided before Stratasys' subsidiaries reported on the same. It wasn't these reports that caused eBay to shut down their store.

It was me.

Or rather is was us. The community rallied together on Thingiverse, the Thingiverse Forums, Google Groups, G+, more Google Groups, and elsewhere. We decided as a group that this was unacceptable, we took action. I took action and notified eBay that my models were being infringed upon. And afterwards, Makerbot, Stratasys, TechCrunch, All3DP, and others reported on it. But by then the damage was done, the reputation was destroyed, and the revenue was prime to be ended. These news outlets contributions to this was so minimal as to be indistinguishable. Just3DPrintIt's claims are exaggerated and spurious.

This, in my opinion, is the real story.

(Apologies about the mouth sore I'm currently sporting. It's pretty gross. In my opinion.)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MyMiniFactory and the Joenny

I have to admit. I am just barely getting this video out. I have a kickstarter that needs some nursing, I'm running a summer 3D printing camp, I'm in a job hunt that isn't going well, and a book that I need to make a cover for. My videos are getting minimum effort right now. So when I screwed up the audio on this one I threw it in HitFilm, edited some music over the noise, and put it out. It was all I had the time for.

This sort of story is all too common in the making community. The moment you share something you run the risk that someone else claiming it for themselves. That's the internet (<- original author near as I can tell.) What it really boils down to in my opinion is intent. Did MyMiniFactory intend to cut me out? Well, no, actually. They made sure my name was attached to it, they even encouraged people to tip my designs. The only thing they did was change the branding to make it look like they created it. Is that bad? Sure. Maybe. But was it malicious? No. In fact if anything it was flattering.

But I was hurt for the longest time about the whole thing, so I brooded and harumphed until I realized I was being the one being a butt.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Digital rewards added to Royal Game of Ur Kickstarter.

At the time of this posting the Kickstarter for the Royal game of Ur is achingly close to funding.
I love this paint of the game.
One of the things I should have done at the start of this campaign has been corrected now. A digital reward tier has been added that ads the diamonds and rules that are not available if you download the files online. It's not much, I know, but if you needed just that little extra reason to back the campaign, now you've got it.

And remember, every social media share is a chance to win a copy of the game, whether you're a backer or not.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

3D Printing 101 - What is 3D Printing?

This is very late getting to you, and a bit out of order. The end of the 3D printing 101 series, the part where you get some hands-on with slicers and actually make something, I wanted to get out there first. Then, I went back and wrote the other chapters. As I do I'll insert them into the youtube playlist where they belong. This one goes right at the start. Then I had to wait to get it edited because I wanted this to be the best content I could, hence the late start.
Code for Scholars: L:RST L RTTA

For people who have only just heard about 3D printing. It can seem like magic. They hear about a machine that sits in your home, and at the push of a button fills up with whatever you want. And every day it seems like someone else is doing something amazing with it. No wonder it has this mystique surrounding it. However, 3D printing obviously isn't magic, it's real, and real things have challenges and limitations associated with them.

It's true that there's no limit to what 3D printing can do, but that doesn't mean that can do anything. It's important to understand what 3D printing is to know what it can and can not do.

What is 3D Printing?

This can be a difficult to answer because 3D printing describes a lot of different processes that all work in similar ways, but each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Generally, 3D printers are computer controlled machines that start with nothing and add to it, building things in a process called “Additive manufacturing”.

How do 3D printers do it?

Generally 3D printers work in layers with each layer stacking on the layer below it. These layers are sometimes so thin as to be impossible to see.

Like building with blocks or bricks, or making piles of snow or sand, if any part will be there without something beneath it, save at the bottom-most layer, then plans have to be made to as to how that part will be supported. Like a scaffolding or temporary structure of some sort.

Advantages of 3D printing

Because 3D printers are computer controlled, they can create elegant and repeatable designs with less human interaction. Being additive means that 3D printing generates less waste than other manufacturing processes. Also, being computer controlled it lends itself well to iterative design.

Traditionally the development process involves making a design, sending that plan to a shop, and waiting for the shop to follow the plans, and waiting for the object to get shipped back to you. With this process changes are expensive, so "good enough" often ends up being the best you can hope for. But with a 3D printer on hand it's so relatively cheap and easy to make a change there's no reason not to try the design over and over again until it is exactly the way you want it.

Concerning reproducability, if a designer makes their tried and tested design available to you, and you have a similar 3D printer, it's a simple matter to calibrate your printer, load it up with filament and the 3D model and make one for yourself, taking advantage of their work and effort to save yours. In reality it doesn't work every time,but more often than not it does.

But is it Magic?

3D printing. It describes a number of processes, including some machines which could be in your house, that with the push of a few buttons, and a little machine operation, can automatically, additively, make something from a design that possibly someone else created. Now that it's broken down it's clear that 3D printing isn't actual magic, but it can be pretty magical.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Royal Game of Ur 3D Printed Replica on Kickstarter Video

It's been a long time since I tried my hand at kickstarter. I'm not super practiced at it. So when the button said "Submit for approval (3-5 days)" I foolishly assumed that didn't mean "Launch right now", which is what happened. So I fumbled the launch, which gutted my chances of trending on Kickstarter. Now, for most folks that would be it. They'd close up shop and try again in a few weeks. But I've got a modest goal, so I'm going to ride this one out. If worse comes to worse I'll go back to selling them on etsy. Everyone wins.

Is this a reaction to the guy using assets he didn't have permission to? Yes. But not in a revenge sort of way. People clearly wanted this, and I want to give it to them. Where as the previous kickstarters were clearly hasty cash grabs that in the end would have likely resulted in him realizing he was in over his head and his backers getting half-delivery on their promises, this one is not so mired.

In looking for places to promote the kickstarter, I inadvertently confronted the guy who ran the original campaign.
So his justification for doing what he was doing was that since the game was in the public domain, everything about the game, including new assets created by other people, was also in the public domain. That's not how it works, and as you see above I explained that to him, though I might not have been the most charitable to him about it. Still, I seem to have gotten through to him because he apologized to me for his behavior in a PM and most of his messages linking to this campaign have been deleted, though he's still running his campaign on IndieGoGo. Whether it will go through or not, who knows.

In the end I don't know how this is going to turn out. Hope for the best, plan for the worst. In the end I think everyone is going to be happy.