We needed a new dog bed. OK actually, the dog needed a new bed. Here is the sad “before” state.
Dog beds cost like $25-40. That’s just silly. It’s some fabric and stuffing. So, we got some supplies. A throw blanket from Wal Mart ($2.87). Iron-on seam tape ($3.97). And the best part – we had a couple of old study-buddy pillows that were ready for donation to the thrift store, where they would no-doubt sit endlessly waiting for one of the tens of people in the world who buy used pillows to stumble on them. Since everyone has some old pillows of some type lying around for stuffing, total cost for the dog bed: $6.00.
I backed the FlipBooKit project on Kickstarter.
My kit showed up last week and I had a chance this evening to assemble it. I thought everyone would enjoy seeing it in action.
I bought my daughters two identical swiss army knives for Christmas. To tell them apart, I wanted to mark them in a permanent way. I decided to engrave the plastic with the laser to give it some relief, and then fill in the impression with acrylic paint.
One of the first things I thought when I saw the laser cutter was “I wonder if I can etch my phone with it?” Naturally, I placed my phone in it without a second thought, found a picture, and tried to engrave it. The only problem is that the pictures DPI (Dots per inch)was too low and it looked like a giant blob, so my dream was delayed. I eventually got some lessons on how to use it from various members (thank you, by the way) and with a little practice, I cut out my name on some scrap acrylic. I made that light up and change colors, and with that success I threw my phone in there and had some great results, so good in fact I did it to another phone. Both were such a success, I engraved a phone case, and the front glass on the second phone. Soon I am going to engrave an Ipad case and maybe other phones too! Hopefully I am going to upload a video of the ipad case getting engraved soon and some more pics.
Makerspaces often mix technology with design. I opted for neither. I did not design it and it is not animatronic yet (although if I leave it in Zane’s company for too long it will be). Instead, I went with whimsy. I 3D printed a whimsical, mythical beast: a “teacup dragon” that I downloaded from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:17906.