News and Events

Keep up to date with Steve Nurse's designs and 3d printing.

Thursday 30 April 2020

Easter Decos Part 2

Current front gate decorations. Latest is on right, made from
Easter-Egg wrappers, glue, a stick of balsa wood and some clear vinyl tubing, both from Bunnings.
Finished and ready to go on the front fence.
Another view.

Christine's contributions: Elmo and a teddy on front door.


Since my last post I have worked out a new way to make a "house" model as shown in my last design post. This is a vast simplification of my previous effort - instead of custom made 3d printed joiner parts - with a different part type for each of the 60, 90 and 150 degree angles - I've just used clear tubing with a different length for the different angles.  The tubes get cut different lengths for the different angles though.

So the bits of balsa are 8mm thick and the tube goes right through 2 of them. Then you have to work out the length of  tube that goes in the middle. If the diameter of the tube circle is D, this length is the circle circumference multiplied by the circle fraction. So for 90 degrees we get the length

(90/360) * D * PI + (2 * 8) etcetera for the other angles.

Anyway, its fun but a bit mathsy.

Best wishes

Steve Nurse

Saturday 25 April 2020

Easter Decos

Some artwork near us in Clifton Hill
Sawing, drilling and filing timber....
to make this.
Covering the house with aluminium foil salvaged from easter egg wrappers.
House in place on our front gate. Christine made the Teddy on the front door.

There has been a few outbreaks of art in our small suburb recently, with teddies and rainbows on display in peoples houses and bright murals appearing to brighten the general gloom created by covid 19.  Apparently unrelated, I had been storing easter egg wrappers, and one of my 3d printers had just been repaired and needed a project for recommissioning, so I got working on a small design, and within a day or so of starting it was done.

The house itself consists of one type of plywood square, drilled with the help of a 3d printed jig, and a few joining knuckles which hold the squares together at 90, 60 or 150 degree angles. The knuckles have taper pins on the ends, and they are a press fit into the holes in the squares.

Haven't really gathered any reactions from neighbours passing by yet, but I am looking forward to it!

The story continues here, I made another one using a slightly different method.


Steve Nurse