8. Open Source Hardware - From Fibers to Fabric¶
This week I had to plan and build a machine or hack a machine to customize it to my needs.
I made a small Vacuum Former to form thermo plastics around 3D Objects using my oven and a hover
I never built any machine and I never thought on doing it myself, cause I never felt like an engeneer or safe in using heavy tools without cutting my arm off or having the intelectual skills to actually make anything work :D
I was researching before that assignment on how to build your own CNC Lasercutter or Milling Machine with OpenSource Tutorials because those are super expensive but I always wanted them to have.
Now after Researching a few possibilities of DIY machines or hacks I feel a bit more certain of actually being able to make it myself. When I went to the shop to get my material for this week, I kind of went crazy about the tools and also will get a flex in the future and loose the fear of using it, so I don´t have to ask my male friends to help me out anymore.
First of all I did not have any idea what to do this week cause I couldn´t start a big project and I have no skills on how to create my very own machine without any experience in engeneering. As I dont have access to a Lasercutter or CNC Milling Machine I was getting a bit frustrated aswell. I just decided to start off with a Open Source Tutorial and rebuild something that was already existing. I think if I come to the point in future where I think that some production method is missing, I probably will come up with my own hack and find some intelligent nerd to discuss my projec :)
As I wanted to build something that I actually can use I ended up with 3 Machines/Hacks. The Sewing Machine Hack to make an Embroidery Machine, a DIY Direct Extruder to print flexible Filament and a Vaccuum Former Box.
- DIY Embroidery Machine 1
- DIY Embroidery Machine 2
- DIY Embroidery Machine 3
- 3D printed simple Mini Loom
- Home Vacuum Former
- [DIY Dremel CNC] https://www.instructables.com/DIY-3D-Printed-Dremel-CNC/
- Collection of Arduino Projects
- AR Eye Glasses
- Light Painter Robot
- Solar Mendocino Motor
- OS Turtle Robot
I decided to make a small Vacuum Former to use in my oven. Previous DIY Vacuum Formers I found where either to big and needed more components and tools to make it.
Making the Vacuum Former¶
I pretty much just followed the Steps from that tutorial
2x Screenprinting Wood plates 30cm by 40cm / 0.5cm
2x Screenprinting Wood plates 12cm by 28.2cm / 0.9cm
2x > 2x Screenprinting Wood plates 12cm by 40cm / 0.9cm
4x Aluminium flat rod
Screws/Nails for the Box
8x Butterfly Nuts and 8x Vertical Screws
4x connection plates fitting the screws
As I didn´t have a CNC Milling Machine I ordered that humanoid CNC to drill the holes
Making the Vacuum Box
Drill a hole on one side panel to fit the hover hose
Making the Frame
Final Box with Frame
Orbiter 3D Printer direct Dual Extruder¶
I didn´t start that project yet, cause it came out if I order the components I will have to wait till end of january to recieve them. Until then I probably get a ready made extruder to use my filaflex.
- [About the Orbiter] (https://hackaday.com/2020/11/05/a-featherweight-direct-drive-extruder-in-a-class-of-its-own/)
Bill of Materials¶
Those are the links for the components
- 1 x Wantai 36HS2418 round Nema 14 stepper
- 3 x Wantai 36HS2418 round stepper bulk by
- 1 x Dual drive gear extruder kit for 1.75mm filament - 12mm outer / 8mm inner diameter
- 2 x Mini bearings MR148-ZZ
- 3 x Mini bearings MR95ZZ
- 1 x Full metal heat break
- 1 x Thumbscrew assembly
- 1 x Insert M3 L4mm nut - 2 x M3 screw L = 14mm - 1x M3 L= 22mm shaft for the latch - 5mm carbon fiber rod
Links from the Lecture¶
This week VARVARA & Mar Creative Studios hold the Lecture about Open Source Hardware and Machine Hacking. They showed a lot of DIY Machines. A lot of complex useful ones, but also fun interactive arty machines, including their own :) Check the Link!
- Giant Knit Nancy ```