London Designer 3D Prints Weather Forecasting Wave Lamp

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While many of us relegate talking about the weather to people-pleasing small talk, knowing whether it is going to rain or snow today, tomorrow, and later in the week is something most of us take for granted. Detailed information is widely available. You may spend part of each day tuned into the weather channel, wading through loads of extraneous information before you finally get what you need, or focusing on a couple of icons that tell you what the day will bring from your phone.

What if you could just roll over in the morning though, squint through still half-asleep eyes, and know what weaththe weather held simply through the hue of the lamp at your bedside? Leave it to curious makers like Dushyant Ahuja to come up with something just like that. Upon perusing the annals of Thingiverse, the London designer’s attention was gotten by a wave lamp that inspired him to go one step further and include the weather forecast.

“I couldn’t simply leave it to be a bedside lamp. I had to make it wifi and show the weather,” explains Ahuja in his Instructable.

He uses a ESP8266 module with WS2812B LEDs for showing the forecast based on corresponding colors, with the light switching off at 10 PM and then back on in the morning at 6 AM.

If you are interested in making your own weather forecasting wave lamp, you will need the following:

Tools:

  • 3D printer – one that can print at least 30-35cm
  • USB-TTL module to program the ESP-12E
  • Hot glue gun
  • Soldering iron

Consumables:

  • PLA – white for the lamp and another color for the base
  • 30 WS2812B Addressable RGB LEDs
  • ESP8266 – 12E
  • 74HCT245N
  • 5V power supply
  • 5V-3.3V Power converter
  • A few header pins and resistors
  • Solder

Although this is quite a time-consuming piece to make, one of the attractive points is that it does not require any supports, although Ahuja did use a 5mm brim to see that the print adhered to the bed. See the Instructable for settings.

“…This is a huge print and takes a lot of time,” states Ahuja. “So, if you’re not comfortable leaving your printer overnight (or over several nights) this is not for you. Get it printed using 3D Hubs. Mine took over 30 hours.”

He created the stand with Tinkercad, and you can download the design here, using colored PLA for printing.

“Be warned though – the cavity I’ve created doesn’t have any supports and the inside gets a little messy, especially with the woodfill PLA that doesn’t bridge well,” says Ahuja.

The top is an optional piece. If you are interested in creating it, see more here.

“I created it in Tinkercad to hide the hole at the top of the lamp. It’s nothing great, but works,” says Ahuja.

Next, you will need to create the circuit. Ahuja had a couple of boards left over from previous projects, and used those for the lamp project.

“The circuit used for this lamp is extremely simple and if your WS2812Bs (some do, some don’t) work at 3.3V signal, it’s even simpler as you can then avoid the 74HCT245N.”

Follow the directions for programming and coding, and then all that is left is assembly. Ahuja states that this is a functional design, but he is still working on it, adding other new features such as a notification for missed phone calls, wake up light, and more. He is open to suggestions, and asks that you post images if you create your own lamp.

Discuss this article and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below. 

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[Sources: Hackaday; Instructables]

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'Virtually Real,' the world's first 3D-printed VR art exhibition in London

Tilt Brush example. — Pictures courtesy of HTC ViveTilt Brush example. — Pictures courtesy of HTC ViveLONDON, Dec 27 — From January 11 to 14, 2017, the Royal Academy of Art in London will present the first ever 3D-printed artworks in virtual reality, produced in collaboration with HTC Vive.

Artists from the Royal Academy and its alumni will create artwork using the virtual reality platform HTC Vive, creations that visitors to the exhibition will be able to experience in real time, “fully immersing themselves in the virtual piece.”

Art and virtual reality

The exhibition is the first of its kind, with artists using a combination of artistic software programmes such as the Tilt Brush and Kodon modeling tool, which allow the user to paint in a 3D space. SuperHuge 3D printing is then used to produce the creations in real life. The three selected artists, Adham Faramawy, Elliot Dodd and Jessy Jetpacks are all specialised in work using virtual reality, apps and multimedia.

Visitors will be able to paint in a 3D space using the same technology as the artists. Visitors will be able to paint in a 3D space using the same technology as the artists. Visitors will not only be able to walk around, under and through the exhibition, but will also be able to watch a playback of the making of each artwork, and are then invited to try their hand at creating a piece themselves using the same technology as the artists.

The Head of Fine Art Process at the Academy, Mark Hampson, explained that this exhibition was part of a long-term mission to ”become pioneers in the production of 3D sculptural forms created from virtually generated imagery,” showcasing the future of art and the possibilities of virtual reality in the creative industry.

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Produced by HTC and Valve, Vive allows room-scale virtual reality thanks to its adjustable headset, two wireless controllers with HD haptic feedback and 360° absolute motion tracking. The front-facing camera blends the physical with the virtual.

The “Virtually Real” exhibition is taking place in the Fine Rooms at the Royal Academy of Art in London January 11-14, 2017. — AFP-Relaxnews

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3D Printshow London: A brief overview of what caught our eyes

3dpshowfeatured3DPrintshow in London was held earlier this month, drawing visitors from around the world. I had the chance to visit with and talk to various companies who were there to exhibit their products. Below is a brief recap of what I saw, and what caught my eye.

Aye Aye Labs
3dpshow2Aye Aye Labs, based in Poland, has now added high speed to their already stylish Hot Rod Henry 3D printer. Aye Aye Labs announced their partnership with Create it Real, the high speed electronic platform manufacturer (print up to 450mm/sec)and  are announcing their strategic partnership to create one of the best looking and fastest FFF printers on the market. Both companies met at the 3D Printshow in Berlin last March. The goal of Aye Aye Labs was to offer the best 3D printer experience with the Hot Rod Henry.

“Thanks to the great design, large build volume, and now high speed and reliability, we believe we achieved our goal” Tomasz Zawada, CEO of Aye Aye Labs stated.

“Hot Rod Henry Supercharged” will be available in the coming weeks, and customers can already pre-order it through Aye Aye Labs’ website.

3D Slash
3D Slash is Fun & Fast 3D Modelling Software for non-designers of any age. Currently 3D Slash is integrated with 3D Printer services 3D Hubs, Sculpteo and i.materialise and can also print directly to the Zeepro printer. 3D Slash is ideal for non CAD people who want to get a head start in 3D printing without the complexities of CAD software. While the web app allows the freedom to work from any browser, the local download allows you to work on your model in smaller detail, lower than 1/4 mm, which will no doubt allow you to create some fine designs. You can currently share your designs with Facebook and Twitter friends, with more sharing options are coming in the future.

At the 3D PrintS\show, 3D Slash announced that they have now formed a partnership with both Sketchfab and Youmagine. Currently it is available free in Beta release as a Web app or a local download for the Windows, Mac and Linux platform. Version 1 of 3DSlash is due for release in July of 2015, and is sure to be a hit.

Fuel3d – Scanify
This is a scanner currently available with Studio Starter software, Studio Plus and Studio Advanced coming in July. Also support for Mac will be available in September. There is some really exciting stuff coming from Fuel3d in the coming months (top secret at the moment, sorry no pics allowed). Some of these things include:

  • Tablet holder – Scanner and Tablet all in one
  • Tablet and Battery Holder – Their own property battery pack to power the scanner to go totally portable for several hours of scanning

3D Hubs
Currently 3D Hubs features over 17,000 hub locations worldwide, and they will be featured in Adobe’s upcoming release of Photoshop Creative Cloud, which will go live in June. 3D Hubs API Teleport was just released and it will enable anyone to send digital designs to their 17,000+ printing locations in the world.

Zinomat
A flexible reusable mat that will allow users to remove their print from their printer platform without any hassle, this company unveiled their products at this show. Currently in the mats are available in the size of 26 x 22 cm and they will be available in a 30 x 30 cm size in the coming weeks.

Robo Savvy
RoboSavvy launched their MM2X Extruder Kit which will Print ABS and PLA at the same time. This will allow users to swap out their Makerbot Replicator 2X extruder kit and replace it with this one.

Also launched was MonsterFil, which is an excellent food safe filament with low warping and surface lubrication. The filament will be available in spools of up to 10kg, and to hold the 10kg spools, the company has also launched their Monsterfeed, which is a spool with its own motorized turning device to reduce tension on the filament. The Monsterfeed will be suitable for several printer manufacturers and can run with up to 10 kg of filament.

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London based 5axismaker is currently taking orders for their 5axismaker which comes in 3 different build volumes: 400 x 400 x 400 mm, 600 x 600 x 600 mm and a missive 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm.

The 5axis cnc machine is a powerful low cost fabricator which comes with swappable heads such as a milling head, a 3D printing extruder head, a touchprobe, a hot wire-cutter and a water jet. This gives users better speed and ability to print at angles other printers can’t achieve.

Mcor Technologies
Mcor has just launched a makeover of their Iris 3D printer — the all new Mcor IRIS HD which achieves realistic color with 1+ million colours and a resolution of 5760 x 1440 x 508 dpi.

Built on new algorithms and a newly designed carbide cutting tip, Mcor IRIS HD makes full-colour detail and text on 3D printed models crisper than ever, to deliver a photorealistic appearance around the full geometry of the model and better communication of granular information.

Because Mcor IRIS HD uses less ink and the tip lasts longer, it delivers a 20-percent reduction in the cost to 3D print a model. Mcor’s materials already cost 10-20 percent of other 3D printing technologies, saving customers thousands of dollars and providing greater access to the technology. Mcor IRIS HD is available now for new and existing owners of Mcor 3D printers.

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There you have it, my brief review of the 3D Printshow London.  Did you get to attend?  Discuss in the 3D Printshow forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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