For the past month I’ve been designing some passports with Mitch Altman. The purpose is to get people visiting more hackerspaces, interacting with the communities held within, and spreading ideas across different groups.
I find the scavenger hunt element – trying to fill every blank space in your “visas” section with stamps from hackerspaces across the world – incredibly appealing. I’m eager to see the stamps spaces come up with, the inks they use, and the clever elements they find to tuck in with their own passports.
A few months back I got an incredible set of printing blocks from my friend Liz. She’d taken a trip to India, bargained hard, and snagged these incredibly lovely ornate printing blocks for just a few dollars.
I have a huge collection of patterns. I visit Lost and Taken and Repper fairly often and have built up quite a store of resources over the years. I feel like I should give something back.
Here’s a vase I printed out using my Parametric Vase Suite. Bre Pettis was instrumental in getting this one to print. He fooled around a bit with Skeinforge and found that the intersecting shapes generated by the Suite could be printed using a single strand wall thickness. I’m mightily impressed with the results.
The second day of the Interactive Parametrics seminar has concluded, and I’ve got some things to share. I made an interactive suite for modeling simple revolved shapes with Processing. You should check it out on Thingiverse.
Today has been a busy, busy day. It will probably be the baseline for what’s shaping up to be an incredibly busy week.
I’ve spent the day Makerbotting, programming, and enjoying the company of some truly brilliant people at the Interactive Parametrics workshop. Once things are settled and the dust has cleared I’ll be documenting some of the fruits of my labor. I’ve even gotten to document the MakerBots Bre was kind enough to bring along to modeLab in time lapse.
I’ve learned a few important things. Firstly, Processing has a lot more functionality for 3d modeling and array based modeling that I’d figured. Second, Marius Watz is an excellent teacher and has built some beautiful libraries for 3d modeling in processing. And thirdly, the Thing-O-Matic is a damn impressive piece of hardware.