52 Weeks: Week 10
My brain is fascinated by 3D printing. I love that 3D printers are becoming more affordable and eventually, I can buy one and make whatever I want to dream up. Right now, 3D printing is in the space of possibility, both good or bad so I thought I would devote this weeks post to 3D Printing for Budding Superheros, and people like you and me.
What would Tony Stark 3D print to become Iron Man?
Well, Tony Stark has an electrical engineering degree from MIT, and he’s a rich man so he’d already have all of Gargamel’s stuff above. But let’s pretend that he was starting out today and that he wasn’t Iron Man yet. Here’s what I think he’d be trying to 3D print.
1. 3D Exoskeleton – Tony would probably riff of the Ekso-Suit. He’d scan his body and spine then make a body suit that used the dynamics of shifting body weight to activate sensors accordingly.
2. A RoboCop 3D Printed Suit – Martin Whilst made this suit for the new RoboCop movie and I think Tony would make improvements to this to make the Mark suit out of titanium alloy.
3. A 3D-printed Mark 42 Ironman Mask – Ryan Brooks made one. Maybe Tony would hire him at Stark Industries
4. 3D printed Rocket Engines – It would have to be something powerful enough to blast Tony out into space, like a 3D rocket engine that NASA tested recently.
5. Solar Pocket Factory 3D printed Micro Solar Panels – To charge the Mark 42, Tony needs 2400 Watts to to bring the suit up to charge. Now, my Toronto Hydro Electric bill charges $.129 kWh every night to charge the suit so that isn’t much — but let’s face it, that’s only in the movie on his 42nd suit. If he were starting out on Mark 1, then I’m sure his energy consumption would be off the charts. Thus, I think he would then print out his own solar panels to charge his suit. He could spit out 300,000 to 1,000,000 micro solar panels per year if he worked with Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein.
Oh, and Tony would probably drive around an this Edag car, modelled after turtle, because you know Tony, he always has to have the latest, swankiest stuff.
I could dream on and on about this kind of stuff. 3D printing rocks.
3D Printing Workshop
Now that I have your appetite whetted on the possibilities, let’s talk about what I learned at the Hot Pop Factory for my intro to 3D Printing workshop. Here’s what the website said I would learn, and they didn’t disappoint.
- Learn the basics of digital fabrication
- Have a design that YOU MADE 3D printed for you to keep!
- Find out where you can get 3D printable models online
- See how items are translated from the computer onto the 3D printer
- Watch the 3D printer in action as your digital designs are turned into physical objects
- BONUS: Get yourself 3D scanned while your design prints out
I was so in. The studio was tucked in the basement of the 215 Spadina Avenue and I was greeted by Bi-Ying Miao, Matt Compeau, and Hilary Predko. About 30 of us arrived and sat 3 to a table. We were each asked to bring our laptops and mouse, and to pre-install the 3D software before the start of the class onto our computers, which seemed to help us all get to the learning quickly.
They covered quite a bit over 3 hours. We learned the history of 3D Printing, many of the possibilities out there, they showed us the basics of 3D making software, and warned us about what to avoid in design. Best of all, we got to build our own 3D Models for printing. Since pictures say more than words, I’m just going to show you what I did.
Anyway, as you can see, I’m pretty stoked about 3D printing and have been thinking about it a lot. Thanks Bi-Ying, Matt, and Hilary for the cool workshop. They are good people. I am one step closer to being a superhero. If you’re interested in 3D printing, go check them out.