The very creative girl with a 3d printer, shared her recent experiments with 3d printing custom stamps using flexible filament. In her project, she used tools from Shapeways to convert a PNG image into a 3D design file. Using netfab and tinkercad, she made minor edits and optimizations. She quickly figured out how to get flexible PLA running on her machine and achieved some decent results.
New task: make stamps for an activity with children! We need 10 stamps to use on a “passport” for the children that will come every day for different activities. Just the right occasion to use the flexible PLA we bought quite a while ago, because stamps must be rubbery 🙂 So, there are many ways to make a stamp, but having no 3d modelling abilities I had to find quite a complex workaround and here we are.
This is actually a much quicker process than creating a rubber mold from 3d printed parts. Pedro and myself have done similar experiments using mold putty to create a rubber positive from PLA parts. You can check out that video here.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!