We talk about the finishing process quite often regarding 3D models. And while sometimes that final phase of fabrication can be a bit of a pain, mostly it’s just plain fun too, allowing for users to explore different products and materials. It sometimes gives us the opportunity to try new methods—and often with the most enjoyable results when we ask ‘I wonder what will happen if I do this?’
While 3D printing in metal is out of reach for most of us working from the desktop, there are other ways to achieve that look, and cold casting can be a lot of fun to experiment with. We’ve followed Mold3D previously as they instructed users in a great—and fairly seamless—way to get started with cold casting, and now one of their fans, Mauvis Ledford of San Francisco, has taken this on to produce none other than the ‘The Bearded Yell.’
Working from the intermediate level, Ledford used the original model already created on Thingiverse, by user Ben Dansie, who had previously been inspired by ‘beardly goodness.’ Allowing that theme to march on, and into even further elevated form, Ledford took off on his own journey to cold cast the piece, mixing clear resin with iron powder.
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!
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.