Monday, April 15, 2019

Welcome to our Home Relief Cut Scroll Saw Pattern.

This welcome to our Home pattern involves two extra techniques. There is some interior veining to help the letters to show up better. Then I used a relief cut to make the letter group stand out from the background. 

There are two sizes for this pattern included. The small pattern is a little over seven inches long and looks nice sitting on a table. The larger pattern is over ten inches long and can be hung on a wall. If you plan to hang it on a wall them make the relief cut deep enough to allow the screw in the wall to have something to hold on to.

Way off topic but I get questions so here are some answers. 3D Printing.

One of the best entry-level 3D printers.
It is a kit that is relatively easy to assemble.

Over the last two or three years, 3D printing has come a long way for the home market. It has gotten cheaper and better. Unfortunately, it has also gotten a bad reputation as not being useful for anything other than printing small trinkets. As you can see in the next photo I have printed my share of small trinkets. 

The question is "Can you print anything useful ?".  The simple answer is yes. I have printed dozens of items that I have used in my shop. Around the house and even product that I have sold. You can see a few of the more useful items in the pictures below.

I have also printed shop vac hose adapters. Air conditioner water line adapters. Brackets, electronic project boxes. Special stands for my camera gimbal and the list goes on and on.

3D printed corner clamps

 3D printed Jet Scroll Saw Jig. I sell this product.

3d Coin cutting Jig.

I said the simple answer was yes. The more truthful answer is yes, but with conditions. You have to either be able to design the object in specialized CAD software or find the object as ready to use files online. Both are easier than you think but will take some work on your part.

The easy path is to download the files ready to use. There is an incredible web site named Thingiverse. Thingiverse is an archive of thousands of objects that have been designed and shared by other 3D printer owners. Here is a link to a file I shared on Thingiverse. It is a bottle holder I designed to hang on my outdoor swing. It has been out in the elements for two years now and is still in great shape.

There is free 3D design software online that ranges from easy to extremely complex and powerful. 
Tinkercad can help you design 3D files and can be mastered in a few lessons. It's ease of use also means it does not have some complex design capabilities you may want. It's good enough for most people.

I use a much more powerful free application named Autodesk Fusion 360. They have a version that is free but also a very expensive version for professionals. Many pros use Autodesk Fusion 360 because it is so powerful. With that power comes a very long learning curve. It's worth the time spent to learn if you want basically unlimited design capabilities. Just be prepared to jump into the deep end because it is complex.

The 3D printer hardware on the market today is all over the place. You can spend a few hundred dollars or many thousands of dollars. For 99% of the folks out there an entry level machine will get the job done as long as you buy the right entry-level machine. There are many on the market but a few stand out. Right now the Creality Ender 3 gets very good reviews. For under $230 it is a very nice machine.

One factor to consider is the size capabilities of the 3D printer you buy. Some will only print very small objects. Other can print much larger but with size comes long print times. I have seen prints that took several days. The bottle holder I showed you in the picture above took two or three hours to print. These are not high production machines. The Creality Ender 3 print size capabilities are approximately 8.5" X 8.5" X 10". That's pretty large for an entry-level machhine and larger than anything I have ever printed.

Some of the 3D printers come as kits. Some are assembled. The kits are generally partially assembled. They are relatively easy kits. The Ender 3 above is a partially assembled kit. If you do some research on YouTube you will find hundreds of reviews on just about every 3D printer on the market.

There is a small learning curve on the printers. There are different types of filaments that have different properties as far as strength and flexibility. They require some testing to get the printer set up for good prints. I stick with PLA. It is easy to print and most any 3D printer can handle PLA. 
Also, understand that service is almost nonexistent when it comes to 3D printers. When you have a problem the company will just send you the parts needed and you will replace the part yourself.  

The world is slowly changing to digital home production capabilities that will allow us to make objects that we never could have imagined in the past. It is possible to 3D print an object that would be nearly impossible to make at home any other way. We are not quite to the Jetsons replicator yet but it is getting closer. 

This little review just scratches the surface but if you enjoy DIY and love learning new things then take the leap and buy one of these entry-level 3D printers. If you hate it just donate it to your local library. One more point. Many libraries are starting maker spaces and have 3D printers. Visit your library and take the getting started class they offer. That may be enough to get you hooked or turn and run. 

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