3D Printing & Imaging
MAKE/MakerBot 3D printer giveaway!
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To celebrate (one last time) the success of our Desktop Manufacturing issue of MAKE, we’ve teamed up with the folks at MakerBot Industries. We’re going to be giving away a CupCake CNC, in the first ever official MakerBot CupCake CNC giveaway and Thingiverse design challenge! One lucky 3D designer will win a Deluxe CupCake CNC kit for his/her contribution to Thingiverse, and five runners up will receive something special too! Here’s what you do to enter:

  1. Imagine something you’d like to see printed on a MakerBot CupCake CNC!
  2. Design your object using any 3D design software you like.
  3. Upload your design to Thingiverse!
  4. Share the link to your Thingiverse post here, in the comments, by May 5th, 2010 at noon PDT.

Don’t have the design chops? Share your idea for a 3D-printable object (step 1 only) in the comments below to still be eligible to win one of five “Poor Person’s 3D Fabbing” prize packs each including:

Only those who upload a 3D design to Thingiverse and share the link here are eligible to win the grand prize of a CupCake CNC Deluxe Kit.

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Enter as many times as you like, but you can only win one prize. Although we’ll allow you to submit Things you’ve already designed/posted, we highly encourage you to make something new for the challenge! Winners will be announced on May 12.

Need help getting started? Try out Sean’s OpenSCAD tutorial!

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1,101 thoughts on “MAKE/MakerBot 3D printer giveaway!

    1. I made an iPod Nano model for the contest. It’s not real but it’s really detailed. (Little clips in the plugs, camera, etc.) If you have a makerbot you could make it and swap it with a real one as a prank or pretend to have a real one or something I guess. I’m just hoping I win cause my family could never afford a makerbot. Here’s the link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2578 If I don’t win I hope someone deserving does. Good luck everyone!

    2. “Shaker Flashlight” Test Print

      THIS IS A PRE-RELEASE TEST PRINT
      Need yet to update the release after input from users.

    3. Need a box for Revar’s excellent LCD Display and Keypad mod? Here’s a printable one!

      This is a MakerBott printable experiment in using different $fn values in OpenSCAD to selectively control the “roughness” of the geometry on different parts. The $fn of the outside of the box is set to 3, while all the holes and openings are set to 60. This gives an overall edgy look to the part without sacrificing functional precision.

      I really like the ability to combine a lo-fi trash-punk look yet maintain precision where it’s needed in a printable part. I will definitely be exploring this aesthetic further!

      More info on Revar’s LCD mod: wiki.makerbot.com/revarlcd-assembly

      More info on OpenSCAD’s $fn variable: en.wikibooks.org/wiki/OpenSCAD_User_Manual/Other_Language_Features

    4. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3044

      This is exactly what I would print with a maker bot. Its a modular mini fishing rod. The bright colors are used to show the different parts of the rod assembly. I decided to make it modular so it could be printed in pieces. I believe this could be quite a trendy printable tool.

    5. Should an entry shackled with an All Rights Reserved license win the Cupcake?

      I’m just sayin’…

      Make: with Love!

      =ml=

      1. I definitely agree. This was my first time posting anything on thingiverse.com and wasn’t sure how to set the licensing. I’ve found it, now Mini Rod is Opensource. Mini Rods For Everyone!!!

        1. Not only does the contest give no details on license, but Thingiverse doesn’t require such. 3D printers, even when open source, are presumably intended to enable people to manufacture things themselves. Some people need to make a living and can’t find a way to do that by giving away anything they design.

          Don’t get me wrong, I like open design licenses. One of my posts, however, isn’t a useful object so much as an artistic design, which, not being a stock photo, doesn’t really need to be open source. It’s like writing a newspaper article or making a painting, though I wouldn’t claim to have such merit.

  1. What I’d like to see is an iPhone case, maybe even with different colours of plastic and a back with e.g. the emblem of your favourite band on it or something. would be kinda cool and very personal. Only you will have an iPad case like this ! :)

  2. I don’t have any fancy ideas, but I often find myself wishing I had a custom piece of plastic–a project enclosure, a shim, just random things. The Shapelock would be great for most of my purposes, actually…

  3. I’d like to make a puzzle in the theme of M.C. Escher.
    A cube that ‘intersects’ itself. It would be somewhat of an optical illusion as it depends on your perspective for it to work.

  4. I have several ideas….so far.

    #1: A clear bottle, with a full sized pear in it, and in the center of the pear is rectangle cut all the way through. In the rectangle is a ball and stick model of sucrose “floating” in the space.

    #2: If at all possible to fab in metal, a single chain link around a 1/3″ diameter metal rod that has ends that are 2″ diameter; too big for the chain link to slip off.

    #3: A 300 piece custom made Lego set.

    #4: 10″ tall rocket, all fabbed. Only things unfabbed would be the parachute (obviously), engine, and recovery wadding.

    Thanks a TON MakerBot!!!

  5. I really need to rev up my 3d chops, but my ideas include a custom case for various Arduino based projects, such as:

    -EMF detector, with strain relieved antenna and bargraph under a thinwalled “display” top.

    -Solar nightlights both indoor and outdoors, in various odd shapes and colors.

    -And the obligatory brackets, holders, and odd objects that solve a specific problem that is impossible for a one-size-fits-some item.

    1. Because you don’t own it until you’ve voided the warranty.

      Looks neat; think it would help prevent an RROD?

      Where are the inlets and outlets?

  6. I’m thinking, a camera tripod that has legs that attach together to vary the height. Or a a case for the Super TV Bgone kit . Or even better, a nice little paper weight that says, “LOVE”. lol

  7. Just a quick query before I delve into my 3D creative side, but is this available for Australia?

    Thankyou in advance :)

  8. Small device that does something so simple, yet tackles some nuisance that we all can’t stand. Haven’t thought of it yet, but it will be great when I do.

  9. Every Guitar Center should have one of these! I had to wait 2 weeks for a key for my guitar (the plastic piece at the top of the neck that holds the strings in place) to come in! It’s a stupid piece of plastic! This could work for any other plastic component on any instrument. Just have a huge library of all production guitars. If you need a component, BAM, it’s made right in store depending on your guitars serial.

    This could work for any other store, but GC is the best example I can think of, and would have affected me directly.

  10. Toothbrush holder – one where you clip the toothbrush into the holder, wall mounted next to a mirror.

  11. I am working on making LED candles for a friend’s upcoming 30th birthday. These candles need to go on a cake, so it would be great to be able to print out the candle shape, leaving two channels for the LED leads and wires to run through. This would look much better than the straws filled with glue that I am currently planning on using.

  12. I can’t wait to make some robot parts! I need hubs to attach a drivegear to the wheels, I need other parts to attach servos to other things.
    I just ordered an Arduino Duemilanove board but you can’t have to many, right?

    David

  13. My idea is to make a set of modules that could be assembled into various CNC machines. It is not necessarily a printable design but laser cut maybe.

    Following the Open Structure http://www.openstructures.net/ guidelines the sliding modules would be 8cm by 8cm by 60cm and rotatable modules would be 8cm by 8cm by 8cm. Have powered and non-powered modules. Use multiple powered modules for more power in parallel or more distance in series.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2260

    1. I’ve just uploaded Double and Single-Mengered versions of this piece that can be scaled down to be printed smaller without going under the necessary threshold. Enjoy :)

  14. The general idea is to sample the roughness of the bike paths in a city using an accelerometer mounted to the bike frame. The acceleration data along with GPS coordinates are logged by an arduino onto a memory card for later analysis and image generation using Processing. Ultimately, a colour-coded image of the bumpiness data can be generated and layed over a map of the city to see which paths and roads are smooth and which ones are bumpy. See the thingiverse page for more details.

    The part I uploaded to thingiverse is a mount to fasten a sparkfun SEN-00252 board to a bicycle frame.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2265

    I’d love to hear if anyone else tries this out!

  15. I have always wanted to see some basic lab equipment printed, especially for the home scientist in all of us, and possibly the Make: Science Room. I think an easy way to create glassware/plasticware may encourage home science and the maker spirit. I have started this with the creation of a 100ml beaker.

    The Beaker can be found here:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2267

  16. I’m thinking, “Miniature Makerbots! Just imagine… Keychains, whistles, paperweights, home decor, etc All in the shape of the very machine that made it…The Makerbot!”

  17. Makerbots can print anything?! What about little dolls for girls? Or Power Rangers for boys? Maybe a couple dinosaurs or dogs and cats?

  18. I know this is an idea many may have thought of, but I’m going to use it to try and produce my own designs for the makerbot…whats it called again g-code? ah, something like that.

  19. Here’s my idea for an ice mold that will make black-and-tan-making aides.

    You fill the mold with water, freeze it and drop the ice washer into a pint glass. Then you fill the bottom of the glass with your first beer of choice (the more dense one) until it reaches the bottom of the washer, then fill the rest of the glass with your second beer of choice (the less dense one). When the thin ice piece melts you’ve got a perfect black and tan!

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2281

    1. Ha! I did something similar in my quest to make a tan-and-black. I poured the less dense beer into a glass, put it in the freezer until a thin ice crust formed, then poured the denser liquid on last. Of course, when the ice melted, I was left with a mixed drink.

  20. I imagine a model car, custom made. Then you could put the electronics in and try to drive it. You either could make it remote controlled or autonomous.

  21. becouse i don´t know how to do the scheme i´ll just participate in the poors contest, but i think that´s ok
    if i could print something, i would print a sopprano flute (a normal flute)

  22. This is my very first design I ever make! Its a Mouse Trap, but not an ordinary one, it you won’t harm or kill the mice, you catch and let it go. I took my time to build this and its will hopefully come out fine, now I don’t have a MakerBot or a 3D printer. So let me know how this prints and how it goes.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2299

    Thanks you.

  23. I can do a fair amount of woodworking and metalworking by hand, but at least several times a week I think of some small widget which would be great to fab in plastic. Most recently, I was think about a little stand for my tippy Android phone. I was also thinking about a broad, large s-hook to hang over the shower curtain rod, to hang towels and robes from. Printing these lacks the fun of making them by hand, but getting dimensions exact on the first try would be great.

  24. This is actually a small part for my car that I could not seem to be able to buy.

    It replaces a small broken part of the sub shade on the drivers side.

    It’s not very special or sexy, but it’s a real world solid example of the sort of thing home manufacturing would be ideal for.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2343

  25. Hi,

    I am looking at having a tooth extracted on Tuesday the 20th. After the extraction, I will need to have the “socket” for the implant heal for a number of months before getting a crown over the implant “post”. The whole procedure is very pricey, just to get a temporary plastic tooth alone costs a small fortune. I was going to leave it open but then I read about this competition. If I had a Makerbot then I could print my own tooth! So I fired up Blender and here is my best effort in Thingiverse:

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2353

    If I had a Makerbot then my sweet tooth could be replaced by a “sweet” tooth made with Cupcake!

  26. I have made several objects with my school’s rapid prototyper. I personally do not own the software they use, so I do not have many of the designs at home, but I can describe them:
    An iPhone case with a slot for a lanyard
    An iPod mini case
    An iPhone stand
    A model car
    Drum sticks (they broke soon after)
    Many gears for miscellaneous projects with motors
    Enclosures for many projects
    An HTC Herald case
    Replacement Guitar Hero keys/strum bar
    CD/DVD ROM holder (2, one 12cm, one 8cm)
    A sign for a teacher’s door (made letters in one color, body in another)
    Case for G1
    Case for myTouch 3G
    Screwdriver holder
    Model car wheels
    Companion Cube :)
    Portal Turret
    Portal Gun

  27. I would probably make a small lawn gnome, just because I could. However my cad skills are less than desired and would take some work, but I would totally print one.

  28. I made this design for an ‘improved’ pom pom loom. My daughter learned to mak pom poms using two cardboard disks with holes in the middle (like a cardboard washer). It was tedious to thread the yarn through the center hole…. I added a slot for getting the yarn into the center, and a groove to make it easier to cut the yarn loops. The raised edge along the slot will (hopefully) keep the yarn on the loom until you are ready to cut it.

  29. This is the start of a replacement for a broken GPS mount. This part attaches to the main mount, and will fit with various modular faces to hold different sizes/brands of GPS. Face pieces still in progress :)

  30. Awesome things so far!

    We use 6 main sizes of sample tubes in biology research, I wanted to create a block that could hold all 6 types. The block is separated into 2 halves that can be used independently. I hope this helps DIY bio enthusiasts, researchers or anyone else who has access to a 3d printer.

    Cheers!

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2311

  31. Desktop Mini Trebuchet or Catapult. I’m sure Bill Gurstelle would be proud *tear* Or little model tazer totters or t-shirt cannons

  32. Hi,

    I was a little kid when I first got this little pocket puzzle maybe 50 years ago … and I still have it! It’s a brain tease for a few moments … and a fun introduction to meet girls at your local college pub/hang-out.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2377

    MakerBot this! Make a few sets too so I can giv’em away.

  33. ok My idea is making really neat triangle electronics enclosures, ill try to make a design and put it on thingaverse so maybe I can win a makerbot and never have to buy electronics enclosures again, YAY no more lame project boxes

  34. I want compound eyes, just like on a bug, but rather than light sensors at the end of each tube/facet of the eye, there is space for an electret microphone… with each being at the end of a tube at the eye inside, which leads up to the outside eye facet, each mic would be highly directional!

  35. Yeah, maybe by now everyone realizes that I really want to win the MakerBot contest …

    This is either an engagement or wedding ring … I don’t even know and don’t want to know the difference!

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2446

    It’s plenty small to make several on one pass through the CupCake MakerBot … go MakerBot some rings … let me know how it works …

    Or maybe a jewelry maker will want to buy the design ???

  36. Hi,

    This is designed to fit the CupCake MakerBot platform for building … so let’s MakerBot a bunch and make some Bulls Head cookies!

    Maybe use really thick Chocolate Chip dough so the eye’s and nose dents show up … then send’em to our troops serving everywhere including the U.S.A.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2428

  37. Because i am a big fan of yor kits and robots if i had that thing i wolud probably make ” MAKE ” for my desk to remind me how cool are your projects and a gearwheel with a lot of details like holes. Size does not matter

  38. Hi … you can probably print many of the parts on a 3D printer … but you’ll have to buy LEDs, the resistor, electrical run tap and springs …

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2465

    If you make all these parts … PLEASE send me a set too.

    If 1,000 people send me one light I’ll have an income.

  39. 1) I am missing a lot of LEGOs. Many from really old sets. I would like to reprint those pieces, with and without teeth marks.

    2) I don’t play anymore, but it would be handy to create your own D&D dice. A 3 inch tall set of dice.

  40. Hi, I reduced the basic design of a 1gal. milk carton down to a 100mm milk carton … but it still works if you MakerBot it …

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/04/makerbot_giveaway.html

    Build it … play with it … then give it to a little girl …

  41. I know tons of people with makerbots probably do this but, custom project boxes are amazing. If it literally isnt a box but just a cover for the circut board and parts kinda like custom molded? It wouls be awesome

  42. his is a nice skinny BoeBot wheel for making a mars rover type looking BoeBot or other vehicle … the hub ties to a servo motor.

    This is another of my many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot four of these and convert your BoeBot to a rover …

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2480

  43. I just had that amazing idea. You could even have the names of the people in it on the side and everything. Side note. I know I haven’t made a designs for any of my ideas(don’t get me wrong I would love a makerbot) but I just don’t have the time to spend on learning how to. That being said, If one of my ideas gets chosen for a prize (hopefully!) I would like the arduino duemilinove. If that goes to someone else, the Make V21 would be cool too. Thank you guys soo much for doing this contest.

  44. This is another nice skinny BoeBot wheel for making a more interesting looking BoeBot or other vehicle … the hub ties to a servo motor.

    The extra rectangular bumps help to keep your rubberband tire ON and Centered.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2483

  45. Here’s a pair Left & Right for the BoeBot or other servo motor robot … 3mm hub bore diameter …

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot four of these and class-up your BoeBot …

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2490

  46. How many times did you lose that model rocket you spent hours on as a kid? Stuck in a tree or on top of your neighbor’s roof that was alway my luck. What if I told you that you can rekindle that childhood spark with your 3D printed model rocket? Don’t worry about all of your hard work going to waste , just print yourself another and go!

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2479

    Also

  47. Wouldn’t it be great to have a powerful robot to handle all of your boring and routine tasks every day. Then you would have more free time to relax and print 3D objects. Well this is not that robot. It cannot sweep the floor, make coffee, or walk the dog. It can, however, keep your books from falling off the shelf. I guess that counts for something.
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2501

  48. This is a wheel kit to allow the CupCake MakerBot to build a wheel larger than the standard 100mm x 100mm MakerBot platform allows.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    If you successfully make these with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2505

  49. Five different parts to build this OmniWheel design.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot 5 of the edge-spinners but only one of each other parts.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2520

  50. Sometimes ur sad … sometimes ur happy … mix’em together ‘n ur ok.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot this and share it with a friend …

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2523

  51. Based on suggestions earlier in the thread I have made a model rocket that is designed to be printable on any RepRap/MakerBot style printer. These files, a little bit of glue and a class A,B or C model rocket motor and you too can be assaulting the skies.

    Full instructions are included.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2529

  52. 60 to 20 Reduction Gear from 5mm motor drive to 3mm drive shaft … modeled after my memories of a Model Electronics Corp. SuperGear set I used on one of my R/C airplanes …

    “the Electric Red Air Vented Rascal”

    Here’s the first “test flight” video;
    brainless.org/MultiMedia/RC/Video/Capt.Kill4Fun/theElectricRedAirVentedRascal/theElectricRedAir-VentedRascal40ARF-MegaMotors.wmv

    Nobody thought an electric plane could perform so well until they saw this and then my bigger “the Electric Red SIG Kadet Senior”

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot this for your MakerBot MAKE Robot!

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2531

  53. Hello I would like to participate…

    I designed this Climbig hold, thinking about how would the makerbot could be used in something I love to do (climbing) but the holds are expensive.

    I thought what if I make my own, and what if I make them the way I want them to be.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2522

  54. Here is a Pinhole Camera Design, made on sketchup. It still needs a few kinks worked out, like a film advance lever, and a shutter, as explained on the Thingiverse page:

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2555

    Hope you like it!

    By the way, on the page it says there was a problem rendering the .skp, but it downloads just fine.

  55. I’m trying to design a slinky-type thing, but how springy is the ABS plastic from a MakerBot?

    Argh, I wish I was a better artist too. Can I be entered into the “Poor Person’s 3D Fabbing” prize?

  56. folds flat for easy stowing; multiple configurations allow different ways to prop up your fav toy on your table, etc; ‘airline-mode’* allows you to watch iphone movies on a plane (economy class, of course) by securing your iphone to the magazine slot in front of you; just redesigned to work with iPad!

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2426

    already in version 4, this has been printed many times, tested and improved upon – please post comments if you have any suggestions for improvements.

    *actually the real reason why i started on this project

  57. With a MakerBot 3D Printer, I would like to make a shift knob for my car, that could not be produced with common tools or a cnc machine.
    It is just impossible to make it with conventional tools… just a MakerBot could do it!

    Inspired by the design of a golfball. You see a ball within a ball that even spins around. You can see the second ball through the holes.
    From the bottom it looks as there are four, twisted metall strings rising up from the ground. Even the thread within the strings is modelled in 3D.

    Best modelling techniques paired with free-form surfaces…
    Just marvellous!

    Enjoy it!
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2604

  58. This is a very expandable system … it can be multiple channels on a rotating drum with multiple drums with gearing between the vertical and horizontal systems you can add more and more to create a very large array of percussive triggers … I’m still tweaking the various different multiple systems.

    Yes every part will be CupCake MakerBotable!

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    See the bill of materials for quantities of each to MakerBot for the 1-Channel PPRM … then MakerBot the parts and start fitting them together into your new drumming/tapping machine as shown in the diagrams.

    A rubber band (the spring) around the horizontal extensions out to the hammer pulls the hammer back to a stand-up position.

    Program the drum set by sticking the programming pegs into the holes on the drum …

    Set different objects in front of the hammer and crank the machine to hear the rhythm you created …

    It’s a learning process to understand beats/measure … then with 2:1 gearing and a 2nd machine you can increase the resolution to 32 beats/measure.

    BTW, if you store a few extra programming pins inside the drum you now have a second noise source … albeit not percussive but more like a rattle.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2584

  59. This is an array of 15 servos each individually operating a little laser pointer holder to swivel it back ‘n forth … the idea is to program the swivels to correspond to music you hear playing …

    Sorry, the box cannot be made on a MakerBot so easily, but it could if it was cut-up like puzzle pieces and made as interlocking parts … which would be really neat. But you can see that a MakerBot is needed for the specialty pieces …

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    I suggest laser cut the big flat parts from plastic or even cardboard. MakerBot the odd 3D pieces … then go buy a buttload of servos and laser pointers … and a small programmable µcontroller … write a simple program that allows you to enter notes ‘n beats to cause the laser pointers to swivel back ‘n forth to the music.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    MakerBot the 3D parts and send me a set.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2609

  60. This is 1 servo operating a little hammer to swivel it back ‘n forth and pound on stuff … the idea is to program the swivels to correspond to music you hear playing …

    This is a MakerBotable machine …

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot all the parts … then go buy a servo and a small programmable µcontroller (STAMP module) … write a simple program that allows you to enter notes ‘n beats to cause the hammer to swivel back ‘n forth to the music pounding on drums on both sides.

    MakerBot the parts and send me a set or two or three.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2620

  61. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2623

    I’ve created 4 different labyrinth modules that you can connect to each other to create one larger labyrinth. Each module has an exit point that is at 90 degrees from the entry point. This way you can create an infinite number of duplicates and make a giant labyrinth that is as big as your imagination! Use 1 or more BBs as your game pieces.

    Thanks for looking!

  62. This is a highly portable monopod with a 360 degree swivel (well, in one plane at least :-) ball joint. It is to be mounted on top of drink bottles (will fit most PET bottle tops).

    Easily carried around, this allows you to quickly set up self-portraits or even closeup of desktop items using one of the most common items around, an ordinary soft drink bottle.

    Tested only on small point and shooters, and a Flip camera – i have no idea how the joints will work with SLRs :-) – in any case USE AT OWN RISK!

    This design is Not Entirely Original – I first saw a camera adapter for a drink cap last week, and decided to integrate that with a ball joint found on Thingiverse – Thanks Erik and MakerBlock!

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2631

  63. My entry: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2623

    These are 4 different labyrinth modules that you can connect to each other to create a never ending game.

    The object of the game is to guide 1 or more BBs through the labyrinth. Each module has an exit point that is set 90 degrees from the entry point. This way, you can attach an infinite number of modules to create a game that is as big as your imagination!

  64. I took a flat logo image and converted it into a 3D Globe.

    This is MakerBotable …

    See it in action!
    brainless.org/MultiMedia/Pictures/SW-Portfolio/ISC-Rotating-Globe-Logo.gif

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot one and show it to your friends …

    MakerBot two or three of these and send them to me.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2639

  65. Just messing around looking for new things to sketch-up in SolidWorks …

    This is a MakerBotable machine …

    See it in action!
    brainless.org/MultiMedia/Pictures/SW-Portfolio/1S2GHB.gif

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot the parts and send me a set or two or three.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2640

  66. I’ve always wanted to build this and hopefully I can if I win this MakerBot. I initially got the idea with those little trade show toys you get that allows you to ‘flip’ the cube inside out. They morph and can eventually show a total of 12 sides (6 outside and 6 stored inside). They are called magic cubes because they suddenly can make a picture seem like it appears out of nowhere.

    So the twist is rather than put boring pictures on the 6 faces of the block, I am to store geometric shapes inside the hidden surfaces. You can think of it as 3 pyramids stuck together to form a sub cube part. Then 8 of those sub cube parts are put together to form the final product.

    Here you can see the inside of the cube where I have joined all the side appropriately.
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2651

    The actual file for one eighth the part is shown here:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2650
    *I started in the wrong quadrant so it only shows the back of the cube =(

    Anyway, after you print this out with the MakerBot, you must stick 8 of them together with lots of colorful paper. My idea is to cover the outsides (initial state) with 3 solid colors. The insides (hidden sides) will be covered by shiny reflective sticky paper, you know, the kind that glimmers and you can pick from red diamond, gold diamond, silver, etc? So even if the paper isn’t sticky, you can glue it all together with spray adhesive.

    You should note though that the stickers holding it together may not last long unless you use some sort of vinyl paper to endure the thousands of flippings this thing will likely see.

  67. Here’s a basic game: each shape has an indented base and a separate shape pieces. Put bases in one bag, shapes in another. Close your eyes and pick a base. Look at the base, then close your eyes and try to find the matching shape only by sense of touch.

    Take a peek at my Makerbot contest entry,
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2653

  68. This is an upgraded kit from the more basic kit I uploaded earlier … this includes differential gearing so one drum drives the other at a different speed (resolution) to create more beats/revolution and allow for more syncopation …

    Yes every part here is designed to be MakerBotable with a CupCake MakerBot … except for the rubber band … get those from your local post office!

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    Use the BOM to see how many of each part to MakerBot … and both the drawing and display images to assemble your 2-ch 2-gear Programmable Percussion & Rhythm Machine.

    Rubber bands are the springs around the horizontal extensions out to the hammer pulls the hammer back to a stand-up position.

    Program the drum set by sticking the programming pegs into the holes on the drum …

    Set different objects in front of the hammer and crank the machine to hear the rhythm you created …

    It’s a learning process to understand beats/measure … then with 2:1 gearing and a 2nd machine you can increase the resolution to 32 beats/measure.

    BTW, if you store a few extra programming pins inside the drums and you’ll have a two more sources for noise … albeit not percussive but more like a rattles.

    Adding a servo drive to the back will allow for continuous rotations. Adding a µController will allow you to vary timing turning the motor drive ON/OFF and different times … there’s almost no end to the expandability of this kit.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2664

  69. Id make one of those cool mind puzzles. Some of them take some good time to solve and I have an idea for one that I think would be hard but I cannot figure out hoe to make it on an auto cad program.

  70. My idea for a design would be a series of levers and pulley’s arranged on the inside of a door. The levers and pulley’s could be printed with the cupcake and an arduino could control the whole system. I could have the arduino hooked to an rfid reader, and when the right card is read, the system of levers and pulley’s would be initiated and would turn the door knob on the inside of the door, which would allow the door to open freely. GO CUPCAKE

  71. I think that the makerbot should be used to make a proppeler attachment for small dc motors to harvest wind energy.

  72. I made a desktop elastic band catapult for firing small projectiles. The scale is probably rubbish, I think it’s about 500mm big, but I don’t have a makerbot, and so couldn’t scale it correctly. Would be great to win, but does it ship to the UK?

  73. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2661

    My submission for this competition is Enclosure Profiles. This design idea is intended to offer a simple way to use today’s modest-resolution desktop CNC tools to make an infinite variety of finished-looking electronic and mechanical project cases. Simple 2D profiles define the shape and features of enclosures which are printed-to-depth and finished with matching flat faceplates, surface-mount, flush, or recessed. Internal components, circuit boards, or chassis plates slide into inside surface grooves with the whole assembly held together by the screws or threaded rods holding the faceplates. By combining sections of profiles with compatible inside dimensions but different external perimeter features into stacks locked together with internal threaded rods, it becomes possible to make very elaborate cases with different exterior features, such as stand-off legs, heat sinks, and bolt-on flanges.

    The concept was inspired by the design of classic radio designs like the Tivoli Model One and was first described in an article in my TMP2 wiki project as one of the example project concepts for the Open Source Everything Program, illustrating a possible manufactured product that could benefit from open design and global refinement. It was originally based on the use of aluminum with a series of standard extruded profiles being produced and cut to length like lumber for custom enclosures. Now, however, these new tools like the MakerBot offer us the option to print-to-depth instead, giving this concept even more flexibility and greater potential customization.

    The particular design featured is for a fanless PC enclosure hosting a 170mm square Mini-ITX motherboard -which would make a great companion to the MakerBot. This is an example to illustrate the basic design concept and readers are encouraged to experiment freely with this to invent their own custom cases and features.

  74. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2661

    My submission for this competition is Enclosure Profiles. This design idea is intended to offer a simple way to use today’s modest-resolution desktop CNC tools to make an infinite variety of finished-looking electronic and mechanical project cases. Simple 2D profiles define the shape and features of enclosures which are printed-to-depth and finished with matching flat faceplates, surface-mount, flush, or recessed. Internal components, circuit boards, or chassis plates slide into inside surface grooves with the whole assembly held together by the screws or threaded rods holding the faceplates. By combining sections of profiles with compatible inside dimensions but different external perimeter features into stacks locked together with internal threaded rods, it becomes possible to make very elaborate cases with different exterior features, such as stand-off legs, heat sinks, and bolt-on flanges.

    The concept was inspired by the design of classic radio designs like the Tivoli Model One and was first described in an article in my TMP2 wiki project as one of the example project concepts for the Open Source Everything Program, illustrating a possible manufactured product that could benefit from open design and global refinement. It was originally based on the use of aluminum with a series of standard extruded profiles being produced and cut to length like lumber for custom enclosures. Now, however, these new tools like the MakerBot offer us the option to print-to-depth instead, giving this concept even more flexibility and greater potential customization.

    The particular design featured is for a fanless PC enclosure hosting a 170mm square Mini-ITX motherboard -which would make a great companion to the MakerBot. This is an example to illustrate the basic design concept and readers are encouraged to experiment freely with this to invent their own custom cases and features.

    Unfortunately, the Thingverse site is having some difficulty rendering my uploaded preview images and they are only displaying as black boxes. The ‘original file’ links display the images fine so please look at these for the clear images. I’ve had a similar problem with uploading .jpg exports from the Mac version of Adobe Illustrator to web sites before but have never found an explanation or solution. Has anyone else encountered this? I hope the folks at Thingverse can figure it out before my competition entry is doomed by it.

  75. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2679

    My entry is a a bb gun pellet trap, which should all fit together once printed. It has two targets, the small target is the main target to aim for and the large larget is to reset the trap to the small target. I tried to make it to the machines capabilities, but as a first timer, I could have made some mistakes.

    The future prospects/capabilities of this machine are very exiting. We need more of these in NZ! I wish the Mech Dept at uni had one…

  76. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2674

    bringing out the music :) this is my submission for the contest. I see no reason why this would not work. Hope its enjoyed by all, get printing and playing (only two parts i did not make 3d models for, 1 the string i think ukulele stings would be best, and tightening knobs P.S i love makerbot, and this is my first object iv ever made, if there is a mistake plz let me know :) GL everyone like the ideas

  77. This is a MakerBotable kit to modify a RoboNova-1 and add another DOF so the legs can pronate and supanate while keeping the height of the RoboNova-1 very nearly the same as the original 30cm height … and this allows for the c.g. to remain lower for more stability. I’ll upgrade and fix these new servo horns within a day … they don’t have the splines on the inside bore just yet … I have to dig a real RoboNova-1 horn out for measurement … albiet I don’t have a caliper that small … I’ll only be able to eye-ball and guess.

    This kit will make your RoboNova-1 slightly wider and thicker, but even side-by-side they appear very much the same size.

    And as usual, every part here is designed to be MakerBotable with a CupCake MakerBot … except for the rubber band … get one from your local post office!

    I wish I had a MakerBot to actually build and test my creations!

    See a video demonstrating the added value and size comparisons.
    youtube.com/watch?v=WgHBmt8g67w
    or see the animated .GIF
    brainless.org/MultiMedia/Pictures/SW-Portfolio/MultiMedia/SwivelHipsNova-1+RoboNova-1.gif

    I plan on uploading the aluminum bracket SolidWorks .SLDPRT files to the 3D Content Central Library soon …
    3dcontentcentral.com/Search.aspx?arg=wperko

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot the pieces … one of each except for the Front/Back parts where you make two of each …

    Make me a couple of sets if you can … I wanna upgrade my RoboNova-1 too!

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2686

  78. I would like to design and print a fully functional Cryptex. I’m not very good with 3d designing software, but I might try and design it. shape lock would be really nice too though.

    1. I have updated the files for this since I first posted this, and may still make some more changes to make it print easier. make sure you have the latest versions of the files. I’m learning as I go along.

  79. This is a plastic shoe that you “Elmer’s” glue to the bottom of the RoboNova-1 Robot feet to store LiPo batteries in the shoes for more and longer lasting power plus aiding to lower the c.g. for more stability.

    The vertical spacing between the bottom of the cavity and the bottom of the RoboNova-1 is 6mm.

    r2pv1.org/BigFoot.html

    robotshop.ca/sfe-lipo-cell-3-7v-1100mah-3.html
    Sorry Trossen (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/) you don’t carry 1S1P LiPo’s.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot a pair and put them to good use.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2689

  80. Somebody asked for a Cryptex … so here’s a simple Cryptex with only 129,600 combinations (I think the math is right) 5!*5!*9= 129,600.

    The storage cavity is 50mm x 100mm …

    All these parts are MakerBotable too!

    If I had a MakerBot to actually build and test my creations … that would help.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot all the parts and figure out how to put the puzzle together!

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2695

  81. This is so you can make a larger wheel that can navigate small stairs/steps … maybe with your robot … Ideally, each individual OmniWheel would have a motor but this is the affordable solution.

    All these parts are MakerBotable …

    Here’s a Demo animation;
    brainless.org/MultiMedia/Pictures/SW-Portfolio/StrollerWheelb.gif

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot a pair and put them and give them a try … let us know how it works … if it works.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2698

  82. Hey, I made this Warthog for a complex machine project at my school. This is 100% original work and not a copy of the model file from Halo 3.

  83. I originally designed this for an aluminum alloy bracket, but then it costs too much to have them made … even if I could sell them in quantities.

    So hoping I win the MakerBot I am converting my aluminum ally brackets to plastic designs …

    As you can see I used a downloaded HiTec servo for reference here … there might be some changes needed for other brands and part numbers.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot a few of these and give them a try … then send me a half-dozen please.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2705

  84. This is my cryptex I have designed…check it out. I would like to build it, but have no way of doing that (no 3d printer). I hope you enjoy it. This is the very first thing I have designed, and hope to design many more. BTW I spent all day working on this and today was my Birthday….Wish me luck!!!
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2708

    1. I have updated the files for this since I first posted this, and may still make some more changes to make it print easier. make sure you have the latest versions of the files. I’m learning as I go along.

  85. Hello everybody

    This is our first public release for a laser cut design for the Mendel.
    All parts are redesigned so they can be lasercutted.

    You can find it with this link:

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2697

    This design is the result of a master thesis at the University College of Ghent(Belgium) by me, Frederic Decru.
    My promoter is Peter Van Ransbeeck, my coaches Mathias Vermeulen and Batist Leman.

    Kind regards

  86. Description 3rd submission

    Maker Bong puts the smoker back in charge. With interchangeable pieces your Maker Bong can be around 9.5″ high to infinity” high(Make it as High as you want),Depending on your preference. Because the Maker Bong can be broking down it allows for easier cleaning no matter how high it might be. Also the neck is of a high crafted quality allowing one to add ice and water if they chose.

    “Enjoy getting Higher with Maker Bong”
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2730

    other submissions are

    Soda Bottle Pump Cap “Making the world a bubblier place”
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2704

    Print and Play Guitar/ukulele http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2674 a real playable instrument :)

  87. This is a small mint box I wanted to make for my wife, I had an idea for a while ago but my attempts at manual productions never worked out.

    I’m hoping a makerbot will help me bridge the gap between what my mind can see and what my hands can make.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2737

  88. MakerBot a pair for your girl …

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot a few of these and give them a try … then send me a half-dozen please.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2739

  89. As the title says, it’s a custom made screw clamp for modelling, mainly holding stuff together while the glue is bonding. I did try to keep the printing process in mind while designing it, but i’m not that experienced yet because i don’t have a CupCake CNC printer to test my designs.

    Hope you like it :)

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2765

  90. It doesn’t sound very impressive but this is exactly the sort of thing I’d print if I had a makerbot – All the little things I would otherwise need to buy at the shop.

  91. MMMMM Cupcakes! Ever wonder how the one armed man eats cupcakes? Now’s your chance to find out, see my design for a prosthetic ‘hand’. With a Cupcake CNC printer you can make your own prosthetic hand to practice eating cupcakes, dress up for Halloween, scare your mother or as I had envisioned provide prostheses to areas affective by war, disease, natural disasters or the like. Using a Cupcake CNC printer and a basic hand and wrist design will allow for inexpensive production in areas with little resources. The fact that the printer is portable and affordable allows for someone like myself (a prosthetic technician) to travel to places like Haiti and make be;low elbow prothesis on the spot for victims. The opportunities to assist people with low cost prosthesis are endless with the Cupcake CNC printer!!!
    And if you don’t know and amputee or don’t want to scare your mother this design can be used as an in home grabber for hard to reach shelves (I just make my georgous tall wife do it for me) or as claws for your robot army as they take over the world. As you can see something for the bleeding hearts and the hearts taking over the world, something for everyone! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2822

  92. This is a “Mini” Servo bracket for basic Pan&Tilt.

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    MakerBot one and give it a try … let me know how it works!

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2831

  93. A few days ago, the handle of our toaster broke. I’ve been meaning to learn how to create 3D objects ever since a store called Metrix Create:Space opened right up the street from us; they have (among other cool toys) a MakerBot. The broken handle was just the right opportunity for a first attempt at a new skill.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1506

  94. Well I’m just not that great w/ 3d modeling yet, but here are a couple of entry ideas that I had. I never got to building them, maybe someone else can.

    Pegboard hoods – you could make them standard or custom to hold your odd shaped tools that never seem to hang just right.

    Fan duct – You could scale the design up or down to fit whatever fan you had and increase its airflow.

    Pill box – Monday through Friday or Tuesday and Saturday, print whatever combo you want with hinged lids of course.

    4″x4″ organizer – 4 2″x2″ divided squares about 1″ tall to hold and organize various screws while working on projects

    Seatbelt clip – to clip the sholder strap to the lapbelt and allow you to adjust the shoulder strap to hit farther to your left. For cars where the shoulder strap rubs your neck.

  95. This folding guitar stand is actually attached to your guitar. Folded up, it does not impede with your guitar playing, but once you need to put your guitar down, just pull out the support legs and you can safely place your guitar on the ground. Great between gigs!

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2838

  96. link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2840
    This is my entry for the contest.
    This is a 3D T-Rex puzzle like the ones that are made out of wood then put together to make a 3d skeleton.
    The idea is that each piece can be printed on the 3D printer then the puzzle is assembled/solved by hand.

    I’d love to see how it goes and if it even fits together(i hope it does!)

    Best of luck to everyone who has their mind ticking!

    1. People have accused me of cheating.
      They might be right. i didn’t think about it that way so i’ve clarified what i did to produce my submission on thingiverse.
      the base of the shapes i made was not mine they were just modified to make them work on the 3D printer. If this removes me from the competition i understand.
      I’d still like to see it made tho

  97. Hi. I have submitted my entry for the competition. It is a concept for establishments such as care homes or residential homes – anywhere where privacy is required but a lock is not always suitable. Rather than using a lock or hard to see engaged indicator it shows a light which can be seen discreetly from a distance away.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2852

  98. This forearm is designed to slip over the existing forearm and be temporarily stuck on using a drop or two of rubber cement or other easy to remove sticky …

    You can find a bunch of 1mm thick aluminum/alloy part files I’ve created in the 3D Content Central Library online … it’s FREE!
    3dcontentcentral.com/Search.aspx?arg=wperko

    This is another of many entries to the makezine.com/go/makerbot contest …

    After you MakerBot this … use a rubber grommet or tape whatever to snugly fit your small short laser pen into the 12mm diameter mounting bores … I plugged my laser into Port 15 on the RoboNova-1 and set it to turn ON/OFF using a TTL-2-PWM adapter (easily found in hobby stores) …

    MakerBot a few of these and give them a try … then send me a half-dozen please.

    If you successfully make this with a 3D printer please send me the build-file and machine type so it can be uploaded here for others to use.

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2860

  99. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2857
    This is my entry for the Make/MakerBot give away. It was made using 3ds Max. My entry it is more an example of what I can do with 3d modeling than what I would use a MakerBot for. I have several things that I would use a 3d printer for. the main one would be to print robot parts that i design as I have a very hard time finding anything that would be as flexible and durable as the prints would be. As I am home schooled I have a lot of time to follow my interests and I think that a MakerBot would be great for me.
    Thank for considering me Kyle

  100. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2861
    These are a pair of robot wheels. When printed at 40mm they will fit a 2mm shaft – perfect size for motor shafts. I have optimized this design to use a minimum amount of printing material and also reduce the dynamic energy required to drive the wheel. I have learned that the elastics used to hold broccoli together make for great traction.

  101. Makerbot Contest Entry:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2855

    This is still a concept because i lack the “design chops”, but its a working prototype and it has potential to be great! I plan on giving the makerbot if won to a local hacker space in Boise, ID as i already have a Makerbot. :)

    Cheers!

  102. Makerbot Contest Entry:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2864

    it was an idea i got when i needed multiple spray cans shaken for a project i was doing for class. basically it allows you to shake up to 3 spray cans in a one gallon bucket paint shaker. if i won the makerbot, it would really help me get a better grasp on things on my classes at college while using inventor and would be extremely appreciated. Thank you for the opportunity!

  103. As a Teacher, every project i work on, whether be my own design or someone elses that has been featured on your site, i.e. Rick’s Compressed Air Rocket Launcher. Has had the ability to be brought into the classroom to teach and aid the students with their studies. Rick’s Rocket launcher helps to teach aerodynamics, projectile motion, etc.

    My designs have followed this example.

    Electronics are always so small and always hard to demonstrate in a classroom of at least 25 students.
    making the parts larger and be able to stick onto a whiteboard via the slot for magnets to be inserted to show kids how electronics work is my goal. The devices are going to sit flush on the whiteboard, and only their frontal 3D shape has been modelled.

    With a Cupcake 3D Printer i will be able to print these designs and utilise them in a classroom setting hopefully encouraging future hobbyist’s and engineers to flourish.

    Devices are to include

    -Resistor

    -Diode

    -Electrolyitic Capacitor

  104. I’ve had several ideas, many of which would require improvements to the MakerBot. This fits within the rules as the first one asks for something I would “like to see printed on a MakerBot CupCake CNC,” not necessarily something currently feasible. :)

    1. Easy production of sculptures (already done, of course).
    2. Direct printing of robot chassis parts instead of, e.g., going to laser cutting.
    3. Printing of electronic components using conductive second materials (wires and capacitors being the easiest, resistors, diodes, and transistors being eventual goals). Embedded electronics could lead to waterproofing and protection like in Shape Deposition Manufacturing (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sdm/). Printable motors, anyone?
    4. Prototyping of musical instruments, including using an audio sample feedback loop to keep modifying body design until certain frequency characteristics are achieved. Needs machine learning work to choose next iteration.
    5. Very thin objects and small holes (resolution increase necessary).
    6. Laying down of lithographic materials like silicon, silicon dioxide, and piezoelectrics.
    7. Cells and growth factors!
    8. Spider silk spinning machine? Transgenic bacteria grow the proteins, and the small holes above allow us to print parts.
    9. Back to the nearer future: Off-center centers of gravity for bouncy balls (silicone?).
    10. New tupperware/food containers (I always lose the lids, not sure how though).

    I probably should have posted 10 times if not, but I’m assuming each person’s considered once anyway. Also, regardless of how good my ideas are with respect to those of others, I would love to see developments enabling them. These are essentially feature requests!

  105. OK, sorry for the long name,

    Basically this is a lockable pivot joint intended to be used (with about 5 brothers) in making a set of helping hands to hold circuit boards etc.

    It has a ball at one end and socket at the other with a tightening nut to fix the joint in place. This means these can attached to each other to form pose-able armatures.

    My hope is to build a part that could be used for all manner of adjustable supports (eg, camera mounts, small lights, tools etc)

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2872

  106. Hi,

    I thought I’d post this little note … I’ve been using/learning SolidWorks for almost a year now … practicing on my own at home watching YouTube videos of “How To” etc… But I must say, this contest has driven me to greater detail than ever learning SolidWorks and now realizing how I must invert (unless I an figure out how to rotate axis in SW) all my sketches in SolidWorks … that is to have the SW back as the bottom and drill negatively for the MakerBot build-up. Basically, the 3D axis in SolidWorks differs by 90° than the files created for MakerBot and rather than positive numbers I need to use negative numbers to build the sketch.

    I hope somebody can tell me how to either rotate the axis in the MakerBot programs to align with SolidWorks or vice-versa.

    Anyway, this contest has been fun … I figure at best I have a 25% chance of winning … but I still have my toes crossed …

    It’s been a great challenge to come up with ideas for things here and crank’em out … but very educational.