26 Apr

Hanging V-Plotters at the Arts Uni – Part 3

We’re online! Check out the details of the event here!





Gallery staff Joseph has been a great help – getting the machines plotting most mornings.  The above image is his work – the poster design for the exhibition realised using the machines, in the style of Norwegian Pixel.

Cheated the process here by plotting text (black fill) – so it renders it out at its most dense – perhaps we need to implement plotting vector in fills.


Got the large machine fixed – changed the gear wheel on the right motor – just need to get some bad ass vectors in place.


Multi layered image – black Hi-Techpoint 0.5 fine over Neon (magenta) Stabilo fine 0.4


To get the plots completed at A2, I changed the pixel size from 3 to 10 – so the spiral is large. I then later dialled it back to 7. I think Changing the speed would also be helpful (slower) – will get the resolution of the spiral that much tighter.


Colour change mid plot


Drawing studio interior rendered with Norwegian Pixel


04 Feb

Eagle Lab meet

MakeBournemouth was invited to an evening at the new Eagle Lab, an initiative by Barclays to encourage the local community to get together and learn from each other.


That’s the only image I got of the evening – somehow forgetting to take some pictures of the larger space.  Their twitter feed is here and has a few images of the space within it.

The meetup went great, and no doubt the amount of new faces was linked to the opportunity to be hosted there tonight, have to work hard to get the new guys to continue to attend!

After a brief tour and overview of the offerings of Eagle Labs, we broke off into groups and carried on as we normally do – getting updates on each of our projects and bashing our heads together to solve some issues.

Will be having an ongoing discussion to see how we can work with Eagle Labs for future events / workshops.

24 Aug

3D printing in glass!

Wired have an article on 3D printing in glass!


Photo by Steven Keating – http://matter.media.mit.edu/environments/details/g3dp#prettyPhoto

This is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Mediated Matter Group in collaboration with MIT’s Department of Mechnical Engineering and MIT’s Glass Lab.

The print nozzle is running over 1000C!

Check out the wired article and the MIT site for some great examples of their work.

As ever, tried to find a press image but couldn’t so if anyone objects to the use of the picture above, just get in touch and we will remove it.



04 Aug

Smartphone + CD case = Hologram

Wired have an article on creating a neat hologram effect with some bits of plastic cut from a CD case.

This is the video (by Mrwhosetheboss) linked to in the Wired article.

Anyone fancy doing this as a MakeBmth workshop?

25 Jul

3D printer lathe

A great paper on the creation of a 3d printer lathe hybrid type thing.



25 Jul

Southampton UAV

3D printed UAV lands on a Dorset beach!


A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach.

HMS Mersey provided the perfect platform for the University of Southampton to test out their SULSA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Weighing 3kg and measuring 1.5m the airframe was created on a 3D printer using laser sintered nylon and catapulted off HMS Mersey into the Wyke Regis Training Facility in Weymouth, before landing on Chesil Beach.

The flight, which covered roughly 500 metres, lasted less than few minutes but demonstrated the potential use of small lightweight UAVs, which can be easily launched at sea, in a maritime environment. The aircraft carried a small video camera to record its flight and Southampton researchers monitored the flight from their UAV control van with its on-board video-cameras.

Known as Project Triangle the capability demonstration was led by Southampton researchers, making use of the coastal patrol and fisheries protection ship.

Professor Andy Keane, from Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, says: “The key to increased use of UAVs is the simple production of low cost and rugged airframes – we believe our pioneering use of 3D printed nylon has advanced design thinking in the UAV community world-wide.”

It was back in 2011 that University of Southampton engineers initially designed, and flew project SULSA, the world’s first entirely “printed” aircraft..

With a wingspan of nearly 1.5 metres, the UAV being trialled has a cruise speed of 50kts (58mph) but can fly almost silently.

The aircraft is printed in four major parts and can be assembled without the use of any tools.

Watching the demonstration was the Royal Navy’s Commander Maritime Capability (Aviation), Cdr Bow Wheaton.

He said: “The Royal Navy’s Maritime Capability organisation is very interested in conceptual applications of unmanned and highly automated systems.

“We were delighted to assist the University of Southampton with development of their 3-D printed unmanned air vehicle and provide a ship for an embarked launch.”

Southampton alumnus, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas (Aeronautics, 1980) has championed the Navy’s involvement with Project Triangle, which resulted in the opportunity to provide a maritime platform for the test flight.

Adm Zambellas said: “Radical advances in capability often start with small steps. The launch of a 3D-printed aircraft from HMS Mersey is a small glimpse into the innovation and forward thinking that is now embedded in our Navy’s approach.

“It’s well known that our first squadron of remotely piloted aircraft have proven their worth in the Gulf, providing persistent airborne surveillance across huge areas of sea.”

He added that this trial helps explore how simple, automated systems have the potential to replace complex machines.

“We are after more and greater capability in this field which delivers huge value for money. And, because it’s new technology, with young people behind it, we’re having fun doing it,” Adm Zambellas said.




24 Jul

Thread Screen – cotton reel colour screen!


Wired has an interesting article about the ‘Thread Screen’, a display made of hundreds of cotton reels, each with a multicolour band of material running over it, controlled by a stepper motor. The screen is 80 x 80 reel resolution and pictured above is just one of the 100 modules that go together to make this awesome screen. It was put together by creative agency ‘Breakfast‘. How the hell do you get to work on such cool projects?!? And nice touch on the cotton reel label detailing!

(Note: I was trying to find a ‘press’ image but couldn’t so if anyone objects to the use of the above image, just get in touch and we will remove it)

The screen is on display at a clothing store called ‘Forever 21’ in New York and will display select Instagram pictures tagged with #F21ThreadScreen and for the next week you can watch a live 24/7 stream of the display on youtube

16 Apr

Arduino.cc (Arduino LLC) or Arduino.org (Arduino SRL)?

Recently the company that manufactures official Arduino boards (under license from Arduino.cc (Arduino LLC)) has decided that it is the rightful owner of the Arduino trademark and no longer pays royalties to Arduino LLC and hasn’t done for about a year. If you want to know the ins and outs read the recent court filing by Arduino LLC.

Arduino.cc (Arduino LLC) has been around a long time and has been the driving force behind the name and the product. There is a huge community that supports and extends Arduino and a large part of the creativity of the maker movement has been enabled by Arduino and I hope this continues and that Arduino SRL doesn’t damage, water down or introduce confusion into the community.

The creation of a competing Arduino website, along with a fork of the Arduino software development environment with higher version numbers than that offered by Arduino.cc is likely to confuse newcomers.

As mentioned earlier, Arduino.org has stopped paying Arduino.cc royalties for the boards it manufactures. Any ‘official’ Arduino boards sold in the last year (even those bought from a reputable supplier) won’t be supporting Arduino.cc. This position is likely to continue until the court case is resolved.

If you want to support the official Arduino team (Arduino.cc), you can buy Arduino boards from their online store or donate directly.