Category Archives: Hardware

The Big Mac Index of 3D printing

Quick price study on manufacturing an iPhone case – the Big Mac index of 3D printing. I used a basic case from Thingiverse as the test subject. First contender, Shapeways, representing additive manufacturing on-demand, produced from a polyamide plastic powder (nylon) using laser sintering: Next

The Big Mac Index of 3D printing

Quick price study on manufacturing an iPhone case – the Big Mac index of 3D printing. I used a basic case from Thingiverse as the test subject. First contender, Shapeways, representing additive manufacturing on-demand, produced from a polyamide plastic powder (nylon) using laser sintering: Next

Psychobird is Back!

Working my way through some Blender tutorials under the watchful eye of my 3D printed mascot – Psychobird (PB to friends). PB was my first 3D creation using TinkerCAD and printed and mailed to me by Ponoko a few months ago.

Psychobird is Back!

Working my way through some Blender tutorials under the watchful eye of my 3D printed mascot – Psychobird (PB to friends). PB was my first 3D creation using TinkerCAD and printed and mailed to me by Ponoko a few months ago.

Catching up

Hey, it’s been a long time! What have you been up to? Well, Playpen Labs has recently expanded to a remote office. The office is still under renovation. Read: We bought a 1986 Dodge xplorer from craigslist. A month later,

Catching up

Hey, it’s been a long time! What have you been up to? Well, Playpen Labs has recently expanded to a remote office. The office is still under renovation. Read: We bought a 1986 Dodge xplorer from craigslist. A month later,

The hardware revolution is waiting for parts

Been busy at work putting the Printrbot jr  3D printer together and getting it up and running. Only to promptly short-circuit it and jeopardize the desktop manufacturing revolution. Or at least the rapid DIY prototyping design process I’d been looking

The hardware revolution is waiting for parts

Been busy at work putting the Printrbot jr  3D printer together and getting it up and running. Only to promptly short-circuit it and jeopardize the desktop manufacturing revolution. Or at least the rapid DIY prototyping design process I’d been looking