Saturday, January 25, 2014

Printin' Cymon part 1

This is an exciting project that has been a long time coming for me. I have a previous semi-inactive project called "Cymon's Games" that I named after this mascot character I created. Sort of a robot built from old computer parts. I've wanted to tackle the challenge of bringing Cymon into the real world in some way.
This first draft turned out... well it's a draft and not a finished project because there were a number of things that didn't work. For one the joints were too loose, which I could have forgiven, except that the body is also comically small for the head , which size was dictated by the keychain screen I'm putting in it so it will show actual images. But, yup, this isn't going to work.
The plate all printed out shows some top errors on the flat surfaces, which I don't know why those are suddenly showing up again. They don't show on my soap stamps, so who knows why they're showing up here, but I fixed them with a little sanding and gluing on a failed print that failed just a few layers up from the bottom, making a thin flat layer perfect for patching this sort of thing.
This is the screen that is sitting inside the monitor from a reference image that I used as a background image in Blender to get things lined up right. That trick is covered in my book, as is making a hinged robot. So if you want to do something like this yourself, you should check out 3D Printing Blueprints.


  1. I'm glad to see this finally taking shape!

  2. Nice! I saw the plate somewhere (Thingiverse stream?) - but didn't see the assembled bot. That looks fantastic!


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