Saturday, August 18, 2018

Welcome to the World of #lowpolydinos

The Low Poly Dinos kickstarter is finally delivery complete. Every model is modeled and tested. Ever backer has received delivery. Every pre-post backer has received
their models as well. Everything on my to-do list is to done.
Does this mean that we are done with Low Poly Dinos forever? Oh, heck no. First of all, they're still for sale on my Etsy store, so no ones missing out. Plus, I'm going to be showing the whole thing off when I'm finished with the volcano at local fairs and, who knows, maybe future maker fairs. This project isn't just going into a box, I'm going to be showing it off for a while. I may even try to make a deluxe volcano with nebulizer inside to make it look like it's erupting.

But, I do have a lot to do right now. There's building plans to be drawn up, materials to purchase, building to do, equipment to upgrade, and video quality to kick up an order of magnitude. I can't say for sure that I know what's going to happen from here on out.

But I do know this. Whatever follows, whatever wonder things happen, this is where it started. It started with a silly little pack of 3D printable files and 300+ wonderful people who believed in me.

I'm going to stop here and continue this thought an email to the mailing list later on today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Best tiny 3D prints for the end of your spool Video

Rapidly shot in one take, zero editing.I am honestly ashamed to present this to you. But if people are going to keep complaining about every video being about low poly dinos, this is what you're gonna get. Because I am still up to my butt in #lowpolydinos, and will be for a little while still. But I take no pride in this, so if you want not low poly dinos, this is all I've got for you.

Chances are it'll be one of my most popular videos, the way things go.

However, on the #lowpolydino side of things, I am rapidly coming to the end of the models I need to create, and I am very proud of the work I'm doing there. I'm been plaing with cavemen that could also work as a barrel of monkeys toys. See, there's a subtle jab at evolution in there.

Join me tomorrow for a live stream where I'll be tackling the volcano and chatting about 3D printing topics and generally having a good time. I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How to 3D Print with 3D Pen Refills Video

I've had comments complaining that I'm doing too many videos about #lowpolydinos lately. So I tried (mostly successfully, maybe a little unsuccessfully) to step away from the dinos and talk about something I learned lately.

It's surprisng how well these a low poly dino uses up one of these micro coils of filament. Of course there's some varitey. The Mastdon is kind of pushing it, but the skroney Elaphrosaurus could print 3 on a single coil. But so far I haven't run into a print that fits in the build area of a Monoprice select mini that couldn't be printed by one of these, even taking into account the MP Select Mini's bowden tube.

The kickstarter continues. I'm adding new dinos almost every day and I've had a number of fun things pop up in the modeling that I can't wait to show you.

Considering the funding these dinos raised, I hope it's not too surprising that they're eating up every spare second. I think it's safe to say that the dino content is going to continue for a little while at least. Of course, that's ominous as well, because when that happens, it means if you haven't gotten in on the deal now, you'll be paying more later.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pre-Post Kickstarter pricing on #LowPolyDinos has ended

Pre-Post Kickstarter pricing has gone extinct!

Included in this pack:

  1. Egg/Cracked Egg
  2. Trees
  3. Dino Nest
  4. Tyrannosaurus rex
  5. Triceratops
  6. Dipolaucus
  7. Stegasaurus
  8. Velocaraptor
  9. Ankylosaur
  10. Spinosaur
  11. Megalodon
  12. Pterodactyl
  13. Stygimoloch
  1. Archelon
  2. Elaphrosaurus
  3. Dilophosaurus
  4. Plesiosaur
  5. Mastodon
  6. Sabertooth Tiger
  7. Dimorphadon
  8. Iguanadon
  9. Parasaurolophus
  10. Ground Sloth
  11. Dracorex
  12. Quetzalcoatlus
  13. Carnotaurus
  1. Nothosaurus
  2. Kosmoceratops
  3. Therezinisaurus 
  4. Wendiceratops 
  5. Euoplocephalus
  6. Archaeopteryx
  7. Anurognathus
  8. Styracosaurus
  9. TBD
  10. TBD
  11. TBD
  12. Volcano
  13. Goat
All models are cleverly designed by the 3D Printing Professor for low-cost home FFF 3D printers and designed to print cleanly without supports.

Friday, July 20, 2018

30 dinos in 30 days video

Edit: Oh my gosh, the sound effect for the first animations got shifted and occurs in the middle of my talking! Can I not get this right? Screw it, we're going live, I can't delay this ANOTHER hour. The kickstarter is going crazy and I need to tend to it.

I hope you're not sick of #lowpolydinos yet. Though, if you are, I guess this is the light at the end of the tunnel. At the time of publishing the kickstarter is less than a day away from being done. Technically, the kickstarter only ran for 29 days. And technically we're over 30 dinos, though some of the models aren't dinos, so if you count that... it's crazy how many models we've got going on here.

Last Night's live stream is still processing, so that will be up, maybe after the KS ends. But a good time was had, and 1.5 dinos were modeled.
Aside from Scott Wilkensen's Excellent Time-Lapse turned animations, there have been a number of Low Poly Dinos turning up in the wild. Many on Twitter, some on YouTube (including an entirely too generous KS assessment by Calvin Witt, thanks buddy). But perhaps the most exciting of these was Joel Telling's mirthful video featuring the low poly dinos getting mad melted. If you haven't seen it, you should totally check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mVEynIkSXw

I could go on about how awe inspiring this has been, seeing how people react to their favorite dino in the pack. I could talk about my plans after the KS ends. I could mention what I want to do eventually with the channel. But all these are topics that will be covered later. Right now, I've got some work to do, thanks to reaching a new stretch goal overnight. So as soon as I finish this up I've got a new survey to write, a post to make on the kickstarter, and more dinos to model.

I better get on that.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Why Bad 3D Prints can make Great Gifts video

I am having a hard time coming up with anything to say about this topic beyond what was said in the video. So... uh... go check out the video!

The kickstarter is going well. If you haven't been keeping up, you should know:

If you haven't backed the kickstarter, we are currently sitting on a ton of 3D models for $25. This is a fantastic deal that will never be experienced again, so jump in now!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Makerspace Challenge #2 - Flight Video

Meanwhile in the makerspace, it's a bit late for a monthly challenge, so we're just going to call this a second challenge, and the second challenge is is make something fly.

GranddadIsAnOldMan is a great maker with lousy video production quality. His videos hardly get any views, perhaps because he uploads too many of them. But that's what it's about. It's about documenting his inspiring project to turn junk into something awesome. He's great for playing around on for a few hours and getting mega inspired. I'm a fan of his work and I've been looking for an excuse to feature him on my main channel.

If I ever make a big time TV show out of making, I would love if he were to my channel what Biz Markie is to Yo Gabba Gabba. That guy who shows up, does a thing, everyone goes "Who the heck is he?" and the show goes on without caring.