Dimensional Print Studio

Ramblin' Dan's

DSC08870I like to design my own prints. But sometimes something grabs my interest that someone else has created. That happened here. I ran across this very different looking piggy bank on Thingiverse. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3490324 . In this design, coins are incerted through the nose!

It's kind of fierce/ugly but then sort of has a fun whimsical quality. I like it!

I decided I would print a few. The blue one is 50% reduction or 1/8 the volume of the original. It is too small to be a bank. I printed it first to get a feel of how the Piggy would look printed. The pink Piggy is full size and quarters will eaisly fit through the nose.

Both versions were printed on MamaCetus. The blue one is 100 micron layers and the pink one is 200 micron layers. The big pink took about 15 hours to print. The picture on the printer is about half way through.

I intend to print one more in "flesh" color PLA. Never used that color so not sure exactly how it will look. Piggy banks are usually pink but pigs are not. I will see how a "flesh" colored piggy bank looks.

My granddaughter has a birthday next week and I though of this as an unusual and whimsical gift. Most people (and kids) today don't have many coins on hand. But I thought it is kind of a throwback gift. This is a very unusual piggy bank. 

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I have a 3D printer made by Tiertime called a CETUS. I named mine MamaCetus, as a pun on the Latino slang term mamacita meaning hot babe. (sexy woman). The printer is certainly very hot and might be considered sexy by some 3D printer nerds (Me?) Hmmm...

OK. In any case, Tiertime just revealed a new version (MKIII or MK3). It has all the same general features of versions 1 and 2 but some interesting detail improvements. MamaCetus is a MK2.

Mechanical end switches for homing. They used a motor stall sensor in the previous versions. Switches are more positive and repeatable for setting home position.

New accessory board available for heated bed and auto Z / bed leveling sensor. That’s three different and separate accessories but the board is necessary for operation of the other two.

An optional 220 watt (!!) What! Power supply is available to help out the heated bed option. Yowza! Plenty of extra power. Note: the wattage of the PS over what is needed is not a problem (unless something shorts out.) My original PS says 19 volts at 6.32 amps which is 120 watts. 100 more watts for the heated bed is good.

Print head hot-end upgraded (V2) to use nozzles suitable for almost any printable filament available. Hardened steel nozzles available. Compatible with older nozzles.

A plug in processor will be available for direct G-Code operation with virtually all 3rd party slicer programs like Cura and Simplify3D and others.

Color touch screen controller is also in the works.

All the add-ins above are extra cost, so the customer can be selective of if or when they want to update for the added features.

I currently run G-Code produced from Simplify3D on my MamaCetus. I am pleased the new processor or co-processor will permit direct connection to 3rd party slicers. This is what Tiertime claims! That could be sweet. However, when installed, the Cetus printer will NOT be compatible with UP Studio, heated bed and bed leveling. Oops!

I’m not ready for an upgrade to the same size printer I have. However, the Cetus does produce excellent quality prints because of its linear rail construction.


I have an opinion about personal 3D printing.

I am not going to stop using it, that is a given. Years of producing 3D printed items, has established 3D printing is not a replacement for my traditional creative methods. Creative juices do not flow only in plastic pipes.

I have produced a lot of practical molded (printed) plastic Items. I also found a lot of unsatisfactory applications for the material.

I coined a term I call “Plastic Junque.”  Plastic Junque is just fun plastic stuff to print. I haven not stopped printing Junque. I just admit to myself that producing such stuff… is what it is. It is printed just because IT CAN BE PRINTED.

I don’t NEED 50 grumpy (printed plastic Junque) owls on my shelves, but I have them. Color samples I call them. A visual reminder of the color, that happens to be presented in the form of a grumpy owl.

It’s 100% totally cool to design something in 3D CAD and then hold that plastic item in my hand a few hours later. It’s Junque when I have no real (practical) use for creating it.

A hand carved one-piece wooden ball in a cage and a 3D printed version are both Junque. But there is a big difference in effort and skill to produce them.

As a kid, I assembled a lot of plastic models. As an adult I can now design and make similar plastic parts, usually already assembled. The hobby 3D printer is a great plastic model maker. Especially since the output of my printers is plastic.

To me, all plastic models are a form of Junque. They just set around and are looked at. Maybe “played” with and examined as in imagining the “real” thing. An object becomes a visual reminder. All my childhood plastic models became “Objects de Junque” and were thrown away. But a lifetime of learning to “make” and understand what those models represented, remain with me.

Dimensional art is a part of human culture. A statue is a “model” of someone or something. It is a dimensional picture. For that, it has value.

If a cast bronze figurine and an exact copy printed in plastic are offered as a choice, the one cast in bronze will most certainly be picked as the most valuable. It’s a type of material “caste system” (pun intended) of value judgement, with plastic being a lower class of material. (I choose to call Junque.)

But maybe all I want is the (low value) plastic replica. I can understand. I don’t NEED the bronze version. (Or a REAL skull of a dinosaur…)

The desktop 3D printer is accepted as an excellent proof of concept maker, that outputs those concepts in fused or resin plastic. If plastic is the finished material of choice with suitable characteristics, the 3D print is the final product. In this use, it is not a model. It is the product.

Most hobbyist like me, will never own commercial 3D manufacturing systems using exotic metallic materials. I can use a desktop printed plastic part as the prototype model for more expensive manufacturing. I do that with some of my silver jewelry creations.

Bottom line. Plastic 3D printing is a great addition to my creative skills. It is not necessarily a better system than other methods. There is an enjoyment, just in the making.

We are back! The template that controls the appearance of the website is the same. The old content is gone, and this is a fresh start. I will bring back some of the old pictures, but it may be with a different story.

I am not going to lay down any ground rules. Just enjoy showing what’s happening in my little world of 3D printing. One thing though. I realized a lot of hobby 3D printing is plastic junk and trinkets. I am guilty of that myself. I have labeled such printing I have done as producing plastic Junque, just to give it a fancy name.

For sure, I will continue printing plastic Junque. I want the focus of Dimensional Print Studio to be on invention, design and engineering. The printing is simply the manufacturing final stage of the process.

I am not selling 3D printers. So, I am not promoting the machines I use. I will talk about their features and faults and how that affects the design of what I create. It’s completely plausible to create designs that can’t be printed because of the nature of the process. Same goes for any machine tool in the workshop.

This website is dedicated to utilizing various hobby level three-dimensional printing systems. Using proper material application, design and engineering, items of enduring value and practical purpose are created. Little to no Junque designs are permitted. Oops, that sounds a bit like a rule to be broken…

Summing up, my goal is to show and tell how I design and make quality plastic things intended for dimensional printing. It’s the project design that is the prime focus of Dimensional Print Studio. The printer is a computer operated machine tool that simply follows our directions to produce a tangible output.

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