Reading Hackspace and TVRRUG members Matt and Malcolm recently ran some tests on a resin for smoothing 3D prints. Whilst with ABS prints you can use Acetone Vapour Smoothing for smoothing, for PLA the chemicals are a lot more noxious. In the tests, they used a resin called XTC-3D. Click through to Matt’s blog for pictures of the results and discussion.
Category Archives: 3d Printing
Following on from our hugely successful rLab telmetry course we are pleased to announce that today is the launch of Superman into space. Originally devised by RS DesignSpark (<-great background on the DesignSpark blog about the project) and Mattell, Richard Ibboston of rLab has developed some tracking boards to track both the capsule and Superman himself as they reach for the stars. David Price helped with the boards and software, with Alex Gibson designing and printing parts for the capsule. The capsule itself was designed and built by Jude Pullen.
You can track his progress by watching Kalel, Lois, OLSEN, LEX and CLARK.
The ground video available on
From the launch site:
From the chase car:
Superman is being sent to space with electronic boards designed at rLab and that’s what you’ll be able to see a live feed from using the details below.
If you want to track the progress you can use
the latter has a Superman logo for the Kalel payload which is transmitting on 434.420MHZ
Barnaby Shearer of Reading Hackspace was mentioned in the recently published book Making Simple Automata with some images of some 3D Printing he undertook.
You can find out more about the book here
There is always an impressive project being worked on at the space, but yesterdays was particularly exciting and will offer up some even more interesting projects especially in the lost material casting arena (in particular I look forward to some lost PLA casting from the extensive 3d printing knowledge we have on site).
Matt Daubney and Andy Noyes had a go at casting last night, the outcome of which was very successful!
What do you do when you want to drink from the cup and throw the straw?
Ask Matt and Simon!!
Playing with Arduino, Servos and some 3d Printing.
Along with Ian who was presenting on behalf of RLab, David also presented on behalf of the Thames Valley Rep Rap Users Group who meet at Rlab on alternating Mondays.
The presentations took place at the Makers & Fixers conference yesterday at UCA, Farnham.
Davids talk is particularly good and is well worth watching if your interested in the history of the RepRap style printer, outreach projects TVRRUG participate in and its history or just 3d printing in general.
Matt had a Makeation, thats a geeky vacation to the rest of us 😉
He’s upgrades one of the RepRaps he donated to the space and runs through the what and hows here:
Matt also brought in some knives he made on a woodland course to the hackspace recently that you should definitely have a look over, a very fine quality hand made recycled useful tool. Hopefully he’ll be bringing some of this knowledge over in a course shortly.
We all know 3d printing is based on meling plastic and having a heated bed maybe with some adhesive to make that plastic stick to the bed while the construction is formed, Simon took some great thermal imaging shots to have a look at how that comes together.
RLab was recently approached by someone who required a headpiece to communicate with their wheelchair and computer touch screens. It seems the headpiece was actually very expensive and hence quite worn.
RLab created new laser cut and printed parts which have been saved so they can be remade at any time, and in a cooler black that the user asked for
This is just one of the great community projects RLab help out with, check out our Repair Cafe sessions too!