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What Happened to the Restless Mouse?

May 1, 2019 ·

After about 20 years, we are packing it in. Closing our doors. Shutting down, shutting up, and moving on.

We are selling our remaining inventory on ebay, craigslist, the local auction house, basically, whatever works.

Ideally, in a few months, there will be room in the garage for a ping-pong table, or a Ferrari.

Hopefully, Teresa won’t fill it up with gardening stuff to convert the lean-to in the back yard into a “she shed”.

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Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing filament

June 26, 2019 ·

3d Printer fills in where I want to have empty space.

I got a fresh bin model from Thingiverse, must be something wrong with my Cura settings, it wants to print a brick instead of a bin. Last time it looked like a Kit-kat bar. My son has Cura on his laptop and it wants to print a ball of yarn. I think it's because he lets the cat hang out in his room. Maybe our Bibo 3D printer needs a firmware update? Worth trying I guess.

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There’s something wrong with my Kit-kat.

June 24, 2019 ·

3D print tray came out like a fossilized Kit-Kat bar, sort of.

I was trying to 3D print a funky little bin, with those bars on the SIDE, but it kept printing layer after layer. I got tired of waiting for it to start in on the walls. The result was something you might find behind an old vending machine.

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Dimensional shame in 3D printing.

June 8, 2019 ·

Rudimentary cubby bin I 3D printed.

Here's my first attempt to make stackable bins to fit in the vertical file cubbyholes that my dad built into this fine secretary desk. You see I left the brim on so it won't rattle around in there. Somehow my measurements didn't translate to the actual file for printing. All of these cubbies are precisely 60mm wide, thanks to my dad's usual attention to detail. So I can't very well have crappy bins of various widths rattling around in there. It would be nice to be able to stack them. So Version Two will be 60mm, without brim. It will…

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DOG SMUGGLING!

June 6, 2019 ·

Dog jumped into the car trunk

What is this mutt doing in the trunk of my car?? The answer may surprise you! OK, Probably not too surprising. I was putting some stuff in the trunk, and he leaped in. Maybe before we got him at the pound, some earlier doggie daddy would take him to the drive-in movies, Probably Air Bud, or Milo and Otis. By the way, I made his get out of there before we left. It probably gets uncomfortable back there, and you can't hang your head out the window.

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3D Print PLUS Magic Marker

May 30, 2019 ·

I tried printing this replacement keyboard key that features a microphone, finally got a good consistency by turning the heat down a bit. However, the microphone was hard to see because it's the same color/material as the body of the key. So I hit the surface with my trusty magic marker, now the microphone really pops. Still, it looks odd. I have ordered some black filament and plan to hit that with red marker, or maybe white appliance scratch repair paint if it hasn't dried up. Stay tuned!

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3D Print resembles Overcooked Grilled Cheese

May 27, 2019 ·

I was puzzled by the odd "puddle" base and the bubbly texture when we printed this substitute keyboard key. Then, I realized that it reminds me of the time I cooked a grilled cheese sandwich too hot and wound up with a similar situations. So we'll try it at maybe 180 celsius instead of 190. Maybe we'll get some orange filament and just make some tomato soup to go with? UPDATE: I am new at this! The puddle base is called a "brim" and helps the object you are printing adhere to the glass for that crucial first layer. I…

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THE PUP geocache could use some OFF.

May 26, 2019 ·

We recently found a geocache called "THE PUP" in Lake Stevens- in some lovely woods behind the senior center. Teresa found a safety cone for her walking stick. The cache was on a a winding trail where it wasn't always clear if you were on the trail or a side path. Couple that with the trees throwing off the GPS signal, it took a while to find. I was 50 feet away when Teresa let out a whoop. If it was easier to find, and if the mosquitos weren't so aggressive, THE PUP would get a "favorite" from us, because…

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Mt. St. Helens ash? Or just fireplace sweepings?

May 18, 2019 ·

Mt. St. Helens "She blew it all over us" button.

Today is the 39th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, May 18th 1980. I was just 20 then, and barely noticed the ash fall; I lived and worked in the gritty industrial area around Seattle's Harbor Island. My car was always covered with gritty crap anyway. Then again, my girlfriend at the time was living in Spokane, and they had to put pantyhose over their carburetors, which was a popular car part at the time. A whole industry sprang up overnight, many souvenirs purported to contain the oddly valuable ash. And then there were the books and VHS…

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3D Printing is more about machine tweaking than printing

May 17, 2019 ·

We just got a Bibo 3D printer/Laser Engraver, been trying to put it together; Ran into this poorly installed fan... That was an easy fix, maybe the screw backed out in transit. More concerning, we got it all put together, but it won't power up. I took the cover off the power area (Probably frowned on). There was a wire running from the power switch to the power supply at A9, and it had broken off on the switch side. I was going to put a new connector on it and be good to go, but I would have to…

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