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24 hour junk 3d scanner

This is a cross post from my blog at  It is a little late but I hope it is still useful. All of the code used can be pulled from this github repo.

The Idea:
This project came out of the Hackathon LVL1 had in June 2012.  The rules were minimal but had a big impact on the end product. The competition ran from noon Saturday till noon Sunday, so 24 hours.  We had access to all of the tools at LVL1 plus we could bring our own tools, but we could not have any of the tools integrated as part of the final project.  Each team was given an Arduino and a bread board.  All other material has to come out of the LVL1 boneyard (this is the collection of stuff that has been donated for the purpose of hacking in any way we wish.)  The goal was to make anything you want.

We had the weeks leading up to the event to look around the boneyard and think about what we thought we could make.  We started with a list of things we wanted to make then limited that down to things we thought we had the parts to make.  We tentatively settled on a 3D scanner.  We knew we had all of the parts to make it but there was no guarantee that they would still be there the day of  the hackathon as the boneyard was still being used normally by the hackerspace.
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LVL1 at IdeaFestival

This past week, LVL1 worked some 3D printing magic for Louisville’s IdeaFestival! Throughout the festival, we were printing 1/1000th scale models of Louisville’s existing buildings and visionary new ones as part of the kick-off for the Vision Louisville initiative. We had 5 Makerbot Replicators cranking out buildings for 4 full days of 3D printing awesomeness! These Makerbot Replicators will now be going to their new homes at the Louisville Public Libraries and Louisville Science Center, where they will be used as educational tools and public 3D printing resources. More information about the exhibit can be found in this excellent article from The Atlantic Cities.

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3D Pictures of Speedball-1 Launch Attempt

Here are some anaglyph photos of LVL1′s White Star Balloon Team recent launch attempt of Speedball-1. You see LVL1 transformed into White Star Mission Control, balloon construction areas, unpacking Speedball-1 at the Spaceport Indiana launch site. ALL IN 3D! Courtesy of Gary!

Shapeways for electronics cases

I ordered another print from Shapeways and after some volcano-related delays, it finally arrived. Another good experience from Shapeways. Now that Sketchup 7.1 can do Collada exports, the process is easier but still, it does not have power tools for mesh editing, so it sometimes can be difficult creating a watertight model that passes Shapeways’ checks. Each 2-part case was a bit over $3 in “White, Strong and Flexible” material. (They’re small) and shipping for orders over $25 is free. Read the rest of this entry »

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