Friday, January 4, 2019

Lithophanes!


Lithophanes basically look like topographical maps but when they are backlit, a picture appears.  They have been around for hundreds of years, but I've only recently discovered them and that they can be 3D printed. So I took a couple of photos, one of the Ghostbusters, and one of myself with Michael J Fox and converted them to lithophanes.



I learned how to do these from YouTube channel RCLifeOn.

The basic process is picking a photo and going to http://3dp.rocks/lithophane/ to have a printable lithophane file created. Make sure your Model Settings Thinnest Layer is set to 0.4mm.


And make sure your Image Settings are set to Positive Image.


I then upload my picture, choose Outer Curve as my model, run the program and download my STL file which I then send to my Slicer program.

I printed these at 0.1mm layer height with no support, 100% rectilinear infill, 1 top, 1 bottom and 1 perimeter layer, and a 5mm brim to help it stay attached to the build plate. Obviously, you can play around with these settings, but that's a good place to start. These prints took about 4-5 hours at those settings.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 nerdy views in Review


2018 was another fun year of going to conventions and making stuff! Here's a look at some of the things I did this past year!

My second year at Emerald City Comic Con was so much fun! I got to see so many amazing cosplayers and makers there!



Saturday, November 24, 2018

Anime NYC 2018 Cosplay Music Video

This was my first time at Anime NYC and I will freely admit I didn't know 80-90% of the characters being cosplayed there. In fact I had to contact a friend to help me identify the characters in this video. Regardless, there was still some awesome cosplay there, and here are some of the cool ones I saw!



Many thanks to these amazing cosplayers! And if you can help identify any of them, please let me know!

Voltron and Paladin
https://www.instagram.com/outlaw2lk/
https://www.instagram.com/cjpropstudio/

Astolfo from Fate/Apocrypha

Nergigante from Monster Hunter World
https://www.instagram.com/mjcosplay_/

Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh
https://www.instagram.com/enitan_cosplay/

Giovanni from Pokemon
https://www.instagram.com/ghostbusterman1984/

Newt Scamander
https://www.instagram.com/mysticartscosplay/

Cloud from Final Fantasy VII
https://www.instagram.com/foreverkuraudo/

Priss from Bubblegum Crisis
https://www.instagram.com/_vertruecreations_/

Nero from Devil May Cry

Fullmetal Alchemist
Roy Mustang
https://www.instagram.com/enyen_/
Alphonse Elric
https://www.instagram.com/savage83/
Edward Elric
https://www.instagram.com/vantasticosplay/

All Might from My Hero Academia
https://www.instagram.com/its_just_koch/

Saber from Fate / stay night
https://www.instagram.com/artoriagrey/

Genos from One Punch Man
https://www.instagram.com/fullhealthcosplay/

Maid 4 U Cafe
https://www.instagram.com/maid4ucafe/

And here's some of the cool things I saw on display at Anime NYC!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Tesseract!

Stan Lee left behind an amazing legacy of characters, and is responsible for many of the popular heroes in Marvel today. He also co-created the Cosmic Cube also known as the Tesseract in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Jack Kirby. Here's my attempt at making one.



Items used in this build:

3.5 inch Photo Cube

Blue LED fairy lights

Wax Paper

Fine Grit Sanding Sponge

And check out Uncle Jesse's Tesseract video which inspired me to make mine.

While I'm happy with how this turned out, the frosted spray paint that Uncle Jesse uses is probably the better alternative to sanding. I might go back and do that.

But this is a quick and easy project that anyone can do!

And thank you Stan Lee for allowing all of us to play in your universe.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

New York Comic Con 2018

Another New York Comic Con is in the books! This may have been the most fun I've had at NYCC and been the most exhausted after it! Anyway, here are some of the wonderful cosplayers I saw at New York Comic Con!



Retired Wonder Woman
https://www.instagram.com/retiredwonderwoman/

Captain America
https://www.instagram.com/ridd1e/

Chappie
https://www.instagram.com/angel_ta2/

Green Lantern Corps
https://www.instagram.com/copandgoguys/

Spider-Man
https://www.instagram.com/aspideyj/

Predator
https://www.instagram.com/airpred/

Wizard of Oz

Aquawoman
https://www.instagram.com/allizcosplay/

Mini-Carnage
https://www.instagram.com/cosplaykris/

Thor
https://www.instagram.com/darayz/

Fifth Element Police
https://www.instagram.com/bhcosplay/

Leeloo

Ruby Rhod
https://www.instagram.com/theartist_84/

Cable
https://www.instagram.com/mindofkiro/

Evil Lyn & Skeletor
https://www.instagram.com/fabshryock/

Sentinel
https://www.instagram.com/komodoguy/

Tyrone Biggums
https://www.instagram.com/ssmith6889/

Bleez
https://www.instagram.com/livicolecosplay/

Barbara & Adam from Beetlejuice

Soni Aralynn
https://www.instagram.com/soniaralynn/

Winter Soldier
https://www.instagram.com/whitewolfrising/

Lizalfos
https://www.instagram.com/crashprojectcosplay/

D.Va
https://www.instagram.com/jaydencassidy/

Hela & Skurge
https://www.instagram.com/izaphina/
https://www.instagram.com/vazz.the.avenger/

Armored Kantus
https://www.instagram.com/machado_con97/

Landlady from Kung Fu Hustle
https://www.instagram.com/poorlyformedart/

Brainiac
https://www.instagram.com/jamal_johns/

Sister of Battle from Warhammer
https://www.instagram.com/kawaiimayhem/

Captain Marvel Pager
https://www.instagram.com/tangymilk/

Super Wonder Woman
https://www.instagram.com/beckanoel/

One Punch Man & Genos
https://www.instagram.com/unopunch/
https://www.instagram.com/nijbro/

Wolverine
https://www.instagram.com/thatonecosplayerguy/

Liberty Belle & Zoya the Destroya from GLOW
https://www.instagram.com/alounsburyyy/
https://www.instagram.com/misschelseaflores/

Arcade
https://www.instagram.com/chawancut/

Joker
https://www.instagram.com/jeanmarkus/

LeeAnna Vamp
https://www.instagram.com/vamp/

Venom Dog
https://www.instagram.com/scrapstastic/

Also if anyone can help identify these cosplayers, please do so! Thanks!

Friday, September 28, 2018

World Maker Faire NY 2018

Maker Faire is billed as the greatest show & tell on Earth and it certainly lives up to that billing! Here's a quick video recap of all the cool things I saw and a little write up of my experiences with all the amazing makers I met at World Maker Faire NY 2018!



My first stop at Maker Faire was the Prusa 3D Printer booth because I wanted to see the SLA printer they had just announced. I found out about that printer through Joel Telling, the 3D Printing Nerd, and of course I saw him at the 3D printing village! Joel is a big reason I have a 3D printer and if you're looking into investing in one, his YouTube channel is a great resource to learn all about it!