My husband is a gadget guy. If it’s a technical toy, he has to have one. You should see the excitement in this house when the UPS man is at the door.
His latest and greatest is a Solidoodle 3D printer. If you can dream it, you can print it in 3D.
Several free software packages are available to draw a 3D image. The Solidoodle prints the image by “drawing” layer upon layer of ABS plastic. The nozzle melts a string of ABS plastic (which looks a lot like weed whip string) onto a heated platform. The plastic hardens almost immediately as it is drawn.
Since I needed a cable needle for my knitting class, I gave my husband a rough drawing, and he modeled a needle for me.
A quick rub with some fine sandpaper made the new needle smooth enough to slide through yarn without catching.
Oh, the possibilities!
What would you make with a 3D printer?