Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Succulent Life

I live in a house full of very creative individuals. That means constant projects and ideas flying everywhere. Mostly (aside from the mess) this makes me happy. I love that my kids are always finding new ways to engage themselves and my husband and I totally encourage them trying new things. But sometimes their ideas get ahead of themselves, like when they bought some succulents over Christmas.
The kids had big ideas about what a nice succulent garden they would make, together. Together is the kicker. Here it is February and they have still not agreed on a "together garden" and the plants are sitting in a box on my kitchen table. So I decided to start designing some planters with my favorite 3D software, OpenSCAD.

It was a lot of fun playing around with the geometry.  My constraints were having enough room to hold a plant and wanting to be able to print the shape without supports. That gave me a lot to play with.
But of course nothing mom designs is good enough for their plants. Maybe at some point I will post what they come up with for their plants. 








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Monday, February 18, 2019

Making it click

Recently, my dad has lost mobility in his left hand. As you can imagine this makes lots of everyday tasks difficult. I thought it was perfect timing when I came across this posting from Adafruit.
I downloaded the file from Adafruit, but ended up ordering different size magnets from Amazon, so I knew I would need to do some tweaking to the file.

Doing some digging we found that there were many variations of these adaptive shoelaces on Thingiverse. My husband and I checked them out, played with the files and printed a few.

We wanted to make sure the final product was easy to print, strong and easy to use. We ended up with this 4 magnet design created in OpenSCAD. With this design we are able to drop in the magnets as the file prints so they are securely enclosed.
We tried these on a couple of pairs of sneakers and they worked with different sizes
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To use unlace all but the bottom holes on a pair of lace up shoes. 
 There is a tapered side and a flat side. These are designed to use with the flat side up, this makes unbuckling easier and gives a cleaner look.
 Loop the laces through the holes on each side of the bracket and the shoe holes. There will be leftover lace.
Once both sets of brackets are laced up use adjust the fit to your foot, and then lace the extra length of lace back through and out of the way. 
When you have the right fit, the shoes will be easy to put on and off but stay securely closed while walking
Link to Magnetic Shoelaces on Thingiverse


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter


Atlanta is preparing for snow, but I'm thinking of spring.

I always keep a garden, but since 90% of what I grow gets eaten by my kids the moment it is ready, I try not to spend too much on my plants. That means I start what I can from seeds.

Usually I start my seeds in egg cartons. But last year I had a bunch of leftover saved toilet paper tubes and my 3D printer and thought I would see about creating something to start my seeds in those tubes.  

The benefit over egg cartons would be that I could develop longer roots, and I would also be able to transplant the entire tube.


There were a couple of problems that needed to be solved as I worked on this problem. 
First I could not just create a "foot" to hold the tube because the damp soil would cause the tube to unravel. I also could not just create a solid tube because it needed air circulation in order to not rot.


Eventually I came up with a fun working design. and successfully grew seedlings I was able to transplant directly into my garden. I was able to reuse my holders from last year and even add some more designs. Now I have a new way to recycle my toilet paper rolls and start my garden.




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