As promised here is the rapid prototyped vase / pencil holder! (the video becomes un-stretched once you hit play)
The Maker Bot is a consumer level 3D printer produced by Maker Bot Industries in Brooklyn. A direct filament extrusion process, look for the spool of ABS polymer in the upper left corner. The heated platform controls the X and Y axis, while the extrusion head moves in the Z direction as the layers build vertically. It can use practically ANY 3D model file, even Google Sketch Up! Also, there is the fabulous Thingiverse, a website from which you can download and print items modeled by other designers/machine owners. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks Dan for my new fancy desk accessory!
Check out the new toy! Don’t be tooooo jealous, it’s just on loan. (from MakerBot, sweet.)
Making a pen holder for my desk tomorrow, we’re going to try it with the clear PLA, wish me luck!
Meanwhile, check out Thingiverse and all the things you could make.