Open Source – Adjustable Face Jack-O-Lantern (The Dial-O-Lantern)

January 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm 2 comments

Believe or not, my favorite 3D printing project is not my Library of Congress Ornament that won the White House 3D Printed Ornament Challenge.

My favorite project (so far— it tends to change each time I receive a new model) is my first moving parts project! One of the great things about 3D printing if you can have separate parts print in their respective spots. My first “moving parts” project was a little Jack-O-Lantern for my kids. With three sliding parts that print completely assembled, my boys can chose between three sets of eyes, three sets of noses, and three sets of mouths to configure what face they want. I’m totally in love with it… maybe even more so than my kids. : )

Because pictures don’t do it justice– a quick video demo! : )

I recently published an article on Instructables going over my design decisions and my modeling process in Blender.

And of course, if you don’t have a printer of your own and you covet a “Dial-O-Lantern” of your own– you can order a print from Shapeways.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. narami  |  January 21, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    That’s genius. It should’ve won something, it’s genius and SO CUTE.

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    • 2. tgaw  |  January 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks! It’s funny how things work out. I entered this in a 3D Printed Jack-O-Lantern Contest back in October. I was certain it was shoe-in. Like absolutely stone-cold certain. But it didn’t win or even place. Heheh

      Then with the Library of Congress Ornament, I felt it was too abstract and obscure to be a finalist… and then it won!

      So it goes to show what *I* know! : )

      Reply

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