Category Archives: #3dprinting

DropBOB PRO “Hit-Single” release


So I’ve been back from holidays for about 2 weeks now, what do I have to show for this? Well, to be honest, not as much as I’d hoped. I’ve actually been struggling with a little bit of mild anxiety. This all started sometime while I was in Europe on vacation. I didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out Nasonex (a nasal steroid for allergies), has some side effects that actually affect me. Anxiety is not something I have ever really had. So it caught me off guard.

I’ve stopped using the spray for about 2 weeks now and the anxiety is almost completely gone. It only pops up if I don’t sleep enough now. This made me a little more aware of what people who suffer from anxiety feel. It’s not fun. It makes you doubt even your own rational thoughts. My anxiety was actually centered around “being stuck somewhere” … like planes, or even a restaurant. Anytime that I would be forced to not move, whether because of norms (like at a restaurant or movie theater), or in a plane or bus, my hands would sweat, and if I thought too much I would actually get a full on panic attack where my chest would feel warm and my heart would beat faster. I managed to keep it under control though.

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DropBOB commissioned project – Pyramid Head – Materials Purchased for Manufacturing!


So the approvals are back! The Etsy listing updated and the order confirmed! Things are rolling.

I’ve purchased all the materials needed from the hardware store. I’ll be picking this up tomorrow. Just in time for me to begin manufacturing on the weekend. Stoked!

DropBOB Designs: learning a new skill!


So I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years now, but I’ve never had the patience to really devote some time to it … Until now.

Rendering of partially designed board (top view)

I’ve been learning circuit board design and component selection. I’m hoping to not only simplify the entire wiring design for my cold brewer. I’m trying to expand its capabilities tenfold.

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Closed loop drop-BOB: the only cold drip coffee maker you can count on!


So I’ve completed my design. I’ve converted my 3d printable files to STL files and have sent them off to the printer: www.3dhubs.com. fingers crossed that everything comes back nice … you never know with these types of “compact” housings… Plus this is my first functional 3d print … Everything else I’ve done in the past was not as critical.

With this initial beta release, I can control my coffee maker from anywhere. I can check the progress of how it is doing. and I can adjust the flavor profile depending on how many drops per minute (DPM) & grind type I use. And I can know that it is always exactly where I want it because it’s a closed loop system with constant feedback.

Features:

  •  real-time drip-rate monitoring
  •  drip rate selection using micro servo
  •  fully functional wifi-enabled controller (hackable arduino) files shared on Github … 
  •  LiPO 850mAh battery for anywhere brewing
  •  5VDC battery charger (micro-USB same as your phone)
  •  fully customizable monitoring display (it’s your phone) Server & app run by Blynk
  •  use any of your favorite glasses or mugs.
  •  industrial pipe design
  • (planned feature) ETA
  • (planned feature) battery monitor

Closed Loop Drop-BOB … The Cold Drip Coffee maker that could!


So its been longer than I’d have hoped for this post, but I was so torn in my design ideas that I decided to wait a little. I let the ideas settle in my mind and eventually, the inspiration came!

I had a few design criteria to make this Cold Drip coffee maker:

  • Simple & Elegant
  • Easy to manufacture with many “off the shelf” components
  • Hack-able
  • Not offensive to Jenn’s Eye (The wife) … so It can be kept in the kitchen
  • Has a certain “Bobby Style
  • Not too expensive (I’ll probably optimize this later) 
The worst part is that I did not want to settle on any of these criteria … none more important than the other, but all required.
Cold Drip Coffee Maker – “Closed Loop Drop-BOB V1.0” (**Name is a work in progress)
Let me remind you of the progression of the designs prior to V1.0:
V0.1 – the proof of concept
V0.2 – functional prototype
V0.5 – New and improved looks

And now, just recently out of the Alpha stage and graduating to the Beta testing stage: The V1.0 – “Closed loop Drop-BOB” (Name is a work in progress) … The model is not fully manufactured yet (still a few parts on order & to order at the moment). But here is what I’ve got so far:
It all started with the simple wooden bracket shown above. Even though this is not what I want for the final V1.0 product, It helped me visualize what I actually want.

Once I made the bracket, I quickly drilled and taped the brass plug and attached it. Oh, I skipped the part where I cut glass … I’ll come back to that.
This is the part that actually gave me a kick in the ass to make this thing. Since I took apart my original prototype, I’ve been drinking peasant coffee (you know from an espresso maker, like the rest of the world)… After tasting this liquid nectar from the slow drip process, I was all hyped up and wanted to finish this new and improved version.

 It was so good to see this familiar coffee colour (Canadian spelling eh). And since I started making smaller batches, I was able to minimize waste. It takes the same amount of grounds to make 2 shots of extra delicious cold drip, as it does to make 2 shots from an espresso maker … This is for those who think Cold Drip costs more on grounds … not necessarily.

 So back to the glass cutting part. This is the part of the design that forced me to re-think my ways … At first I wanted to make my own water reservoir because I couldn’t find anything on the market that would work with a drip valve (open at the bottom & the top). I also wanted to potentially control the temperature with a peltier plate … but that will be for a later version.

I eventually came to the conclusion that I should modify a container to suit my purpose. Diamond tip glass cutting bits are a little expensive (but who am I kidding … I love buy new tools).

I did the entire cut on my drill press, with the glass inside another glass filled with water. Make sure you have no air bubbles.

The hole came out nice. Only a few little chips were missing, but nothing I can’t deal with by using some washers and O-rings.

This part was the most tricky … and the reason I spent over a hour standing in front of the brass fittings part of the local hope depot store.

Turns out that compression fittings are not easy to combine with other types of fitting .. like MIP, and Pipe treads, etc … I needed some distance between my valve and the glass ,so I can add my little beauty of a “Close Loop” servo control box (more on this later) … You see, the next great idea I had was not to connect anything other than a single hole to the bottom of a glass (or, steel, or wood, or coconut, etc). This allows me to use virtually any container that I can make a 3/8″ hole at the bottom.

Seems to work nice. Got the distance I was looking for by connecting the 1/8″ compression thread valve to a flared copper pipe, to a female MIP, to a 3/8″ OD short brass pipe and connected all that with some O-rings to prevent leakage … I feel like I can optimize this later for cost and simplicity, but good enough for V1.0.
Here’s where all the magic happens. This little box is less than 2 square inches … And packs the servo, the valve, and the photo-interrupter all in a tiny little robust package. (The wireless controller ESP8266 will also be fit into here shortly … if it ever arrives)
Once this think is fully built, I should be able to control and monitor the drip rate from my smart phone … from anywhere in the world!

Bobby’s Silent Hill: Pyramid Head Costume 2015 – Week 2 Progress


So I’ve almost completed the head part of this costume. And since I’ll be attending the Vancouver Halloween Parade, I have to make sure not to put any gore and blood on it as its a “family” oriented event. But don’t worry, The gore will be added after this.

Since last week, I’ve added mesh & cast iron pipes & foam.

I started trying to screw in the mesh with fasteners and washers … but it was actually way stronger and faster to just hot glue it.

The foam was glued in using my favorite glue: PL 8x I haven’t yet found something this glue can’t do! It’s low odor and does not melt foam (most glues do this because of the acetone).

With these major upgrades the head already looks badass!

Drinking always gets those creative juices flow!

Adding some of these Cast iron union joints (these are my favorite parts, they just feel really good in the hands).

And since the structure is build with 1/2″ plywood, attaching anything is simple.

Adding the foam strategically to fit your body is key!

Now that you have the whole thing built up. Adding some paint just makes the whole thing POP!

After a little bit of searching. I found that the best color and style for this is the Hammered Brown. It gives it a cast iron sheen and gives it a galvanized texture. Perfect for this project!

The mandatory painters tape!

And after a few complaints from the smell coming from the wife … and voila. Let it dry overnight and you have yourself a metallic looking helmet!

Now to make the rear wiglet looking things. Note, that I could have left these out as they are pure aesthetic … but no. I go all the way!

And since I only want it to look like the bolts actually bolt right into my spine … I’ll end up cutting these.

Ya, I love sparks! I know.

Using the PL glue again, you can add to this piece.

And that’s what it’s supposed to look like once installed. And, to give it some extra emphasis … I’ll actually keep these metallic silver (galvanized).

And don’t forget to paint the interior foam black … makes it look professional.

Up next: Don’t forget the most important part:

I figured that there was no other way to make this perfectly other than 3d printing … So I got this commissioned: MakeFamilyFun’s Hub kindly made this part for me after I designed on it Solidworks. For about $35, I was able to get this part printing withing a few hours.

Up next, install the red gear, buy material for the bottom of the costume (the pants), and make the ginormous sword … standby!

Starting the year 2014


Well, So its the New Year (2014) and I haven’t posted here in like forever. I haven’t really worked on any projects in this time so I feel like I should start posting again … you know to force me to start working again.
So I’ve decided to continue working on my Vehicle Connectivity (the HFID) project. I would like to replace my bulky case:
With a much more visually appealing and acceptable package:
So to begin my mission, I have commissioned a 3d print Job (for about $40 CAD) using http://www.3dhubs.com/ The Vancouver BC location has literally just opened up today and I’ve been thinking about this all day at work.
Just for sake of providing more information here is what I’ve commissioned: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:201097