Charles Brown

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PS:115 – Creating

Something about creating that makes me feel good. I have been tinkering and getting better at 3D Printing (see Instagram photos to the right) and working up some fun ideas in my head and thus enter Tinkercad to work out an issue.

I wanted to get my Raspberry Pi’s camera mounted better than my current rigged setup of a cut piece of foam, with a twist tie holding the camera to something a bit more, stable. Thus, I searched around hoping maybe someone had fixed my issue, sadly most required M3 screws which I don’t have, and then most are meant to be screwed into the printer. I wanted simple!

Enter this design; it’s simple. Snaps, but had an M3 screw for the bottom, so why not just make an M3 shaped piece (with the proper sizes and all)? Then you just need a good wide base, throw in a space underneath for the camera’s cable, and you’d have a nice movable camera for a time lapse from any side 🙂

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Behold, the camera case + a nice stand! Still a prototype at this point, waiting for another test print off the printer to be done (fixing up print errors with some settings tweaked) but once it’s confirmed working, I’ll upload the 4inch high stanThingiverseverse + make it public on Tinkercad should anyone want it.

Simple, but hopefully more to come! Need anything printed? Helps me learn! Just let me know!

 

PS:70 – Health, 3D Printer or Drobo

The last few days I just hit rock bottom. Fried. Today has been a massive day of rest. Just doing nothing at all, Nada. Sleep has been the big thing, but sadly with my body just beyond exhausted I’ve done a lot of sleep. I could use a lot more as I feel like I’ve run a mile in quicksand. I am worn out, every joint hurts; body is swollen too. Took something for a headache and pain, hoping to return to sleep again soon.

Which leaves time to do research. I’ve been trying to increase my storage around here, over the years I’ve had some drives for storage, most ran non-stop and have since given up the ghost. A majority of things live online, my photo archive for one syncs up for my phones -> Dropbox & Google – however, my DSLR and Drone Footage both live in Photos on my Mac – so my next logical step is the Drobo. I’ve considered one over the years, but now the cost isn’t too shabby. Easily even using some spare drives I have could have 4-5TB of storage that’s RAID worthy.

Now on the other side of the coin, lately, I have my creative bug going. The Drone is great for the photography / outdoors fun, but creating is still on my docket. Thus, the desire of a 3D printer has led me to a few options under $500 which if I saved up, or splurged after taxes, would allow me to scratch the creative bug, and maybe to make some money in the process. Some great communities online and YouTube channels which have provided a slew of information – very nice stuff.

So that’s where I’m at, 3D Printing = Fun, Relaxing, a touch of profit, or productivity with more storage for archived videos and such on the Drobo side. Honestly? Leaning towards fun. Just haven’t had enough of that in the past month, insanely exhausted or maybe I’ll just forget both of them and get Lilly a Pony 🙂

Hope you all had a great Easter, be blessed. Till tomorrow!