Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snowflake X-Mass Ornament

I created a Snowflake X-Mass Tree Ornament a while back and posted it up to Thingiverse.

Pretty much immediately someone in the Ohio and the UK printed out the object. It's kind of nice seeing one of your designs being used half way across the world in a matter of hours.

Today a picture of someones printout of the design ended up on the Makerbot Blog and Make Magazine Blog (snowflake on lower left).

This is really great since my 3d printer has been down for the last few weeks. I've got parts on order so it should hopefully be functional again sometime this week. In the meantime I'll have to settle with the knowledge that other people are enjoying my designs.


[UPDATE 12/11/09]
looks like a link to this item made the Makerbot blog again with Bre Pettis using it for "Skeinforge Battle". Since it prints out fairly quickly you can compare iterations to check your Skeinforge settings (and hang all on your x-mass tree).

Maybe this will end up being the most printed item on Thingiverse other than 608 pulleys?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

MakerBot No. 214 Birthday

MakerBotNo214AssembledOfficially she was finished on the 3rd of November 2009.

Unfortunately we didn't have any beer on hand to christen her right.

So from now on her birthday (launch day) will be celebrated on the 4th of November.

Long Live MakerBot No. 214
Affectionately named WulfBot.


Wulf Design

P.S. more pics below later...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

No-Knead Bread Baking Dish Cheat

I was house sitting for a friend last month and I didn't have my Dutch Oven available for Bread Baking.

I was able to use a couple of their Pyrex Baking Dishes instead of a Pizza Stone.

Just preheated the dishes in the oven like you would a pizza stone.
preheat a broiler pan with them to add a cup of water for when the dough goes in.

It turned out about the same as the Pizza Stone Method.
all in all the Dutch Oven Method works best but these tweaks work well in a pinch.

Next Avalanche Tech

Seems I'm not the only one who equates the arrival of the MakerBot as being similar to the arrival of the Apple Computer. See Thingiverse Blog article Are 3D Printers the Next Avalanche Tech? for their take on it.

btw, I finally got my order in for a Cupcake CNC on August 31st. Should be getting a Batch 7 machine sometime after the October 5th ship date.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Do you have a Big Kitty?

Well do you?

a friend sent me this email about kitty Blood Donation.
it's a worthy and often overlooked cause.

email below...

We just got a call from Access Blood Bank - part of the 24 hour hour
vet on Aurora that there is no cat blood, and animals will suffer. Our
cat Stanley Fuzzbutt donates 3/year and has saved 2 cats already.
Access is the only local organization running a blood bank for pets...
i know its important we do it for humans to, but this is often
overlooked by people and its only important when your pet gets hurt
and needs it. This is not just needed for emergency, but planned
surgeries as well.

Access gives you free blood work as part of the program, 3 times per
year - once with each donation. You have to be 10 pounds or more to
give blood, so many cats do not qualify (Fuzzbutt is 15-16 pounds...
too bad for him), but if you have one, please contact them to see if
you can help out.

Normally i don't broadcast these sort of things, but i don't plan on
having kids, so Fizzgig and Fuzzbutt are daddy's little monsters and i
don't know what i would do if anything were to happen to them... so
please, if you can, check into this program and spread the word



Monday, May 4, 2009

Re-Purposing 24 volt Black & Decker Electric Lawn Mower

I picked up a 24 volt Black & Decker electric lawn mower used at goodwill for 8 bucks last winter. I want to use the parts in an electric tadpole trike project and possibly as an Vietnamese style outboard on the sailboat. I've already converted the wheels and metal framing into a bike trailer. I tested the motor and batteries the other day and they seem to work fine. Still need to test out the electronics and salvaged charge controller. maybe it was fully functional before I tore it apart??? oh, well... sure don't need no lawn mower when you live on a sailboat that's for sure.

I was going to throw out the rest of the main body parts but I’m looking at how pretty all that red plastic looks. It how it would be great to re-propose it into a printable material and use it in a RepRap or Makerbot CNC machine. Worse case other than throwing it away is melt it down and CNC it into corner pieces on a Red Rep(St)Rap Machine. If I can re-use the plastic it’ll have re-purposed be about 95%+ of the original components.

Will post updates and hopefully pictures on the project later.

update 9/8/09 - I threw out the housing cause it was taking up too much room in storage. this project is on hold until I get the Makerbot up and going. The Bike trailer has come in handy a couple of times and I'm sure the motor will get some use eventually.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Wulf Design now on Twitter

Now using Twitter intermittently @wulfdesign
Will try and keep updates interesting and relevant.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No-Knead Bread Cast Iron Skillet Cheat Idea

I thought of a way to cheat on making the 'good' style bread.
Getting by without a dutch oven or pizza stone.

Substituting a large cast iron skillet for the pizza stone.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No-Knead Bread and Pizza Making Class

No-Knead Bread on boatMonday, March 23rd. 2009
I gave my second No-Knead Bread and Pizza Making Class for the Seattle Free School at the Cascade People's Center.

12-15 people showed up to my first class I did on February 5th which went extremely well, especially since it was my first. (with a write up from one of the attendees blogs)

Around 18 - 20 people showed up to the March 23rd class and in it and went fairly well considering it was more of a lesson on how NOT to give a class. In any case it turned out alright despite the following...
1). bringing 'sugar' instead of 'flour' to make bread
2). no pizza pan to cook pizza on
3). only sauce, Italian seasonings and cheese for the pizza
3). burning said pizza worse than the February 5th class.
4). being totally disorganized.
5). forgot to bring the free Seattle Green Festival tickets to hand out.

The primary lesson was if I can do, it you can doing it.

The pizza was by far the worse I've ever made. It was still pretty good, maybe has something to do with the caramelized cheese. a good reminder to keep an eye on the pizza especially if you are not use to the oven. maybe keep the temperature around 400 deg F (also not cooking bread and pizza at the same time in the same oven would help). oh yea, here are the New York Times links I promised.

Original New York Times Recipe and video from this page. along with the Speedy No-Knead Bread and Faster No-Knead Bread versions. I personally think there is too much water in the recipes they give. I've adjusted mine below with good results.

my quick and dirty, long winded, and not completely edited, recipes below...

my modified recipe is
1). 3 cups (bread) flour (1 cup of this may be white whole wheat for best results)
2). 1 tsp (up to 1 & 1/8 tbs) salt
3). 1/4 tsp yeast (can be 1/2+ tsp yeast if in a hurry)

mix thoroughly in a medium bowl (I use a butter knife). then add

4). 1 & 1/2 cups (filtered) water or a little less (maybe 1/8 cup less)

If you want your dough ready in 3hrs time use warm water (around 95 deg)
otherwise use room temperature or cool tap water if you are making it for the next day.

mix into rough dough with same butter knife (keeps hands clean).
cover and leave overnight or 3hrs if you used warm water.
use 1/2 batch for single 12in. pizza or whole batch for bread.

bread in dutch oven method -
on heavily floured surface (with oats, bran, etc. if you like) fold 2 opposite edges of dough over onto itself then the other 2 edges to make a ball. turn over the ball and place on floured surface and cover. wait if you can until it's doubled in size or just go ahead and go to the next step if you are in a hurry.
preheat oven with dutch oven in it for 30 min. at 425 deg F.
quickly remove lid to preheated dutch oven and place dough (seam up) cover lid quickly and get back into oven to keep from loosing heat.
bake for 30 min. with lid on. take lid off and cook for another 15 min (45 total).
adjust time and/or temperature depending if your first loaf come out too dark/over done. if bread seems too wet reduce water a little on next batch.

for best results use a little less water if making pizza dough.

Baking (Pizza) Stone and Broiler Pan Method -
if you don't have a dutch oven you can 'cheat' by using a pizza stone on the middle rack in the oven and a broiler pan on the bottom rack. preheated in the oven for 30 min. at 425 deg F. place your bread dough onto a piece of parchment paper with a little cornflour on it. put this setup onto some sort of flat pan you can slide easily onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. after it's preheated put the dough onto the pizza stone in the oven and quickly pour 1 cup water (pre measured) into the broiler pan. do it quick, keep your head away from the steam, and close the door quick. keep oven door closed for 30 min at 425 deg F. open the door carefully, keeping your head away from the escaping steam and then cook for another 15 min. to crisp up the crust of the bread (45 min total cooking time). again adjust time and/or temp a little if it come out with burnt edges.

you can pre-make multiple batches and keep them in the fridge for a number of days so you can have fresh bread on tap. also spreading a batch (or two) out on an well oiled baking sheet with sides and putting on melted butter and freshly crushed garlic makes some fantastic garlic bread sticks in about 20 min.

Here is a good article from Mother Earth News that follows the same basic idea in Five Minutes a Day for Fresh-Baked Bread. Notice that they use slightly less than 2 to 1 on their flour to water ratios as well.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Makerbot Industries - Cupcake CNC

the future is here..
and the revolution begins.

The Cupcake CNC is the
New Apple for a New Era

Only it's Open Source, will follow Darwinian evolution on Internet time, and is completely hackable.

I'd like to thank Bre Pettis, Zach Hoeken (from RepRap Research Foundation), and Adam Mayer of Makerbot Industries for their work on the Cupcake CNC 3D printer.

I've been planning on building a RepRap for some time now but haven't quite gotten around to ordering all the parts to put it together yet.

I think this neat little package will do the trick since it pretty much includes everything you'll need to get started.

Bre has a great write up on his blog about the Makerbot Launch.

Hope to be designing and printing out parts for myself, friends, and neighbors soon.

thanks again guys.


p.s. see this baby in action...

Makerbot Industries - Cupcake CNC from MakerBot Industries on Vimeo.

City Repair - Permaculture for Urban Spaces [Youtube Video]

Some of this video interview may sound a little newagey (rhymes with sewagey) but listening carefully I found that the premise, culture, and logic are sound.

I particularly like the insight that Mark Lakeman (Co-Founder of City Repair Project of Portland Oregon) puts forth in a segment of his interview...

[I'm sure this could be paraphrased better...]
The city [state] infrastructure is a landscape of dominance that comes from patterns of unsustainably that have been used thought time. The infrastructure of imposition, dominance, and exploitation is really underlying the whole "urge to empire" of the city [state].

There is some good insight in this 27 min. interview even if you need to run it through your newagey filter.


Here is a shorter and more to the point video about the work that City Repair is doing. Thought it doesn't go into much of the deeper insight and systemic problems that have brought us to this point in our civilization.