Do you remember me telling you all about the fun of the Sprout by HP computer? Well, we’re still really enjoying it, and we’re diving even deeper. We are trying out 3D printing, how cool is that?! Check out these personalized clothespins that we made – yes, MADE. They were printed out on the Dremel 3D printer using technology in the Sprout 3D computer. It’s this kind of crafting that gets the whole family excited (I think Trevor might be the most excited about it!)
The Sprout has a unique 3D scanning capability, and we were able to utilize that in this project. We took apart a clothespin and scanned in the top half. Using the 3D scanning technology (I have a short video on down showing that off….) — then once it was in the computer as a 3D image, we were able to manipulate and create with it – we merged letters onto the clothespin and then printed that whole piece out in plastic, the top of the clothespin as it’s personalized.
After it was printed, we were able to reunite it with the bottom piece of the clothespin for a perfect fit. you can really see the two pieces here:
Pretty cool, right?! Everyone wanted their name on one. I’m thinking they’ll be fun to hold their notes on the fridge or their bedroom door or even to make into a job chart.
Then I simply painted the project – the letters in color and the clothespin pieces in dark gray.
I wish you could see them in person – they are really neat how they’re one molded piece on top.
I couldn’t get a 3D crochet project to scan in (I think there’s too much variation in yarn), but I did get a succulent plant to scan in – I was super proud of myself that it worked and I was texting finished images to Trevor 😉
We’re thinking it would be a fun project to cut the base off and turn the succulent part into drawer knobs – wouldn’t that be fun? The possibilities of what you can create are endless.
I know you’re wanting to see the scanner on the Sprout by HP in action – – so I put together quick little video demo for you, enjoy!
Jeffrey Ito says
Very cool! Can’t wait to check it out
The 3d scanner looks interesting. Your creations are definitely adorable. Trevor’s reaction must have been priceless.
Very cool and such an easy and simple introduction to 3D printing. 3D printing is the future and its great that kids today get to experience this