What do you do when you need a custom mold and can't swing the outrageous fees to have one made? Do it yourself!
Recently, Kathryn from Sappho Chocolates in Ormond Beach, Florida reached out to us for help with her project for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. Kathryn wanted to build a mold to cast chocolate Maker Faire Robots. Due to the custom robot that Kathryn wanted, having a food safe mold created was cost prohibitive.
So how do you make a custom mold?
Step 1: First, collect your supplies
Here's what we used.
Step 2: Print your object
Step 3: Smooth The Print
Paint object with XCT-3D coating. We used 2 coats on our Makey. This step helps to smooth out your object and will reduce or entirely eliminate the appearances of ridges. By smoothing out the printed object, you also smooth the mold and the casting. Smoothing out the model also help the molding agent to release easily once it's cured.
Step 4: Wait to Dry
Or use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
The next steps are to prepare and pour the mold. Step by step instructions coming soon!
Happy New Year From the DeltaMaker Team!
The start to a new year always brings talk of resolutions and changes for the future. Often, we feel immense pressure to make drastic changes at this time of year. But this year, just like every year, and today, just like every day the DeltaMaker Team will simply work to make a positive impact, show gratitude and communicate more effectively. We manage to keep the same resolutions day after day and year after year. Though they're not new or unique, they remain special. Whether you are making big changes this year, or just keeping on, we hope you have an incredible 2015!
1. Make a Positive Impact
We are looking forward to continuing to support local events, education and economy in 2015. We will continue to encourage growth of the Maker Movement. We'll develop educational materials to make 3D printing more accessible to teachers and students. We will continue to build every DeltaMaker 3D Printer in the United States.
2. Be Grateful
We are part of an incredible community. We started as a crowd funded project and were embraced by hundreds of backers and countless other supporters. Nearly 2 years have passed since our funding campaign ended and a year has passed since we shipped our first printer. Every day we are grateful to every one of our supporters.
3. Enhance Communications
Communication is key to successful relationship- both business and personal. This year, we're going to continue to improve our communication. You'll be seeing more of us on social media and you can always contact us.
Christmas came a few weeks early for one of our Kickstarter backers! This month we completed our first test shipment of a DeltaMaker 3D printer. The recipient was so excited that they greeted the UPS delivery man at the driveway!
After the unboxing and set-up, the DeltaMaker printer was confirmed to be in perfect working order. With that knowledge, we're boxing up 5 more to ship out this week!
October has been filled with sharing of ideas and experiences.
We started the month with the second annual Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 5. This year, Orlando Mini Maker Faire partnered with the Orlando Science Center to produce an event where local makers could show off what they were making and share what they were learning. We interacted with over 3,000 attendees and saw some incredible projects and inventions!
On October 12 TEDxOrlando invited us to participate in their third annual event. The crowd of 300 included some of the most brilliant minds of our community and the talks were equally engaging.
Some of the ideas that were shared included a new concept for standardized testing, the power of a name, and a mother’s battle to change the world of pediatric cancer treatments.
We've got two incredible exhibition opportunities lined up for November! Check back soon for photos and a recap!
We are pleased to announce that the DeltaMaker 3D Printer will be on display at the Orlando Mini-Maker Faire on October 5, at the Orlando Science Center.
More information is available at the Maker Faire website at: www.makerfaireorlando.com