Dr. Sabins

June 8, 2015



A larger and more complex sample print, the Star Vase was printed in 1 hour, 48 minutes.
It required 8 meters of ABS filament. I actually thought it would be bigger, and perhaps flare out at the top. The walls are only one print width thick (about 1 mm).

I will attempt to upload an STL file next, and if that is successful, I will attempt to make my own STL file from an OpenSCAD model.

Dr. Sabins

June 6, 2015


After some false starts and puzzlement, I achieved success with the new Da Vinci!
This is an example of the Key Chain sample print. It took 34 minutes, and 3 meters of ABS plastic filament to make. I’ll note that here for reference.

Now that the device is up and running, I will try a larger sample print before attempting to upload some of my own designs. Fortunately, a freeware drafting program called OpenSCAD should allow me to design some of my own parts.

The work envelope for the printer is only 7.8 inches cubed, so for large constructs I would have to print out smaller sub-components to be assembled by hand. Since most of my existing stock consists of small items, this should suit my purposes for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Sabins

June 5, 2015

Sabins Gadgeteering Lab now has a decent, medium-range, 3-D printer.
The Da Vinci 1.0, made by XYZPrinting, was acquired earlier today and now has a place at its own workbench. After some careful re-reading of the instructional manuals, it will be powered up and run through its operational checklist, including some demo printing. Updates to this status will be posted here, including when we will begin taking orders for printed items.

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Batteries *not* included? :(

It has come to my attention that lithium batteries, even coin-cells, are considered hazardous materials when sent through the US Mail. There is a risk of them rupturing when traveling by air to their destination, as most cargo holds are insufficiently pressurized and/or temperature-controlled to prevent this. Since the additional expense of using only a ground carrier would not justify the inclusion of said batteries, I have decided to allow customers to purchase said batteries in their own locations and subtract any cost of batteries from the prices of all items, whether in stock or on commission. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

– Dr. Sabins

Unexpected Fame

I was laying down for a rest the other evening, when my lady exclaimed in calling my attention to the following web magazine article:

That’s us in our Elseworlds Lantern cosplays that you see in the cover shot, photo and article credit to Jason Biundo. Our costumes, about 50% premade outfits, were altered by ourselves to suit our roles as “The Green LanTron” (sorry, Mickey), and the “Sinestro Corps JigSAW Acolyte”, complete with hypodermic of knockout serum for abductions. This is actually the first appearance for both of us in a local publication, so it’s kind of a really big deal.


Our thanks go out to Mr. Biundo, and the staff of 614 Columbus magazine!