Adding a dimension
December 27, 2015

Decided to build on my 2D printing knowledge and take our experience to another dimension by experimenting with a 3D printer at home!

This particular printer was chosen because:

  • It was delivered from within the UK
  • Has an entry-level price tag
  • Had photos and videos of it working
  • Had some honest reviews on the website, with what looked to be very responsive web chat support
  • Is a #2 version of the machine which had been reviewed online at

The printer came pretty much ready assembled – it was pretty easy to work out which final pieces to link together.

…Then the ‘how to’ guide was discovered on the tiny memory card (which was a little tricky to insert into the printer).

It was probably easier to assemble by sight anyway as the English on the document wasn’t great, but there were photos included and the set up instructions were important to look at.

We didn’t use enough of the glass bed spray to begin with – the PLA lifted off after a couple of layers of print, but a quick respray followed by a second attempt and we were very impressed with the quality of print from the Wanhao i3 Duplicator.

Time will tell how we go on with it…

2.5hrs is condensed into 33 seconds in this video:

3D modelling
August 25, 2014


This bank holiday clay modelling session evolved from a thumb-pot, to a dog’s bowl, to a tortoise with a bowl on its back, to a giant tortoise carrying a person on its back!

Day 23: Producing 3d food
January 23, 2014

23rd Jan 2014: A 3d pepper
I could have put a couple more contours around the front and the contours at the bottom should be inverted..
23rd Jan 2014: A 3d apple

In our Art + Board Games + Sharing Club this evening, we decided to continue with our 3d technique and look at some healthy foods. ‘Board’ got removed from the club’s title and club members disbanded as Dylan then decided he’d prefer to play on the Spanish MindSnacks app this week – as he “really needed to get to Level 7”.

This is Day 23 of a 30 Day Post-a-Healthy-Picture challenge

Day 15: An extra pair of hands
January 15, 2014

3D hand – by Becky
(Must pay more attention to my thumbs!)
3D hand – by Dylan

As I completely missed the deadline for after school clubs (which are all now full), we’re starting our own highly exclusive out-of-school clubs: Art + Board Games + Sharing Club on a Tues/Wed/Thurs (depending on other evening commitments) and Football + Music Club on a Fri evening.

We decided to hold the inaugural meeting of our Art + Board Games + Sharing Club tonight – where we magically came up with another pair of hands and battled to grab the greatest number of aliens.
Manic Marshians score:
Dylan 2, Becky 1.

I’m not sure whether this fits the Post-a-Healthy-Picture challenge, but we’re now in the planning phase for our Friday Football + Music Club! 🙂

This is Day 15 of a 30 Day Post-a-Healthy-Picture challenge

Rainbows and trophies
February 21, 2013


Rainbow and trophy – 3d art

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