Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Makies Tea Set

Last week, the Evil Genius family was at CodeMash, a learning event for computer developers. Mr. BTEG's employer sent him, but as he was provided with a four-person room, the rest of the family was able to tag along. Family attendance is indeed encouraged with KidzMash, which is a learning track for the younger set. My daughters were too old to get much out of KidzMash, but they were able to do things with Mr. BTEG, including working on a robot, so that they really got a lot out of the trip. It also doesn't hurt that the event is held at the Kalahari Resort Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio.

How does this relate to Makies? Well, lately, Mr. BTEG has been getting into 3D printing. There is a a 3D printer at the public library in downtown Cleveland, for which you pay a low price per hour. Mr. BTEG told me there would be a free 3D printer at CodeMash, if you could get an appointment. I showed him my Makie doll, and he helped me look around for 3D doll stuff that I could print. (No, I don't hide my doll purchases from Mr. BTEG, but he doesn't really have much interest in checking out the new stuff I buy.) Turns out, MakieLab has its very own design page on Thingiverse.com, a place to download 3D printed designs. The thing I especially liked among the Makies designs was this tea set. Mr. BTEG was able to grab some design time on the 3D printer, and had a set printed up for me. It's very rough and needs sanding, but I wanted to show it in its original condition. Keep in mind that it took three hours to print this set.
These were the bases where the items sat while they were printed.
The set in its entirety. Four cups, cream pitcher, sugar bowl, pot and two lids
The inside of a teacup
The sugar bowl and its lid
And here are two pictures of Meg holding tea set pieces, for an idea of the size.


I was planning on getting some pictures of Meg in the waterpark, but I actually ended up getting bored and coming home early. I did get some pictures of Meg lounging in our room; this is the one I like the best.
I wonder what "the next thing" will be with the Makies, since the company is moving to the US. In the meantime, I'm wondering if the 3D printer downtown will be good enough to print out some boots for Meg. She could use some more shoes!

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  1. CodeMash sounds like a fun event all around, but free access to a 3D printer does sound like a total distraction!

    That tea set turned out nicely (love that shade of purple too). Are you going to polish them up, or leave them rugged (they have a certain charm in their roughness, I think). Very cool!

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    1. CodeMash was a really good time all around for Mr. BTEG and the girls.

      I'm going to polish the tea set, to at least get most of the rough edges off. A lot of the swirly lines will still show, I think.

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    2. Cool. I hope you'll share some photos when it's done. :)

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  2. What a great opportunity this was! This set is really cute, and has a nice color. I particularly love the teapot :-). The photo of Meg lounging is lovely. I hope you can print boots for Meg too, I would love to see how they look!

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    1. Getting the tea set was one of the things I was most excited about, so I was happy it worked out. I like the teapot too.

      I would like to try getting some boots printed out for Meg, but I think until the weather warms up here before I journey downtown.

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  3. really nice! The color looks good next to her red hair!

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    1. There was a limited choice of colors, but you're right; I do love how the purple looks with Meg's coloring.

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  4. That is so awesome! I just love the whole concept of 3D printing and feel it will be a game changer in the future. That is nice the family got to tag along and learn some things. Thanks for the links.

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    1. You're welcome! 3D printing is definitely growing in popularity and it what it can create. Maybe more doll companies will design things for their products with it.

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  5. Wow, that is pretty cool! I love the last photo of her on the bed..really cute. :)

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    1. Thank you! Her hair was really static-y; the air was so dry in the hotel! But she's cute enough to overcome it.

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  6. I've never seen stuff come out of a 3D printer. It's cool that Makies have free printables!

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    1. I know! I was so excited when I found MakieLab's page at Thingiverse.

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  7. The tea set is very cool. I've seen a nice doll to 3d print out and I think it was on the website you mentioned.
    I wish I had a possibility to print out some 3d miniatures:)
    Hugs!:))

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    1. I think 3D printing will become more popular, so maybe you will get a chance in the future! :)

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