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More 3D Printing Projects From Wevolver: Make Your Own Smartphone, Security System, and Film Equipment

by • July 21, 2016 • No Comments

wevolver-logoFor those manufacturers who like challenging 3D printing projects that outcome in useful and out of the ordinary items, one of the many sites to check out is Wevolver. The open source innovation platform is not solely dedicated to 3D printing, but 3D printing does showcase in a great number of the projects on the site, frequently combined with robotics or other innovation. Lately, staff at Wevolver has been keeping in regular contact with us at 3DPrint.com to tell us of a few of their favourite or many talked about projects, and we’ve quite loved highlighting them for our readers.

Last week, for example, Wevolver shared a few of their favourite space-themed projects in honor of the entrance of NASA’s Juno spacecraft into Jupiter’s orbit. A couple weeks preceding that, we took a appear at a few 3D printable robotics for all ability levels. Currently, we are highlighting a few additional high end innovation, that include a few sophisticated photography equipment and a couple of smart devices – all of that manufacture ample use of 3D printing.

Time-Lapse Motion Control System by Doug Urquhart


Urquhart is an award-winning filmmanufacturer with Upthink, a production house focused on time-lapse films. To capture the attractive effortless imagery showcased in his work, Urquhart spends a lot of time in the wilderness, hauling around a lot of equipment. His initially foray into 3D printing happened when he begined searching for a way to reduce the mass of the 3-axis motion control time-lapse dolly process that he took with him on his frequent multiple-day backpacking trips.

52d678c9-0634-4429-a483-9a456dcea083Urquhart adjusted the create of an aluminum motion control process of Dynamic Perception and 3D printed it in polyamide-12 nylon, creating a process that was of half the mass of the original product. Once he begined working on the project, he found that he may manufacture a lot of other modifications to the create that ultimately reduced power consumption, increased efficiency, offered options for customization and overall improved user experience. He included components of motion control robotics company eMotimo, as well as standard stepper motors and custom-createed 3D printed hardware.

It is a complex create, according to Urquhart:

“I don’t recommend doing a custom create like this by yourself unless you perfectly
require the lightest possible moco process for hiking and mountaineering oriented time-lapse shooting,” he says.

For serious time-lapse filmmanufacturers, yet, it’s unquestionably worth appearing into – and may provide a few great inspiration for those appearing to modify other kinds of photographic equipment, as well.

TyTelli Smartphone by Tyler Spadgens

That’s right – it’s a create-your-own smartphone. A 3D printed case encloses a Raspberry Pi and a 3.5-inch touch screen, plus an Adafruit FONA that allows for you to manufacture calls, send text messages, and check the time. It in addition has a USB WiFi adapter so you can access the Internet, plus a 5mp camera module that allows for you to take HD photos and send them to Dropbox.

According to Spadgens, the just abilitys you require for the project are familiarity with Raspberry Pi and soldering. And 3D printing, of course. Check out a additional in-depth appear at this project of our coverage last spring.

ED-E Home Security and Automation by Tyler Spadgens


Spadgens unquestionably shows a ability for bringing ordinarily expensive equipment and turning it into a fewthing you can manufacture on your own, on the bargain-priced. This 3D printable home security process, that has in addition caught our attention previously, the EDison-Esp8266, or ED-E, is comprised of three parts: a base unit, sensor units, and actuator units.

“The base unit is created with the Intel Edison and six grove sensors,” Spadgens explains. “The Edison logs data of the sensors in a MySQL database and sends it to the Intel Analytics cloud. If any of the sensors detect abnormal activity a buzzer can sound and an email alert can be sent to the process user notifying them of the danger.”

The sensors in the base unit include those that detect flame, gas, air high end, temperature, humidity and sound. ED-E supports two types of WiFi units: WiFi sensors, and WiFi actuators. The sensors contain detection circuits that can be placed in front of doors, windows, etc., and if the door or window is opened unexpectedly, the circuit notifies the user via the Intel IoT Analytics Cloud.

The actuators work in reverse: when the user clicks a button on the Analytics Cloud website, a signal is triggered to turn on lights, begin brewing coffee, or actually open your garage door, no matter where you are. It is a host of smart innovation in one device, and it’s all DIY. Discuss this topic additional over in the Wevolver 3D Printing Projects forum at 3DPB.com. You can watch a demo of Spadgens below: