Unicorns, I love them. Yes, I 3D printed a unicorn horn. Why? I figured for my first 3D printing experience, it would be easiest to start out with something I could create using basic geometric shapes on Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a website used to model ~stuff~ using the geometric shapes it provides. I used a cone and some rings to create a mystical and magical 3D unicorn horn, printed in hot pink of course.
When it came time to print my little treasure, I was thrilled. But, midway through my first attempt at printing, it just stopped. The hot pink filament got tangled, and my unicorn horn was stumped. However, through hardwork and determination, the second printing was a success. I finally had my very own unicorn horn! Not really sure what I’ll do with it, but I will definitely put it on my shelf in my dorm room next year to bring my unicorn aesthetic to Vanderbilt.
As I continue this semester of making ~stuff~, unicorns will continue to be the predominant theme of my work, for obvious reasons.
Last week, we experimented with Makey Makeys, a neat little piece of technology that allows you to connect wires that will act as computer buttons. For example, we connected a wire to the “click” spot on the Makey Makey, plugged the Makey into the computer via the USB port, and when we held the wire while grounded, we could click.
There are so many possibilities – groups in our class connected their wires to bacon and cheese to play video games, knives and aluminum colored legos to make music, and our group surfed the web with our wires and controls looking for a fun and creative way to use the Makey.
My favorite thing we stumbled upon was the “Whale follows mouse” in which we used the Makey controls to direct a whale across the screen. At first, we just touched the wires with our fingers and then we figured out how to use copper tape to fix the wires on the table so we just had to tap them for the whale to move.
As we explored different websites, we realized that while using the Makey was fun, it was not as efficient or useful as the computer itself so our new mission was to find something that the Makey could actually make easier rather than more complicated. What we settled on was a maze game. By using the Makey controls, we could go in straight, controlled lines which made winning a whole lot easier.
Even though using the Makey made some things a lot harder, it made them a lot more fun and interactive. It was super exciting to see all the different things our class came up with – how we all used the same little device and we each went totally different directions. I think this is one of the benefits of a classroom that has less specific direction; it breeds creativity and collaboration.
I guess I don’t make many things. For me, I made the most stuff when I was little. I went through multiple friendship bracelet phases, I’m pretty sure I have an origami how-to book, and a couple of kids cookbooks scattered throughout the bookshelves in my kitchen. I liked the repetition of the bracelets, the complexity of the origami, and the taste of the food. I don’t know what I want to make now. I have things that I like, and things that I don’t like, but I’m not sure how this will translate into things I can actually make. I could pick up one of the things I did as a kid, or I could come up with something new! We’ll see 🙂