Calling for Investors

Bootstrap Studio is looking for investors in a new hybrid, extremely ultra-economical, fast and versatile car concept I have in mind. I would like to create a prototype and am looking for some cash injection to make it a reality. I’m sure there would be great rewards if the initial capital is available.

I also have other worth while and sure thing, winning ideas if the right person is able to help out.

For more info please email me:

Bradley Wong
Mail@BootstrapStudio.Com

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My first 3D record is ready for printing.

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This is a render of a 3D printable record I made following the instructions on Amanda Ghassaei’s instructables page.

I’ve been converting her Processing code into mel script. Here is what I have so far: (I need help)
The way I am doing it is first by reading the input file in as an array. Then, creating a Nurbs curve and appending control points at certain intervals while spiraling inwards by the groove thickness.

I am going to rewrite this script so it uses the frames-per-second of the scene and the timeline rather that doing it all in memory like this script does. This way I can watch something interesting at least while it does the calculations. As well as probably creating a pretty cool actual 3d sound visualisation as it progressively works all the math out.

Here is the .csv file. I just chopped the front of the file off because the script takes a very long time to run. This is just the last few seconds. Download the infile.

*WARNING This is not a distributable, I have posted this so hopefully someone can help me get this project going and collaborate. I’d like to hear from anyone who knows more about sound frequencies, electronics or maths or whatever. I’m teaching myself here.

Here is a playblast of the script using a higher value for the scale factor of the wave (yval).

You will find it in the script here: float $scalefactor = 0.001;

I’ve been putting together a script to make the plate for the record printing. This is for a 12″ record only. For more info click the link below.

Here is what I have so far. (I’m converting inches into cm here)

These dimensions are from this website outlining the RIAA guidelines.
http://www.aardvarkmastering.com/riaa.htm

This is a render of the above model.

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The Be-Radical Engine

I’ve been inventing an radial type engine to print out on the 3D printer. Here is what I have to show at this present moment.

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Front

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Back

Some bits broke off when I was assembling. It’s actually quite hard to get the scale of your model to mesh with the minimum thickness and the stress tolerances that the printer and the substrate can ultimately achieve. It’s all part of the fun learning that this amazing new technology provides. I’ve almost used an entire reel of 700g filament already but I don’t mind. It’s cheaper than nano-technology, and much much more accessible to the consumer. Especially when the costs come down, which is inevitable, I’m sure.

I was going to adapt it for an idea I have, but I also just wanted to see if I could create a functioning scale model of something already existing, first. The thing that amazed me about myself (that one of my ideas actually worked!) is that it all holds together. I made it all tongue-in-groove and clip-in joinery. So no need for glue or anything. The entire model stands on it own. It’s just life size Star Wars Lego for old farts like me. Come to think of it. It actually looks a bit like the Star Wars Galactic Empire logo. You know, sometimes I feel like, to quote Robot Chicken. A Jar Jar Binks that’s together with you forever! All sparkley glowey! Or like I’m that guy, an old Yahoo Serious in a Young Einstein sequel or the Doc trying to save Michael J Fox from those elusive time travelers coming back from the future.

What I did was, I modeled everything in Maya and then exported it as an obj and the opened it in Blender and exported the parts individually as separate stl files, which is the only file-type this printer seems to accept in its software. Thus sometimes world scale became a bit of a issue in the translation between the three programs, until I worked out the exact blend which all programs were happy.

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Things I’ve been, or rather not, been printing haha.

The hardest part is getting the scale right so that I can actually print all the parts up on the printer. I can’t print it all at once because the whole thing ends up being too small. I did try it, but to no avail. I ended up pulling most of the actual model off it with the raft and the printed supporting material.  I admit I’m not being very methodical at this, and to be totally honest , I am a bit rough pulling it off the printer perfboard with the spatula. I almost took the top of my index finger off  and I bled all over the nice white plastic. I really recommend you use the supplied gloves!! My bad. I’m a bit all  trial end error while I climb the learning curve, but once I work out the production pipeline everything will be perfect!

I hope this stuff is recyclable!!

The Eclipse Engine.

I call my idea an Eclipse engine, it’s sort of like the marriage of a Radial and a Rotary (or Wankel) engines together. Mainly because of the offset of the two axes of the flywheel and the crankshaft similarities. The outer encasing ring is where the gasses are injected and the exhaust is extracted on the opposite end. Where the valve encasement actually forms an eclipse-like shape. Thus gives it its name.

It also would have the option of Turbo supercharging subject to the local permits.

Here are some 3D renders.

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View from the flywheel axis. Watch out for the Eclipse!

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View from the crankshaft axis.

Where the crankshaft or handle looking thing is at present, is where the drive shaft, axle, differential or gearbox would be attached, depending on the application. The idea being you could probably stack six of these in a line, in the same space as a regular 6-cylinder and have a total of 36 cylinders.

The Wheel Inside The Wheel

The other idea was to make the entire engine itself the wheel. My engine inside a wheel idea, that’s been floating around in this thing in my skull and need to get out. Which is basically the reason why I’m trying to build this in the first place. To try and invent a four engined, four wheel drive vehicle, where there is an engine  in each wheel. Internal combustion or Electric, it doesn’t matter. Which brings me to the next idea.

The Eclipse Electric

The greener alternative to this engine is the electric version. Rather than using combustion and fuel, using a strong electromagnetic coil on the firing cylinder and have neodymium magnets  of opposite polarity at the top of all the pistons and a mechanical-electrical switching circuit triggered when the piston reaches the top of the compression cycle and makes physical contact with the electrical conduits.

It could also utilise some sort of Bedini coil, Rodin coil or Searle device.

For the fans out there, here is a sneak preview of the next upcoming 3D printing projects:

The Rotobike.

The Elephant House.

More to come…

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UP! Mini has arrived!

Bootstrap Studio now has a UP! Mini 3d Printer. If you would like a 3D print, please use the contact form to attach the model you would like printed and I’ll give you a cost based on type of plastic and the weight per gram. Most common file types accepted Maya 3D, *.obj or *.stl preferred. If you don’t have 3d software or don’t know how to model in 3d and you have an idea. I can build it for you or we could work on it together if you like. There is always a solution, nothing’s impossible ;)

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UP! Mini 3D printer and some objects I’ve printed

If you would like to see what filaments you have to choose from, please visit the manufacturer’s website here : http://store.3dprintingsystems.com/3D_Printer_Filament.

Max output size is approximately 120 cm square.

I have white, black and clear. Please let me know the colour you want and I’ll get it or you can BYO. The twisted one is a little gimmicky but still pretty cool :)

There is an ASUS XTION Pro Live 3d scanner, which is basically an XBOX Kinect clone if you would like an object or even your self scanned in as a 3d model.

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3d scan using ReconstructMe!

3d scan using Scanect. Rendered in Maya using Mental Ray and GI switched on.

 

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