Have you ever used the 3D doodler? If so you would probably agree with me that it sucks. It is hard to find a surface that will hold the material, and still not get stuck to it, and, if you do, you still have to figure out how on earth you will support the things you're drawing. Will you draw support materials like a 3D printer, or will you simply hope you don't need them?
Neither of these is a very efficient solution (though if you are using a doodler at all you probably aren't looking for efficiency), instead you should have a drawing cube!
A drawing cube brought to you by this lovely instructable. This cube is designed to keep gravity positioned in the correct way to always pull the plastic into the right place. It also heats up thanks to a light bulb, and makes a pretty awesome lamp.
Step 1: What You Need
Five 3D printer perferated boards (the thing that 3D printers draw on)
A light bulb fixture
ball and socket joint thing
some metal (scrap works)
8 clips (four of each size)
2 1/4 inch bolts plus nuts
Step 2: 3D Printing
In order to make your cube you are going to have to make a clip that holds them all together. For this I used two different sizes because my foam core was thicker than the perforated boards. (I broke it into three parts so that the printer could print it easily, and glued them together after.)
See files above for clip design
Step 3: Making the Stand
For this I decided to use one inch wide pieces of 1/4 inch steel. I then cut out:
- 6 and 1/2 in long x2
- one 10 inch long piece
- one 11 inch long piece
- and two five and a half inch pieces
After drilling a hole about an inch into one of the five and a half inch pieces, and an inch in on both the 10 and the 11 inch pieces, they were ready to weld.
Weld the five inch piece with the hole to the 10 inch piece (holes facing away from each other) Lay the Five and a half inch piece flat on the table, and hold the other piece perpendicular to it creating 2 90 degree angles. (overlap until the hole on the smaller piece is 1/8th in from the other.
Base: Weld the remaining pieces together with the 11 in piece rising up, and hole on the top. This should make a sort of bird foot shape. Secure the top and bottom with one of the bolts, screwing it on firmly but not too tightly.
Step 4: Put the Box Together
cut out the foam core using the perforated board as a template. Cut a hole in the middle that your light fixture can fit in, and glue it in place. Next screw your light bulb in and connect the corners of your box with the clips. Finally screw your ball and socket on and connect it to the stand.
Now you are ready for awesome drawing.
Step 5: User Testing and Things to Fix
1=bad/not really better 5=best/way better
ease of use: p1= 3 p2=4 p3= 3 p4= 4 p5= 5
aesthetic appeal: all five people gave it a five compared to other surfaces person 1-4= 5 person 5= 4
Suggested Improvements: Light dimmer, make it bigger, stabilize the arm better.
Everyone Commented About how much fun it was to draw all together, and that the shape allowed multiple people to use it at the same time.