Before walking into the MakerLab this past Monday, I needed to get into the right mindset. Specifically, I needed to get into the Maker Mindset. Puns aside, I was absolutely intrigued by Dale Dougherty’s The Maker Mindset. It never dawned on me that I was a part of this so-called “Maker Movement.” By simply taking this class, I have signed up to join this movement, which requires me to forgo conventional methods of ideating and creating.
In class, that is exactly what we did: ideate and create.
However, before we could use the 3D printers to create our ideas, it was required of students to meet with their groups to peruse through various 3D printing-related websites. The two different websites that my team had to explore were Shapeways and MyMiniFactory. Both of these sites shared a common thread, they allowed for makers to share their unique ideas and receive feedback on their products. I got a true sense of community from both Shapeways and MyMiniFactory! Also, I learned of some very cool and useful products that were being shared on these sites.
Although there were a plethora of useful products to choose from, I had to limit myself to four objects that could be used in my everyday life. In no particular order, these products are listed below:
Remote Holder – https://www.myminifactory.com/object/holder-remote-control-10234
Back at home, I have at least 4 different kinds of remotes. Instead of having to waste time looking for a particular remote, it would be nice to have a singular location for all of them. Hence, the remote holder. The design can be customized to fit the varied sizes of the remotes.
Toothbrush Cover – https://www.myminifactory.com/object/toothbrush-cover-9426
If you’re a germaphobe like me, you might want to invest in a toothbrush cover. The thought of using a dirty toothbrush is quite repulsive. The cap can be designed to fit the specific shape of the head of the toothbrush.
Power Cable Clip – https://www.myminifactory.com/object/power-cable-clip-3438
I’m constantly tripping over different cables and wires, so it would be nice to invest in one of these power cable clips. In my apartment, I have quite a few cables that are just laying around. As for changes to this design, I would customize the width to make it appear less bulky.
Selfie Stick – https://www.myminifactory.com/object/selfie-stick-11330
This generation is known as the “selfie” generation, so it is imperative to invest in a selfie stick. The functionality is to take pictures to include more individuals, but the design of this can be changed in a way in which the selfie stick can rotate and extend farther than the average length.
Of course, there were a lot more awesome 3D printed items to choose from, but this is my condensed list of products that I could see myself utilize nearly everyday.
Lastly, as I stated earlier, last Monday’s class purpose was to ideate and create. I chose to add onto my existing collection of key chains. The result was this cute, miniature-sized Android keychain: