Saturday, 31 December 2011

The set is completed

Completing the set

The set of purple meeples I had made for Katie via Shapeways arrived.  I'm pretty pleased with them!

As before, the models are open source on Thingiverse and they're available from my Shapeways shop.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Completing the set

Since the small meeples were such a success, I decided to make matching pieces for the extensions that Katie and I play.  There's a barn, cart, large meeple, mayor, pig and builder.

They're available on Shapeways and Thingiverse.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Shapeways delivers

Meeples with heart

Meeples with heart, a photo by fasaxc on Flickr.
The set of 8 purple meeples with love hearts I ordered for Katie just arrived. She's thrilled with them and I'm very pleased at how they turned out.

The 3D model is open-source.  And I've made them available on Shapeways (for free).

Friday, 25 November 2011

Next project: Meeples with heart

Katie and I enjoy a good game of Carcassonne but the basic set has no purple meeples, a big omission (according to Katie anyway)!

This Shapeways meeple model, personalised with a heart should do the trick...

Purple meeple with heart

Thursday, 24 November 2011



Happy holidays!

I made this hexapod with my laser-cut wooden construction kit and a bunch of M2 screws. I've shared (CC license) the plans for the construction kit on Ponoko

Construction set: rods of various lengths

Construction set: angle brackets with T-slots for M2 screws


ArduRoller out for a spin

Second iteration of my ArduRoller balance bot with an all new wooden chassis.

  • Chassis: laser cut 2.7mm bamboo ply (Ponoko); various M2.5 machine screws from Amazon; Instamorph low-melt-point thermoplastic to fill in the gaps.
  • Brains: 1 x Arduino Uno
  • Motor driver: 1 x Sparkfun Ardumoto
  • Motors: Sparkfun 2 x 24:1 gearmotor
  • Wheels: 1 set Sparkfun 70mm -- repaired with Instamorph after they cracked around the axle
  • Gyro: 1 x ADXRS613 (Sparkfun breakout) mounted at the axis of rotation
  • Accelerometer: 1 x ADXL203CE (Sparkfun breakout) mounted at the axis of rotation
  • Batteries: 2 x 3.7V Li-poly 850MAh (Sparkfun)

I've shared the code and assets at

Video is at