The Steampunk Truck Cab
Having been approached by Erin, a truck driver in the USA, who wants to turn her cab into a celebration of all things steampunk, I was thrilled! What a fabulous project. It’s just a shame she’s in the USA and I’m in the UK. Oh, what I’d give to get access to her cab for a couple of months! Anyhow, it all obviously has to happen remotely. The first thing Erin required for her cab, was some sort of device that would dispense recycled plastic bags. With space at a premium, it had to fit into a predetermined space. After many emails; so enjoyable chatting with another lover of steampunk, and even a Zoom call, we narrowed it down to this sort of thing… Erin also required a flickering flame effect and an indicator to show when the plastic bag door was opened - a classic steampunk requirement; state the obvious! It was such a joy constructing the bag holder with all the plumbing fittings and stained woodwork, the mercury tube and the flickering lamp. Then onto the coffee cup lamp shade… another use of the brilliant flickering flame effect LED lamp. But this time, designing something entirely in 3D builder, that could be printed with metallic brass filament. It worked so well! I couldn’t believe how well it turned out, embellishments and all. Finally onto the time zone clock. Oh, what a joy to convert the Chronological Engine into a clock that would show which time zone you are currently in. It also requires a daily alarm that Erin said should have a visual and audible display. The Audible alarm will use a bellows and flute… The visual alarm will use a flickering LED lamp, housed within my first steampunk creation entirely designed and 3D printed - the time zone clock’s alarm indicator. Another joy; designing the whole thing within 3D Builder and then 3D printing all the components in a variety of metallic filaments. It was amazing to assemble all the 3D printed parts, and to see how closely the finished item related to the 3D visualization.
The 3D printed lampshade in brass filament with an amazing embossed gear design The 3D printed lampshade in brass filament with an amazing embossed gear design The finished bag holder, with 3D printed bag opening The finished bag holder, with 3D printed bag opening The time zone clock, displaying the current time within one of the USA time zones The time zone clock, displaying the current time within one of the USA time zones The original drawing of the steampunk bag holder The original drawing of the steampunk bag holder My first steampunk machine designed entirely within a virtual environment My first steampunk machine designed entirely within a virtual environment Amazing - the assembled 3D printed flickering alarm indicator! Amazing - the assembled 3D printed flickering alarm indicator! The amazing LED flickering flame lamp The amazing LED flickering flame lamp
The Steampunk Truck Cab
Having been approached by Erin, a truck driver in the USA, who wants to turn her cab into a celebration of all things steampunk, I was thrilled! What a fabulous project. It’s just a shame she’s in the USA and I’m in the UK. Oh, what I’d give to get access to her cab for a couple of months! Anyhow, it all obviously has to happen remotely. The first thing Erin required for her cab, was some sort of device that would dispense recycled plastic bags. With space at a premium, it had to fit into a predetermined space. After many emails; so enjoyable chatting with another lover of steampunk, and even a Zoom call, we narrowed it down to this sort of thing… Erin also required a flickering flame effect and an indicator to show when the plastic bag door was opened - a classic steampunk requirement; state the obvious! It was such a joy constructing the bag holder with all the plumbing fittings and stained woodwork, the mercury tube and the flickering lamp. Then onto the coffee cup lamp shade… another use of the brilliant flickering flame effect LED lamp. But this time, designing something entirely in 3D builder, that could be printed with metallic brass filament. It worked so well! I couldn’t believe how well it turned out, embellishments and all. Finally onto the time zone clock. Oh, what a joy to convert the Chronological Engine into a clock that would show which time zone you are currently in. It also requires a daily alarm that Erin said should have a visual and audible display. The Audible alarm will use a bellows and flute… The visual alarm will use a flickering LED lamp, housed within my first steampunk creation entirely designed and 3D printed - the time zone clock’s alarm indicator. Another joy; designing the whole thing within 3D Builder and then 3D printing all the components in a variety of metallic filaments. It was amazing to assemble all the 3D printed parts, and to see how closely the finished item related to the 3D visualization.
The 3D printed lampshade in brass filament with an amazing embossed gear design The 3D printed lampshade in brass filament with an amazing embossed gear design The finished bag holder, with 3D printed bag opening The finished bag holder, with 3D printed bag opening The time zone clock, displaying the current time within one of the USA time zones The time zone clock, displaying the current time within one of the USA time zones The original drawing of the steampunk bag holder The original drawing of the steampunk bag holder My first steampunk machine designed entirely within a virtual environment My first steampunk machine designed entirely within a virtual environment Amazing - the assembled 3D printed flickering alarm indicator! Amazing - the assembled 3D printed flickering alarm indicator! The amazing LED flickering flame lamp The amazing LED flickering flame lamp