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Magnetic Dice Vault
Become the envy of game night with this eye catching magnetic dice vault. The vault doubles as a display allowing you to gaze upon your tools of trade while doing battle with your foe of choice. Made from solid walnut and maple wood this vault not only looks good, but can also take a beating (probably). It features cut outs for a set of seven die (D20, D12, 2x D10, D8, D6, D4), but could easily be adapted to meet your specific needs. The walnut end caps are held in place with strong neodymium magnets that secure the vault close for storage and keep the two halves aligned when in use.
This graceful 3D wave pattern is composed of stacked plywood layers cut to shape using a CNC router.
This segmented vase consists of 360 individual wooden pieces (walnut, maple and purpleheart).
This lamp is constructed of solid walnut joined with hand cut dovetails. The beauty of the wood is highlighted by the warm glow of the Edison bulbs.
3D Printed Skull
This ram skull was 3D printed in eight pieces using FDM printers and a publicly available 3D model. The assembled pieces were then painted and weathered to create a more lifelike prop.
This hamburger was inspired by Bob's Burgers and was made for a group Halloween costume. Constructed primarily of high density foam and cloth this burger is light weight and easy on the shoulders. In addition to looking great and (probably) tasting terrible, this costume can be worn on any occasion! At the office or on the streets this delightful stack of discs is sure to be a hit!
These wooden penguins are made from solid walnut and maple, turned to shape on a lathe.
LED Maker Tree
The "maker" tree is constructed of individually addressable RGB LEDs, providing a fun 3d screen to display festive animations. Driven by a single raspberry Pi and three Fadecandy LED controllers, this display was a big hit with children and adults alike!
As a geek, I like to know my bandwidth usage when I'm gaming/streaming/bored (okay, all the time!). This bandwidth meter sits between a router and cable modem, and provides a realtime visualization of the current network useage. The LED matrix display is driven by a custom PCB which interfaces with the MAC/PHY hardware to get second by second accurate data.