June 2, 2021: Why “Created”?
I was asked recently why I use the word “created” in place of “construct”, or “assemble”, or words with similar meaning. I must admit that I needed to stop and think about it.
Bottom line, the automata that I ‘create’ are to me…creations. I envision them. I fabricate many parts…with each part being a creation. I do utilize store purchased things, such as motors and ball bearings and stainless steel shafting. And I use all of these parts and pieces and I create my vision. So, yes, I do use the word ‘create’ often.
I’ve mentioned my 3D printer in past blog posts. It’s time again. I’ve been using a high-quality PLA (Matterhackers Tough PLA). It has been very satisfactory for me with one exception. I created an accessory that I used in my car. It warped in the heat. Not good. So I did some research and find that I should have expected the PLA to warp. PETG, however, should not warp. One of the things that I’m afraid of is one of my automata experiencing a ‘melt down’ while showing off in a store window or something. PETG is a bit more complicated to print with, in particular, the first layer. I’ve bitten the bullet and have my first roll of PETG (Matterhackers Builder series) in my printer. I have printed just one item (the one that warped in the heat in my car) and I must say that I’m impressed…it seems like an excellent filament.