The last two years were rough. And as 2021 ended, and a new coronavirus surge began, the outlook wasn't exactly sunny.
In an effort stay centered and battle the blues, I've turned again to my soothing practice: making things.
Back in 2015, I tried to make something every week for a year. I only averaged something every 1.7 weeks, but it was still successful fun.
So I'm doing it again for 2022.
But make. Every week.
A 3D-printed flexi-dog
To kick things off I literally dusted off my 3D printer, which I had set aside when we got a pandemic puppy, and tried to remember how to use it.
... and then used OctoPrint to actually send the dog to the printer.
It didn't work right away; the triangle at the end of the tail — in the foreground of the next picture — kept coming off the base plate during printing, leading to tangled messes. In the end, I warmed the plate an extra 5° Celsius, and that made it stick.
Several false starts and two hours of continuous printing later, I had my first "make" of 2022.