How 3D Printing Solved my Problem

January 10, 2015

On the fine morning of 27th October 2014 my vehicle was involved in a terrible (but small) incident 200 metres after leaving my residence. 


Though the damage was only minor and having run a STOP sign, the lady responsible for the crash abruptly exited her vehicle and started cussing and swearing, 100% convinced it was my fault and I would have to pay her out as soon as possible. I should add she had no insurance, wasn’t the friendliest person to deal with and lived only 4 houses away from my residence. 



Later that afternoon she decided to take the short walk down to my property and threaten to trash the place unless I paid up and I actually believed her threat.  


I decided the easiest solution to such a problem was to 3D print my very own video surveillance system.


Since the part would be exposed to the harsh Australian environment I opted to print in ABS on the FlashForge Dreamer which took 6 hours, 42 minutes and cost about $4 in material.



After spraying the main components black and inserting a red LED, I gave it a realistic feel by putting a drop of varnish onto the lens and pulled a cable out of some old electronics. 


Voula, the finished product: 



The following day she came once again to pose a few more threats and all I could do was nod telling her to smile at the camera as she carries out her acts. She was never seen again.


- Jeremy

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