scanlime050 – Perler Bead Shaker

Briefly looking back at an old project where I tried to push the capabilities of the first 3D printer I had, the Makerbot Thing-o-Matic designed in late 2010. This project from 2011 was intended to be a full printer or sort and place machine for fusible “Perler” style plastic art beads. I got as far as designing a vibrating funnel, hopper, and part of a color sorting mechanism.

The old Perler Bead Robot project is still on Thingiverse.

And perhaps more useful is the library for making 2D springs in the same style.

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