I don't know what it is, but people
tell me that I need to do this or that and I nod my head and go on
doing things my way. Then eventually, I learn that they were right
all along. For example...
After the initial panic, when I thoughtI had paid for a non functioning 3D printer, I got to use the really
quite good 600 Euro XYZPrinting Da Vinci V1. Right, the demo has worked, time to do
a lithophane. There's tons of stuff on lithophanes on the net, but
basically they were ceramic objects with images etched onto them.
They were initially made by French craftsmen more than 150 years ago.
You view the lithophane backlit (presumably with a candle or oil lamp). The light is behind (or inside) the
object. Where the craftsman leaves a lot of material the image
appears dark. And where he scrapes away much of the material the
image appears light.
Here's an example of an old lithophane.
3D printers are ideal for creating
lithophanes because if you use slightly translucent white plastic
Since I've been selling a 3D printer
program (PhotoToMesh), since 2010, more than 4 years ago, I thought it might be time to get
hold of a 3D printer myself, instead of relying on indulgent friends
and beta testers. Here in Italy it was cheaper to by from a local
distributor than Amazon.it, since if the distributor has a shop
nearby, you can save 50 Euros on delivery by going to pick it up
yourself. So it cost 599 Euros for my XYZPrinting DaVinci 1 3D
Foolishly I had not thought to read the
measurements of it, and when I saw the box in the shop I thought: Ah,
what do I do now? I had to push down the back the seats of my little
Kalos car to get the box to fit in it. I found a place for it at
home, but with difficulty.
Now when I buy things that cost that
much I always feel a bit sick in my stomach. Am I doing the right
thing? Will it work? Is it a waste of money?
I decided to set it up the following
morning, when I'd be bright and intelligent. Ok, stop smiling wryly,
Though the film "Le Meraviglie" (see previous post) is anything but a wonder the Veho 200x microcsope is a wonder in itself and shows you even more wonders.
The Veho USB 200x Discovery VMS-001 Microscope (and how to use it)
I'm writing this because I'm a bit annoyed at the documentation of what is really a pretty good instrument for the price (about 40 Euros).
I hesitated before buying because of some of the Amazon UK bad reviews. Most of the 1 star reviews were from people having problems with Windows-XP or the Mac. So avoid it if you have one of those old operating systems.
I installed it on Windows 7 32 bit and Windows 7 64 bit with no problems (though one 2 star reviews said it was not compatible with these systems). Plug in the microscope to your USB port, some software will automatically run to install some low level drivers, wait till that finishes.Put in the mini-CD in your CD slot. You'll be asked if you want to execute Menu.Exe, click on that option.A black …