Monthly Archives: November 2013

My Published Designs

Last weekend, I uploaded my three non-reloading related designs to Thingiverse. Check them out here!

The Surefire flashlight mount isn’t my design; it’s a remix of an existing design. The size of the hole for the flashlight was too large, so after downloading the original model I modified the design for my light.  It seems to be the most popular.

All of these designs are shared under the ‘Creative Commons – Attribution – Share Alike’ license, so others can reproduce these with confidence.


Another Useful Print – Picatinny Rail Flashlight Holder

Yes, it’s plastic…  no, I don’t expect it to hold up to extreme use (but you’d be surprised at how solid it is).


Without any mounting hardware, it fits tight on the rail and tight on the light.  I picked up the basic design from and had to modify the diameter of the hole to fit my Surefire light.  It’s perfect for my basic needs.

What I don’t know (yet) is how well it will actually work on my AR.  Frankly, I think it will be fine – the light (which isn’t purpose-built as a weapon light) may have more issues than the mount. Based on what I’ve read, I expect the recoil to mess with the on/off of the light based on the spring loaded battery contact and the momentary switch.


Wives & 3d Printers

After being married for 27 years (yes, to the same woman!), I accurately predicted her reaction to my foray into 3D printing.  Skepticism mixed with a small dose of ridicule.  That’s ok – I knew what would happen next as well.

Initially, it’s fair to say she didn’t share my vision for what 3D printing could do – and what it holds for the future.  “It’s just plastic!” (…as I look around a house with pieces of useful plastic in every corner and drawer); “Nothing you’re printing is useful!” (as her iPhone charges in its iChair!).  I printed some other knickknacks and left them for her without saying much – knowing that the day would come when the light bulb began to flicker.

I try to surf and regularly, and one day I came across a Fingernail Painting Grip Board.  FingernailThingiverseNow, although don’t paint my fingernails, I could see the potential in this little widget.  So, I printed one and left it for my wife.  She asked about it, and then seemed to dismiss it.  It went unused for several weeks.

Then, it happened.  She asked how much it costs to print this marvelous little token of plastic… “Oh, about 40 cents I suppose”.  Then she asked how long it takes to print one (about 45 minutes).  Then… the request:  “Would you mind printing 20 of those for me to give to my friends?”.  BAM!  There we go!  In between other stuff I print, I’m running them off, two at a time.  Once, I caught her standing there watching them print – mesmerized – much like I was for the first few days.

So, if know any members of the Korean American Women’s Association here in Vegas, don’t tell them…  but as an elf with a little insider knowledge, I’m betting each of them is going to get one of these pretty soon.  She asked what it would take to make one for painting toenails… it seems not everything is on Thingiverse, so this one will have to be designed in-house.  I wonder what her aptitude for learning CAD is (wait, don’t answer that – I already know).




Crickets chirping…  that’s (unfortunately) what it’s sounded like here at for about the past month.  I’ve worked through some health issues during that time and (I think, hope, pray…) we’re past that.  I’ve said that a few times over the past weeks, and apparently haven’t knocked on wood.  Anyway…

I’m glad I got the framework for this site built out and had the basics up & running ahead of all the personal drama.  Despite not keeping up with the blog here, or updating posts on other forums, I’ve had several orders that I’ve filled for folks who came across the info.  It was nice to be prepared in the sense of having the files ready to go and a process built, so that when the orders came in it wasn’t a mad rush to handle them.

So, (‘knock on wood’) I’m back.