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BotW 008: Organize Your Desk and Build a Thermal Camera!

Organize your desk, see in the dark with a thermal camera, and help end the quarantine by helping our medical heroes through 3D printing!

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Weekend Win: 3D Printed Desk Organizer

Designer: 3dthinks

Print Time: 72 hours to print one of each piece

These are a really fun way to use up the last of a filament spool and get your desk organized too. The different bin depths let you customize what you're storing.

Skill Builder: Thermal Camera

Designer: Adafruit

Print Time: About 9 hours

What a neat little electronics project! For about $110 for components, you can build your own thermal camera. You should definitely check out the article on Adafruit. It walks you through how to assemble the pieces, upload the code, and start taking your first recordings with the thermal camera. You can use it to find heating and cooling leaks around the house or to see people in the dark!

How I'm Joining the Fight against Coronavirus (You Can Too!)

The other day I got a call for help from a nurse with sore ears. The masks medical folks are wearing are rubbing and chafing on their ears, and he asked me to print something he could hook the mask on to give his ears a break. I sent him a couple customized ear saver straps, and his team at the hospital are able to do their job just a little bit easier. These pictures are from him and his team.

I'm also printing the Prusa face shield headbands. These let you take a transparency sheet, punch it with a 3-hole punch, and attach it to a headband to keep your patients from coughing in your face. I've got about 20 of them ready to assemble, and I'm more than willing to keep going.

Would you like to help? There are lots of ways you can.

Best of the Week Pinterest Board:

This week there's a really cool moon lamp, a stacking puzzle piece tray, and a fantastic custom-made Police Call Box Transformer!

The End of the Spool:

I love the freedom of making. I just finished a book called "Side Hustle" by Chris Guillebeau (I highly recommend it), and Chris says in the book that "everything is figure-outable." If you know where to start, with enough patience and skill, you can get almost anywhere.

I'm seeking to serve YOU - the 3D printing community. I'd like to make my living doing it, and as I have reached out to learn how to do that, my ideas of what's possible have changed. Learning new skills changes who we are. When we practice carpentry, 3D design, math, language, patience, or kindness, we change how we will see the world tomorrow.

Who do you want to be? If you were going to give a TED talk in 20 years, what would you want to talk about?

I think the best way to truly succeed is to put others first. Get wisdom, knowledge, and skills. Then use them to help people who can't help you back. "Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself less." - C.S. Lewis

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

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