I had lots of good clean fun at the soap-molding workshop led by 3DPrint Master John Hinkel on the final day of Construct3D Conference! John demo’d his process for designing the mold and it’s interior beveled edges in Fusion360. These edges are called fillets and pronounced “fill-etts” and I only stubbornly insisted on pronouncing it the French way for a very short time. John 3D printed molds in advance for each of us, and we coated the inside of our mold with Dawn dish detergent (as this liquid soap will help release our soap from the mold later). We then used masking tape to affix the top of the mold to the bottom of the mold. We melted clear glycerin soap in the microwave, added drops of liquid soap colorant (not regular food dye!), poured it into molds, and let the cast set in the mold while John scrolled through his blog and regaled us with tales of his more memorable trials and tribulations 3D designing and printing. John also suggested adding drops of essential oil or glitter or even flowers to glam up your soap.
***Check out John’s website where he documents projects and explorations here: madprinter.org Also, John works at BoxLock, a startup that was just featured on the Season 10 premiere of SharkTank last night! Per the show’s description, “BoxLock is the first smart padlock, specifically designed to protect deliveries from porch pirates and package thieves. BoxLock gives you peace of mind that your deliveries from all major carriers will be there, reliably when you expect them.”
Here’s a description of the workshop from the Construct3 conference website:
Custom Mold Making Through 3D Printing with 3DPrint Master, John Hinkel. Pro tip: Use white filament when printing molds so additional color won’t bleed into the item. John’s blog documenting his awesome projects and explorations: https://madprinter.org/ #Construct3D2018 #MakerEd pic.twitter.com/cNx4eg1aab
— Karen Blumberg (@KarenBlumberg) October 8, 2018