Wednesday, January 11, 2017

dorkpunch: doug turner

I day or two ago I was thumbing through some Instagram posts and noticed that Doug Turner was in the hospital. I've been following Doug via his Dorkpunch blog for quite some time. I believe Shop Teacher Bob connected the dots for me when he mentioned Doug in a post a long time ago. Since then I've been following Doug and his work. Doug is a teacher in Idaho that teaches subjects near and dear to my heart; and he's on the front lines of keeping Industrial Arts and "creative problem solving through making" alive in the elementary school where he works. I've never met Doug in person, but I have such a respect for what he does and how hard he works. I would be proud to be able to encounter some of Doug's students at the college level in a few years. We've communicated a few times about 3D printing and various tech stuff and I aways enjoy peeking at his world of being a maker, teacher and father. Doug appears to be a dedicated teacher and family man and so I feel a strong connection to him and his family regardless of the distance that we live a part (it's strange how the internet allows for this). Anyway, I became a worried when I read that Doug's health had taken a turn for the worse. Doug's brother posted this soon after I saw that Doug was in the hospital:

Hey Facebook land. My brother and his family could use your prayers and good thoughts today. He just went into surgery to remove his appendix, a lump on his colon and to do a biopsy on some stuff on his liver. He's pretty special to me and I know he is to his family too. Any good thoughts, prayers, or anything else you can send his way for healing, the doctors way for guidance, and his wife and kids way for peace and comfort are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

I was more than a little freaked out by this news and started lifting Doug up in my prayers. All I could think is that Doug's too young for this to happen and he's got too many good things happening in his life. Later that night Doug's wife, Sarah, posted the following: 

Doug is doing well! Really tired and tender, but vital signs look good. It sounds like the tumor was actually his colon folded over- I think that's what the doctor said. Waiting for clarification. He thought the tissue from the lesions on the liver looked normal, but sending them in to get tested and will know for sure on Friday. Doctor went into surgery talking like it was probably cancer, and came out of surgery much more optimistic that it was not cancer. I am feeling very grateful right now. Thank you for all the prayers and support so far! With Doug Turner

I was super relieved to read this, but I'm hoping that all of you out there will join me in keeping Doug in your thoughts and prayers. Doug's not through this yet and I firmly believe that the more people keeping Doug in their prayers the better the outcome will be. Doug, if you happen to read this I hope it's o.k. that I shared this and know that I'm sending positive wishes to You and Your Family!

Just so you know this is a little info about Doug from his blog:
I am a full time teacher and part time small engine guru in South East Idaho. I teach the best subjects possible- Tech and Design, Metals and Leathers, and Small Engine and Bicycle Repair. Mr. T's Mobile Small Engine Repair is my summer job- which is helping me be able to afford to be a teacher! I have a wide range of expertise and experience that customers can benefit from.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

new method of cold acetone fuming 3D prints

need to move snow

After shoveling my driveway today, I am thinking more and more about the above...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

3D printing in clay: metal extruder parts


Taek and I have been talking about an all metal extruder chamber and auger for his 3D printer that he prints clay with. Before Christmas I offered to cast the auger in metal as he's been having trouble with the clay destroying the printed part. I cast the auger in bronze for him and while I was at it, I offered to cast the outer extruder in aluminum. The extruder body is pushing the limits of the flask size that we have so I told him that there was no guarantee that we would get a good pour. The bronze auger came out great. We ended up with porosity in the tip of the aluminum extruder body but I was able to tig weld the the extruder so Taek could run some tests. The bronze auger worked really well according to Taek. After further discussion, Taek is looking into the use of a drill bit for the auger and using an anti backlash coupler to mate the Nema 17. I told him we should just machine the extruder body for ease of repeatability as well as testing different metal sleeves for running against the auger. I have some measurements and should be able to bang one of these out for him on my lathe in the coming weeks. In the mean time, he's working on a 6ft tall printer. It should be impressive!