Last day! Produced this massive copper piece for some kind of… tractor competition?
It’s supposed to be a trophy. You can thank TinkerCAD for its gorgeous, “cubes and cylinders” level of construction. It’s also definitely not my best print, but in my defense I use a different printer and this is about 10 times bigger than any other metal part I’ve made!
Last (for the glass filament making process), here’s a little video of the final product being made… almost:
It’s ‘almost’ because this is just stuff that’s being collected for recycling. The actual size-controlled-spooling-up-process is again not something I have a video of. Thankfully, that also means there’s no permanent record of me yelling for help when things ran a bit too fast for me to keep up.
This glass-filled filament is pretty incredible. Fresh off the line, it’s stronger and more pliable than regular PLA. Not something you’d expect for something that’s less dense and, you know, filled with glass.
And that’s it in terms of the filament-making. All that’s left is a tearful goodbye and to graciously accept some gifts They’re going to start selling cheese in the store soon, you know!
That, and to kick back and enjoy some chicken at the weekly music festival that Tricia founded years ago.
I’m really going to miss this place. There’s the lab, the team, the totally unique product being made… but there’s also just the city of Stoughton itself. I wasn’t expecting that. The people are friendly, there’s a fascinating Nordic history, and pretty much everywhere you turn there’s some kind of gorgeous body of water.
So thank you, Tricia, and Brad, for being such gracious hosts! For everything I’ve just mentioned, but absolutely, positively, most of all,
for introducing me to Kwik Trips.