The building a soft-material printer was just the beginning. Replicating tissue required far more engineering solutions than I could've foreseen.
RFID Access Control System - Hackster.io
HexLab Makerspace (now Sufficient Space Makerspace). It controls access to the building for dozens of users, and is the prototype system for eventually controlling all dangerous equipment and tracking use for billing.
This system has been doubly challenging due to the need for extreme reliability and ease-of-administration even for non-technical managers. Plus, it has to look cool!
Baby Mobile - Hackster.io
Robot control scheme - Hackster.io
Underwater Photobooth (The Shelfie Machine)
Prosthetic Costume Arc Reactor - Instructables
This was a lot of firsts: the first time I designed a PCB, the first time I etched a PCB... I didn't even know how to solder, and this required me to reflow solder paste to attach surface-mount components.
The work was all super worth it. My husband continues to use this for conventions and photo shoots years later.
Modeling, Sculpting, and 3D PrintingCustom Comic Book Figurines - Instructables
I had a great time learning how to model figurines (these are 1/10th scale) and forming the vision of the characters as I wanted to portray them.
Baby's First Mission Control Console - Hackster.io
Another fun project in human-centered design. Can I design an engaging sci-fi inspired control panel for a baby? Well... yes, I did. Click the link to learn more.
Mjolnir - Imgur
Fiberglass Captain America Shield - Imgur
Chicken Coup - Instructables
I built this chicken coop for my neighbor. It was a big endeavor, but it came out great!
This was a gift for a Secret Santa. I provided one finished box and one unassembled as a kit.
Tabletop / Vertical Convertable Chess Board - Instructables
This was a gift for Jack. It's a little high-concept, but it works! You can use it to play chess on the wall or on a table. You can even convert mid-game!
Chupa - Instructables
What are weddings if not a time to build a physical representation of the home created in the union? Sigh. This was a great day.
Climbing Hangboard - Instructables
The most impressive part of this was that it doesn't require any drilling into walls to mount. I just built it very carefully to sit in the existing molding, and 8 years later it's still strong as hell.
Free-standing Sun Shade - Instructables
A friend asked for help creating shade at a convention, with the restriction that no stakes were allowed. I'm almost shocked this worked as well as it did.
Textiles & Costumes
Child's Bumblebee Costume - Instructables
Captain America Leather Jacket - Instructables
I wanted a cosplay jacket subtle enough for everyday wear. This project took about 80 hours over 6-weeks and cost around $80. I love how it came out.
I made this around 2018, and I'm delighted that Marvel has since introduced USAgent into the MCU in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I'm excited to see if this changes the reactions to this jacket once I can wear it to conventions again.
Captain America Costume - Instructables
And the rest
My brother and I followed general guides on building a magic mirror, including instructions for installing Amazon's Echo software. The thing I like best is that it offers Alexa voice assistant functionality, but the user has low-level control over the hardware and the wake system for improved privacy.