Transparent 3d Printing

PLA and PC transparent prints

Using some specific settings and materials, we can print transparent objects with our FDM printers in the Fab Lab. These settings result in stronger and transparent prints, but take much longer and much more material than standard FDM printing. Below are some quick-start settings, further down are some deeper-dives into how and why those settings are how they are.

  • Top down view of PLA Boat benchmark test

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Circuit Mockups: TinkerCAD, Fritzing and Circuito


Designers need to communicate their designs to others. They need to be able to document their work so they can refer to it later or to allow others to build their designs. Regarding the design of circuits there is two great places to start to showcase your circuit design. If one solution does not completely fulfill al lot your circuit design it can be useful to use several to answer connection questions.


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RFID and Arduino

This is a basic access control project to read and use the unique IDs of RFID cards including the University of Auckland ID cards.

It uses an RFIDRC522 module that can read 13.56MHz cards and the code is based on the RC522 Arduino library found HERE. It can also write data to the sectors of blank types of these cards for offline data storage or counting, but for this project, we will just be reading the ID numbers of the cards.

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Interfacing Arduino and sensors with Unity


For this project, we attempted to interface hardware sensors with Unity to manipulate virtual objects and give feedback to hardware.

Goals for this project; To use a sensor to control the camera position in a basic Unity 3D scene, and to turn on and off a LED, based on keyboard inputs.

This is based off a YouTube tutorial by inScope Studios.

Files used are available at the end of this post.

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