A challenge I set myself recently was to create the best engagement ring box possible. I have designed one in the past (which you can also 3D print), and although it functions well, I felt there’s plenty of room for improvement. There are some other great looking ones already available out there on the internet, […]
Close to being the ultimate 3d printable iris box, this engagement ring holder features a fully closing iris aperture, a ring that rises up, and an easy twist action to open and close the box. 60×40 mm, with a 0 – 40 mm aperture range. Available to purchase as a physical item, or as an […]
Occasionally an email will arrive from a subscriber who’s project is complete, and their need for the Iris Calculator has come to a natural end. I’m always pleased to hear how the Iris Calculator has helped drive their iris design, and it’s always a joy to see their creations in action. Way back in 2016 […]
A subtle artefact of stacking leaves in an array is the issue of pseudo-shortening. Being on the continuing quest to make the perfect iris design, it’s certainly a factor to consider when creating an iris diaphragm. So what do I mean when I use the term pseudo-shortening? Let’s start, like all great iris designs, by […]
Designing an iris to be easily manufactured is obviously advantageous. One particular challenge is making the leaves with pins on opposite sides, and is a common limitation associated with 3D printing on a FDM printer (also known as FFF). This is because parts generally benefit from being printed flat (see my previous article). With these […]
Projection welding is a form of spot-welding, whereby a protrusion of material from one metal part is melted into another, forming a solid bond. This is a particularly useful technique when you have mismatched material thicknesses – such as a solid pin being welded onto very thin leaf material. To make this work for us, […]
This is a guide on how we currently cut the slot for the irises handle in our steampunk goggles. If you’ve bought the Steampunk iris from our store, you may find it useful to follow, or modify, these instructions to cut the slot in your own goggles. For those of you that have a 3D printer, we’ve included a template for you to download and 3D print to help aid the process.
Although it is a little unclear as to who invented the iris diaphragm first, there are many candidates that could be credited with the concept. A little searching throws up names such as; Robert Hooke, John Henry Brown, and Joseph Nicéphore Niépce – although it seems Charles Chevalier claims to of used an iris before […]
It’s rare to encounter a problem with an iris, but if there’s going to be a failure anywhere, it’s usually a pin breaking or jamming. The latter causing the leaf to scrunch up, taking a neighbour or two with it.
All products have an expected lifespan, and irises are no different. So how many aperture cycles could an iris endure during it’s entire life? This is an answer I’m curious to find out…
Once you’ve designed and downloaded your mechanical iris as a DXF, what happens next?
Because the Iris Calculator makes no assumptions as to how you might want to fabricate your iris, those DXF files need to be shaped into your final design. In this brief video I show you an example of how you might extrude the housing into a 3D model using SolidWorks.
Here’s a short video demonstrating 5 steps to making Steampunk goggles mechanical iris diaphragm. Once you’ve 3D printed the parts it’s relatively straight forward to put together.
8×10″ card, incorporating a 5 blade iris mechanism with a 3.5″ aperture, made of reflective card stock.
Opening the aperture reveals your message.
Message can be easily replaced, and the card used again.
Part of designing a mechanical iris diaphragm is knowing what’s the best material to use for iris blades. Material choice is important for a number of reasons, such as; environment, durability, cost, and ensuring a smooth operation.
As part of bringing the DXF export files inline with the web output display, the export feature now includes a number of updates.
3D printers are incredible pieces of tech. With the lowering the costs of FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) printers in recent years, it has enabled desktop fabrication to reach the masses – both in the small business environment, and in the home. Sometimes, however, printing a seemingly simple object can also prove to be equally impossible. Including a way to 3d print leaves for an iris diaphragm…
No matter who you are, no matter where you’ve been, there’s always some (good) distractions from the usual work. This time around it was creating a small toy, to go in loot bags for a PJ Masks themed party… Because sometimes even the smallest client is the most important!
Back in February, 2017, Make magazine wrote an unbiased review about the Iris Calculator. The author, Caleb Kraft, used the software to help speed up his design process for making his own mechanical iris. Read the review.
This week, I set myself the challenge of creating an iris that was simple and easy to make. A paper mechanical iris that required no additional materials, or construction techniques, accessible to all. Could it be done?
The blade overlap control usage in the Iris Calculator is somewhat under utilized by default, as it is set to ensure there are absolutely no light leakages. But it can really help – in combination with some of the other controls – to refine your iris diaphragm design. And it is especially useful when dimensions are tight and you need to maximize all the space you have available.
I decided to do something today that I have been wanting to do for a long time; which is to stencil an image on the blades of an iris. This, I figured, has no real practical use – perhaps a new Iris Calculator business card – but none-the-less it would be an interesting effect to see. And as it’s Canada day today, what better image to use than the Canadian flag!