Laura Skillern was looking for a traditional scale pair of jump risers similar to those which nearly killed Rev and I.
She created this file and posted it on Facebook with the query: Anyone got a 3D printer?As luck would have it, Ryan's school has a 3D printer. With the help (and blessing) of his robotics teacher, Ryan took Laura's .stl program, modified it a little and began printing.
Three hours later, he texted me this photo.
Here is Ryan with his first ever model horse props.
As nice as they look in pictures, they are even more impressive in hand.
The plastic is wonderfully sturdy...
and the grooves are perfectly, precisely symmetrical.
This particular pair ended up a bit small. They're closer to 1:12 scale than 1:9. Despite that, I'm calling this a great first attempt.
Still, there's always room for improvement. The 3D printer is slow, and the supplies for it are somewhat pricey. Ryan and his teacher have come up with another way to create scale model jump risers. They will try it out later this week. I can hardly wait to see the results!