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3D Printing & Woodworking

I just got started with 3D Printing the last 6 years - and have been learning "RHINO" and "GRASSHOPPER". All the designs are designed and programmed from scratch.    I then send the files out to be printed.  The woodworking is in my shop in my home. A recent addition to my woodshop is the Axiom CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) milling machine for carving wood.  All designs for the CNC work are also from scratch often importing 3D files from my CAD programs into VCarvPro for use with the CNC milling machine.

This project has a story:  I started this piece two days before my mountain biking accident (which left me partially paralized on my left side).  I got halfway done.  And this piece sat on my lathe for the last two years.  I was afraid to finish it up because the lathe is a very powerful motor spinning 5 pounds of wood around at over a thousand RPM, and the carving is done by hand tools you have to hold with your hands.  But I bit the bullet last weekend and gave it a go - finished it up on the two-year anniversary from my mountain biking accident.   The center portion is carved on my CNC routing machine.  Teak and aluminum – 16 inch diameter.


A Fruit plate. 

Made on my CNC milling

machine out of walnut.

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"Remote camera trigger".  I was in a mountain biking accident in early 2020. My left side is partially paralyzed today and I am unable to lift my left hand up above chest height to help control the camera. So I 3D designed and printed a plastic holder into which I can stick a shutter release button.  Now I can control all the camera settings with my right hand, and my left hand can rest on this remote button trigger on the tripod and control the shutter. This allows me to take photographs again.  I also made a second one for a monopod with a slightly different mounting arrangement.

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"Lissajous curve" - just a pretty mathematical formula.  3D printed in plastic. 

Programmed in Grasshopper/Rhino.  9 inches across.


"Mathematical Shell" is 3D printed in white plastic.  Display base is walnut.

Programmed in Rhino-Grasshopper / VCarvePro.


'This cheese serving board is carved on my CNC milling machine out of Bamboo with the top and bottom layer consisting of compressed paper.   Programmed in Rhino/VCarvePro.

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The interlocking chain (2.5" diameter) was 3D printed in stainless steel.  The display base is designed to carry over the chain theme.  It was carved out of bamboo on my CNC milling machine.

Programmed in Rhino/VCarvePro.

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'The Hidden Names of God'.  The 3D printed (gold-plated steel) sphere has the top 21 names of God  in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic used in the Bible embossed on the inside of the spiral sphere.  Its up to the viewer to use the magnifying glass to search out the names printed on the inside of the spiral.  The base is CNC milled out of Bloodwood.  On the bottom side of the base is engraved the scripture from Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart."  

Programmed in Rhino/Grasshopper/VCarvePro.


El Shaddai    El Elyon    El Olam              (YHWH)    Jireh    Nissi    Shalom    Sabbaoth    Maccaddesheem    Ro’I    Tsidkenu    Shammah    Elohim Israel    Adonai    Theos    Kyrios    Patēr    Abba    Iēsous    Yeshua    Pneuma

A 12 sided 'Dodecahedron' CNC milled out of special bamboo wood with a thin laminate of black material on the top and bottom sides.  Each side is cut separately and later glued together.  8 inches high.

Programmed in Rhino/Grasshopper/VCarvePro.


A ruler to help the grand-kids keep track of their height as they grow.

Photo taken just before I removed it from the CNC milling machine.

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Water drop ripples in walnut. CNC milled. 20 inches long.  Programmed in Grasshopper/Rhino.


A beautiful undulating surface of hexagons.​  CNC milled out of bloodwood.  12" wide. Programmed in Grasshopper/Rhino.

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A beautiful undulating surface of squares.​  CNC milled out of walnut.  12" square. Programmed in Grasshopper/Rhino.


Rotating squares.​  CNC milled out of bamboo.  24" square.  Programmed in Grasshopper/Rhino.

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Just a beautiful pattern.​  CNC milled out of Padduck.  12" square. Programmed in Grasshopper/Rhino.


Here is a short video showing the making of one of these patterns on my CNC milling machine.  The rough pass is run first - and the fine pass - in this video - runs next.

A stepped beautiful geometric pattern. CNC milled out of particleboard (left) and out of a two color laminated plywood (right). 12" square and 9" x 11". Programmed in Grasshopper/Rhino.


A serving board for my wife.​  CNC milled out of walnut.  Programmed in Vectric Pro.

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I programmed two intersecting waves in Grasshopper.  Then imported the file to my CNC (computer controlled) milling machine which then spent 15 hours carving away the wood from a sheet of plywood to reveal the wave pattern.  The plywood is a perfect wood for this as it ends up looking like a topographical map.  The wood used is a very special and expensive plywood with alternating blue and black layers.   10 "x 20"

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The 13 second video to the right shows the CNC milling machine making the final smooth finish path after the rough path was complete.

A wooden bowl.  Turned on a lathe.  The brown wood is Walnut.  The reddish colored wood is a rare hardwood called Bloodwood.  And two fine stripes of maple separate the two layers.


Desk Art.  The center part is 3D printed stainless steel simulating woven rods.  They are held by turned brass posts.  Then the wood is CNC (computer) milled to reveal the same shape as the woven pattern.


As Hanukkah starts in a few days (Dec 22, 2019) - I thought I'd create a few Dreidels for the occasion.  An old Jewish game commonly played at this time of year.

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A Walnut and Maple cheese serving board with a Piano Keyboard theme.  Just for fun.

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My iPhone case broke - so, of course I designed a new one.  Here it is:

The CAD file:                                                                     And, the real thing 3D printed in plastic:

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I just finished up this 10-inch high 3D Printed sculpture.  Just an interesting shape. (Note - its actually one continuous loop - not 2 loops like it appears).  Really.  Printed in plastic.  Base is Bloodwood with black epoxy and rubber o-ring material.  Shape inspired by the work of Nikolaus Weiler.  Programmed in Rhino.


Two bowls turned on a lathe.  Both have a pattern in the center that was 3D printed in brass.  Then black epoxy put in the pattern between the lines.  All sanded smooth on the lathe.  Walnut, Mahogany and Birds-eye Maple.   The smaller bowl is my personal cereal bowl for my nightly ritual of a small bowl of cereal before bedtime.

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3D Twisty Triangles.  This 3D printed object comes out of the printer exactly like this ready to go.   Zero assembly required. Click on the image to see the 20 second video of it's moves through 4 stages and back to the original.  Programmed in Rhino as one piece - hinges and all.

4-Sided Mobius with lattice pattern.  3D Designed in Grasshopper / Rhino.  Printed in White plastic - 4 inches across.

A silver bracelet for my wife.  Designed in Grasshopper.  3D printed in Rhodium plated brass.

A fruit bowl.  Designed in Grasshopper.  Printed in white plastic.  10-inches on a side.

Just a fun repeating pattern I programmed in Grasshopper.

A walnut serving tray with brass and aluminum inserts.  The center compass is 3D printed aluminum with black epoxy.

Retro-Sphere.   This is just a made up structure to look like it was made out of the bridge construction techniques from the early 1900s.  The patterns repeat and all connect as they twist and bend on the 12 sides and 20 vertices of the dodecahedron.  Nothing touches another element as it twists and bends around. The 4-inch 3D printed model is printed out of stainless steel.  Programmed in Grasshopper.


Pentagons on each side of

a dedecahedron. 

3D printed (in steel).  


A wood tray and bowl with 3D printed details - gold plated steel.  Programmed in Grasshopper. I turned the wood on my lathe.  The tray wood is bloodwood and bowl is stained maple.

Pencil Holder.

3D printed in plastic.

Woven pattern created in Rhino.


Ornamental Bowl. Walnut, Bloodwood and Purpleheart woods turned on my lathe with 3D printed (in steel) ornementation.


Serving Tray. Bloodwood with maple & brass inlay.  3D printed brass compass designs - inlaid along with black epoxy. 3D printed nickel steel handles.  Programmed in Rhino.  10" x 20".  This design made it into the finals at the Purmundus-Challenge International 3D Printing Design Competion in 2018.


Nikon Coolpix Accessory. 3D printed in White Plastic.  This accessory is perfect for close-up work with the Coolpix. A small camera has a smaller sensor - which means more depth of field.  So, these little cameras are really good for close-up.  Unfortunately - their strobes are so close to the subject that they burn out parts of the image and cause lots of unwanted shadows.  This one-of-a-kind accessory I designed and printed fixes all that.  Both above water and underwater.   


The without and with examples.  Note the harsh shadows and lighting without my accessory on the left.  And the beautifully soft lighting with my accessory on the right.  I love things when they work.  Sweet.


Spiral Artwork. 3D printed in White Plastic then stained dark. Fully programmed in Grasshopper.  Stained turned teak wood with leather trim.  About 15 inches in diameter.  This project was recognized as one of the finalists in the European Purmundus-Challenge annual International 3D printing show in November 2017.


Vase. 3D printed in White Plastic. Fully programmed in Grasshopper.  About 5 inches high.


Sphericon.   This shape and execution was inspired by Asher Nahmais' work. 3D printed in stainless steel. Fully programmed in Rhino & Grasshopper.


Magical Pyramid.   The outside becomes the inside - becomes the outside.  Fully programmed in Rhino.

3D printed in Metallic plastic - 7 inches tall.


Interlocking Rods.   Four rods form a beautiful pattern as they weave together.  6-inch in length and 3D printed out of steel.  Fully programmed in Rhino & Grasshopper.


Super Dodecahedron.   Patterns repeat and all connect as they twist and bend on the 12 sides and 20 vertices of the dodecahedron.  Nothing touches another element as it twists and bends around.  The 3-inch 3D printed model was printed in stainless steel.  Fully programmed in Rhino & Grasshopper.


Hidden Names of God.   This spiral wraps around creating the spherical shape.  Inside are hidden the names of God in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.  3D printed in nickel steel.


El Shaddai    El Elyon    El Olam              (YHWH)    Jireh    Nissi    Shalom    Sabbaoth    Maccaddesheem    Ro’I    Tsidkenu    Shammah    Elohim Israel    Adonai    Theos    Kyrios    Patēr    Abba    Iēsous    Yeshua    Pneuma

Here is the program that creates the spiral band.  It took me two days and countless hours to get this right.

This is a Dodecahedron (12 sided polygon) with spirals on it.  Each spiral arm connects to another spiral arm on adjacent or opposite faces - yet never touches any other one along the way.  (That was the hard part). Fully programmed in Grasshopper. One 3 inch and two 1.25 inch sizes.  Printed in steel.  One gold plated. The second image is an artistic rendering.

A vase (5 inches tall) printed in plastic.  Fully programmed in Grasshopper.

Here is some chainmaille fabric I designed and printed in plastic.


Here are three variations of chainmaille

A 3D design that when viewed from the top, front and right sides gives a unique shape for each side. 

Father (triangle), Son (cross) and Holy Spirit (dove).

This optical illusion was 3D printed.  It is about 1 ft tall.  As it slowly spins, the ball slowly falls.  Yet - it never gets there.  Mmmmm?

A 3D printed Belt buckle.  Stainless steel

3D printed Scotch Tape Holder.  Stainless Steel.

3D printed sculpture - printed in metallic plastic - 6 inches


A new bracelet for my wife - polished silver

3D printed sea-shell in white plastic - 6 inches


A vase for dried flowers - 3D printed in black plastic.  

3D printed Steel sphere.  Printed with a woven pattern.

Rhodium plated brass bracelet.  Cross-section is heart shapped.  The heart twists a full 360'.  On one end is an "S" for Sharon - and the other end has a "M" for Mark.  This was a valentines gift for my wife.

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Just an artistic pattern.   3D printed in white plastic.

Candle.   3D printed black plastic shape which I poured candle wax into.

Lamp - 10 inches tall.  3D printed in plastic.  Wooden base is Bloodwood, Maple and Walnut - with braided leather trim.

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016


Cross Pendant - Polished Silver over plastic structure

3D printed Pen.  Plastic body, gold-plated brass details.  Shake once and the pen tip comes out. Shake again and it retracts.  Very cool.  And the perfect size for a man's pocket.


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The exploded view of the pen.  The inside cartridge is a purchased part.

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Light Gray plastic with gold-plated brass


Dark Gray plastic with gold-plated brass

A Klein Bottle - beer bottle opener.  
With a Klein bottle, the inside becomes the outside.
3D printed in stainless steel.  
Concept copied from Bathesheba.

TRINITY RING: A 3 sided mobius.  All 3 sides are actullay one long side.  And, the 3 edges are actually one long ege.  Yet they create 3 sides and 3 edges as it spins around.  Sort of like.... Father, Son, Holy Spirit.... 3 unique - yet really only ONE.  
3D printed in Nickel Stainless Steel.  1" diameter.

Some jewelry for my wife and the girls. A few gold-plated brass pieces - and some plastic pieces.

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016

Patents Pending

A 3D printed tie clip.  Plastic and gold plated brass.

Gold plated Arabic name jewelry for my daughter

A Trivet and glass coasters.  

3D printed in steel - gold plated.  

Wood and plastic printed bases.

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3D Printed Letter Openers made of printed Stainless Steel - the top one is gold plated.

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Here is a video of a visual effect that shows up when you spin some 3D printed torus shapes at high speed with a high speed strobe.

Osprey Nest

We have Osprey (big eagle like birds) come in daily to our backyard to fish in the lake.  Osprey like to build very large nests (100+ lbs) in March for their chicks.  So, I built this platform which supposedly meets all the criteria for what Osprey like.​


Click on the photo at the right to see the whole project.

Wood working

Above is a rolling pin with brass and rubber detail.


To the left is a coffee Pour-Over for an upcoming tradeshow a friend and I are attending.  Birds-eye maple and Purple Heart wood.

Here are a few bowls shown while still in process and some shown fully complete.



Some bowls with aluminum inlay.

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016

BOXES:   Jewelry boxes.  With brass inlay below and with aluminum inlay and aluminum handle at right.

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Wood Jewelry Box with 3D printed metal hardware.

Some wood bowl projects with 3D printed accents of Stainless Steel

A 3D designed and printed (stainless steel) doorbell cover - also to match the stained glass front door.

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016


This bowl has 3D printed brass compass inlay along with aluminum rods around the edge.  Walnut.


Two glass coasters with 3D printed brass inlays.  The black around the brass in black epoxy.

I made this walnut and maple stair bannister. 

Then designed the bracket and top piece and 3D printed them out of steel. They match the front door glass just opposite this bannister.


Walnut, Maple, Paduck and brass inlay


Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016

Copyright Mark Gottlieb 2016

TABLE LAMP.  Made from Birds-eye maple, walnut, alumuninum and o-ring material (the bands).

Breakfast table - maple and walnut inlay.

Pier - Dock (made from Trex)

Tree fort - south end

Zipline from north tree fort

I made this 'Sky Cyle' - which barrels down the 180 ft cable.  3 bungee cords at the end stop the thing before it bashes into a tree.