3Doodler outside the box

I've found the ultimate way to avoid mosquito bites while outside on summer nights. DEET kinda works. Citronela appears to work not at all, but fortunately there's a surefire way keep the little buggers off you: hang out with my wife. She's candy to them. If she's in the vicinity, any mosquito that’s heading for me will get a whiff of her and make an immediate detour. No wonder she’s always after me to fix the window screens, but I’d rather talk about 3Doodler.

We jumped 3Doodler kickstarter early and we've had our model for a while. The 3Doodler is one of those really neat ideas that, onfortunately, you need a certain amount of artistic ability to fully take advantage of. I haven't put in the time to really learn the technique, so at this point my artistic output is mostly limited to cubes. I'll take the necesary time later, I promise, but for now I'm trying to do one 2D drawing each day until I get a bit better at that.

We did discover one use for it almost right away: The holes in our screens. The window in the screen door is particularly problematic, as it gets the most abuse. We've been using a pair of magnets to cover each hole, but they tend to wander over time as people use the door. Those little squares of screen in the repair kits work, but they're a pain to weave in just right, and create a big, obvious square that is 10 times the size of the hole it was meant to fix.

The 3Doodler makes some amazingly quick and easy repairs. I just heated it up and passed it over the hole until I was satisfied with the density of the resulting rat's nest of ABS filaments. Here's a before and after.

Before - Mosquito entrance

Before - Mosquito entrance

After

After

Obviously, if you're not doing this for demonstration purposes, you'll want to use a less conspicuous color. I'm also sure I could have done a better job if I had more experience with it, but at least the mosquitos aren't biting quite so much.