Back Scratcher

by TomMatten, published

Back Scratcher by TomMatten May 4, 2010

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Got an itch you can't reach with the makerbot now you can.

A funny thing made me come up with this, you see i have an itch to win the makerbot giveaway competition, last night i was working late on some designs in blender and low and behold my mental itch turned into a physical one, i guess what you think does find away to manifest itself, or it could have been the candy bar, anyway it was dead center in my back just out of reach of my hands. Uureka, i had an epiphany. The only way to get to it was to kill two bird with one stone, i had to take care of my mental itch by winning the competition by designing a model that could actually scratch my physical itch. Genius,

I then realize this has the ability to tear the fabric of the universe. You see i have an itch to win the makerbot competition, which then turned into a real itch i could not reach, so i designed the Back Scratcher to win the makerbot competition, but if i won the competition then the itch would never have manifested itself into a real itch meaning i never would have created the Back Scratcher meaning i could not have won the makerbot competition and then "boom"**(....) the fabric of the universe gets ripped. Anyway i still got an itch and i cant reach it and would be much obliged if you picked me, so i could then scratch it, its irritating..., it cant be as bad as a tear in the space time continuum right?

"Makerbot's new ability, it can even tear the space time continuum" with just a back scratcher.


one piece is the Scratcher the other piece connects to it to make it longer you can keep connecting the longer connector piece to itself so you could even scratch an adults giraffe's neck from the ground. Pieces should snap together.

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Paradoxically the notion of "scratching your own itch" by free software evangelist Richard Stallman means that people do the open source work because they have an itch (need something (fixed/solved)). In this case people are making design not just for the sake of the design but also for winning the prize.

i think its both, i like making the designs but working towards an awesome prize definitely creates incentive

I guess it's both for most people. Who wouldn't want to earn a Makerbot as a prize for doing what you like :)

:) hey i check out your info. I'm really interested in fab labs, would it make sense for me to visit one to make Mendel parts ?

Making that huge block of plastic into a rod would waste a heck of a lot less material.
While technically printable, it's just not efficient at $10 per lb of plastic.
(and a grip would be nice)

thanks for your thoughts on how to make it better ill get working on the handle, however i do think its efficient, here's my reasoning, to buy a typical Back Scratcher cost from 5 to 10 dollars, to build one in the machine would cost alot less, the Back Scratcher doesn't use much weight in plastic at all. i could probably make 15 of them using only 1 pound with plastic.