”When I first started, I would upload my 3D files and just stand there hypnotized as the 3D printer made my model
The MasterCase Bar was built by Yu-Kai Tai, a 3D printing advocate, to create the perfect drink. Just choose a cocktail from the app, and in less than 10 seconds, you’ll be sipping on the best highball ever.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE CREATION
“I like the atmosphere of a bar, but the main reason I made the MasterCase Bar was to inspire others to create something themselves,” Kai says.
A makeaholic who keeps his hands supple and ready-to-make by assembling models, Kai progressed from architectural model-making as an undergrad to a postgrad in digital design. This kindled a passion for engineering, which he indulges by pushing the boundaries of the curious and the possible as Design Manager of MakerBar Taipei. His skill at creating 3D models on his PC has skyrocketed in recent years, but he became fascinated with it when he first touched a 3D printer back in 2008.
“When I first started, I would upload my 3D files and just stand there hypnotized as the 3D printer made my model,” he says.
3D PRINTING COULD BETTER HUMANITY
Then a project called “Wikihouse” caught his eye.
Wikihouse is an open source housing system that allows nearly anybody to build a house. Users can custom design pieces of the house using Google SketchUp, a free 3D modeling software. Then a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine laser cuts the parts, which are then assembled by just snapping them together. (The basic principles behind CNC machines and 3D printers are the same. The difference being CNC machines cuts away while a 3D printer layers on top of each other.)
A house can be built for as low as $200 USD this way.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
“I realized this was a way for my work to make a difference. Wikihouses can be used to provide temporary shelters for people in disasters,” he says. Kai wanted to help inspire others to get into 3D modeling and printing and he decided that a robot bartender could catch the imagination of the public.
“Cooler Master invited me to show the MasterCase Bar at their booth for Computex. Tons of people were asking me how they could make their own,” says Kai with a satisfied grin on his face.
Powering 3D Design
“3D printing gives me the freedom to reimagine what I can do with a PC. Performance didn’t really matter for this case so much as the flexibility of the design. In this aspect, the MasterCase Pro allowed me greater freedom in making my own alterations. I took inspiration especially from the top of the case, the panel of which I removed and replaced with 3D-printed spikes.”