For the last few years, Flickr has been a place where I send my photos to die. With the recent relaunch of Flickr’s great new iPhone app, I’ve been spending more time actually browsing photos on Flickr than I have in years. When I found The Art of 3D Printing Failure photo pool, I realized I’d found a bunch of kindred souls.
The idea of a photo pool is simple--anyone can join the group and post photos to a shared pool. The Art of 3D Printing Failure group is a place to catalog anything weird, unusual, or unexpected that happens when you’re using your 3D printer. The goal is to document your mistakes so others won’t make the same ones. Given the multitude of ways that 3D printers can mess up, having a gallery showing other people’s mistakes is infinitely more useful than trying to parse text descriptions that include terms, such as spaghetti-like, blobby, or seamy, to figure out exactly what your printer has made.