Okay, so I haven’t had a chance to 3D print the base for the tube that will hold all the components together, but I couldn’t wait to preview what the finished bubble tube was going to look like. So without further ado, take a look at this video:
I have to say, I am totally frickin’ excited about how this is coming out. I have to wait until the semester ends and all the students have finished their final semester projects before I can get into the maker space to use the 3D printer, but I know I’m going to be there the very first second that I can!!!
I tested this out on the deck first. You know…in case the bottom came off and flooded me out again. But after about an hour without incident, I got brave and moved the whole setup inside. (Cross your fingers that I don’t flood my kitchen and drown my electronics!) One cool thing is that I ordered a new, quieter pump, and you can barely hear it. That means that you get the soothing sound of the bubbles popping at the top of the tube. Talk about feng shui!
After staring mesmerized at the bubbles for a couple of hours, my imagination began to completely run away with all of the possibilities for variations and upgrades to this project. Today was the last day of teaching for the semester. I can already tell you where are large chunk of my summer is going to be devoted.