Archives for the category: Fun

January 10, 2015

Crayola teams with 3D Systems to bring drawings to life

fff656fd1704464dc11c8068a05d0ce6.jpg Crayola has unveiled its latest initiative to bring art and crafts in to the 21st century, allowing kids to virtually animate and 3D print their own artwork. [via Toy News Online]

quotemarksright.jpgThe popular art brand has partnered with 3D Systems to launch Color Alive, a system that utilises mobile apps, photography and 3D printing technology.

Unveiled at CES 2015 - through Color Alive, kids can download a free iOS or Android mobile app in order to photograph any of the images from Crayola’s Color Alive colouring books.

The books retail for $5.99 each and currently include titles such as: Mythical Creatures, Enchanted Garden, Skylanders and Barbie, with more on their way.

Crayola will also reportedly be bringing more characters from brands such as Disney in the near future, according to 3D

Read full article.

emily | 4:21 PM | permalink

October 31, 2014

White House Launches 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge

boflake_cork.jpg The White House is inviting makers and innovators around the country to participate in the White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge.

The Challenge, in partnership with the Smithsonian, invites makers, artists, designers, engineers, and anyone interested in 3D modeling and 3D printing to design a winter holiday-inspired ornament. Starting today and running until November 10, 2014, people can head over to Instructables to submit their design and for more details about the Challenge.

A selection of the winning ornament designs will be 3D printed and displayed in the White House during the holiday season; featured on the Smithsonian’s state-of-the-art 3D data platform,; and will join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political history division of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Image above: A "Bo-flake" ornament from 2012, featuring the likeness of Bo, the Obama family dog.

[via White House press release]

emily | 8:41 AM | permalink

May 28, 2014

iMaterialize Announces Winners of Their 3D Printed Drone Challenge

iMaterialize launched a contest back in February, along with Autodesk and Flexbot, to see who could come up with the most creative 3D printed drone designs. They have just announced the winners of that contest. [via 3D Print]

Out of the 30 different drone designs submitted, the following 3 are the winners:

Pascal Breton’s Biohazard Tracker:

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Brian Hamilton’s APHID (Aerially Propelled Hexagonal Isotropic Drone)

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Tom Willekens’ Octobot

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Read full article.

emily | 7:43 AM | permalink

January 23, 2014

Japan loves 3D printed sad Keanu


3D printing and the sad Keanu Reeves meme have been hilarious bedfellows for quite some time. Now the Japanese toy company idk is bringing the 3D printed Keanu doll to a mass audience. Yes, sad Keanu has been turned into an action figure – a remarkable instance of 3D mini ennui moving to the mass market.

[fg-site via]

emily | 8:29 PM | permalink

December 21, 2013

'Leo the Maker Prince': book to teach kids 3D printing

imgres.jpg Leo the Maker Prince by Carla Diana is a charming picture book that teaches kids 3D printing.

Take a peak inside the book.

All the items and characters in the book are printable via files found on Thingiverse.

[via boingboing]

emily | 2:43 PM | permalink

December 3, 2013

GE Engineers Pick Winner of 2013 Santa Sleigh 3D Printing Design Contest

gI_87872_hyper sleigh 1.jpg GE Global Research announced that a winner has been chosen in its Santa Sleigh 3D printing design contest/GRABCAD challenge, a first-time event bringing together the maker community for some holiday fun in advance of tomorrow’s inaugural 3D Printing Day.

As the winning design, “Santa’s New Hyper-Sleigh” will be mass-printed and mailed, free of charge, to about 200 people who take part in 3D Printing Day via Twitter.

Read full press release. Click here to see a short YouTube video with our judges as they walk through the top 4 designs and explain how they arrived at the winner.

emily | 8:07 AM | permalink

August 2, 2013

5 Ways 3D Printing Can Make Your Wedding Amazing

14.jpg Tego has come up with five ideas on how you could use 3D printing for our wedding.

1. Realistic cake toppers - get yourselves scanned and have exact replicas printed

2. Make your own rings

3. Unique food for the reception - Wedding food baked in molds created with a 3D printer, or appetizers could be created in wedding themed shapes.

4. Custom wedding favors

5. Memento adornments

Read full article.

emily | 2:32 PM | permalink

March 20, 2013

'Magic 3D Easter Egg Painter' app lets you paint and 3D print an Easter egg

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Another app plugging into the Shapeways 3D Printing API is the Magic 3D Easter Egg Painter which enables you to paint all sides of your 3D Egg.

[via Shapeways Blog]

emily | 10:22 PM | permalink

March 5, 2013

Alt Text: The Revolution Will Not Be 3-D Printed

3-D-Printed.jpg 3-D printing is clearly going to be to 2018 as mobile devices were to 2008, the web was to 1998, personal computers were to 1988... and here's what we can expect, according to Wired:

1. 3-D printers will be clumsily incorporated into TV shows — actually, they have already appeared in episodes of both CSI and The Big Bang Theory, in a good way.

2. People will patent things that already exist, except with “3-D printed” added on.

3. 3-D printing will be characterized as a constant threat to children - by inhaling some piece of plastic.

4. People will make a huge deal out of not having 3-D printers.

Read full article.

emily | 8:37 AM | permalink

February 26, 2013

Another 3D printed version of yourself: As a Gummy Bear


FabCafe in Japan is offering to make a Gummy Bear version of you on the occasion of Japan's White Day. How cool is that?

In Asian countries, White Day is like Valentine's Day but the girls give the gifts to the guys).

Spoon&Tamago via Design Taxi via Gizmodo.


emily | 8:12 AM | permalink

February 7, 2013

These 3D printed business cards will delight (or annoy) your new contacts


A company called CallingCube believes normal business cards are boring and blend in with all the others so they are offering 3D printed business cards. The may not fit in your wallet, but they just might end out on top of a desk instead of tucked away in a desk drawer.

In their own words:

quotemarksright.jpgOur patent-pending, 3D-printed CallingCube is bold and unique and it's design stands out and shows off your creativity.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Spotted on VentureBeat.

emily | 8:41 AM | permalink

February 1, 2013

Latest episode of The Big Bang Theory includes 3D printing

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The The Big Bang Theory TV series has picked up on 3D printing.

Don't miss the last episode of The Big Bang Theory (Season 6, Episode 14), where Howard prints a whistle (that works) and action figures of himself, Raj and Bernadette. Bernadette wants him to return the $5'000 printer (what? $5'000 for a couple of dolls?)

emily | 12:54 PM | permalink

January 29, 2013

3D printed Pez dispenser heads by Hot Pop Factory


Toronto studio Hot Pop Factory has customised Pez sweet dispensers with 3D-printed heads of customers to replace the usual cartoon characters.

Spotted on De Zeen Magazine.

emily | 8:13 AM | permalink

January 16, 2013

Turn Your Facebook Profile Into a 3D-Printed Sculpture

MonsterMe.jpeg The Creators Project is launching a series of three new apps that transform your Facebook persona into 3D printable art. Mashable reports.

quotemarksright.jpgBy looking at your Facebook interests, Likes, relationships and status updates, the apps — called Monster Me, Crystallized and Astroverb — create an abstract sculpture that embodies your online presence.

The project, which is done in collaboration with VICE and Intel, features an app which takes your profile page and morphs it into a real-life mini monster, while another crystalizes your friends network and the other cranks out a personalized zodiac sign based on your online personality.

Although the apps are free, the cost of printing a figurine is about $15.

Each app creates a 3D sculpture, which is printed by Shapeways, through layers of materials such as sandstone and stainless steel. It takes about five minutes to go through the creation and profile analysis process via the apps.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.emily | 10:35 PM | permalink

January 11, 2013

Open letter to Cubify re Star Trek Figurines

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Open letter to Cubify,

Dear Cubify,

Though I've blogged and have been repeatedly tweeting the news of your partnership with Star Trek — in Klingon no less — your announcement is not getting the attention it deserves. Blame it on CES I guess. But may I make a suggestion? Talk to the folks over at the Big Bang Theory and offer to make 3D printed figurines of the shows characters. Images above from last night's episode, The Bakersfield Expedition.

Sincerely yours,


emily | 11:37 AM | permalink

January 9, 2013

My First 3D Printed Object

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Came by UPS this morning, my first 3D printed object. Ordered at Shapeways. It's a classic, the Rocket Espresso Cup.

emily | 12:35 PM | permalink

January 6, 2013

Robbie Williams checked into the 3D scanning booth to create 15 different sculptures of himself, for his new album


Robbie Williams new album released in November titled Take The Crown created by Tom Hingston Studio, features a series of 3D versions of Robbie’s head which were rendered in multiple textures and finishes.

[via Creative Review]

Related: - and Britney Spears music video Scream & Shout released in November features a MakerBot 3D printer creating a replica of’s head

emily | 9:53 AM | permalink

January 4, 2013

Crayon Creatures turns your child's drawing into a real object thanks to 3D printing


Crayon Creatures will turn your child's drawing into a real object in full-color sandstone material, thanks to 3D printing.

[via The Verge]

emily | 9:33 PM | permalink

December 19, 2012

December 15, 2012

Futuristic photo series about 3D printing will blow your socks off

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AMUSEMENT magazine imagined what the future will be like once 3D printers will produce objects whenever we want, depending on our needs, with no limit.

The No Limit series is by photographer Ben Sandler. View more images here. Fabulous.

[via On 3D Printing via @3DPrint_newsbot]

emily | 9:25 PM | permalink

3D-printed X-Cube is the hardest Rubik’s cube ever

Screen Shot 2012-12-15 at 9.30.35 PM.png VentureBeat reports on the “X-Cube,” a 3-by-3-by-3 Rubik’s cube that is probably the hardest Rubik’s cube ever — because you can “scramble” the pieces so they protrude in all kinds of crazy ways.

quotemarksright.jpg The X-Cube was made with a 3D printer by Dane Christianson, a creator at the Idea Shop at the Illinois Institute of Technology. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Watch video.

emily | 9:25 PM | permalink

December 10, 2012

3D printed custom avatars

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A service through Shapeways called Mixee Me lets you create custom avatars that will be shipped to your door. [via 3D Printer]

emily | 9:33 PM | permalink

December 8, 2012, Britney Spears, and 3D Printing = 20 Million Views and Britney Spears new music video Scream & Shout released in November 2012 has over 20 million views on YouTube.

The video features a MakerBot 3D printer creating a replica of’s head.

[On 3D Printing via @3DPrint_newsbot]

emily | 7:26 AM | permalink

December 7, 2012

The Guardian's selection of 3D printed items from Shapeways as Xmas gifts


Check out The Guardian's selection of their favorite items from Shapeways — gift ideas for your geeky friends or relatives come Xmas.


-- Cubify's Holiday Gift Guide

-- Sculpteo's Gift store

-- Thingverse Collections

emily | 6:13 PM | permalink

December 5, 2012

3D Printed Advert Calendar


Each day Thingiverse user Peter Leppik is uploading a new part to his 3D printed advent calendar for hobbyists to print out themselves at home.

Each print consists of a numbered jigsaw piece and a joy, which fit together over the course of 25 days to make a Christmas tree.

Now how cool is that?

Spotted on 3D Printing is cool. via @3DprintPete

emily | 6:35 PM | permalink

November 30, 2012 music video features 3D printing of head

3D printing featured in a music video in the form of a Makerbot Replicator 2 printing off a head (to view directly, skip to 3.31/4.51).

[via develop3d]

emily | 3:01 PM | permalink

November 10, 2012

Replicate yourself! 3D Printing 'Photo' Booth to Open in Japan


What's being called the world's first 3D printing photo booth will be setting up at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku.

From November 24 to January 14, 2013, people with reservations can go and have replicas made of themselves (in one of 3 different sizes). How cool is that?

[via @survivingnjapan]

UPDATE: ThreeDee-You, the Madrid (Spain) based company, has been producing 3d sculpture of people since June 2010.

State of the art technology at 2.5 scds scan (not 15 minutes). Check them out.

Related article published November 23 in The Guardian: Print yourself: the rise of the 3D photo booth

emily | 9:13 AM | permalink

November 8, 2012

Winner of the iPhone 3D Print Contest for iPhone 5 Accessories


Shapeways had over 70 entries to the 3D Print Contest for iPhone 5 Accessories.

The winner of $500 worth of 3D printing announced last week is ArtizanWork with their iPhone 5 - "Sweater" Case [video]

Another entry and a personal favorite: The iDrive iPhone5 Holder designed by figurebang. An iPhone 5 holder that fits most steering wheels so drivers stop looking down at their phones and keep their eyes on the road.


emily | 8:51 PM | permalink

November 5, 2012

Dilbert on 3D printing

imgres.jpeg Click here to check out Dibert's comic strip on 3D printing. via @CasolinoMarco.

emily | 8:55 PM | permalink