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December 16, 2014

3D-printed Christmas trees promise greener festive future

prof.jpgJust in time for Christmas,researchers have developed a new algorithm that can create 3D-printed X-mas trees with zero material waste. The Deccan Chronicle reports.

quotemarksright.jpgRichard Zhang, computing science professor at the Simon Fraser University in Canada has shown how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3D object into what are called pyramidal parts.

A pyramidal shape is optimal for 3D printing because it incurs no material waste and saves print time.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more in Science Daily.

emily | 2:50 PM | permalink

October 21, 2014

The Government Is 3D-Printing Bomb-Sniffing Dog Noses

6a00d8341c630a53ef01287632b562970c-600wi.jpg The feds spent $228,977 to reproduce canine snouts for research purposes. BetaBeat reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe U.S. federal government has been 3D-printing mechanically engineered dog noses that replicate the sniffing patterns of bomb-sniffing dogs, Nextgov reports. The noses are modeled off of female labrador retrievers, a historically favored breed of police dog.

Public documents reveal that the budget for the 3D printer was a whopping $228,977 for a Stratasys Connex 350, which was later upgraded at no extra cost for a Connex 500. The Connexes are heavy duty printers that use dozens of different materials at once to create the many textures needed in replicating dog noses.

The goal isn’t necessarily to create robot dogs for airports and security checkpoints. Rather, the project is meant to generate a host of scientific research that the private sector can use to develop vapor-sensing devices.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Image credit.

emily | 9:06 PM | permalink

October 16, 2014

This 3D-printed DIY gadget can crack a safe in minutes

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The world's top safe-cracking machines cost $10,000 or more, and are typically only sold for military use. These guys built one that's just as good for a fraction of the price. C/net reports.

quotemarksright.jpgA security duo out of Melbourne, Australia, has developed a cheap gadget that they say can crack most safes in no time, sometimes within minutes.

Luke Jahnke and Jay Davis built the device using 3D-printed parts and the Arduino open-source computing platform popular among makers, along with salvaged electronics that let the device spin through all the lock's possible combinations.

You can watch the prototype in action in this video report by The Register. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 9:46 AM | permalink

September 23, 2014

Researchers recreate historic golf clubs in 3D printer

_77748893_photo.jpg Members of Dundee University's mechanical and electrical engineering division teamed up with the St Andrews Golf Company to make metal copies of historic clubs. [via the BBC]

quotemarksright.jpgThe team replicated two historic irons loaned to them by the British Golf Museum in St Andrews. It is hoped the project will help protect rare and ancient golf clubs.

In a cross-European effort, the head of a 125-year-old rake iron was scanned in Dundee, printed in Germany and drilled in Glasgow before being finished in St Andrews.

This is the first time a metal club-head has been created using a 3D printer.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 3:58 PM | permalink

August 27, 2014

These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks in Seconds

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One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without even seeing the original key.

[via Wired]

emily | 8:30 AM | permalink

July 16, 2014

Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble

ytfmr5hjftads8jruj7h.jpg In Japan this week, police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina. [via The Guardian]

quotemarksright.jpgThe artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat”, according to Brian Ashcraft at the gaming website Kotaku.

The artist, whose real name is Megumi Igarashi, was held in custody in Tokyo on suspicion of breaking Japanese obscenity laws. Media reports said Igarashi, 42, denied the allegations. She pointed out that had not sent images of her vagina in return for money and did not recognise the scanned 3D data as obscene.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 9:26 AM | permalink

July 11, 2014

MIT 3D printed finger device reads to the blind

1404942050115.jpg Scientists at MIT are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

quotemarksright.jpg The FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesised voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:47 AM | permalink

July 8, 2014

3-D Printing Enables Visually Impaired Children to Experience the World of Literary Classics

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 9.16.57 PM.png 3-D printing is being pioneered to help visually impaired children understand the fantastical worlds depicted in classic literary works such as Goodnight Moon and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Newsweek reports.

quotemarksright.jpgA project at the University of Colorado is hoping to jump-start the commercial development of tactile books, allowing children to follow along text read aloud by tracing the corresponding raised illustrations with their fingers. The technology converts the images in original titles into pictures you can feel with a 3-D printer. Researchers at the Tactile Picture Book Project are working in conjunction with Denver’s Anchor Center—a nonprofit specializing in helping visually impaired children achieve educational success—on the project.

Tactile books are currently pricey to produce, but affordable 3-D printing is projected to be available within the next two to three years.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 9:07 PM | permalink

May 9, 2014

3D Printed Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else

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Uncomfortable with surveillance cameras? "Identity replacement tech" in the form of the Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic gives you a whole new face. [via C/Net]

quotemarksright.jpgOur world is becoming increasingly surveilled. For example, Chicago has over 25,000 cameras networked to a single facial recognition hub," reads the URME (pronounced U R Me) site. "We don't believe you should be tracked just because you want to walk outside and you shouldn't have to hide either. Instead, use one of our products to present an alternative identity when in public."

The 3D-printed resin mask, made from a 3D scan of Selvaggio's face and manufactured by ThatsMyFace.com, renders his features and skin tone with surprising realism, though the eyes peeping out from the eye holes do lend a certain creepiness to the look.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 6:59 PM | permalink

May 7, 2014

3D printed first to treat sleep apnoea

id35463.jpg Using a 3D scanner to map a patient’s mouth, CSIRO researchers and Australian dental company, Oventus, can now print a mouthpiece which prevents dangerous pauses in breath during sleep.

Printed from titanium and coated with a medical grade plastic, the breakthrough mouthpiece is customised for each patient. [via nanowerk]

quotemarksright.jpgThe device has a ‘duckbill’ which extends from the mouth like a whistle and divides into two separate airways. It allows air to flow through to the back of the throat, avoiding obstructions from the nose, the back of the mouth and tongue.

Sleep apnoea occurs when the air passage in the throat becomes blocked during sleep and causes people to stoping breathing. In severe cases, people can suffer hundreds of events per night.

Oventus CEO, Neil Anderson, said the key to the new 3D treatment was in the design. “This new device is tailored to an individual’s mouth using a 3D scan and is used only on the top teeth which make it more compact and far more comfortable.

“The new 3D printed mouthpiece bypasses all obstructions by having airways that deliver air to the back of the throat and it will also stop patients from snoring,” Mr Anderson said.

The device is expected to be available to patients next year.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 7:49 AM | permalink

April 11, 2014

3-D Printable Luggage May Make Schlepping Obsolete

1618541_430931600377591_8742109650920192371_b.jpg Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen, creative director of 3D Systems, vastly improves on the concept of luggage. He thinks we can just e-mail ourselves 3-D printable files of our stuff. If we go by his new project Lost Luggage, the era of suitcase-schlepping may soon be over. FastCo Design reports.

quotemarksright.jpgNow on view as part of Kyttanen’s solo exhibition at Galerie Vivid in Rotterdam, Lost Luggage is a 3-D printed platform bag that contains a selection of 10 items. The files for these products could be sent in an email and then printed out, all in one operation, once you arrive at your destination--unencumbered by traditional analog suitcases.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 9:33 PM | permalink

March 24, 2014

This 114-Piece Tape Measure Was 3D-Printed in One Shot

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This is pretty amazing: a functional tape measure that was printed fully-assembled.

Made by an aeromechanical engineer who goes by the name Angry Monk, the tape measure has a total of 114 individual parts.

via Motherboard. Watch video.

emily | 9:14 PM | permalink

March 18, 2014

3D-printed kayak can be customized to any paddler's size

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Jim Smith, the engineer behind the website Grass Roots Engineering, created a kayak built to his height and weight.

[via PSFK]

emily | 12:46 PM | permalink

February 27, 2014

App snaps your feet to get 3D printed ski boot insoles

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Take a picture of your feet with your phone. Wait. Get cheap, bespoke 3D-printed ski boot insoles delivered to you. New Scientist reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSki boots are notorious for pinching your feet. But instead of shelling out for a new pair or being measured for expensive, specially moulded insoles, why not print your own?

British start-up ALPrint is set to launch an app that lets you create 3D printed insoles by taking cellphone photos of your feet.

These 3D printed custom insoles can be slotted into any existing ski boot to provide the appropriate support and comfort.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 9:24 AM | permalink

February 11, 2014

McCor Technologies' 3D printed hammer made of paper bangs nail into wood [video]

Watch this 3D printed hammer, created in full colour out of ordinary paper on an Mcor IRIS full colour 3D printer, hammer a nail into wood. [video]

[via McCor Technologies]

emily | 11:54 AM | permalink

January 23, 2014

Japan loves 3D printed sad Keanu

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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 3ders.org]

emily | 8:29 PM | permalink

January 7, 2014

First 3D-printed book cover is a beautiful sign of an experimenting industry

Chang-rae-lee.jpg The Verge reports on Riverhead Books partnering with MakerBot to make the first 3D-printed book slipcover for Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea.

quotemarksright.jpgThe book fits into the off-white slipcover, which features the letters of the title rising off its surface at an angle. The publishing world hasn't seen anything like this yet, and for good reason.

At first it took almost 30 hours to print each slipcover, but after fine-turning the process, the company was able to get the final slipcovers made in 15 hours.

The final books, cover included, will be in limited edition and available starting January 7th for a hefty $150, with non-limited hardcover copies retailing for $27.95.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 4:48 PM | permalink

January 6, 2014

Finally, A 3D-Printed Drone for Archaeologists

Drones and 3D printing come to Indiana Jones.

Reblogged from LiveScience.

quotemarksright.jpgarch-aerial-drone.JPG Though archaeologists have come a long way since Indiana Jones, they sometimes still cling to antiquated technologies, like balloons and ladders to take photos of their discoveries and trenches from above.

This month, a company formed by recent college grads called Arch Aerial rolled out a small drone designed to accompany archaeologists on far-flung expeditions.

Arch Aerial showed off their small vehicle — which is made largely from 3D-printed parts and runs on open-source flight software — here at the Archaeological Institute of America's annual meeting this past weekend.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Image credit: Megan Gannon/LiveScience

emily | 7:25 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

November 7, 2013

The Next Revolution in 3-D Printing: Disposable Panties

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 10.15.23 PM.png A somewhat embarrassing feminine-hygiene issue has led Tamar Giloh to develop a new technology that could revolutionize the textile industry. Business Week reports.

quotemarksright.jpgLooking for a way to mitigate problems associated with heavy menstruation, she and a team that included her husband started working on an automated system that can produce fabrics using three-dimensional printing. More than a decade later, the Israeli couple now has functional hardware that can spray polymers and fibers in a controlled manner to produce disposable panties, sportswear, bandages and other products.

... Next year, Tamicare's 3-D printed feminine-hygiene product — absorbent padded underwear that can be thrown away after a single use — is expected to hit shelves in a leading pharmacy chain in Israel. Tamicare said it’s also in talks with a large U.S. company that may sell the women’s undergarments in America. The startup’s compression bandages, which will be sold by a British company, are also set to hit the market soon.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 10:09 PM | permalink

3D-Printed Reefs Could Rehabilitate Persian Gulf Ecosystem

Zaffer-Reef-Bahrain1-300x200.jpg Artificial reefs created using 3D printing technology may be effective tools for restoring marine life in threatened ecosystems. Live Science reports via TreeHugger.

quotemarksright.jpgThe waters off Bahrain's coast have suffered from overfishing, but Reef Arabia is hoping its 3D-printed formations will help revive the region's marine diversity.

The group is designing artificial reefs printed using non-toxic sandstone material, which will give the formations a more realistic feel, said Reef Arabia team member David Lennon.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related: - World's first 3D printed reef to help restore damaged reefs

emily | 9:51 PM | permalink

October 17, 2013

3D printed horseshoe to improve performance for Melbourne race horse

Chad-Henry.jpg According to Manufacturers Monthly, scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have custom made and 3D printed a set of titanium shoes for one Melbourne race horse in a first for the sport.

quotemarksright.jpgThe horse had its hooves scanned with a handheld 3D scanner this week.

Using 3D modelling software, the scan was used to design the perfect fitting, lightweight racing shoe and four customised shoes were printed within only a few hours.

Traditionally made from aluminium, a horseshoe can weigh up to one kilogram but the horse’s trainer, John Moloney, says that the ultimate race shoe should be as lightweight as possible.

“Any extra weight in the horseshoe will slow the horse down. These titanium shoes could take up to half of the weight off a traditional aluminium shoe, which means a horse could travel at new speeds.

CSIRO’s Titanium expert, John Barnes, said that 3D printing a race horseshoe from titanium is a first for scientists and demonstrates the range of applications the technology can be used for.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 9:18 AM | permalink

September 27, 2013

3D Printed Toothbrush Tailored to Your Teeth

Forget electric toothbrushes — using 3D printing, engineers have developed a new kind of toothbrush tailor-made to fit a person's mouth. To brush with the Blizzident, a person simply bites down on it and grinds his or her noshers for about six seconds.

quotemarksright.jpgAt first glance, the "Blizzident" looks a bit like a hairy pair of dentures. The brush's makers say it cleans teeth completely within six seconds, though independent studies have not yet verified its efficacy.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via LiveScience]

emily | 6:19 PM | permalink

September 25, 2013

3D printer duplicates paintings down to the last brush stroke

We've seen 3D printers produce some pretty amazing things, but nothing quite like this. Tim Zaman, a Dutch researcher, has reportedly developed a 3D duplication technique capable of capturing incredible detail, such as brush strokes and other textures on a painting. With a captured image on hand, it's then possible to print a reproduction matching every detail, including raised brush strokes.

[via engadget]

emily | 8:39 AM | permalink

September 18, 2013

Radioshack to offer do-it-yourself 3D-printed digital camera

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 8.13.40 AM.png Instructables is partnering with RadioShack to lay out the instructions and parts to provide just about everything you need.

This is a 3D printed digital camera that you can build yourself. It allows you to fully customize the camera to your liking. You can expand the circuit to have new functionality, or design your own custom case by modifying the 123D Design build files.

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[via C/net]

emily | 8:10 AM | permalink

August 31, 2013

Build your own dinosaur: fossil models arrive for 3D printers

Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 1.44.24 PM.png It's a decidedly 21st-century technology, but now 3D printing is being harnessed to highlight mesmerizing relics from the ancient past. A new web database out of the UK is offering users anywhere in the world the opportunity to explore thousands of three-dimensional fossil models online — and even print some of them for hands-on study. The Verge reports.

quotemarksright.jpgUnveiled earlier this week, the database is being billed as the world's first 3D fossil repository. It's a collaborative effort between several UK museums, and was spearheaded by curators and paleontologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS). The project's primary goal, according to BGS chief curator Dr. Michael Howe, is to share more fossils with the public than a museum showroom can allow. "A typical museum will have thousands of specimens, but most of them are tucked away in drawers," he said. "That might make for a more appealing exhibit to the public, but it also means that very few people are ever able to see these incredible fossils.

Right now, the database is primarily home to ancient invertebrate specimens — such as plants, corals, and bivalves. That's primarily because smaller items are much easier to photograph and scan, but those limitations don't rule out the prospect of larger additions — printable dinosaur bones included — in the future.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 1:41 PM | permalink

August 27, 2013

3D Printing Helps Fencers Get a Grip

2013082711272556585.jpg A research team led by Professor Norihisa Fujii at the university's Faculty of Gymnastics developed equipment used by Japan's fencing team which won the Silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Korea Times reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe hilt of the fencing sword must fit the fencer's hand perfectly, even a slight difference in the shape of the hilt can spell victory or defeat. Before 3D printing, there was only one type of fencing hilt in the world, and each competitor had to personally file the hilt to customize the fit and achieve a non-slip surface. If the sword ended up breaking, it was almost impossible to get another one with the same fit.

For the 2012 Olympics the researchers at the University of Tsukuba scanned the actual equipment used by the fencers in 3D, and the resulting polygon data was then incorporated into 3D CAD. The 16-micron accuracy of the PolyJet based Objet350 Connex 3D Printer enabled the researchers to produce iterative prototypes of each sword with minute variations according to the athlete's feedback. A total of 70 prototypes were produced.

Mr. Osamu Takeda, a researcher who managed the modeling of the prototypes at the University of Tsukuba, Sports R&D Core commented, "Players are not engineers. They talk about their requirements instinctively. So, bearing this in mind, we develop various patterns based on different assumptions. With the Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer, we can do this easily. We can respond flexibly and promptly because the machine is so accurate,"

The customized, completed hilts were manufactured in April 2012, three months before the London Olympics. For the first time in fencing history, each competitor had five spare hilts, providing a "sense of security."

... The University of Tsukuba is now exploring other 3D printing sports applications such as protective equipment for gymnasts, shoes for javelin throwers, triathlon wear, sailing masts, a footwork assessment system for badminton, and more.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 5:55 PM | permalink

August 16, 2013

Criminals use 3D-printed skimming devices on Sydney ATMs

A gang of suspected Romanian criminals is using 3D printers and computer-aided design (CAD) to manufacture 'sophisticated' ATM skimming devices to fleece Sydney residents. One Romanian national has been charged by NSW Police. The state police found one gang that had allegedly targeted 15 ATMs across metropolitan Sydney, affecting tens of thousands of people and nabbing around $100,000."

[IT News via slashdot]

emily | 9:07 AM | permalink

August 14, 2013

When 3D printers fail, the results are beautiful

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The Verge reports on a Flickr group called "The Art of 3D Print Failure" that started in late 2011 and chronicles the most beautiful mistakes to come out of 3D printers, from headless figurines to tangled loops of ABS plastic.

quotemarksright.jpgDespite its name, the group isn't just about showing off unexpected but gorgeously weird results. Members are supposed to tease out the problems behind the failed models, getting help from other users. "Add a description of what happened and your thoughts and analysis and hopefully others will comment on how best to avoid the problems in the future," the description reads. While many pieces of glitch art are a deliberate aesthetic choice, the results here are a happy fusion of found art and finely honed craft.quotesmarksleft.jpg

More images.

emily | 9:33 PM | permalink

August 2, 2013

3-D Printing the 19th Century

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Antique inventions — like this 1875 flower stand — whose once-patented designs are now in the public domain, have been brought back to life by Martin Galese, a 3-D printing enthusiast and attorney. Bits reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThey are the dreams of dead men: a hat comb, a drinking cup that would not dribble in bed, a stove pipe screw and a flower stand, quietly archived in the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the last century.

Until now.

Martin Galese, a 31-year-old lawyer in New York, is resurrecting bits and pieces of bygone eras, thing by thing.

Not unlike the fictional scientists of “Jurassic Park,” Mr. Galese scours the patent office’s archives for the “design DNA” of antique inventions, then reinterprets them as design files for today’s 3-D printers. He has posted more than a dozen of these forgotten inventions on his blog as well as the 3-D printing design library, Thingiverse, for anyone to make today.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.emily | 4:00 PM | permalink

July 9, 2013

Mcor Technologies 3D printer makes paper bottle opener

Watch video of 3D printed bottle opener strong enough to open a bottle -- made with regular office paper on a Mcor Technologies paper printer.

emily | 3:11 PM | permalink

June 20, 2013

Political Protestors 3D Print New Anonymous Masks

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Alpay Kasal, visual artist and co-founder of experiential technology company The Supertouch Group, created his own unique versions of the Anonymous mask using 3D-printing and wore them during the "Occupy Gezi" protests in Istanbul, Turkey.

[via PSFK]

emily | 8:28 AM | permalink

June 4, 2013

3D printed scratch-atch-able poster designed to emulate the art of vinyl record scratching

Urban Ears wanted to promote their new product Slussen, a mobile DJ mixing system app for iPhones. They went about it by using 3D printing to create an interactive analog sound scratch-atch-able poster designed to emulate the art of vinyl record scratching.

[via Adverblog]

emily | 9:02 AM | permalink

May 10, 2013

How A 3D Printer Can Help You Cheat On Your Japanese Homework

Screen Shot 2013-05-10 at 8.14.08 AM.png Because Japanese students have numerous writing exercises that force them to scribble the same kanji characters over and over again, one student figured out a way to make it go faster.

quotemarksright.jpgWith the help of a 3D printer, a Japanese student created a tri-pencil holder with a 3D printer, making it easier and faster to repeatedly write a sentence.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via Kotaku]

emily | 8:11 AM | permalink

May 8, 2013

'Why I 3D printed an iPhone shoe'

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BBC News spoke to designer Alan Nguyen of Freedom of Creation in Amsterdam, and Bart Veldhuizen an online community manager at Shapeways in Eindhoven. Mr Nguyen showed off one of his favourite creations, a shoe which holds an iPhone. He designed it to test copyright principles, he told the BBC.

quotemarksright.jpgWe are like DJs," he said, "because they take other people's things and make something completely new." The iPhone shoe is a "mash up", he explained, as it contains other designers' case designs along the base of the heel.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Watch video.

emily | 5:36 PM | permalink

May 7, 2013

Artist collects DNA from discarded hair and nails, 3D-prints owner's face

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An artist is collecting stray DNA from the streets of New York City, and using it to conjure up 3D-printed versions of its original "donor". Wired reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIn Heather Dewey-Hagborg shows, Stranger Visions (indeed), the artist calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.

The process doesn't create a perfect clone (thankfully) of the DNA's original owner. Dewey-Hagborg said: "They will have similar traits and ancestry, but might look more like a possible cousin than a spitting image of the person themselves. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more .

emily | 7:55 PM | permalink

April 30, 2013

Return of the 3D printed fetus. This time for diagnostic purposes

26-weeks_fetus-3D.jpg3D Printing reminds us of the much talked about Japanese service that allows soon-to-be parents to buy a 3D printed figurine of their sonogrammed fetus.

quotemarksright.jpgBut a more practical service called Feto 3D being is being offered in Brazil at Technologia Humana 3D.

Founder Jorge Roberto Lopes dos Santos originally started the project of 3D printing unborn babies for diagnostic purposes. “We work mainly to help physicians when there is some eventual possibility of malformation,” said dos Santos.

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But there’s another group of people that use the service: “We also work for parents who want to have the models of their fetuses in 3D.” Many of those parents are blind. Blind parents miss out on the experience of looking at the sonogram screen and seeing their embryonic progeny, but 3D printers can give them something to feel.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

Previously: - From Brazil, 3D printer recreates 34 week-old fetus (New Scientist, October 2012)

emily | 11:01 PM | permalink

March 22, 2013

First 3D Printed snowboard Snowboard

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GROWit3D, a 3D printing company based in California, partnered with Signal Snowboards to achieve the unexplored: the world’s first 3D printed snowboard.

Read full article in Y-Axis Magazine.

emily | 11:23 AM | permalink

March 20, 2013

Personalized 3D printed figurines of employees, instead of flat business cards

Resoluut-3D-printed-superhero-figurines.jpg Instead of the usual business cards, Dutch agency creates personalized figurines of its employees using a 3D printer. PSFK reports.

quotemarksright.jpgCreative agency Resoluut has turned its workers into superhero-like characters and had the figurines created using a 3D printer.

The idea behind this concept is that because design is an important aspect of the agency’s business, Resoluut views its designers as its heroes. Each action figure is unique and is 100% custom made. At the bottom of each figurine is the e-mail address of the designer.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Watch video to see how Resoluut created these figurine name cards

Related: - These 3D printed CallingCube business cards will delight (or annoy) your new contacts

emily | 9:59 PM | permalink

February 25, 2013

Nike launches its first 3D-printed football cleat

nike-3d-printed-cleat.jpeg Nike has managed to 3D print the base plate of its latest football cleat, the Vapor Laser Talon, reports engadget.

quotemarksright.jpgThe boot was created using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which uses high-powered lasers to fuse pieces of plastic together, rather than the more basic methods we've seen in the Makerbot.

Not only did SLS enable the company to produce a shoe that would otherwise be impossible with traditional manufacturing techniques, but it was also hammered-out in a fraction of the time.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 7:30 PM | permalink

February 11, 2013

3D printing's now bringing you... a car

imageDisplay-1.jpeg Jim Kor is printing a car. TwinCities reports.

quotemarksright.jpgKor, an engineer and entrepreneur from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has designed a two-passenger hybrid car of the future dubbed the Urbee. The ultra-sleek three-wheel vehicle will have a metal internal combustion engine, electric motor and frame.

Kor is printing out the body in plastic, piece by piece, in Eden Prairie at RedEye, a business that uses three-dimensional printers to produce parts and prototypes on demand.

Using the unique capabilities of 3D printing, you can make a lot of those tiny individual parts into one part unified piece, he said. The Urbee's car body will be assembled from about 50 separate parts, total.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 3:00 PM | permalink

February 8, 2013

3D Printing of high tech tags helps scientists track big fish

CSIRO scientists are using 3D printing to build a new generation of hi-tech fish tags made of titanium. The aim is to use the tags to track big fish such as marlin, tuna, swordfish, trevally and sharks for longer periods.

quotemarksright.jpgCSIRO is printing the tags at its 3D printing facility, Lab 22, in Melbourne. The tags are printed overnight and then shipped to Tasmania where marine scientists are trialing them.

Tags are made of titanium for several reasons: the metal is strong, resists the salty corrosiveness of the marine environment and is biocompatible (non-toxic to living tissues).

One of the advantages of 3D printing is that it enables rapid manufacture of multiple design variations which can then be tested simultaneously. "Using our Arcam 3D printing machine, we've been able to re-design and make a series of modified tags within a week," says John Barnes, who leads CSIRO's research in titanium technologies.

... Above video, tracks of tagged fish and 3D animations of fish in their underwater environment.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full press release. via Laboratory Equipment via @3DPrint_newsbot

emily | 5:20 PM | permalink

Experts reconstruct face of Richard III 528 years after his death

richard.jpeg Two days after the bones of Richard III were found in a parking lot, 528 years after his death, a 3D-printed reproduction of his face reveals his features. Mashable reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe reconstruction project, led by Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee, was commissioned and funded by the Richard III Society.

"His facial structure was produced using a scientific approach, based on anatomical assessment and interpretation, and a 3D replication process known as stereolithography. The final head was painted and textured with glass eyes and a wig, using the portraits as reference, to create a realistic and regal appearance. quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:35 AM | permalink

January 25, 2013

Downloadable 3D printed birth control?

bearina-iud-concept-3d-printed-1-e1358900121191.jpeg Berlin-based designer Ronen Kadushin has a concept for 3D printing an intrauterine device (IUD). 3D Printer reports via Ponoko.

quotemarksright.jpgHe says his Bearina IUD “demonstrates the disruptive potential of 3D printed Open Designs to give free and global access to essential products, and circumvent industries (such as the Pharma industry) that aggressively defend their intellectual property to control the price and availability of their products.” As an Open Design he’s hoping that the IUD will be improved upon and experimented with by a networked community, or in a partnership with a forward-looking medical device company, with the goal of evolving into a functional product.

The Bearina IUD can be downloaded from Shapeways. But it's a conceptual product, a design fiction, and absolutely should not be used as an IUD.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 4:51 PM | permalink

January 8, 2013

3D Print Your Kids an Ant Farm

image:224870.jpeg Rachel Park for 3D Printing Industry picked up on a 5 Star, Deluxe Ant Farm created by Tel Aviv based designer Dizingof, available on Thingiverse.

According to i.materialize, Dizingof is probably one the most well-known 3D designers in the 3D community and made Thingiverse his second home with more than 160 free 3D designs.

Read December interview here.

emily | 5:25 PM | permalink

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