Archives for the category: Offbeat 3D printed objects
December 3, 2013
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.
November 7, 2013
A somewhat embarrassing feminine-hygiene issue has led Tamar Giloh to develop a new technology that could revolutionize the textile industry. Business Week reports.
Looking 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.
The 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.
October 17, 2013
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.
The horse had its hooves scanned with a handheld 3D scanner this week.
Read full article.
September 27, 2013
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.
At 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.
September 25, 2013
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.
September 18, 2013
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.
August 31, 2013
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.
Unveiled 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.
August 27, 2013
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.
The 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.
Read full article.
August 16, 2013
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."
August 14, 2013
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.
Despite 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.
August 2, 2013
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.
They 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.
July 9, 2013
June 20, 2013
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.
June 4, 2013
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.
May 10, 2013
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.
With 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.
May 8, 2013
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.
We 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.
May 7, 2013
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.
In 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.
Read more .
April 30, 2013
But a more practical service called Feto 3D being is being offered in Brazil at Technologia Humana 3D.
Previously: - From Brazil, 3D printer recreates 34 week-old fetus (New Scientist, October 2012)
March 22, 2013
Read full article in Y-Axis Magazine.
March 20, 2013
Instead of the usual business cards, Dutch agency creates personalized figurines of its employees using a 3D printer. PSFK reports.
Creative agency Resoluut has turned its workers into superhero-like characters and had the figurines created using a 3D printer.
February 25, 2013
Nike has managed to 3D print the base plate of its latest football cleat, the Vapor Laser Talon, reports engadget.
The 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.
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February 11, 2013
Jim Kor is printing a car. TwinCities reports.
Kor, 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.
Read full article.
February 8, 2013
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.
CSIRO 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.
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.
The reconstruction project, led by Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee, was commissioned and funded by the Richard III Society.
January 25, 2013
He 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.
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January 8, 2013
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.
January 3, 2013
December 3, 2012
A pair of MIT grads are looking to reinvent the baby spoon, and they are using 3D printing to perfect their design. On 3D Printing reports.
The product is called Spuni, and it is inspired by how babies eat.
In their own words:
Spuni is not just a small spoon. Spuni's unique "tulip" profile is designed to trigger the instinctive latching reaction that babies develop during breast and bottle feeding. It allows a baby to suck food off the spoon with less spillover, making each meal a more pleasurable experience for all.
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December 2, 2012
While spending some time on Tom Nardone's Makerlove blog, I came across this item — and it's not a sex toy — that he printed out in 3D on a Makerbot for his daughter.
A pair of shoe lfts making her just tall enough to ride all the rides at the amusement park. Without the shoe lifts she was just 1/2” too short. How cool is that?
Related to MakerLove: - The 3D Shades of Grey. Free Sex Toy Designs for Your 3D Printer
December 1, 2012
Forget buying sex toys — Tom Nardone wants you to print them. VentureBeat reports.
Nardone runs MakerLove, a website where he posts sex toy designs for 3D printer owners to try out.
Read full article.
Related: Adult industry seeks profit in 3D printing (VRZone)
It's still early days with things like 3D printed sex toys, mostly due to the materials currently used in the process of printing something out as well as the difficulty in getting a smooth finished product.
Related: Welcome to the dildoverse (3DPrinter.net)
While om Nardone is not yet to the point of selling customized, 3D-printed sex toys from his MakerLove website, he has set it up to be the Thingiverse of the sex toy world — a repository of downloadable designs for people to print their own sex toys at home. Sort of a Dildoverse, if you will.
August 10, 2012
Who needs ultrasonic baby pictures when you can have a resin-cast 3D model of your live fetus? That’s the latest development in 3D printing, now available at a health clinic in Tokyo - of all places.
-- From Brazil, 3D printer recreates 34 week-old fetus. According to Lopes, physical models can help describe a condition to expectant parents and illustrate surgical procedures required, as well as being useful for blind mothers to get a sense of their baby's appearance.
July 16, 2012
The security of high-end handcuffs depends on a detainee not having access to certain small, precisely-shaped objects. In the age of easy 3D printing and other DIY innovations, that assumption may no longer apply. Forbes reports.
With plastic copies a German hacker and security consultant cheaply produced with a laser-cutter and a 3D printer, he was able to open handcuffs built by the German firm Bonowi and the English manufacturer Chubb, both of which attempt to control the distribution of their keys to keep them exclusively in the hands of authorized buyers such as law enforcement.