Archives for the category: Offbeat 3D printed objects
August 12, 2015
This is one of the craziest uses of 3D printing we’ve seen yet.
Japanese artist Aki Inomata began 3D printing tiny homes for hermit crabs in a project she’s called “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ To a Hermit Crab?’ in 2009. Her original teeny hermit crab shelters were inspired by famous cityscapes; her latest inspiration is all about “white chapels”—which have a fascinating back story.
December 23, 2014
Hoover claims that this announcement has been in the works for some time, with its team of designers involved in an ongoing brainstorm to conceive new tools that make the tedious task of sucking up dirt that little bit easier.
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December 16, 2014
Just 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.
Richard 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.
Read more in Science Daily.
October 21, 2014
The feds spent $228,977 to reproduce canine snouts for research purposes. BetaBeat reports.
The 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.
October 16, 2014
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.
A security duo out of Melbourne, Australia, has developed a cheap gadget that they say can crack most safes in no time, sometimes within minutes.
September 23, 2014
The 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.
August 27, 2014
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.
July 16, 2014
In Japan this week, police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina. [via The Guardian]
The 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.
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July 11, 2014
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.
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.
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July 8, 2014
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.
A 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.
May 9, 2014
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]
Our 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."
May 7, 2014
Printed from titanium and coated with a medical grade plastic, the breakthrough mouthpiece is customised for each patient. [via nanowerk]
The 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.
April 11, 2014
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.
Now 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.
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March 24, 2014
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.
March 18, 2014
Jim Smith, the engineer behind the website Grass Roots Engineering, created a kayak built to his height and weight.
February 27, 2014
Take a picture of your feet with your phone. Wait. Get cheap, bespoke 3D-printed ski boot insoles delivered to you. New Scientist reports.
Ski 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?
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February 11, 2014
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]
January 23, 2014
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.
January 7, 2014
The 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.
January 6, 2014
Drones and 3D printing come to Indiana Jones.
Reblogged from LiveScience.
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.
Image credit: Megan Gannon/LiveScience
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.