Notice that cute girl on campus? Like to know her better? Why not give her a hand
21st Century Robot:
Intel Corp. debuts "Jimmy" an open-source 3d printed home robot to launch later this year.
Louisburg High School junior Mason Wilde had some free time on his hands after giving up football. The perfect project soon fell into his lap: Nine-year-old Matthew, who was born with a condition called limb difference, has only a thumb on his right hand. Wilde modified the free Robohand
plans to fit the young boy. Then, using the 3D printer at the Johnson County Library, he created a prosthetic hand
that can even hold a pencil. [more inside]
This Les Paul inspired guitar body
was created via 3d printing
Here are some more ODD guitars
was started by Olaf Diegel
. His day job is professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. [more inside]
for lack of research
on dragons, makes
Settling in for a long winter's nap? In need of a memento mori to guard against the unbridled jollity of the season? Just want to explore the wonderful world of 3D scans, osteology, and bioarchaeology on the internet a little further? Sad that Santa probably isn't bringing you a T-Rex for Christmas
? Well, just peak inside... [more inside]
On Wednesday, The Smithsonian launched a new 3D viewer
on its website featuring a selection of its digitised collection, some of which are also available for 3D printing
will take your name (or really any string of text) and generate a 3D model of a spaceship based on it.
John Lloyd Wright
might not have the renown for the architectural creativity of his father, but John found inspiration in his father's work and designed toys that are still being made today. I'm talking about Lincoln Logs
. [more inside]
You know how Van Gogh
liked to really slather paint on
and his paintings were rather 3D but you couldn't touch them but really wanted to?
Now you can.
has created a process called Reliefography, which creates 3D-printed versions of paintings called Relievos. They are exclusive to the Van Gogh museum
in Amsterdam for three years
, but will move on to other instituions after that time. They can only produce three copies a day, but "the torn labels and hand written notes on the back of a canvas are perfectly recreated
". [more inside]
"I overheard that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009; that it was to become Japanese for the following fifty years, and then be returned to France. This concept made me think of hermit crabs, which change their shells.... The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?”
" More about Aki Inomata's 3D printed shells on The Guardian's Architecture and Design Blog
Breaking a bone often means a stinky, itchy cast that hinders personal hygiene arrangements and means your friends seem to suddenly think it's ok to scrawl obscene graffiti on you (although some people find ways of making them super awesome)
. But what about a 3D-printed cast
? [more inside]
, creators of the controversial printable AR-15 receiver
, have now released CAD files and video of the first firing of the Liberator, a real plastic pistol capable of firing between one and 10 .380 calibre rounds before exploding. [more inside]
With an incredible protein-to-weight ration, insects have often been promoted as a superfood that could cure world hunger
. (Although eating live
insects may not be advisable
.) However, the "grossness" factor often stops people from trying this comestible. Enter the 3-D printer to change all this
Mathematicians Henry Segerman and Saul Schleimer have produced a triple gear
, three linked gears in space that can rotate together. A short writeup of the topology and geometry behind the triple gear on the arXiv
What do 3D printing, jelly, liver transplants, chainmail, dental fillings, ferrofluids, and the Six Million Dollar man have to tell us about our future? Materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik lets us know in this Royal Institution lecture
This is the story
of an artist who was able to take numerous photos of a sculpture of a horse's head, "Head of a horse of Selene" now found in the British Museum - but originally from near the Acropolis in ancient Greece (circa 438-432 BC) - and who then fed the said photographs (taken from many different perspectives) to a revolutionary (free) software/app called 123D Catch
(by AutoDesk, makers of AutoCAD), which then created the wireframes needed to print out exact replicas (in pieces that must then be assembled) on a 3D printer
. The artist makes it available on Thingiverse
, if you'd like to make one on your own on your
3D printer. If the demo video for 123D Catch
doesn't blow your mind, your mind has probably already been blown. With apologies to Dr. Hook
For US$1275, You Can Get a 3D Model of Your Foetus The result is a scale reproduction of your unborn baby, composed of an opaque white fetus encased in the mother’s clear, colorless abdomen.
[via The Verge]
Two-year-old Emma wanted to play with blocks, but a condition called arthrogryposis meant she couldn't move her arms. So researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D printed a durable custom exoskeleton with the tiny, lightweight parts she needed
Make Magazine has released its Ultimate Kit Guide
which rates 175 DIY kits. Kits like the: 6-in-1 Solar Robot Kit
, the Infrared Jammer Kit
, the KaraKuri Somersault Doll
kit, the Loud Objects Noise Toy Kit
. But best of all you will find the astounding MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer
. "The Thing-O-Matic is a breakthrough in 3D printing technology. The Thing-O-Matic prints thing after thing, it's completely automated! You hit print and the machine does all the work. Want to print 100 butterflies? Easy. Want to print an entire chess set? No problem. Buy it, assemble it, and enjoy being the first on your block to live in the cutting-edge personal manufacturing future of tomorrow!" [more inside]
has designed and built The Solar Sinter
, a solar powered 3D printer which creates glass objects out sand. Needless to say, the ability to create objects out of sand using solar power will be welcome in deserts. He took his machine into the Sahara desert to test it
. Previously in the Sahara Kayser tested a similiar machine, The Sun Cutter
, which uses a ball lens to create a kind of laser cutter.
We all know Instructables, the crowd-sourced how-to site that brought us great tutorials like "Garbage Bag + Rice Cooker = Alcohol Still
," and "Quick Sauerkraut with Caraway Seeds and a Baseball bat
" - wait, what?
Oh, you must be reading some of Tim Anderson's 200-plus Instructables
. Tim's a curious fellow best known for
co-founding 3-D printer manufacturer Z Corp (previous-Z)
um, no, wait, maybe
for writing the Heirloom Technology column in Make Magazine?
No? Hmm, then what is he "best known for?" Well, there's a bunch of other stuff in here
. . . . [more inside]
Cheap 3D printing has the potential to change the way we produce and consume objects in the same way the cheap PCs and the internet changed the way we produce and consume information. Once again it is hobbyists and university labs
who are democratizing the technology. They are looking forward to the day when anyone can make designer bath fixtures
, functional appliances
, custom surgical implants
, or even business opportunities
at the click of a button.
However some are warning that overly broad patents could derail the whole revolution
. Even more worrisome is the prospect that existing IP law is completely unprepared
for a future where the cost boundary between ideas and physical objects has crumbled. Will commercial interests demand a crack down
on "pirated" printouts? Will Open Source manufacturing bring about a Star Trekian utopia
? It's hard to predict what will happen when everything
The printing of an engineered [non-functional model of a] replacement kidney on stage
at a recent TED talk is just the latest in a spate of recent high-profile biomedical engineering headlines. [more inside]
is a self-replicating rapid prototype machine
) using fused deposition modelling
. You can build one
, although I'm not sure why you'd need to....
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has made a 3D printer that forms objects out of sugar.
Three-dimensional printing's a reality.
While this technology will certainly help out mass production, here's the big question: Who will be the first to exploit this technology for odious purposes? And how far are we away from the transporter?