By now most of us are used to streaming or downloading any music we want to listen to. Whether it be Spotify, iTunes or Pandora, there is no inherent need for physical items to get your favorite tunes.
Brooklyn designer Francis Bitonti talks about his Bristle Dress, made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. MakerBot goes behind the scenes at the photo session where model Ica Paru wore the Bristle Dress for Bitonti for the first time.
Add a comment29745210123d printed house 3D printers are building some pretty amazing stuff lately: working speakers, wooden furniture, prosthetic limbs, and even foods like pizza and pasta — but WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. of Shanghai, China is thinking much, much bigger.Instead of pumping out small plastic parts with a desktop-sized printer, these guys print out prefabricated living structures out of concrete using a massive, building-sized 3D printing machine.Now, to be sure, 3D printing houses isn’t a particularly new thing. Companies have embraced the idea of additive manufacturing since before the term “3D printing” had even entered the popular vernacular. For this reason, it’s not the houses that WinSun creates that are impressive — it’s the blistering pace at which it creates them. Running at full speed, the company’s printer is capable of producing up to ten 650 sq. foot homes in just 24 hours.Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/giant-3d-printer-can-build-10-prefab-homes-24-hours/#ixzz2zIzrhwwrFollow us: @digitaltrends on Twitter | digitaltrendsftw on Facebook
Model cars. Jewelry. Furniture. Bullets. Presidential bobble-heads. Prosthetic limbs. Jet planes.Besides the fact that these items might all comprise the eclectic Gallatin student’s dorm room décor, they also can all be produced with just a computer program and one of those highly coveted 3D printers. These technological powerhouses started out as hefty machines intended just for printing paper models. Now, the industry standard printer is streamlined, modern and sexy, though also very expensive. This is what we’d expect when pricing a metal box that can miraculously turn a drawing into a models of virtually any shape and color with incredible detail.The hefty cost of today’s 3D printers, which hovers somewhere $1000 and $4000, includes both the immense versatility as well the vast development the machines have undergone. Naturally, investing in a 3D printer is no small cost, and it seems that until now the market has primarily targeted industry professionals looking to invest in this superior technology to enhance their businesses or organizations. But what about us consumers who crave a 3D printer of our own in our homes and personal spaces?Aspiring 3D printer owners should know now that after much time, the first consumer-focused, low-cost 3D printer is now available for online pre-order. M3D’s Micro printer, successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter, costs only $300 and is small enough to fit comfortably on a desk or bookshelf. It’s portable, lightweight, easy to use and best of all, actually affordable. Not to mention it comes in a variety of pretty colors. Though the models printed from this machine may need to either be simpler or perhaps be broken down into smaller separate parts given the machine’s size limitations and lesser capacity, they are nevertheless the same products lining the walls of Makerbot, one of the most popular 3D printer stores, in the West Village.You may not yet want to invest so soon in a 3D printer for your room. First, you may want to partake in printing on your own with the help of a normal sized 3D printing machine. Thanks to the industry’s shifting focus on individuals’ printing needs as opposed to those of just design or manufacturing firms, you can try your hand at a variety of different spots. The best example is none other than Staples stores, which offer cheap and affordable 3D printing for customers. This is worth doing for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that you would get to try out using the imaging software used to mount drawings and create shapes to be printed.Pretty soon, 3D printing could become as ubiquitous in households as Apple computers – a revolutionary product that will continue to transform our ability to produce and innovate on our own time that will become cheaper to produce as it becomes tailored more and more towards a mass consumer market. Individuals and small-businesses who can’t afford the monster-size printers now have a reasonable alternative.Possibilities with at-home 3D printing are wide-open and attractive. Maybe one day we’ll be able to 3D print food, like the food from the Spy Kids’ microwave (and not just those funky burgers); perhaps we will do away with furniture shops and print and design all of our own furniture. In an era where “convenience” and “on-demand” services are the holy grails of innovation, the advent of a high-school science project-friendly at-home 3D printer is flawlessly timed and, frankly, geniusRead more: An Affordable Mini 3D Printer Has Arrived And It’s Super Cute · NYU Local http://nyulocal.com/national/2014/04/18/an-affordable-mini-3d-printer-has-arrived-and-its-super-cute/#ixzz2zIyuXCToUnder Creative Commons License: Attribution
Soon, you might never have to suffer through the stench and itchiness of plaster cast ever again.
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know firsthand just how horrible traditional casts are. Hell, even if you haven’t broken a bone, you still probably have a decent idea of how awful casts are, assuming you’ve been within smelling distance of anyone who’s wearing one. After about a week they start to smell like a rotting hog carcass that’s been baking in the sun for three days, and often get itchier than a poison oak rash — but thankfully technology might soon make them obsolete.
3D-printed casts (an idea that’s been around for a couple years now) could alleviate the odor and itch issues caused by plaster casts, but even though they’re not widely available yet,Turkish student Deniz Karasahin has already taken the idea a step further. winner of the 2014 Golden A’Design Award, Karasahin’s Osteoid cast prototype uses tiny ultrasonic vibrations to speed up bone healing time by up to 40 percent.
The bone healing capabilities of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) have been known for decades, but the treatment is difficult to administer because it requires ultrasound leads to be placed on the skin, directly over the injured area of the bone. With traditional plaster casts this is basically impossible, but a 3D-printed cast that leaves patches of skin open would make it easy. Osteoid’s simple, skeletal design allows ultrasonic drivers to be built directly into the cast.
It’s still just a design prototype at this point, but given the rapid pace at which 3D scanning and printing technologies are progressing, we wouldn’t be surprised to start seeing these kinds of casts adorning the arms of reckless people all over the globe within the next year or two.
My friend Anna enjoys having a laugh dressing up for social occasions. During the daytime she can be found looking like a highly professional respectable citizen. Then, after the day’s work is done she turns into her alter-ego, which can be found wearing anything from attractive casual wear to parodies of some of societies most outlandish garb. One of her wilder accessories is her spiky rave-cap-type-thing. When I saw the intense new 3D printed LED Spike Hoodie by Stego Flex, I couldn’t help but think of her cool but crazy cap
Anna is fine with 3DPI fame, she has already appeared in a UK national newspaper (not for her cap) and tells Members of Parliament off for not doing enough about ecological issues in her spare time. She’s also remarkably patient with me talking about 3D printing endlessly: Generally smiling and nodding… ensuring my Facebook mail about 3D printing at least looks to have been read… occasionally ensuring I’m parted from my computer to preserve my sanity… all the kindly things that good friends do for us 3D printing journalists.
Back to the LED spiked hoodie: The spikes are hollow and designed to be 3D printed in Ninjaflex filament. The STL files come in three different sizes, innovatively named large, medium and small. Each spike includes two sewable tabs for easily attaching to your hoodie or costume. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to 3D print each spike, which isn’t bad.
Adafruit has the designs for 3D printing and instructions for the circuit, all of which is fairly straight forward for an experienced maker. I would suggest that this is probably not first project stuff for newbies, but for those fresh into the world of making at home it is worth a look for range of applicable skills inherent to the making process. Crafting wearables using 3D printing, electronics and basic fashion skills has a lot of potential, and there is certainly a lot of lateral thinking going on around applications for the trinity of making areas. It looks like good fun.
However, as interesting as wearable tech can be, and as fun as the 3D printable LED spikes are, I’m guessing that Anna will be far more likely to be seen making tongue-in-cheek party parodies in her cap than the wearables. Like the vast majority of people Anna has a lot to be getting on with and not much time for such projects, and in Anna’s case, things that actually make a difference. When I asked her about this she said:
‘You just asked if you could write about the cap.’
Er. Um. Er. Which is fair enough of course. Still, I’m sure someone will end up wearing the LED spikes. Sonic The Hedgehog / Mario Bowser gaming parties for the kids. Teenagers using hallucinogenic substances. Cats fighting armadillos. Viruses. That sort of thing.
By Davide Sher DBLG, a London based creative agency that also offers a bespoke 3D printing and modeling service has launched an interesting stop-motion animated video entirely based on the different poses of a cool, laser-cut-sharp looking, 3D..
As you can see, the project, properly named “Bear on Stairs” depicts a bear walking up an infinitely revolving set of steps. As simple as it may seem, the project requited the support of specialists such as Blue Zoo for character animation and Resonate for the audio mix and sound design. It also opens up some interesting questions on the use of 3D printing for stop-motion animation.
The technology has already been employed by animation giants such as DreamWorks and some time ago a young cinema student found that 3D printing allowed him to create a full short with limited economic means. The Bear on Stairs project, however, is not about cutting costs as much as it wants to stand out as a creative link to the past of animation, when it was achieved by successive hand drawn tables, while adding the physical third dimension to this basic process.
As Visual News reports, each frame of the video is a different 3D printed bear. Which also means that, since what we see in the final result is a three dimensional object moving through time, we are in fact viewing a 4D animated video. Whether that is the future or the past of animation is hard to tell but DBLG achieved its goal just by us posing the question.
Open Source 3D Printers for Small Business Small Business Computing While 3D printers have been around since the 1980s in manufacturing (they were more commonly known as industrial robots), the big change came just a few years ago.
You may have heard of 3D printers—they've been all over the news. But you may not know that they represent real opportunity for small business owners. While 3D printers have been around since the 1980s in manufacturing (they were more commonly known as industrial robots), the big change came just a few years ago, when affordable models for hobbyists hit the market. Savvy small business owners take note: we're witnessing the start of an affordable technological revolution, and it's just the beginning.
3D Printer Revolution
It all starts with a 3D software model, which controls the printer. Equipped with nozzles that spew material in layers, the printer builds up layer upon layer to form an object. The material can be made of pretty much anything that flows and then solidifies.
The biggest immediate impact is on manufacturing, because 3D printing makes sophisticated prototyping and production affordable and many times faster. Perfecting a prototype or retooling a production line suddenly becomes a matter of changing software code, rather than ripping out entire production lines of machines or machining new tools. It affects the entire supply and delivery chain
You may have been pondering the exact purpose of 3D food printing, especially when you see the foods that have been 3D printed so far. It’s mainly goop stuffed into a syringe and squirted into the shape of a star or something.