The record was printed by Amanda Ghassaei, a software engineer who works for online DIY-haven Instructables. Since she first posted her method for making the records on Instructables, it has garnered international attention. So much so that Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke announced he will use her method to 3D print records of a new song he is releasing next week.
Ghassaei decided to 3D print a record after a set of top-of-the-line Stratasys 3D printers arrived at Pier 9. The printers are very high resolution, so she decided to see just how high of a resolution she could coax out of them. Printing the tiny ridges that line records would be a great way to do so.
But first, she had to figure out how to use software to create a printable design. Records are so complex that it would be impossible to design one by hand. Ghassaei decided to write a script that would automatically turn a music file into a record design.
Watch Music Turn Into A 3D-Printed Augmented Reality Sculpture by Gizmodo UK. Hearing sound isn't cool. You know what's cool? Seeing sound. Interaction designer Lukazs Karluk put an audio clip through a gauntlet of digital and physic 0.
Although the things that can be done with 3D printers are certainly amazing, many 3D-printed plastic items still have a certain "look" to them.
This is largely due to the fact that each item is all one uniform color.
That apparently no longer has to be the case, however, as 3D Systems has unveiled its ProJet 4500. The company describes it as "the industry’s only continuous tone full-color plastic 3D printer."
The 4500 utilizes a plastic build material known as VisiJet C4 Spectrum, which is said to be flexible and strong. Items are built on a pixel-by-pixel basis, with each pixel potentially being any of "almost one million" colors. This means that the finished one-piece item can consists of multiple colors of plastic, those colors either sharply bordered or blending into one another.
Additionally, it is claimed to be two to five times faster than other plastic 3D printers, plus it incorporates an automatic recycling system for the waste plastic. It can be operated remotely using an app on a smartphone or tablet, and prints objects up to 8 x 10 x 8 in (203 x 254 x 203 mm) in size, at a resolution of 600 x 600 DPI.
The complex stylings of this tribal-heritage-meets-Predator polyamide headdress were designed by creative multi-hyphenate Joshua Harker, then 3D-printed for a high-tech, high-fashion catwalk strut in London.
The best gifts are the ones that aren't obvious. Oh you're going to get your sister another pair of earrings?
This time you should go for a set that were 3D printed instead. In order to wow your family and everyone on your list this year, here's are some magical presents that came out of a printer.
Now, you may be thinking, but I don't have a 3D printer. But no printer is no problem. You can easily order something that has already been designed and 3D printed for you. So now that you know how easy it is, what are you going to print for your friends and family? Maybe you can find some inspiration here
If you were walking down the street and someone handed you a completely colorless Rubik's cube and asked if you wanted to have a go, chances are you'd hand it back with a quick, "nahhhh, I'm cool." And you would just keep on walking.
BUT! What if you looked up and saw the device was actually controlling an entire, rainbow-hued building all lit up and shining right in front of you?
3D printing offers some phenomenal opportunities to advance medical care, and not just for humans. At Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, doctors are using a MakerBot 3D printer to make delicate doggie surgery possible.
Companies ( 2014 Ford ) are continuing to reap the benefits of 3D printing, a decades-old technology that has increased in popularity over the past few years...
Maker of a dying technology (personal automobiles), Ford Motor Company, has relied on a living technology to maintain its relevancy, releasing this latest promo video on how the car manufacturer uses 3D printing for prototyping purposes.
Sorry for my smarminess; I’m just getting really sick of there being so many cars on the road when we could be traveling in tubes already! I guess, if we have to keep driving around in these primitive things, they might as well use kickass technology to make them. It’s pretty interesting to see the entire printing to injection moulding process process!
Proxy Design Studio has created a 3D-printed spherical gear known as the Mechaneu. Described as the first in a series of kinetic, 3D-printed objects designed to explore the limits of 3D printing as an art form, it really is a work of art worth taking a moment to look at.
The company wrote custom software that creates geometry similar to how nature solves problems using shape. As the above video explains, 3D printing allows a method of manufacturing that has previously been impossible such as interlocking assemblies in the production process.
Technical jargon aside, it’s a really awesome 3D-printed toy that just so happens to be up for sale. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap by a long shot as you’ll need to shell out just south of $200 to own one.
Waving a magic wand over an injured bone to create a custom, living repair patch sounds like something out of I, Robot. But researchers have created a handheld 3D printing pen that could someday do just that.
There are several printable robot projects and they’re all pretty cool. The Poppy Project has something on them: completeness. That’s not to say Poppy is finished, but it does have two arms, two legs, and enough AI to interact.
Waving a magic wand over an injured bone to create a custom, living repair patch sounds like something out of I, Robot. But researchers have created a handheld 3D-printing pen that could someday do just that.
New York-based Proxy Design Studio has given Gizmodo a first glimpse of its incredible, 3D-printed spherical gear called the Mechaneu, equal parts tactile toy and mechanical sculpture, a mind-bogglingly precise intermeshing of wheels within wheels.
Designer Sebastian Errazuriz commemorates his past 12 relationships with a fashionable collection of stiletto sculptures.
His latest project entitled ”12 Shoes for 12 Lovers” is a documentary exhibition of the love and lust he shared with his ex-girlfriends. Paired with personal photos and stories, each sculpture gives Errazuriz a chance to mourn his loss (or celebrate his new found freedom) in a sentimental and transparent way.
Dazzle someone with a tale of the 3D-printed future, where everyone, everywhere prints their own goods at home, and after the initial surprise that you can print anything from math tools to body parts wears off, you'll hear the same question:
This is cool, but does it only print plastic
Plastics may be the future, but they're not the perfect materials for everything we need. The holy grail of 3D printers is a model that can print a multitude of materials at once—imagine printing a working cell phone—but for now, it'd be nice to be able to print some good old-fashioned metal. Extremely costly options exist, but engineers at Michigan Technological University have developed a metal 3D printer that can be built for less than $2000.
"Metal was the last class of material that the low-cost open-source 3D printing community needed to complete their collection," Joshua Pearce, an associate professor at Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Tech Lab and a co-author of a paper outlining the work to be published in IEEE Access, wrote in an email. "This helps us take one more step down the path to 'printing everything.'"
Metal parts are largely shaped by one of a trio of processes—casting, forging, and machining—or some combination of all three. Printing metal—that is, building a structure by fusing layer after layer of material—is more difficult than plastic largely because plastics can have lower melting points.
Working with rapidly heated and cooled ABS plastic is less of an endeavor than developing a printer head that can work with molten iron.
Stratasys, one of the two giants in the 3D printing market (the other is 3DSystems), is on a roll. This summer it bought one of the biggest and beloved home 3D-printer makers, MakerBot, and watched its printers churn out the first 3D-printed gun.