MakerBot spreads its wings It looks like the future of 3D printing is heading skyward—literally. MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com recently hosted the Birdhouse Challenge, wherein more than 160 competitors used the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to make some serious avian swag. Top entries included a birdhouse shaped like the turret of a medieval castle, and another shaped like a weird, futuristic egg. Sure, this might be a strange direction for 3D printing, but as long as it’s not about shotguns, we thing we’ll take the birdhouses. via
You can make a lot of cool stuff on a 3D printer — small statues, duck feet… and many other things eventually. For now, French design student Leo Marius has harnessed the power of 3D printing to make a real SLR camera, and you can too. Continue reading
unellenu 3D printed designs are created by Janelle Dehanne Wilson who is located in Sydney, Australia. Geometric designs and fractal motifs feature in many of the creations. Jewelry, iphone cases, lighting and decorative objects are among the types of products that are available.
Janelle enjoys exploring the versatility of 3D printing. Some of the materials used in her creations include 3D printed stainless steel, laser sintered nylon plastic, light cured resin, 3D printed ceramic, sterling silver and precious metals.
“I think the answer to that is, not anytime soon…that’s far, far in the future.” continue reading
Despite the chicken-in-every-pot hype over consumer-level 3-D printers, the technology still has a long way to go to be usable, or useful, for the average Joe. Designing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional computer screen is no simple task, especially for those unskilled in computer-assisted design or software. And for most people, there’s no compelling reason to make a unique object from scratch when mass-produced equivalents are cheaper and simpler. Continue reading
The most economical and fun entry-level 3D printer on the market.
Uses Play-Doh as a print medium, so it’s safe for kids and noobies.
Can print in up to 3 colors at once (blending them like soft serve ice cream).
Connects to iPad for easy designing with free iPlay-Doh 3D app.
iPlay-Doh 3D app also lets you share designs with others (and print their designs).
Build Volume: 5″ cubed.Power: 2 C Batteries and you (it’s mostly crank powered).
Includes: Play-Doh 3D Printer with conveyor belt, cranks, and printing head; plastic knife; 3 2oz cans of Play-Doh; and instructions.
Dimensions: approx. 15.5″ x 8″ x 19″ via
We wanted to make our friend a birthday cake, but we didn’t have an oven, so we decided to try to 3D print a cake instead. via