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Giant LEGO Go-Kart

Giant LEGO Go-Kart

Matt Denton of Mantis Hacks has been working on a LEGO-inspired go-kart made with larger than life 3D-printed plastic bricks. After countless hours on the project, he’s ready to take his creation for a test drive. You can check out the full series of build videos here.

3D Printed Soft Robots

3D Printed Soft Robots

Using a high-tech 3D printer that can print up to 8 different materials with a single nozzle, engineers from Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS are showing how they can create tiny soft robots which use a mix of hard and flexible substances. By introducing a vacuum into its chambers, it’s able to walk without motors.

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Autonomous LiDAR NERF Robot

Autonomous LiDAR NERF Robot

Engineer James Bruton is always building amazing things in his workshop. He recently got his hands on a LiDAR scanner unit which can enable 3D computer vision and capture navigational data. He used the device to guide a robot that looks for movement all around it, then turns to fire at what it detected. Demo starts at 17:54.

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates neat 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside. They also make personalized C64 and Sinclair ZX logos.

DIY Clock Shelf

DIY Clock Shelf

DIY Machines shows off a really creative design for a wall shelving unit. Not only does it provide 12 illuminated cubbies for items like small plants or collectibles, but its light-up edges double as a colorful digital clock. To build one for yourself, you’ll need a 3D printer, plus the items listed on the project’s YouTube page.

Overly-complicated Business Cards

Overly-complicated Business Cards

There are places where you can get some really nice, professional business cards these days, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd, you need to do something extra special. 3D designer Stian Ervik Wahlvag (aka agepbiz) did just that, and made himself some custom cards that look like packaged toys.

Tennis Ball Dog House

Tennis Ball Dog House

Dogs love tennis balls. To celebrate this cherished relationship, architecture firm CallisonRTKL created a very special doghouse, covered with 1,019 tennis balls – each of which can be removed to play with. The 3D-printed doghouse was auctioned off to benefit the SPCA of Texas, but we’d love to see this sold in kit form.

DIY Eye of Agamotto

DIY Eye of Agamotto

Prop builder Odin Makes shows off another very cool build – a replica of the Eye of Agamotto that appeared in Doctor Strange and Avengers: Infinity War. The 3D-printed piece of mystical jewelry even has a glowing green time stone at its center.

Jumbo LEGO Stud Launcher

Jumbo LEGO Stud Launcher

One of the cooler LEGO parts out there is the stud shooter, a tiny weapon for minifigs that fires a single round stud. LEGO fan agepbiz decided to see if he could supersize the plaything into something humans could wield, and managed to pull it off with aplomb. He previously made a human-scale LEGO space blaster.

Ocean in a Cup

Ocean in a Cup

Roman Khramov of 5 min Minibricks shows us how to create a tiny diorama of a boat and ocean waves inside of a tea cup using 3D printing, paint, cotton, and resin. The base was created with a Snapmaker 3D printer, but it required craftsmanship and skill to bring the scene to life with such detail. (Thanks Niklaus!)

360° Photo Sphere

360° Photo Sphere

This mind-bending creation is a full color, 3D-printed spherical object that’s been layered with a full-color 360° panoramic image. If you don’t have a full color 3D printer handy, there are a couple of options for these on the market including Scandy Spheres and the less expensive Snapspheres.

Digital Sundial

Digital Sundial

Mojoptix’s nifty 3D-printed object works like a traditional sundial, casting a shadow as the sun moves overhead, but it displays the time using dot-matrix digits, thanks to some very clever engineering. You can buy a pre-printed version from 3D Expressions on Etsy, or download the STL files on Thingiverse if you’ve got a 3D printer.

P-09 Lattice Pen

P-09 Lattice Pen

Designed by Ben Liew, this bold writing instrument features a body with a slick open-weave design. The complex geometry is made possible using 3D printing technology, and the pen will be offered in resin or titanium, or as a glass nylon prototype, which doesn’t share the smooth feel of the production versions.

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DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is a 3D-printable rubber band gatling gun. Its unorthodox appearance is more than just for show. Unlike most rubber band guns, the Arcus uses the energy from the rubber bands being shot out to rotate the barrels and continue the barrage. Grab the 3D models and directions on Instructables.

Low Poly 3D Sculptures

Low Poly 3D Sculptures

Etsy seller Dominima Design makes 3D printed models of animals and cars, each featuring a minimal, low-polygon count style. Whether you’re into bears or Bimmers, penguins or Porsches, rally cars or rhinos, they’ve got you covered.

3D Printed Shape-shifters

3D Printed Shape-shifters

Engineers from MIT have developed 3D-printed objects with embedded magnetic particles that allow them to change shapes in an instant. The current prototypes are mere playthings, but the tech could give way to tiny, remote-controlled medical devices.

Kitchen Opener Multi-tool

Kitchen Opener Multi-tool

Produced using 3D printing tech, this handy gadget from SOLIDink3d makes it easy to open twist-off or traditional bottle caps, and can also pop open those tricky soda can tabs. It’s especially useful for people with arthritis or a weak grip.

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

Nexi Tech shows us how to make some truly unique speakers using value-priced parts. The electronics are set into organic looking enclosures designed by Ondra Chotovinsky. The 3D printer he used is the $500 Creality3D CR 10S, which makes great big prints cheap.

Drawing Smaug in 3D

Drawing Smaug in 3D

Artist 3D Sanago likes to sculpt iconic characters using a 3D extrusion pen. Watch in awe as he turns a stick of PLA filament into the deadly dragon from The Hobbit. And then there’s Rainbow Poop Cat.

3D Printing Time-Lapse Hack

3D Printing Time-Lapse Hack

Because of their relatively slow speed, time-lapse videos are the best way to showcase 3D printer builds. Make Anything shows off a neat technique that perfectly synchronizes each layer printed with a still camera’s shutter, resulting in a really slick and smooth visual effect.

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Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Artist Dutch exp shows us how he uses a 3D printing pen (in this case a Myriwell Pro) to create amazing full color replicas of characters from pop culture, including Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star, Q*Bert, Pac-Man, Sonic, Olaf, and Rick Sanchez.

Giant LEGO Bulldozer

Giant LEGO Bulldozer

LEGO fan Matt Denton managed to 3D print another jumbo-sized version of a classic LEGO Technic kit – their 1979 bulldozer model. Just like the original, this supersized version was assembled from nearly 400 parts. Unlike the original, this one took 600 hours to print.

Credit Card Chess Set

Credit Card Chess Set

Using Shapeways‘ 3D printing tech, Innovo is offering up this nifty chess set which comes in flat-pack form. Simply punch out the pieces, and you can play anywhere. We only wish there was a way to put it back in your wallet once it’s punched out.

Hackrod La Bandita

Hackrod La Bandita

Using tech developed by Siemens, this incredible looking aluminum roadster was designed in a virtual reality system, engineered with AI, and will be fabricated using 3D printing. Hackrod hopes to allow buyers to help design their own vehicles using VR tech.

Magnum Mini Crossbow

Magnum Mini Crossbow

RinkyDink3D’s tiny 3D-printed crossbow is designed to shoot matchsticks 50 feet or more. It’s got built-in storage for up to 10 extra projectiles, and features a locking mechanism with a thumb release trigger. (Not recommended for kids under 16 years old)

Candy Corn Wrist Shooter

Candy Corn Wrist Shooter

DragonFly Fabrication shows off a fun way to deliver candy to trick or treaters this Halloween. This 3D printed, wrist-mounted gadget fires candy corns towards their recipient with the push of a button. Download the build plans on Thingiverse.

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