While 3D printers typically use filaments made purely from plastic, Make Anything shows off how a special composite filament called Timberfill can be used to create sandable, stainable wooden objects, like the cool acorn-shaped storage containers shown in the video.
We’ve all seen laser beams which project images using a persistence of vision effect. While the professional gear does it with moving mirrors, Yertle Vert shows off a neat build using 3D-printed cams and a laser pointer to achieve a similar effect. Instructions on Thingiverse.
Designer Paul Braddock of the Mold3D Channel demonstrates how to use objects made with a 3D printer to create silicone molds for casting items from a mix of metal powder and resin, giving them a sturdy and substantial part with a weathered metallic look with actual rust.
Eric Harrell used his 3D printer to render an accurate, fully-functional scale model of the LS3 V8 engine from a Chevrolet Camaro. It took him over 200 hours to print the finished model. If you’ve got the time, the printer, and the filament, grab the plans from Thingiverse.
High tech design studio Nervous System has outdone themselves, with the creation of truly stunning neckties which double as wearable works of art. The interlocking pieces are printed from nylon, and are hinged to move fluidly. Each is printed to order, so be patient.