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3Doodler PRO+ 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler PRO+ 3D Printing Pen

With a price approaching some 3D printers, the 3Doodler Pro+ isn’t for everyone, but it does feature big upgrades including a powerful dual-drive system, precision temperature controls that enable more intricate and consistent drawings. It can print with ABS, PLA, FLEXY, wood, copper, bronze, and nylon filaments.

3D-Printed Statue Self-Portrait

3D-Printed Statue Self-Portrait

With the help of Pikus Concrete, Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything managed to have a gigantic 3D-printed statue created in his own image. The 12-foot-tall concrete sculpture weighs in at 6,000 pounds, and Jerry had it dropped next to his buddy’s swimming pool as a prank. We’re sure it will soon get sliced open by What’s Inside.

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Diver and Manta Ray Resin Art

Diver and Manta Ray Resin Art

Artist Rayclay used a combination of 3D modeling software, 3D printing, and hand-finishing to create miniature models of a freediver and a manta ray. He then precisely painted the pieces and submerged them in transparent resin to create the illusion they were swimming beneath the ocean’s surface.

Giant Castle 3D Print

Giant Castle 3D Print

Most 3D prints we’ve seen are relatively small. But the guys at Argentina’s Trideo make the Big-T – a $40,000 industrial 3D printer that can crank out precise objects as large as 40″ x 40″ x 42.5″. Watch as it churns out a detailed model of a castle that’s over 39″ tall. The print took almost 10 days to complete – with no errors.

All-at-once 3D Printing

All-at-once 3D Printing

Typical 3D printers build up objects one layer at a time. This new technology is capable of printing an entire, highly-detailed object at once. The one big caveat of EFPL and Readily3D’s volumetric printer is that it can only print really tiny objects. Since it can print in a sterile container, it could be used for biomedical applications.

3D Printed Textscapes

3D Printed Textscapes

Artist Hongtao Zhou uses 3D printing to produce these wildly innovative works of art. Each one offers up a tactile and dimensional sculpture of a city, sculpted from letters of varying heights, and forming words which describe the locale. Some of his works are even printed on a flexible background so they bend like paper.

Infinite 3D Printer

Infinite 3D Printer

One of the limitations of cheap desktop 3D printers is their small print bed size. But this nifty hack by Swaleh Owais incorporates a conveyor belt print surface that can eject parts and then move on to the next one without human intervention. By angling its print head, it can also print very long objects.

DIY Carbon Fiber Skateboard

DIY Carbon Fiber Skateboard

Maker James Bruton is a big fan of 3D printing. In this video, he uses his Lulzbot HS+1.2 heavy duty print head to output carbon fiber reinforced plastic filament to create a skateboard with a unique structure. He then takes it for a spin to see just how strong it is.

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

3D Printed Concrete Firepit

HomeMadeModern shows us how to use 3D modeling software and a 3D printer to create a set of silicone molds for casting a concrete firepit. Despite the complex look, the entire design you see was created from just three different mold shapes.

3D Printing a Boat

3D Printing a Boat

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center now has a 3D printer that can crank out objects up to 100 feet-long, 22 feet-wide, and 10 feet-high. In this brief time-lapse, watch 72 hours condensed down to 30 seconds as it outputs a 25 foot-long boat that weights 5,000 pounds. And yes, it floats.

Analogue Loaders

Analogue Loaders

Animator Raphael Vangelis pays tribute to all the lost time spent watching spinning circles, hourglasses, beachballs, and progress bars on our computer screens, by replicating the idea with stop-motion animation and 3D printing. The behind the scenes video equally enthralling.

The Smash-Proof Guitar

The Smash-Proof Guitar

Sandvik created what it believes is a nearly indestructible guitar. Its body was 3D printed out of titanium, while its neck, fretboard and hub were milled from stainless steel. They let prolific axe wrecker Yngwie Malsmsteen put it to the test.

Drawing a 3D Globe

Drawing a 3D Globe

Using a pair of clear plastic domes as a canvas and a 3D printing pen, artist 3D Sanago created a wireframe model of our planet, then proceeded to conjure up some plastic gears and attach the whole thing to a motorized base. The result is a neat see-through, spinning globe.

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Drawing a 3D Bicycle Model

Drawing a 3D Bicycle Model

Every time we’ve picked up one of those 3D printing pens, we’ve ended up with a glob of hot mess. But 3D Sanago has proven time and again that you can really make some incredible art with the things. His latest creation? An intricate model of a bicycle with working pedals and wheels that spin. Turn captions on.

Light Zoetrope

Light Zoetrope

Artist Akinori Goto came up with a truly wonderful take on the zoetrope. He uses 3D printing to turn 2D frames into a donut-shaped object. It looks like an abstract sculpture, but it reveals its animation when hit with a narrow beam of light.

3D-printed Hermit Crab Shells

3D-printed Hermit Crab Shells

Hermit crabs wander the beach looking for abandoned shells to call home. But artist Aki Inomata creates custom shells based on buildings and other forms using CAT scans of shells, 3D modeling, and 3D printing. And if this seems wacky, check out Inomata’s other project.

Hero Arm Bionic Arm

Hero Arm Bionic Arm

Open Bionics’ Hero Arm is an electronic prosthetic arm that is custom made using 3D scanning and 3D printing. It’s controlled by muscle movements and has haptic feedback, beepers, buttons and lights. It also has swappable covers.

Making Deathwing with a 3D Pen

Making Deathwing with a 3D Pen

YouTuber 3D Sanago greets us by saying he’s a 3D pen master. But he easily backs it up by making a badass statue of Deathwing the Destroyer from World of Warcraft. He makes liberal use of a wood burning tool to smooth the plastic and add textures.

Crayon Creatures

Crayon Creatures

Crayon Creatures turns kids’ drawings into accurate full color figurines thanks to the wonders of 3D modeling and 3D printing. The figurines measure up to 4″ tall and are printed in sandstone. Additional figures of the same drawing can be ordered at a discount.

DIY 3D Printed Bladeless Fan

DIY 3D Printed Bladeless Fan

Thingiverse member DanielMitchell has shared his 3D model for a triangular desktop bladeless fan. It uses a computer fan hidden in its base, and is easy to put together. Thingiverse has links to print shops if you don’t have access to a 3D printer.

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Volumetric 3D Printing

Volumetric 3D Printing

Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a 3D printing method called Computed Axial Lithography. It projects 2D slices of a 3D model into a cylinder of resin, creating an object in one go. It’s much faster than other 3D printing methods, which deposit material layer by layer.

Color Illusion 3D-printed Skull

Color Illusion 3D-printed Skull

Using a professional full-color 3D printer and taking advantage of the stairstepped surfaces of voxels, Make Anything was able to create a sweet model of a human skull that appears to change colors when viewed from different angles. Download the model here.

Mag iCreatum All-in-One 3D Printer

Mag iCreatum All-in-One 3D Printer

The Mag iCreatum is an extremely affordable and durable modular 3D printer. The delta-style printer features a 270mm x 300mm build area and automatic calibration. With the equally affordable optional modules, you can turn it into a laser engraver or a CNC carver and plotter.

Millennium Falcon Giant 3D Print

Millennium Falcon Giant 3D Print

A satisfying time-lapse of a 3D printer churning out a giant model of Han and Chewie’s ship. Stonefx83 custom built his own large-format printer, which cranked through the 27.6″ long, 6.6 pound model in just under 10 days. Read more about the project on Thingiverse.

3Doodler Create+

3Doodler Create+

3Doodler’s new Create+3D printing pen has a new dual drive system that leads to far fewer jams and smoother drawing than previous models. It not only works with PLA and ABS filaments but also with a new filament called Flexy, which lets you create flexible items.

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Wonderfully satisfying footage of a 3D printer depositing material across the span of a 150mm (~5.9″) bridge without support structures beneath its center. The 3D printer in use is the well-reviewed Creality CR-10.

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