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3d Printing

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Mag iCreatum All-in-One 3D Printer

Mag iCreatum All-in-One 3D Printer
~$115+  Pledge Comment

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+
$70  Buy Link Comment

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.

Adam Savage’s Blade Runner Binoculars

Adam Savage’s Blade Runner Binoculars

Watch Adam Savage make a replica of Deckard’s binoculars from Blade Runner 2049. He started with a 3D model made by fellow maker Jon-a-Tron, which he modified to make it more faithful to the movie prop.

Clackeys 3D Printed Keycaps

Clackeys 3D Printed Keycaps
$10+  Buy Link Comment

Clackeys is a one-man shop that makes geeky and humorous mechanical keyboard keycaps. The proprietor Robert sculpts his designs on ZBrush, then prints them out of resin using a Form 2 3D printer. He also paints some of his products by hand.

Making Pickle Rick with a 3D Pen

Making Pickle Rick with a 3D Pen

3D printing pens aren’t as magical or user-friendly as we first thought. But 3D Pen Lab shows us that what these gadgets can do… with enough practice and imagination. Watch them make a surprisingly detailed Pickle Rick in this time-lapse.

2017 MOD-t 3D Printer

2017 MOD-t 3D Printer
$249+  Pledge Comment

The second version of New Matter’s affordable and user-friendly 3D printer is 30% faster and 50% quieter than the original model. It also has lots of new convenient features such as a built-in build tray, a filament movement sensor and universal filament spool holder.

3D Printed Destiny Ghost Replicas

3D Printed Destiny Ghost Replicas
$30+  Buy Comment

“You’d be surprised how little I understand what you’re thinking.” Etsy shop 3DDuplicator makes 3D printed replicas of the Ghosts from Destiny. There are a variety of shells available, including a Pokémon-themed one. The replicas each have a semi-poseable and backlit eye.

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Adam Savage’s Foam Doppelganger

Adam Savage’s Foam Doppelganger

While at UK effects and fabrication shop FBFX, Tested’s Adam Savage had the unique privilege of having his body 3D scanned, then replicated at life size using a 5-axis milling robot which carved his entire body from foam. We only wish they included footage of the robot at work.

Single Print Yoshimoto Cube

Single Print Yoshimoto Cube

Redditor eames_era_fo_life shows of a cool 3D printed object – in the form of a Yoshimoto Cube – one of those hinged playthings that can be flipped inside-out on itself. The most impressive part – it was printed entirely as a single part. STL file available here.

How SLA 3D Printers Work

How SLA 3D Printers Work

Stereolithography or SLA 3D printers are great for making small, smooth and highly detailed objects. Bill the Engineer Guy breaks down the components of an SLA DLP 3D printer to explain how it works in his typically engaging and accessible approach.

3D Nano Printing

3D Nano Printing

Most desktop 3D printers have difficulty handling individual layers thinner than 50 microns, so it’s pretty mindblowing to think that engineers have managed to 3D print a castle on the tip of a pencil, with a resolution of 0.1 micron, using multiphoton lithography.

DIY 3D Printed Letter Board

DIY 3D Printed Letter Board

Agustin Flowalistik made a fully 3D-printed letter board that looks nearly as clean and solid as one made from off-the-shelf materials. He’s sharing his 3D models for free. The set includes four different board sizes; subscribe to his Patreon and you’ll get access to the source files.

Making 3D-Printed Springos

Making 3D-Printed Springos

Devon of the Make Anything channel shows us a neat trick you can do with a 3D printer. By slicing your model just right, you can make just about any object into a springy, bendy, Slinky-like plaything. Separating the layers looks like a pain, but the finished models are super cool.

Shoetopia 3D Printed Shoe Concept

Shoetopia 3D Printed Shoe Concept

Design students Zuza Gronowicz and Barbara Motylińska came up with a shoe that’s 100% 3D printed and biodegradable. Aside from being customizable, it uses significantly fewer materials and less energy to make compared to conventional shoes.

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Overlord ProPlus 3D Printer

Overlord ProPlus 3D Printer
$499+  Pledge Comment

DFRobot’s OverLord ProPlus by DreamMaker printer outputs detailed models from PLA or ABS thanks to a great ventilation system and a heated bed. It’s easy to use, quiet, prints items up to 10.2″ tall, and is also a steal while it’s still on Indiegogo. Full review on Technabob.

3D Printing a Giant Hairy Lion

3D Printing a Giant Hairy Lion

One of the stranger objects that you can print on a 3D printer is known as the “hairy lion.” Once you print it, remove the outer shell, and heat it with a hair dryer, you can style its mane. The 3D Printing Nerd decided to print a giant one on his gCreate gMax 1.5XT+ printer.

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.

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dan Sultan: Magnetic
$1.29  Buy Link Comment

Dropbear Digital’s incredible music video for Dan Sultan’s track Magnetic was created through a mix of 3D printing, stop-motion, and projection mapping techniques to bring the singer’s digitized avatar to life. The behind-the-scenes photo album is equally fascinating.

DIY Rick & Morty Butter Robot

DIY Rick & Morty Butter Robot

“What is my purpose?” Redditor andredotcom modified a smartphone controlled toy tank and made a 3D printed body for it to make it look and sound like the existentially devastated butter robot from Rick & Morty.

Dinara Kasko: Architectural Cakes

Dinara Kasko: Architectural Cakes

Dinara Kasko combines her training as an architect and as a chef to create cakes with eye-catching geometric shapes and lines. She designs her own silicone molds and makes them on a 3D printer. Siliko Mart will soon mass produce and sell her molds.

Life-size DOOM BFG

Life-size DOOM BFG

Bethesda Softworks UK teamed up with MyMiniFactory to 3D print one of the most ambitious weapon models ever – a life-size replica of DOOM’s ridiculously oversized Big F**king Gun. Have a roomful of 3D printers and tons of filament? Download the files here.

Qixels 3D Toy Printer

Qixels 3D Toy Printer
$30  Buy Link Comment

Qixels are tiny plastic blocks which fuse together permanently when you wet their sides. The new Qixels 3D kit now lets you create 3D voxel models one layer at a time, giving you a sort of Minecraft IRL 3D printer. Includes 600 blocks. 1200 additional blocks go for $18.

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.

Light Zoetrope

Light Zoetrope

Artist Akinori Goto came up with an even more enthralling take on zoetropes. He uses 3D printing to turn two-dimensional frames into a donut-shaped object. It looks like an abstract piece, but it reveals its animation when hit with a narrow beam of light.

da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1 3D Printer

da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1 3D Printer
$890  Buy Comment

da Vinci’s versatile 3D printer not only outputs ABS & PLA objects on a heated bed, but it can do 3D scans, and can be upgraded with an $199 laser engraver for cutting designs into leather, cardboard, wood and plastic. A junior model for beginners is also in the works.

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