3d Printing

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Clackeys 3D Printed Keycaps

Clackeys 3D Printed Keycaps

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

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

“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.

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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