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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.

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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.

Overlord ProPlus 3D Printer

Overlord ProPlus 3D Printer

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.

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

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.

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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

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.

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

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

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.

3Doodler Create

3Doodler Create

The leading 3D printing pen gets numerous refinements, making it easier to use, lighter weight, faster and smoother. Available in five anodized aluminum colors now too. Owners of the 3Doodler 2.0 can upgrade for 50% off.

How 3D Printing Works

How 3D Printing Works

Leave it to Mehdi Sadaghdar to come up with an entertaining introduction to 3D printing. Watch as he risks life and limb to make a tree using a glue gun, as well as exploding rockets using a dedicated 3D printer. More on his blog. All we are is 3D printeeeers

3D Printer Makes Music

3D Printer Makes Music

Most 3D printers use stepper motors to move their print head and platform. There’s an interesting side effect to this setup – you can use it to play music. Barnacules Nerdgasm demonstrates. Turns out the sounds can also be used to reverse engineer 3D models.

Project Escher

Project Escher

3D printing is awesome, yet its biggest flaw is its speed. While tech is in the works for faster printing in small scale, Autodesk has developed Project Escher, a combination of software and hardware that can orchestrate multiple print heads to build large objects quickly.

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Nicetrails

Nicetrails

Nicetrails makes 3D printed scale models of landscapes out of GPX files, so you can commemmorate your hikes, bikes and other outdoor escapades. You can use a GPS drawing tool if you don’t have a GPX file on hand. Available as 2″, 4″ or 6″ long models.

Wave City Dining Table

Wave City Dining Table

Designer Stelios Mousarris‘ second Inception-inspired table is much bigger than the first one, measuring 98″x 30″x 28″. Its continuous wood and steel sheet undulates to create a large crest and a tapered leg that support the glass surface.

3D Printed Steel Bike

3D Printed Steel Bike

Students at the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology and 3D printing company MX3D programmed a welding robot to “print” the cage structure of this awesome and unique bicycle frame. We love the open and organic design, though it’s probably still quite heavy.

Run Baby Run

Run Baby Run

Animator Eran Amir created a series of 3D printed baby figurines then traveled through a variety of environments with the baby models on a rig, painstakingly snapping one photo at a time to create a seemingly around-the-world baby marathon. Making of video here.

22x22x22 Rubik’s Cube

22x22x22 Rubik’s Cube

YouTuber corenpuzzle made what he believes is the world’s largest order Rubik’s Cube. He designed and then 3D printed its 2,691 parts over 8 months. After a couple of failed attempts, he finally put the whole thing together in working order. Get the 3D files here.

Inception Coffee Table

Inception Coffee Table

Designer Stelios Mousarris created this awe-inspiring coffee table of a city that bends over itself after seeing the movie Inception. It was built using wood, steel and 3D printing. Our biggest concern: The price? Nah. Keeping it free of dust bunnies.

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