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Derby the Dog 2.0

Derby the Dog 2.0

Not that long ago, we met Derby, a dog who generously received a pair of 3D-printed prosthetics to improve his mobility. Thanks to the fine folks at 3D Systems, Derby’s legs recently received a major upgrade, which help him walk in a more natural, upright position.

Makerarm

Makerarm

Makerarm is a robotic arm with a variety of tool heads that allow it to 3D print (both filament and resin) write, draw, cut, carve, pick & place and more. You can also teach it new actions, control it over Wi-Fi and make multiple units work together.

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Adidas Futurecraft 3D

Adidas Futurecraft 3D

This proof-of-concept running shoe has a 3D printed midsole. Adidas envisions that someday you can go into a shoe store, use a scanner and walk out with shoes that are customized to your feet. In concept form though, its outsole looks like it’s customized to last five minutes.

Form 2 3D Resin Printer

Form 2 3D Resin Printer

Compared to the Form 1, the Form 2 has a 40% larger build volume. It also has a self-heating resin tank, a new cartridge system that automatically refills the tank with resin and a slide peel and a resin wiper to improve print consistency.

Fire & Bone Mini Metal Skulls

Fire & Bone Mini Metal Skulls

Using a combination of 3D printing and wax casting, Fire & Bone creates incredibly detailed, but tiny skulls of animals made from bronze or sterling silver. Some even have articulating jaws, like the miniature human. Each includes a 24″ chain and an optional display stand.

G3DP 3D Glass Printer

G3DP 3D Glass Printer

While it doesn’t have the precision of other 3D printers, MIT Mediated Matter Group’s and Glass Lab’s molten glass printer is still amazing, producing optically-transparent glass shapes that would be very difficult to make by hand.

Frankenstein Light Switch Plate

Frankenstein Light Switch Plate

Etsy store 3D Printing Egg used Jeff Kerr’s designs to 3D print light switch plates that look like the antique lever switches that mad scientists often use in pop fiction. Available in six colors and as single or double switches.

Boulton 3D-Printed Eyewear

Boulton 3D-Printed Eyewear

Custom fitted sunglasses and prescription glasses. Send Boulton reference photos of your face and they’ll give you a preview of your glasses before making them. The glasses will come in five designs and five types of Polycore lenses.

3DSimo Mini 3D Printing Pen

3DSimo Mini 3D Printing Pen

A compact 3D printing pen that lets you draw objects in three dimensions. It heats super hot so it can handle a wide variety of materials, and can even solder. Down the road, it will get add-on tips for woodburning, foam cutting and more.

DM Blade Supercar

DM Blade Supercar

Divergent Microfactories’ proof-of-concept car for its chassis assembly. Paired with carbon fiber tubes, DM’s lightweight and modular 3D printed aluminum nodes could lead to more affordable and environment-friendly car factories.

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin

Formlabs made a Rube Goldberg machine using its new Tough Resin. Compatible with the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D printers, Tough Resin is durable, rugged and flexible, making it ideal for high-impact and high-stress use.

All Things Fall

All Things Fall

A grim 3D printed sculpture and zoetrope inspired by Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents. Sebastian Burdon spent over six months modeling and printing the zoetrope’s more than 350 pieces based on Mat Collishaw’s artwork.

Flow Honey Harvester

Flow Honey Harvester

Cedar and Stuart Anderson’s Flow system is a convenient and considerate way to harvest honey. Its 3D printed honeycomb frames let you drain the honey into a tap. You save yourself a lot of work and the bees are left unharmed.

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Like Son, Like Father

Like Son, Like Father

Keith Londsdale lost parts of his face to cancer. The first three masks he wore neither fit nor looked well. Fortunately his doctor made him a much better mask based on a 3D scan of his son’s face. Image by the Daily Mirror.

MakerBot PrintShop for iPad

MakerBot PrintShop for iPad

MakerBot’s iPad app is 3D modeling software for beginners. Its new Shape Maker feature turns sketches into 3D models. You can refine and tweak the resulting model or print it right away (provided you have a 3D printer).

Carbon 3D UV Light 3D Printer

Carbon 3D UV Light 3D Printer

Carbon 3D’s innovative take on Digital Light Processing allows its 3D printer to print up to 40″ per hour. That’s 25 to 100 times faster than other 3D printers. The process also makes it possible to print elastic objects.

CIRIN Rubber Band R/C Race Car

CIRIN Rubber Band R/C Race Car

This incredible looking car is powered by tightly-wound elastic bands, can go up to 500 feet at up to 30mph, and can be steered via remote control. The 3D-printed car cost its makers $500, so don’t expect to find it in a toy store any time soon.

Derby the Dog

Derby the Dog

Warning: Feels ahead. Derby the dog was born with a genetic deformity of his front legs. This severely limited his mobility. But thanks to 3D Systems and Peace and Paws, he now can run with his curvy new 3D-printed prosthetics.

3D-Printed Custom Head

3D-Printed Custom Head

If you find custom 3D printed figurines out of your price range, perhaps a miniature copy of your head will do. You won’t need a 3D scanner either. Just send Firebox a front and a side shot of your head and they’ll do the rest.

Netflix: Print the Legend (Trailer)

Netflix: Print the Legend (Trailer)

A Netflix original, Print the Legend is a feature-length documentary about 3D printing, one of the most promising technologies today. The film is anchored on the histories of 3D printer manufacturers MakerBot and Formlabs.

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MakerBot Replicator Z18

MakerBot Replicator Z18

The latest 3D printer from MakerBot has a massive 12″ x 12″ x 18″ build area, which allows for printing large models, or multiple small ones at once. We want one just so we can print skulls like the one shown here.

CreoPop 3D Printing Pen

CreoPop 3D Printing Pen

Unlike other 3D printing pens, the kid-friendly CreoPop doesn’t have a hazardous heating element. It uses UV light to cool and solidify its ink. It has a variety of inks, including magnetic, glow-in-the-dark and scented inks.

Lix 3D Printing Pen

Lix 3D Printing Pen

Like the 3Doodler, Lix is a handheld PLA/ABS 3D printer that makes creating objects as simple as writing or drawing. It’s main advantage is its compact size, making it more comfortable to hold. Hey Lix guys, the camera is over here.

Bear on Stairs

Bear on Stairs

It might look like a primitive CGI animation, but this short film by DBLG was made by creating numerous 3D prints of a bear climbing a flight of stairs, then shooting them frame by frame. We’d love to see more of this technique.

Micro 3D Printer

Micro 3D Printer

The Micro is an affordable 3D printer that promises to have an intuitive and user-friendly software. It’s also quiet, not power hungry and easy to maintain. It prints with ABS and PLA and has a base print area of 4.4″ x 4.3″.

3D-Printed Kayak

3D-Printed Kayak

Built from 28 sections of 3D printed ABS plastic screwed and caulked together, this colorful kayak was constructed by Grass Roots Engineering using a special oversize 3D printer. It’s completely watertight, and yes, it does float.

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