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MyWing Coffee Table Concept

MyWing Coffee Table Concept

A proof of concept for a flexible coffee table that can transform into small laptop desks. Made by Carlo Ratti Assocati and Cassina, this table is part of a series of furniture built using modern technology and with modern users in mind.

Puzzle Facade

Puzzle Facade

A 3D-printed Rubik’s cube’s moves were made to correspond with lights on the Ars Eelectronica Center using an Arduino processor and Bluetooth modem to relay information to special software and allow passersby to try and solve the puzzle.

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3D Printing 101

3D Printing 101

In case you haven’t noticed, 3D printers – and scanners – are quickly becoming more affordable and easier to use. If you’d like to know more about the technology, check out this great primer by ASAP Science.

3D Printed Voice Sculpture

3D Printed Voice Sculpture

Gilles Azzaro used a desktop 3D printer to make this voice print of a portion of President Obama’s 2013 inauguration speech about a new industrial revolution. Regardless of the audio, the sculpture looking like a cool alien landscape.

Digital Grotesque

Digital Grotesque

The first fully immersive, solid, human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed. Digital Grotesque was fabricated entirely with custom-built algorithms. The 16 square meter room was printed at a resolution of 0.1mm.

MakerBot Digitizer

MakerBot Digitizer

A desktop device that uses lasers to small objects into 3D digital models in minutes. Combine it with a 3D printer to make your own home replicator system. The Matterform is much cheaper, but it’s too soon to tell which is better.

3D Printed Dog Bone Tag

3D Printed Dog Bone Tag

Michael Mueller’s handsome 3D printed dog bone tags can be customized with text on the front and on the back. They’re made of stainless steel or silver with optional gold or bronze plating, and they come in three sizes.

Protos 3D Printed Eyewear

Protos 3D Printed Eyewear

Using 3D modeling and printing, Protos Eyewear makes sunglasses that fit your face perfectly. The glasses are made from a durable and flexible composite material. Stock 3D printed frames are also available. Fitting demo here.

Twinkind Personal Figurines

Twinkind Personal Figurines

Like Japan’s Omote Shashin Kan, German shop Twinkind uses a full body 3D scanner and a high quality 3D printer to make figurines of anyone – even pets. Sadly, aside from being expensive you’ll have to go to their shop to be scanned.

Atlas Performance Dress Socks

Atlas Performance Dress Socks

The Ministry of Supply has designed their Atlas dress sock prototype using strain analysis, pressure mapping, thermal imaging and a robotic knitting process (think 3D printing) to create these impressive-sounding foot covers.

Matterform 3D Scanner

Matterform 3D Scanner

So you’ve ordered a 3D printer. Now what are you going to print? Well, you can look for files online, or you could get the Matterform. It scans and creates a 3D model file of any small object with just the push of a button.

Batman Head Sculpture

Batman Head Sculpture

You might put an eye out with the extra pointy ears on this awesome 3D printed bust of The Dark Knight, created by artist Metin Seven, and available from Shapeways. Measures ~4.7″ tall, and available in a variety of materials.

Gigabot Large Format 3D Printer

Gigabot Large Format 3D Printer

re:3D’s Gigabot 3D printer has a build volume of 24 cu.in., significantly larger than other prosumer and desktop 3D printers, so you can print larger items or print multiple small ones at once.

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3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

The 3Doodler uses technology similar to that of 3D printers to heat and cool a stream of plastic as it passes through the pen’s nib and allows you to lift your imagination off the page by writing in thin air.

3D Printed Custom Figurines

3D Printed Custom Figurines

Omote 3D’s Shashin Kan takes personal figurines to another level, using 3D scanning and printing to create detailed likenesses of their customers. The cost? At least $265. Stick to Instagram for now.

Shattered iPhone Case

Shattered iPhone Case

Make your phone look busted while you’re actually protecting it with this iPhone 5 case that looks like it’s been shattered into hundreds of pieces. Created by ArtizanWork created using 3D printing tech.

Holly Wood Digital Sculptures

Holly Wood Digital Sculptures

Holly Wood is a series of computer-generated wooden sculptures from French artists Tony and Emmanuelle Lugand that features some of our most beloved pop culture, media and gaming icons.

3D Printed Filigree Skulls

3D Printed Filigree Skulls

Joshua Harker designed these intricate skulls using his computer and the latest in 3D printing technology. They range in size from 2.5″ to 7.4″ H. Also available in a variety of colors and materials.

Formlabs Desktop 3D Printer

Formlabs Desktop 3D Printer

Formlabs Form 1 3D printer uses a high-intensity blue laser to cure melted plastic into thin layers. The result is incredibly-precise models, though they require a small amount of hand-finishing.

3D Print-Your-Own Records

3D Print-Your-Own Records

Remember those Fisher Price record players that played chunky plastic discs? Well thanks to 3D printing tech and the DIY brains of Fred27, you can make your own custom records for the classic toy.

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Free Universal Construction Kit

Free Universal Construction Kit

Using 3D printing tech, this 79-piece set lets you connect LEGO to K’Nex to Tinkertoys and other previously incompatible building blocks. And yes, we know what its name spells out.

My Robot Nation

My Robot Nation

Build your own custom 3D printed robot figurines over at My Robot Nation. Pick from heads, torsos, arms, legs, then add accessories and colors and pose your robot. Available in sizes from 2″ to 6″ tall.

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