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Here’s Something Fun You Can 3D Print


Buying a 3D printer is all fun and games until you realize you’re running out of fun things to print. Now and then, however, we see something cool, like this Dremel Devil. It’s a plastic fan inside a cylinder, and it’s meant to be launched off a Dremel rotary tool. If done right, you’ll see this little toy soar up to 200 feet up in the air.

It’ll require a little bit of trial and error to figure out just how much pressure to use when inserting the Dremel Devil in the adapter, but a small learning curve shouldn’t keep anyone from having fun with this for at least a day or two. The file is free on the Thingiverse.

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Hershey-Backed 3D Chocolate Printer In The Works


3D printers have become the new must-have technology, at least if we go by how many exhibits showcased a 3D printer at CES 2015. But while most of them are busy printing plastic objects, 3D Systems and The Hershey Company have been collaborating on the CocoJet, a 3D printer that uses melted chocolate as its building material. Users can pick between dark, milk, or white chocolate and can print preprogrammed shapes or make new ones. And then eat them!

The printer isn’t currently available, but 3D System’s ChefJet printer is set to be released in the second half of 2015. That particular machine spits out three-dimensional sugar, chocolate, or candy confections, so it stands to reason that CocoJet could follow a similar path to market.

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A 3D Printed T-Rex Shower Head Is Why 3D Printers Were Invented


Now that you’ve had your fancy 3D printer for a while and some of the novelty’s worn off, you may be wondering just why it is you spent all that money. Your concerns, however, exist only because you’re short on imagination and not because the printers are less useful than you initially thought. Consider, for instance, the above 3D-printed T-Rex Skull shower head. In a world without 3D printers, this item would likely not exist. Now you can just visit the link below, download the file, and print it at home! You don’t need to pay for it, it’s free, and you don’t need to wait for it to ship: you literally download a product at home.

But you knew that, right? That’s why you bought the printer, you just forgot to browse the Thingyverse in a while. But now that you know this exists, get crackin’!


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Batman Candle Attachment


You’re looking at a 3D printed accessory that sticks onto the side of a candle, and projects a Batman shadow onto a wall nearby. It’s neat, costs $35, and comes in 4 different shapes, depending on which movie version of the logo you prefer.


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Space Invaders Toilet Paper Holder


This is a 3D printed toilet paper holder. It’s shaped like a Space Invaders, the “PX361” to be exact (yes, that’s its name, at least according to one website we found). It holds toilet paper, costs $20 and is made from both ABS and PLA plastic. And if you think there should be more to say about this product, then it’s really not for you.

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Would You Buy A 3D Printer At $200?


Where’s the price cutoff point at which 3D printers might hit critical mass? $400? $300? What about $200? Because that’s how much you would have had to pledge to get your hands on the Micro 3D (M3D) printer pictured above had you been an early bird; it’s $300 now. Currently well above its funding goals, this printer can construct a cup of tea, say, out of thin air in as little as one hour just by pressing a couple of on-screen buttons. Plug it through USB like a regular printer, browse through a library of objects, design a new one, or download some to the provided software and you’re more than halfway there. You’re free to use any type of plastic filament, whether ABS, PLA or Nylon, and your printed objects will have a 50-350 micron layer resolution.

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Full Color 3D Printer On The Horizon


3D printing keeps maturing in leaps and bounds, and the latest innovation is full-color prints, with gradient transitions between tones. Some of the current crop of cheaper, extrusion-based printers do provide coloured prints, but they can only print one colour at a time and the transitions aren’t as smooth as the ones produced by the ProJet 4500 by 3D Systems. This particular machine uses a different technique, laser sintering, to achieve its results. This involves a laser focusing into a precise point in space, and hardening a special powder, point-by-point and layer-by-layer. In this fashion, a more precise and controlled mix of colours is possible, although the end result is somewhat unsaturated and washed out. However, the ProJet 4500 is meant to be used in rapid prototyping, where you’ll be able to save a manual painting step and get your part approved for final production that much quicker.

There’s no word on price, though the device appears to be available.

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LEGO Brick Ring Is Quirky, Not Altogether Useful


It’s not that rings should be useful or anything; they’re adornments after all. But since the 2011-old LEGO Brick Ring does come with two LEGO-sized protrusions you’re going to be tempted to attach LEGO pieces to it. And that’s when you start “using” the ring, only there isn’t much you can actually do with it other than to perch bricks and Minifigs on it, to your heart’s content. That’s enough to sell us on it though, especially given the reasonable $41 price tag for a piece described as “bronze-infused stainless steel with visible print lines and a rough feel.” To be honest, it looks really nice and the pictures don’t do it justice, so hit the jump for a video to get a better idea what it looks like.

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3D Printed Caffeine Coffee Mug


This is a fancy ceramic mug made at Shapeways from a 3D printed mold. It’s a normal mug surrounded by a 3D representation of the molecule for Caffeine. True nerds will be delighted; also, true nerds will likely not buy this because it’s insanely expensive. $70! It is perhaps worth mentioning that since it’s made at Shapeways, who use industrial printers, it’s likely to be of higher quality than something you’d print with the current generation of home 3D printers. That being said, it’s still $70 being wrenched from your account for something you drink your morning sludge from. Worth it? Not sure, but below is the link anyway. It comes in a $30 espresso size as well.

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