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Normal Earphones Are Custom Printed To Fit Your Ears

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Ears are like fingerprints: no two are alike. Earphones on the other hand tend to come mass-produced in one shape only. This means you’ll either get an ok fit, or a terrible fit, but rarely will you get an exact fit. Normal Earphones hope to change all that by allowing you to make custom 3D-printed buds. Just take a picture of your ears with your smartphone, send it to the company for processing and less than 48h later they’ll be in your hands. They use “nerdalicious software and 3D printing to sculpt each one-of-a-kind pair”, while also integrating some high-end components to match their custom fit with quality sound. At $200 for the pair, we sure hope they mean that.

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3D-Printing Pen CreoPop Doesn’t Use Hot Plastic As Its ‘Ink’

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Th 3D-printing pens we’ve seen thus far work by melting plastic “ink,” which then harden as it cools into whatever shape the user chose to draw or form. Think of it like a glue gun in pen form that extrudes plastic instead of glue, and there you go. Bringing something different to the table, however, is CreoPop.

CreoPop takes the heat out of the equation, and it’s all possible thanks to the type of plastic that it uses: a light-sensitive resin that hardens upon exposure to UV light. Since it doesn’t use heat, it opens the door for many more applications and makes it safer to use for those who are normally clumsy and for kids, too.

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PancakeBot 3D Prints Delicious Pancakes

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What do you get if you slap together a hot plate, an Arduino controller, some stepper motors, and an acrylic supporting structure? A PancakeBot, is what. It’s a 3D printing machine that is absolutely unlike the boring old combination of printer assembly and widely used ink cartridges that can only print 2D images of the most delicious pancakes in the world. The PancakeBot’s creations will taste as delicious as they’re elaborate. Simply load up the batter, settle on a design, and watch as the print head lays down an edible Eiffel tower, a scrumptious SpiderMan face, or a fluffy galloping horse.

In the works since 2010 by one Miguel Valenzuela, the current version of PancakeBot doesn’t use its initial LEGO Minstorms structure and is a little more involved in its fabrication. Although not available commercially, Miguel does use this prototype to teach children in after-school programs about engineering, robot building and programming.

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3D-Printed Sneakers are Flexible, Foldable, Durable

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“Prepare for the unexpected” is what they always say. While you can’t exactly prepare for every single thing, you could take a cue from past experiences to prepare for the inevitable. For example, if your friends have a habit of inviting you out at the last minute for a game of basketball, then it might be a good idea to keep a pair of sneakers in your car, right?

If you don’t drive, then the Sneakerbot II is a good option. These 3D printed sneakers were inspired by Back to the Future and Star Wars, and it shows in its design, which was done by Recreus founder Ignacio Garcia. Using his company’s new Filaflex 1.75mm filament, the resulting 3D-printed sneakers can be bent and folded so you can just fold them up and throw them into your bag or briefcase.

You can download the 3D files for the Sneaketbot II HERE.

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Mortal Coil 3D Printed Slinky Skull Is Cool

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That’s a sweet looking 3D printing creation. It’s a skull made in Zbrush and printed in nylon and it kind of looks like a Slinky, only more skull-like. It’s called Mortal Coil, which is a brilliant name and deserving of some attention for the cleverness alone. Shapeways is doing the printing, so it’ll be pretty high quality, which partly offsets the fact that it’s also pretty expensive: $50.

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Sad Keanu is the Best and Saddest Toy Ever

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Who on the internet hasn’t seen that image of Keanu Reeves hunched over at a park bench, looking extremely downcast and lonely? Fans of Keanu rushed to send the actor messages of encouragement, which prompted him to explain that he wasn’t depressed but was just enjoying a solo lunch at the park.

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3D Printed Nails For All Your Manicuring Needs

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As part of our ongoing coverage of everything 3D printed, here are some glue-on nails by NYC artists Sarah C. Awad and Dhemerae Ford. They’re made out of vinyl and are available at their Shapeways store. Shapeways has been around for a while, so it’s not like we’re talking about personal 3D printing here. But it’s entirely conceivable that you could do these yourself at home if you have a printer. For now though, if you like these designs (our eyes are bleeding from not liking them, to be honest, but to each their own…), you’ll have to pay between $35 and $50.

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Compose a Tune and 3D-Print It Into a Music Box with Music Drop

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Give someone the gift of personalized music with Music Drop. So it’s not actually a song in the sense that you can only create a 16-tone tune, but that’s still something.

The service is being offered by Left Field Labs. Here’s how it works: you’ll be asked to compose your very own 16-note melody by clicking squares on a grid, with each one representing a certain note. When you’re done with your composition, they will then convert it into a 3D-printable file that will be used to “print” the tune in the form of a tiny music box.

 
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Left Field Labs explains: “We are all about using technology to help humans be, well, more human, and so we updated this small device with some of the emerging technologies of our time. We wanted to create a modern day adaptation to put tech and cheer right in your hand.”

Due to the high volume of initial orders, they aren’t accepting new ones yet. However, you can still sign up to create your very own tune and save it. Head on over to the Music Drop Web site to get started.

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Creepy: Company Will 3D Print A Replica Of Your Unborn Fetus

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We ran a story similar to this over a year ago but this product is slightly different. A company called 3D Babies will ask you to send them between 1 and 5 ultrasound images of your baby and they’ll create a 3D replica which “resembles” your fetus. Given the fact that the 3D print is based on customer submitted images, we’ll really emphasize “resemble” as we don’t except the accuracy to be very high. $200 will get you a small, $400 a medium and $600 a “full-size” 8 inch print. 8 inches apparently being the average size of a 23-24 week old fetus. You can also pick two, uh, poses. Either in fetal position or with arms and legs outstretched.

There’s no contortion of reason that will make this be anything but utterly creepy to us. But what do we know? 3D printing is revolutionizing the world (in a manner), but no one said it would always remain on the good size of the creep zone.

And if you don’t believe our reservations, hit the jump for a bunch more pictures that should drive the point home.

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