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3D Printed iPhone Case Helps You Throw Those Pokeballs Straight

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The Pokemon Go craze continues unabated, and while we could make all kinds of comments, we won’t. It is what it is, and for better or worse, there are tons of products being made to hitch a free ride on the bandwagon. The iPhone case pictured above is a creation of one John Cleaver, and its only use in the world is to help you throw that Pokeball as straight as possible. Why? So you can… catch them all. Of course. It’s a free download, but you’ll need your own 3D printer and iPhone 6. And given the fact it’s going viral and tons of people are asking John for cases that fit their phones, stay tuned for cases adapted to Samsung phones and more.

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DIY Pokedex Cover Helps with Pokemon Go Battery

 

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Pokemon Go has swept the world into a “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” frenzy during the last several weeks since its thundering debut. And while it’s sent intrepid fans out into the streets to hunt down errant Pikachus and Bulbasaurs, it has also been a huge drain on the battery life of all our phones.

That’s where Sparkfun user Nick Poole comes in. Recognizing the weight that the app was putting on his phone – using its built-in GPS constantly, sucking up all his mobile data, and keeping his LCD display on at all hours as it constantly rendered a new map with new features – he has come to the world’s rescue.

Using 3D printing technology, Poole developed a phone case modeled on the classic Kanto-era Pokedex. Bright red in color and featuring red, yellow, and green LED lights, the case is an absolute essential for any Pokemon trainer out there.

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Deadpool Knife Block

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If ever there was an appropriate look for a knife block, it’s this one made in the likeness of Deadpool’s head. If you’ve watched the movie, we’re sure you’ll agree. Reminiscent of the Vice Versa Knife Block we wrote about 11 years ago, the 3D printed bust does require some work on your part to come to life. Instructables contributor BrittLiv was kind enough to post her work files online, as well as detailed instructions on what to do after the piece is printed. Yes, it’s a DIY kind of thing and not something you can buy, but for those of you with a 3D printer just itching to find something cool to create, here’s your chance.

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3D Printing Now Lets You Make Cookies That Look Just Like You

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Etsy seller Kriszti Bozzai, who goes by the name Copypastry on the site, is selling cookie cutter stamps that are a little different than what you’ll find in the baking aisle in your local shop. You send her your picture, and she’ll hand-draw a caricature based on that. She’ll then pop it up in into the 3rd dimension, and print the resulting line art on her 3D printer to create a cookie cutter that makes cookies that bear your resemblance. Of course you’re not limited to a picture of you, it can be a logo, family portrait or almost anything else. It’s $50.

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CowTech Ciclop Is a 3D Scanner For Less Than $100

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3D printing is awesome, but not without its drawbacks. For one, if you want to copy an existing object of yours, you have a bit of a challenge in front of you. You can either get to work on a 3D CAD program and recreate the piece, but that requires skills the average consumer doesn’t have. Or, you can scan it. 3D Scanners can be expensive though, which is why we’re impressed with the CowTech Ciclop by Jason Smith. It’s a kit that contains almost everything you need to made a scanner; what it doesn’t come with can be printed with your existing 3D printer. Included in your $99 are “lasers, a stepper motor, webcam, acrylic parts, CowTech-designed Arduino shield, Uno development board, power supply, and USB cord.” Features of this scanner include 0.5mm scan resolution, adjustable scan time (2-8 minutes), and a magnetic back cover for easy access to the electronics. Keep in mind this is an open-source project, and you will still need to have some basic knowledge of post processing programs to be able to take the point cloud file the scanner outputs and convert it to a .STL file that most printers can handle. Still, at $99 to be able to photocopy your objets, we think the CowTech Ciclop is a welcome addition to this burgeoning field.

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Beautiful 3D Printed Flatware

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3D printing tech keeps advancing, and we’re starting to see some pretty eye-catching stuff become available for purchase. This set of utensils from Francis Bitoni Studio uses 3D metal printing tech, and is finished in sterling silver. It’s called Setae Flatware, and features four metal strands that intertwine gracefully to finish in a point. Or… in little bowl in the case of the spoon. Or… an edge, in the case of the knife. Well, you get the point. They’re very nice looking and would fit right in the Lord of the Rings universe. Luckily for you, they’re available in this universe, although we don’t know for how much.

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3D Printed Modular Wine Rack is Ingenious In Its Versatility

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We come across a lot of wine racks while sourcing content for OhGizmo! But we’ve rarely seen a product as ingenious as the GustaVino 3D printed modular wine rack. By using some clever hexagonal geometry, the modules are able to accommodate wine collections of varying sizes without leaving many empty spots as your numbers dwindle. The basic three-piece kit can handle between 1 and 4 bottles with just a little reconfiguration, for instance. And as your collection grows, you can simply add more hexagons; the modularity allows you to build out the overall rack in different ways, and let your imagination run wild.

You can purchase the digital file for £19, and print as much rack as you want at home. But if you don’t just happen to own a 3D printer, prices for pre-made modules start at £19 for a 3-piece kit, £39 for a 6-piece, and up to £137 for a 24-piece monster.

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3D Printed Stormtrooper Foosball Heads

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We’ve heard it a million times: “I have a 3D printer, but I have no idea what cool stuff to print!” Well, guys, here’s a fun project. If you have a foosball table, YouMagine member Excite created a set of Stormtrooper heads that you can use to replace the ones currently on your table, by simply snapping them over the standard ones. Of course, there are limitations: it’ll only work if you have a Sportcraft table, plus it’ll upset the balance of the players which some more serious aficionados might dislike. But if you’re really looking to spice up your table, the files are available for download on the YouMagine website.

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A Frankenstein Light Switch

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Wanna add a bit of flair to your living space? How about the Frankenstein Light Switch? It’s a plastic cover for your light switch that ends up making it look like a giant Frankenstein style circuit breaker. It comes in single or double switch versions, for $10 or $15. Comes unpainted, so it’ll fit any decor. Unfortunately, high demand means you may have to wait up to 10 weeks to get yours, but if you have access to a 3D printer, the file is also available for you to print at home.

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