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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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This Giant Free-Form 3D Printer Can Print Houses

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The good folks at Branch Technology, a startup founded by architects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are developing technology that would allow architects and constructors much more freedom in the kind of buildings they erect. Using a repurposed automotive manufacturing robot made by Kuka, the Branch team developed a giant free-form 3D printer that extrudes a mix of plastic and carbon fiber. This is used to create a 3D lattice which is then reinforced with denser, stronger materials like concrete, eventually becoming a solid structure. The idea being that walls of pretty much any shape can be pre-built this way, and sent in scaffolding form to the construction site. Once there, construction workers assemble them and fill them with stronger materials, turning a fanciful curved wall into a permanent structural element. Each modular element fits together with the others like LEGO, making it possible for a project manager to simply send a digital file to Branch, only to later receive a completed framework for their building, ready for solidification and assembly.

Currently, Branch’s facilities allow for the production of up to 20 homes a year, with plans to expand as demand increases. Branch founder and CEO Platt Boyd says “We want to be the Shapeways of architecture.” They certainly seem to be off on a good start for that.

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Make Your Own Pocket Laser Engraver

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The main reason I haven’t bought a 3D printer is that I suspect that once that initial “gee-whiz, I can print objects” phase has passed, I’ll be hard pressed to find useful things to actually print. But projects like Thingiverse member Isolt’s Photon Printer, a Micro Laser Engraver, make me realize there are plenty of people working to provide us with things to do with these fancy printers. In this case, you’re looking at a little device that uses repurposed DVD drives as well as 3D printed parts to create a laser engraver, capable of, well, engraving anything you want on a variety of surfaces. It’s not a project for beginners, but if you’re got some time on your hands and know your way around electronics, you should be able to pull it off.

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Here’s Something Fun You Can 3D Print

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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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Orbit1 Brings Electroplating To The Home

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You may have bought a 3D printer, and that’s all well and good, but maybe you’re growing tired of making plastic objects. Plastic is great and all, but you know what’s nicer? Metal. Now, with the Orbit1 Tabletop Electroplater, you can take a freshly printed object, and plate it in Copper or Nickel, with options for Gold and Palladium if the company’s crowdfunding goes well. The way it works starts with you polishing and finishing your object as well as you can. Then you have to spray it with a conductive paint and wait a few minutes for it to dry. When that’s done, just dip it in the electroplating solution and wait as the process completes. An app will allow you to track progress, and in as little as a few minutes or up to a couple of hours (depending on the desired thickness of the coating), you’ll have a metal object that you printed at home.

Want to make your loved one a nice ring? This is the way to go. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be something you printed; you could make a gold plated tree leaf for all you care. The machine itself will set you back a hefty $1,999, while the electroplating solution works out to about $2 per gram, in Copper. That’s a heck of a lot, but could be a nice investment for someone looking to start a small business, maybe an Etsy shop or something. If the funding is completed, expect delivery by August 2016.

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