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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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3D Printed Pizza? Foodini Says “Yes!”

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It’s pretty cool that you can 3D print elaborate high fashion accessories, or dinosaur fossils these days, but things really start to get interesting once you realize that the technology may also allow you to print food one day. The creators of Foodini hope that you’ll be interested in using their machine to print a variety of comestibles, not the least of which is some dubiously appetizing pizza. Currently only a prototype, the machine is nevertheless able to extrude a proper pizza dough, which is then topped with cheese and sauce. Sure, it looks kind of wonky, but remember this is still not ready for prime time.

The company that makes this device is called Natural Machines and cofounder Lynetta Kucsma explains that its ability is not limited to pizza. While initially developed to make sweets, it can also make a variety of things from burgers to pasta. But, being only a printer, it doesn’t cook any of these things; it merely prepares them for cooking. Still, it should be able to save you a couple of steps in the kitchen and if you often find yourself making a lot of the same things, like santa-shaped cookies for Christmas.

The plan is to release Foodini around the middle of next year for around $1,200.

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[ Daily Dot Article ] VIA [ walYou ]

This Is What Happens When 3D Printing Meets High Fashion

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Joshua Harker describes himself as an “artist, sculptor, musician, digital adventurer, imagination architect, troublemaker.” It seems that one of the duties an ‘imagination architect’ has is to put together fashion shows, and it’s in this context that he created the above Quixotic Divinity Headdress. Here’s his description:

Exploring the limits of the 3d printed medium & inspired by traditional Native American, Latin, African, & Asian headdresses & masks, this piece celebrates the symbolism & ceremony of human adornment. Revealing the wearer’s identity, the face mask hangs in position as a floating bodice symbolizing the freedom of the spirit from the body. The piece has nearly 200 hours of design time & was built by EOS on their largest format SLS printer in polyamide, filling its build envelope to full dimensional capacity.

Yes, it’s an eyeful to look at, but that makes it all the more interesting as we’re able to see just how intricate an object today’s printers are able to achieve. Granted, it’s probably beyond the capabilities of many of the lower budget machines out there today, but since the field is still in its infancy we’re curious to see what the near future holds. Josh’s piece will debut stateside as part of the 3DPrintshow in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion, February 13-15 2014>. This show appears to be a showcase of printed objects and might be worth checking out for anyone in the area.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pictures.

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3D Printing App Makes Object Creation Easier For Windows 8.1 Users

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The ecosystem around 3D printers gets a little more mature each day. Just last week we were reporting that about the Smithsonian launching a set of 3D files of their exhibits that you can print at home. And now comes news that Microsoft has released an application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It’s meant to make it possible for people with no experience with CAD software to easily create objects to print. Aside from containing a catalogue of items that you can use immediately, the app allows you to modify them and even to import your own external ones, of course only as long as you have the hardware to do so. It’s free and you can give it a spin at the link below.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Smithsonian Launches Collection Of Historical Models You Can Print At Home

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Bought a shiny new 3D printer but you’re still looking for stuff to print? Maybe CAD modelling just isn’t for you and everything you’ve tried to create so far looks kind of wonky. Well, the Smithsonian has launched a collection of 3D files that let you explore the various models in detail, directly in your browser, as well as print them at home in that printer of yours. Items include a woolly mammoth skeleton, as well as Amelia Earheart’s flight suit and the 1903 Wright Flyer. The effort is called Smithsonian X 3D, and its launch coincides with a two-day conference of the same name that started yesterday.

[ Smithsonian's X 3D Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]

DIWire Is A New Kind Of 3D Printer

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It seems strange to consider innovation in the field of 3D printing when the field itself is so new you’d hardly be able to call it mature. Yet that’s exactly what Brooklyn-based Pensa has done with the DIWire. It’s a 3D printer that doesn’t print, but rather bends wire into shapes. Yeah… kind of like Bender from Futurama, but less entertaining. Anyway, according to a representative of the company, traditional 3D printers are “good at doing volume, while DIWire is good at doing lines.” In other words, if you ever find yourself wanting to make a wire mockup of a large scale product, going the regular 3D printing route might be overkill and could even sometimes be altogether inappropriate. Say you’re a furniture design firm, and you need some simple wireframe mockups of your work, DIWire would be the way to go; there would be no point in spending the time and effort into a traditional 3D printed model, when it’ll be discarded anyway. Simply feed the DIWire software a vector file of your project, and it’ll analyze it and prepare it for wire bending. Specify the type of wire to bend, press a button and watch as the device notches the wire left and right, at the exact angles and lengths needed. In a matter of minutes you’ll have your 3D wireframe model.

While this does appear to be a printer of more limited use, the company is hoping to explore commercialization with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign next week. Early adopters will be able to get their hands on a DIWire for a pledge of $2,750.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

One-Of-A-Kind Web Of Plastic Caps Turns Bottles Into Fancy Vase

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As the technology matures, we’re starting to see an increase in 3D printed products hitting the market. It’s usually stuff you wouldn’t normally find in a store, but since these things don’t exist until you order the, they don’t take up valuable shelf or storage space. That’s how the Screw You Vase came into existence. It’s a matrix of 12 PET plastic bottle caps that accommodate standard bottles. The caps have a hole at the top, so once you’ve inserted your bottles, filled them with water and popped a flower in each, you’ve got yourself a unique vase that none of your friends is likely to have. Granted, you’re going to have to spend a pretty penny to get this, $150 to be exact, but we suppose that’s what happens with a time-consuming process like 3D printing.

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You Never Knew You Wanted A Piece Of 3D Printed Norway, Did You?

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Apparently Norway has some pretty impressive landscape, so much so that Shapeways is letting you select a piece of Norwegian terrain and 3D print it. We suppose that the land of Fjords has the type of terrain that makes for prettier 3D models, so we don’t resent the fact that it’s there instead of, say, Siberia. The way it works is that you move a selector square around a map of the country, and then press a button to purchase. That section will be printed into a 10cm by 10cm (4in. by 4in.) square, so the larger an area you select, the less detail it’ll have. However, considering that it’ll cost you $100 to do this, we imagine you’re gonna need to have some serious respect for fancy landscapes, because as far as we’re concerned, we’d be satisfied with a (free) Google Earth fly-by.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

World’s Cheapest? Peachy is an Amazingly Affordable Laser 3D Printer

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3D printers normally don’t come cheap. Aiming to change that and 3D printing as a whole is Rylan Grayston, who’s behind the Peachy laser 3D printer. The project was recently launched on Kickstarter, where it raised over $140,000 in a span of 48 hours.

Peachy boasts of open-source hardware and software, which is just one of the reasons why people seem to pledging like crazy. The printer combines photolithographic printing, which uses a powerful laser beam to mold resin, and a saltwater-based drip process that changes the printed object’s height gradually.

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