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This Guy is 3D-Printing His Dream Car…One Part at a Time!

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Everyone has a dream car. Be it the DeLorean from Back to the Future or the Aston Martin DB5 from James Bond, almost everyone’s got one. Unfortunately, these cars either don’t exist in real life or are just too expensive to even consider buying.

Those are problems that Ivan Sentch doesn’t even have to deal with, though, because even though he has his sights set on the Aston Martin DB4 (almost like Bond’s vehicle of choice, but not quite), he doesn’t have to pay close to the cost of its market value. That’s because he’s building the car himself–by 3D-printing it!Continue Reading

Looking For Stuff To 3D Print? How About A Death Star Birdhouse?

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MakerBot (behind the Replicator 2 3D printer) is running a birdhouse design competition, where the first price is an EggBot kit. This, by the way, is a cool machine that paints on small spherical-ish objects, such as eggs. In any case, the competition runs until July 16th, and there are already a few cool entries, such as the above Death Star birdhouse. The files are available on the Thingiverse, so if you own a Replicator or Replicator 2, and are a geek, and like Star Wars, and like birds… well, then, get to printing.

[ Deathstar Birdhouse ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

3D Printed Cast Lets You Scratch And Wash

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The only good thing about being in a cast is that you get to have all your friends draw stuff all over them. Once you’re out of high school however, that starts getting old pretty quick. Instead, you’re left unable to scratch or wash your limb for weeks, which sucks. Luckily, advances in 3D printing may change all that. Called the Cortex, the 3D printed cast pictured above is a concept and prototype from Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill that could once day replace the casts of today. Made from a complex honeycomb structure, it allows for air and water to circulate, as well as making it possible to scratch and clean your skin. Sounds wonderful.

The process starts with an X-Ray and 3D scan of the limb, after which the cast is designed and printed specifically for the type of fracture present. It would be attached using non-removable fasteners that remain until the healing process is complete. Made out of polyamide, the casts take about 3 hours to make, while regular plaster casts take 3 to 9 minutes. With advances in 3D printing technology however, we may see the Cortex in hospitals within the next few years. Jake is currently looking for funding to take his idea further.

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How Long Would It Take to 3D Print Your Dream House?

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3D printing is all the rage these days. The technology has been used to print a wide range of objects, from shoes and handguns to custom splints for medical applications. What they haven’t managed to 3D print yet are houses. Don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, though, because it’ll probably take a whole new kind of plastic to actually print a house that’ll last. Aside from the material, it’s also going to take an infinitesimally long amount of time given the size and capacities of current 3D printers.

If you’re curious, real estate blog Movoto has come up with a calculator that’ll let you compute how long it’ll take to 3D print the house of your dreams. It will also provide you with a rough estimate of the cost of your 3D-printed home, along with the number of bricks your house will need. You can check out the 3D Print your House calculator online.

VIA [ C|NET ]

3D-Printed Mouse Cover Looks Awesome and Provides Added Comfort

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Statial is a 3D-printed top cover for the Logitech M100 mouse and it looks all sorts of amazing. Aside from aesthetics, the mouse cover can be adjusted to fit your grip. So if you use your mouse a lot–whether it’s for work or image editing or for gaming–then the Statial can provide you with some added comfort while you use your mouse.

The complicated design was thought up by Pyott Design, and the downside to it is its cost, since it retails for about $70. The Logitech M100, which is the only mouse it’s compatible with, costs only $10 so it might not make much sense to spend so much on an accessory for it.

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Mataerial 3D Printer Goes Against the Laws of Gravity

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The Mataerial 3D printer is as unconventional as 3D printers can get. It deviates in design and functionality from most other 3D printers, which are usually box-like in shape and structure. The latter also requires a dedicated print surface in order to print things as you intended and designed them to be.

For this reason, the Mataerial has been dubbed as the ‘anti-gravity 3D printer’ since you can use it on virtually any surface–including those inclined at an angle–or no surface at all! Thanks to its innovative extrusion technology, users will be able to form curves and print hanging structures without the need for any support material.

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Now You Can Own a 3D-Printed Stormtrooper With Your Face On It

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Disney owns the Star Wars franchise now and they can do whatever they want with it, including adding themed attractions to their parks that will let you have a Stormtrooper 3D-printed with your face on it. It’s called the Star Wars D-Tech Me experience and it’ll be available at Disney’s parks starting this summer.

The whole scanning process will take all but ten minutes, but you’ll have to wait around 8 weeks for the delivery of your customized Stormtrooper. The entire thing will set you back $99.95 plus taxes and shipping charges.

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Photon 3D Scanner Unleashes the Power of 3D Printing

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So you’ve got a 3D printer. Now what?

A number of projects have revolved around producing 3D printers that are affordable and portable so that anyone who wants one can own one. This is in addition to the printers that are already available on the market. Let’s see. There’s the MakerBot, the Gigabot, the RigitBot, the Form 1, the Cube… I think it’s safe to say we now have a rich selection to choose from when it comes to 3D printers. The problem now is getting templates for the stuff you want to print.

Not everyone has the technical skill or know-how to create CAD drawings or 3D models, and there’s only so much that you can download off the Internet. It’s precisely for these reasons why the Photon 3D Scanner is a godsend.

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Gigabot 3D Printer Says Go Big Or Go Home

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The market for 3D printers is getting increasingly competitive, with entrants betting on various distinguishing features. Some aim for greater resolution while others go for low cost. The Gigabot from re:3D instead is betting that being able to print larger objects will be enough to get you to swallow its $2,750 price tag. For this sum you get a 24-cubic-inch (393 cc) build envelope (24 inches on each side, for those of you geometrically challenged), at a resolution of 100 microns, which is pretty standard. With a build envelope this large, you can print more small objects at once, or simply make bigger things than you could have with other machines.

The Kickstarter campaign is fully funded, and as a matter of fact, also appears to be sold out. We’re not sure when more will be made, but considering the delivery date on these ones is in November, you better be patient if you had big printing projects in mind.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]