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

3D Print Your House

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.

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

Statial

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

Mataerial

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

3D Printed Stormtroopers

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

Photon 3D Scanner

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.

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Forever Alone, Now In Statue Form

This Forever Alone statue is very meta. Or maybe it’s ironic. We’re not sure. But it’s a wonderful 7 inch tall 3D-print of the famous Internet meme. We think it’s ironic/meta (semantics are hard) because the Forever Alone guy is, well, forever alone, right? But if you buy this statue and place it on your dinner table as is suggested in the image below, you won’t technically be alone. You’ll have the statue as a friend. Which defeats, in a way, what the statue represents.

Oh sure, a statue is not a real person, you’ll say. We suppose you’re right, and the fact that you’d accept the company of an inanimate object at dinner only further emphasizes your loneliness. But still, perhaps some of you see our point. Or maybe it’s time we stopped thinking about stuff in quite this much depth. It is, after all, just a darn statue. It’s $30, and it’s exclusive to Thinkgeek.

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Love Her? Then Eat Her: Japanese Cafe Molds Chocolate Into Women’s Faces

Chocolate Face

Does your chocolate have a face? And by face, we’re talking about the face of your significant other and not that of some random cartoon character or superhero. Chances are, it doesn’t, because these molded chocolate balls are only available from Shibuya’s FabCafe. They’re holding an event where female attendees can have their faces scanned so that molds of it can then be printed. The molds are filled with chocolate, and once it hardens, voila: they’ll have a handful of balls with their faces imprinted on each one.

Just in time for Valentine’s!

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Would You Wear A Tiny Plant Around Your Neck?

We’re not sure what kind of person loves plants so darn much as to wear them around their neck, but we’re thinking at least one: whoever conceived of this product. That being said, the Wearable Planter seems like the kind of object that’s just quirky enough to interest at least a few of our readers, if only so you can wear it and have people go “wtf is that on your neck?” at you. It’s 3D printed in acrylic and hand finished for smoothness, and costs all of $37. There are instructions on how to get your plant in there, but it doesn’t come with one.

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