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Tag Archives: 3D printing

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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Turn Your MP3 Files Into A Low-Fi Vinyl

Now that we live in a digital age, there’s been a concerted effort to back up old analog media in a, well, digital format. You’ve no doubt seen machines whose job it is to turn tapes and even vinyls into MP3′s or even higher quality lossless formats. But now that 3D printing is coming of age, a project by Amanda Ghassaei seeks to turn those MP3s right back into the vinyls they might have once come from. As you can imagine, the result is very low quality. Not only is the MP3 format lossy, meaning it removes some detail from the music in order to compress it into a small size, but the resolution limits on modern 3D printing techniques further adds a layer of noise to the original sound. But still, you’re left with a record that can be played in a standard turntable, and which was produced with a 3D printer.

I’ve created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33rpm records and printed a few prototypes that play on ordinary turntables. Though the audio quality is low -the records have a sampling rate of 11kHz (a quarter of typical mp3 audio) and 5-6 bit resolution (less than one thousandth of typical 16 bit resolution)- the audio output is still easily recognizable. These records were printed on an Objet Connex500 resin printer to a precision of 600dpi with 16 micron z axis resolution. The 3D modeling in this project was far too complex for traditional drafting-style CAD techniques, so I wrote an program to do this conversion automatically.

Check out Amanda’s site for a bunch more details on what she did, after the jump. Also, a few renderings of the grooves that are produced, as well as a video with a sample of the sound produced.

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The Ballerina’s Espresso Cup

We say it’s the ballerina’s espresso cup because we like stereotypes. We don’t necessarily believe in them, but how else are we to relate to our broader culture if not with shared references, which often take the form of potentially inaccurate beliefs? So we like to think that ballerinas subsist on a diet of coffee and cigarettes and nothing else. We know they don’t, but you know… The Solo e Sola is a 3D printed, glazed ceramic cup that presents a container for each. And while North America is awkwardly trying to hop onto a health-conscious train, you’re free to stubbornly stay right off and consume to your heart’s content. Each cup is available from Shapeways for the tidy, tidy sum of $59.

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Skyfall (Small Spoiler Alert): Crew Turned To 3D Printer For Destroyed DB5

If you watched Skyfall, you probably cringed at the sight of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 being blown to bits by a rain of bullets shot from a helicopter. But you didn’t think it was an actual DB5, did you? The real car is far too valuable to destroy like that, so the team created a 1:3 replica using high quality industrial 3D printers. They called on a company called “Voxeljet who used a massive VX4000 3D printer with 283 cubic feet of space” to create 18 different components, who were then “sent off to Propshop Modelmakers in London to be assembled, finished, lacquered, and chromed to make them look exactly like the original.” As someone who’s watched the scene, we can assure you the effect is spot on.

There’s no word on how much the 3D prints cost, but one of the unused model was recently auctioned off for $100,000. This price of course may be more reflective of the collector’s enthusiast rather than the price demanded by Voxeljet for their product, but it at least assures you that this wasn’t the work of some $500 printer.

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Here Is A 3D Printed Piece Of Infinite Bacon

Infinite. Bacon. Really, what else is there to say?

Ok, fine. It’s a Möbius Strip made out of sandstone, printed at Shapeways, and made to look like bacon. No… you can’t eat it. Or at the very least, you won’t enjoy eating it as much as you would have enjoyed eating a piece of actual infinite bacon. But just wait a little. Just wait.

Meanwhile, this here fake infinite bacon is $19 at Shapeways. And yes… we suppose that also means it’s Kosher.

Hit the jump for video and links.

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Button 2.0: Genius Or Stupid?

Why re-invent the wheel, right? Well, we’re not sure, but we sort of want to like the above Button 2.0. It’s a lowly button, unchanged in millennia, only this time it’s been “re-engineered” for the 21st century: it now sports a groove on its side that allows it to fasten an earbud cable, preventing it from swinging around.

At the same time, we’re thinking that it seems to be trying too hard. Is it really solving any kind of problem? By adding $3 to any garment, is it worth it?

We… just don’t know how to feel about it. Maybe you guys can opine? In any case, Button 2.0 seems to be the latest example of a thriving 3D printing market, where objects are now available for purchase at the whim of anyone with an idea and some time to develop a simple 3D model. Whether this is good or not remains to be seen, though we suspect that consumer interest will eventually settle the marketplace and weed out the losers from the winners.

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3D Printed Success Kid Can Be Yours

Incorporates popular Internet meme? Check.

Related to trending field of 3D printing? Check.

Can actually be bought? Check.

Our ability to turn all that into a funny two-liner that works with Success Kid? Well… we’re still working on it.

No need to wait for our sense of humour to develop to buy 3D Printed Success kid, though. Parting with $13 at Shapeways will do the trick.

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