Interactive Fabrication » Fabricate Yourself Fabricate Yourself is a project that documented the Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction Conference. Usually we think of documentation in terms of text, photography and video, but given the tangible theme of the conference we decided to engage the community by capturing and fabricating small 3D models of attendees. This enabled us to build a tangible model of the event and fabricate it piece by piece during the conference. Attendees firstly capture their favorite pose using a Microsoft Kinect. At last: a low-cost, professional-grade light-based 3D printer Form 1 (credit: Formlabs) Formlabs’ new Form 1 3D printer could bring professional-grade 3-D prints to the home workshop. Desktop 3-D printing has largely been the domain of extrusion-based machines like MakerBot’s Replicator and homebrew RepRap designs.
Pocket Factory - About In the last several years, 3D printers have become exponentially cheaper and more capable. As these printers become more accessible and ubiquitous, they increasingly answer the question, “How will you make it?” We know how we’ll make things in the future: we’ll press ‘print’. The big question is, “What are you going to make?” That’s the question that we’re trying to answer with the Pocket Factory project: what problems can we solve with a low-cost 3D printer? Southampton engineers fly the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft Southampton engineers fly the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft Ref: 11/75 28 July 2011 SULSA is the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft. 3D Printing Basics Table of contents: 1. What is 3D printing? 3D printing is also known as desktop fabrication or additive manufacturing. It is a prototyping process whereby a real object is created from a 3D design. The digital 3D-model is saved in STL format and then sent to a 3D printer.
First 3-D Printing Store Opens In U.S. The 3-D printing world just took another big leap into the consumer market. Next stop: world domination? MakerBot, the unofficial leader of the hobbyist 3-D printing movement, is putting the finishing touches on a consumer store located in the posh Manhattan neighborhood of NoHo. Sure, the rare 3-D printer can be found in the corners of business service centers across the United States. But MakerBot claims their location at 298 Mulberry Street is the first one in the country dedicated to selling 3-D printers, supplies for the machines, and bespoke objects printed on-location.
123D Scanner - Home made 3D Scanner Hey - have a look at my new project HERE In this project I built a 3D Scanner, that enables generating 3D models of physical objects. The files can later be viewed in 3D software (GLC Player, Sketchup, Rhino, or sites such as and even manipulated into .STL file and 3D printed. The software for this project is completely free, I am using Autodesk's 123D catch, Link:123D catch The 123D Catch is a great software, it requires taking many photos of an object all around it, and uploading it into the software, and it returns a 3D file. Since I really liked the solution but did not wanted to take the photos myself - I built an instrument that does that - description hence. Please note that this document does not intend to explain how to use 123D catch (this can be found here)
Advances in 3D Printing We've chosen a selection of articles and videos that showcase advances in 3D Printing technology. Wearable Technology - 3D Printed fabrics - Great video - Courtesy of EcouterreFood Technology - MIT's 3D Food Printer - Cornucopia - Courtesy of Marcelo Coelho MIT3D Printing in Animation - Shows a 3D Printed object used in a Dutch advertising campaign - Courtesy of Creative ReviewPrinting with Silver Ink - Potential for printing integrated Circuits - Courtesy of Singularity HubPrinting with Stainless Steel - A Steel powder is used for 3D Printing - Courtesy of Shapeways and Singularity HubFancy printing a vase? - Well, not quite but its a great start! - Courtesy of Shapeways3D Printed Cells - Scientists use a 3D Printer to create the first “printed” human vein - Courtesy of InhabitatBuilding Technology - Make this 3D Printer mobile and it could turn up and print your house! If you spot any interesting content suitable for this section, please contact us with the details.
3D Printing and the end of ownership - my plastic future There is a lot of discussion online regarding the possible (inevitable?) copyright/intellectual property/patent/legal fights around personal 3D printing. However, I’ve yet to see anything about a different fight that I have experienced several times now, so I figured I’d write about it and see what others think. Mine, mine, mine!
3D printing All our products and projects are produced with 3D printing technologies. First we make a CAD file in a 3D software, such as Studio Max, Maya, Solidworks or Cinema 4D. We then upload the file to a 3D printer and finally unpack the 3D printer and take the product out. It pretty much works like you would be printing a normal Microsoft Word document out of your home 2D printer, but now you can just 3Dprint real stuff in a whole range of different materials such as plastics, metals, rubbers and ceramic materials. We believe in a future where people will have 3D printers at their homes and they can just download files for products from the internet and produce them by themselves.
Who will get the biggest slice of 3D-printed pie? MakerBot's Bre Pettis says his 3D printers are for everyone. 3D Systems' Cathy Lewis begs to differ. Each spokesperson made a strong pitch during our 3D printing roundtable at this year's Consumer Electronic Show. Who's right? 3D Systems: Old guard expertise 3D Systems announced its Cube 3D printer at CES this year, but the company has been involved with additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping since 1986. It developed the STL file format, the industry standard for 3D printed object plans. Duct Tape, 3D Printing, and Libraries of the Future A few weeks back I took my sons to the Fayetteville Free Library to learn more about their new Fab Lab and see the 3D MakerBot printer in action. While we were busy printing out a robot and ring on the 3D printer, the librarian (Lauren) mentioned an upcoming open house for the Fab Lab that would include the 3D printer, making jewelry, and making things in Duct Tape…if she could find someone who made things with Duct Tape. Riley, my 11 year old said “I make stuff with Duct Tape,” and before Lauren knew what was happening he was flipping though pictures of his creations on his phone. “Great” said Lauren without missing a beat “you could teach it.” And he did.