Uberblox: The Lego of the 3D printer age?

As cool and wonderful as Lego is, those plastic bricks can be tricky to handle if you want to step up from mere constructive play into serious custom-built prototyping. UberBlox hopes to fill that gap. It’s a metal construction set and prototyping system with a single-connector locking mechanism and a variety of control boxes for accommodating whatever computer connection or automation needs a project might have. Continue reading “Uberblox: The Lego of the 3D printer age?”

The First 3D Printed Hollow-Body Electric Guitar from Olaf Diegel

Semi-acoustic or hollow-body guitars are known for their clean, warm tones – the sorts of tones you hear from old jazz songs maybe fast-picking country players. 3D printing’s own personal guitar hero, Olaf Diegel, has brought this classic sound into the 21st Century by designing the first 3D printed semi-acoustic guitar, titled The American Graffiti. Continue reading “The First 3D Printed Hollow-Body Electric Guitar from Olaf Diegel”

PhD Student Designs 3D Printable Wind Turbines to Bring Cheap Power to Remote Locations

When most people imagine wind turbines, they think of huge wind farms dominating the landscape with pristine, sleek, white towers, or perhaps instead think about old-fashioned windmills in an idyllic Dutch landscape. While there is a place for both these large-scale types of wind harvesting in the world, it’s well worth a look at smaller wind turbines as well, particularly those that could be used in remote locations. Continue reading “PhD Student Designs 3D Printable Wind Turbines to Bring Cheap Power to Remote Locations”

This 3D Printed Birdhouse Changes Colors When It Is Occupied

One of my favorite types of stories to cover surrounding the 3D printing space is those that show how animals are benefiting from this up-and-coming technology. We’ve covered many stories where dogs, turtles, ducks, and cats have all received prosthetic body parts. Whether it is prosthetic legs for a dog with only two legs, a beak for an eagle that was hurt by humans, or a foot for a hobbled turtle, I love hearing about these types of stories.

One man, whom we have written about in the past, named Reginald Taylor, is very talented when it comes to 3D modeling objects to be 3D printed. Taylor, a 46-year-old man living in France, works at home so that he can take care of his 18-year-old daughter who is disabled due to an accident that she was involved in.

“I purchased my first 3D printer about 18 months ago after seeing a potential opening in my area of expertise,” Taylor tells 3DPrint.com. “I travel quite a lot and do much of my design work for MyMiniFactory whilst on the move — better than watching films on the airbook whilst on the TGV.”
One of Taylor’s recent designs is for a Wildlife Birdhouse, which he designed from the ground up. It is able to be 3D printed in approximately 7 hours on most FFF-based 3D printers, and the design is rather aesthetically pleasing.

The birdhouse comes equipped with an optional seed holder that fits right on top of the house. It is the perfect size to allow small birds to enter, build a nest, and perhaps even lay some eggs inside. Where this birdhouse gets interesting, though, is that if printed using thermostatic filament like Taylor recommends, it will actually let you know when a bird is occupying the house. … (read more)

Source: 3Dprint.com

3D Systems Receives Over $1 Million for Defense & Aerospace 3D Printing Projects

3D Systems’ growing relationship with the US government has led to a big pay off. Through the US’s national 3D printing institute, America Makes (NAMII), the 3D printing industry leader has been awarded two research contracts to develop advanced 3D printing capabilities for aerospace and defense applications.  Continue reading “3D Systems Receives Over $1 Million for Defense & Aerospace 3D Printing Projects”

Andrey Rudenko Reveals Plan to 3D Print Bases on the Moon and Buildings in Earth’s Deserts

Perhaps you are getting tired of hearing about the 3D printing of buildings by now. After all, 3D printed construction has been in the news quite a bit over the past few weeks. One architect and civil engineer,Andrey Rudenko, believes that this is just the very beginning of what could be the start of an eventual construction industry based almost exclusively around 3D printing technology. Continue reading “Andrey Rudenko Reveals Plan to 3D Print Bases on the Moon and Buildings in Earth’s Deserts”