Lego and 3D Printing, a Maker’s Perfect Match

Is Lego a maker’s tool? But, more importantly, is Lego destined to play a much bigger role than previously imagined in the world of making and in tomorrow’s self manufacturing? The faBrickation team at the Hasso Plattner Institut in Germany seems to think so.

They have developed a new approach to rapid prototyping functional objects that cuts time by mixing together Lego brick assembly and 3D printing.

Lego-3D-PrintingTheir faBrickation software analyzes the 3D model to be built and automatically works in standard building blocks, in this case Lego bricks. Any part that cannot or should not be made in Lego can easily be marked for 3D printing and factored in. The software also calculates instructions for the Lego assembly, that can be put together while the extra parts are being 3D printed.

Their first project was an Oculus Rift-like device. The body was made in Lego but the lens mounts and certain other parts, such as the nose piece and check bones protectors, were 3D printed for added (or necessary) comfort. These are the parts that might need to be modified for all the different possible wearers: the faBrickation software can quickly analyze which bricks need to be removed and calculate the new shape of the 3D printed parts, that are small and can thus be made in just a few minutes. … (Read more)


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