The general idea behind 3D printing something is that it enables you to create personalized objects by yourself. In other words: objects do not nescessarily have to look the same. This is exactly the kind of thought that a platform called Kwambio has. This website aims to become a big community where users can create their own customizable products, such as lambs and vases, and share their creations online.
This platform – or platforms such as Kwambio – can be highly interesting for the current generation of designers, as they can make money from every single creation of theirs. The website makes sure it is secure for all designers, because no-one will have access to their source files. Seen from the consumer side, a good question would be: do all online-designed products have a sufficient quality? According to Kwambio, it’s a “yes”, as they say every unique product is tested and verified by a team.
3D printers really seem to be able to do anything. Earlier on this year, a Chinese company managed to 3D print an entire house in just 24 hours. Now, during the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, an Arizona-based company called Local Motors managed to top up the wow effect, by creating a working car in 44 hours.
The car, Strati, costed 18,000 dollars to produce and it’s an ecologically approached vehicle as well: the vehicle uses battery-power to speed up. It has a battery range of between 120 and 150 miles. In addition, while regular cars use 20,000 components, Strati only uses 40 parts. However, it’s not a fast car, as Strati has a top speed of only 40 miles per hour.
The long-awaited 3D printing documentary Print the Legend will officially premiere on Netflix on September 26. In order to turn this online premiere into an ‘offline’ media event, the streaming service will view the film in New York and Los Angeles as well. Print the Legend is a documentary, and zooms in at American pioneers in 3D printing technology, such as brands like MakerBot, 3D Systems and Stratasys.
Despite it had not yet been released, the movie already won a Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing & Storytelling in the Documentary Feature Competition at this year’s SXSW. The documentary is the work of Luis Lopez and J. Clay Tweel and it has behind-the-scenes of several giant 3D printing brands. The goal of the movie to show how this relatively young technology has developed and has started to seriously gain ground.
Fashion often embraces new techniques, and 3D printing definitely is one of them. Designer Bradley Rothenberg has debuted a series of 3D printed textiles at the New York Fashion Week. The series was a collaboration between Rothenberg and Katie Gallagher and Katya Leonovich. They officially debuted it on September 9. The striking thing about this ‘3D printing meets fashion’ project is that the clothes actually seem to be wearable. Most often, 3D printed fashion projects end up being interesting pieces of art worth looking at – but Rothenberg seems to take a leap.
He created, inter alia, a fully wearable tanktop as well as 3D printed details for skirts and jackets. The reason why his clothes are actually wearable – and comfortable as well – is that he used flexible materials such as thermoplastic elastomer and thermoplastic polyurethane.
Having to wear a cast is not the best possible scenario you could think of for your arm. Nevertheless, what ‘kind of’ makes this still a funny experience is casts’s ability to not just be a cast, but a scrapbook as well. We mean: whenever someone needs to wear a cast, friends can write their own supportive messages on it. 3D printing has proven its ability to be a proper way to create personalized casts, but the problem with those plastic ones is that you can’t write on them. Well, meet #CAST (Hash Cast): a 3D printed cast solely made from messages.
This project comes from California-based company FATHOM. The team wanted to use the concept of social media to improve the way we could produce casts. The idea is that whenever you’re having a broken arm, your friends can write you a personal message via Twitter, which will be included in the print of the cast. Patients can use their mobile phone to select which messages will be included and which don’t.
The 3Doodler has proven its ability to create beautiful art. Only just a couple of months ago, an English artist used the pen to create beautiful ‘Tour de France’ art. What you probably didn’t expect is that the 3D pen could also be used in order to create clothes. Yes, clothes. A Chinese art house from Hong Kong, which goes by the name SHIGO, has created an actual dress using the 3Doodler.
The result is what you call a stunning dress. As you could expect by seeing the detailed structure of the garment which uses the shape of shells, it took them a long time to produce it. More precisely: they needed three months to make it happen and they 3D ‘penned’ all parts of the dress, except for the buckles on the side.
We automatically tend to link the concept of ‘drones’ with controversial war stories, but a Belgian team proves that this technique could also be used differently. Meet AirButlr, a 3D printed drone that is expected to be able to clean your house. A team is still working on the machine, but it will one day be capable of detecting dirt and using several cleaning materials to clean up the dirty places in your house. In other words: in the 21st century we don’t need the work of humans to make our cleaning work happen.
Wouter Nuytten (21) and Thomas Broekaert (20) from Belgium are the ones who are currently working on the robot, and will soon go to Kickstarter with their project. The idea behind their self-proclaimed ‘next-generation housekeepers’ is “to give people back more time to do what is truly important to them”, according to their Facebook page.
For many 3D printing designers, this weekend will be an exciting one, as today until Sunday the official 3D Print Show 2014 will take place in London. Part of this world-famous 3D printing exhibition will be the election of the 3D printing Artist of the Year. There are 14 great contenders who all made lovely designs using 3D technology. 3dprinting.com provides you with a summary of this year’s work: our staff picks.
The first interesting 3D printing design comes from Tobias Klein and is called ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’, pictured above. What he made is a tower block, with odd, colored wires growing out of the buildings. It stands for the long-standing struggle and clash between the man-made build and the natural environment, as described by 3D Print Show’s website. It’s one of those pieces of art that is striking and makes you think about the current state of this world.
We would all love to own our own private castle, but unfortunately that’s really something for the happy few. If you, however, are searching for a budget way to become a castle owner, then 3D printing technology could do a great job for you. Andrey Rudenko, a 30-year-old man from Minnesota used the technique to create a children’s playhouse castle.
Despite his background in engineering and architecture, Rudenko said he experienced some difficulties during the process, as he explains: “printing the castle turrets by themselves was a bad idea as they were extremely difficult to lift and place.”
During the Second World War, Poland has had a hard time. It was the first country for the Nazi’s to conquer and at the end of the war 85 percent of its capital city Warsaw was destroyed by the Nazi’s. The Polish state, however, has one event in that disastrous war to proudly look back on and that was the so-called Warsaw Uprising. From August 1, 1944 the Polish resistance Home Army held resistance for as many as 63 days, making this the largest military effort against the Nazi’s taken by any European country. In Warsaw, a statue called Maly Powstaniec (or: Little Restistance Fighter) commemorates the Warsaw Uprising.
In a 3D film, viewed in the Warsaw Uprising Museum but also to be seen on YouTube, you can see with your own eyes the mess created by the Nazi’s. In this short movie, the makers show you what the city looked like from a helicopter view after the war ended. They couldn’t have chosen a better title for this than ‘City of Ruins’, as this movie painfully exposes the ruins of one of Europe’s largest cities.