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Olaf Diegel Explains How to 3D Print a Guitar

Remember Olaf Diegel? This engineer from New Zealand creates well-working 3D printed electric guitars with amazing structures. Despite 3D printed instruments don’t sound as good as their handcrafted counterparts, Diegel’s guitars are surely worth taking a look at. His work includes a guitar with moving gears and piston and an America guitar, with tiny objects such as the Statue of Liberty within its frames. For all of you wondering how to create such a guitar yourself, the engineer now unveils his methods.

He recently put a video online, in which he explains very accurately how to 3D print your own electric guitar. He explains how the manufacturing process of 3D printing takes place and which programs could be used to design one’s own guitar. In addition, he also says the technology won’t replace traditional manufacturing technologies, but could be seen as a complementary technology.

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Tailored, 3D Printed Bras Could be the Future

Did you know 80 to 85 percent of all women are currently using the wrong size bra? We certainly didn’t, but as you can imagine this is not too good for the wearer’s health. Wearing a bra with a wrong size could lead to neck, back and shoulder pain. The problem, however, is that there are not a lot of possible sizes to be chosen from. Well, you feel it coming: 3D printing could change this problem for once and for all by enabling women to go for personalized, tailored bras.

A starting company, called Joyfit, wants to try its luck with 3D printing and offers a service where women can buy their own, personalized bras using a mobile app. The company is currently seeking for seed capital via iStart to make it all happen. Their bras, however, will be a little pricey, costing 99,99 dollars.

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U.S. Army Wants to 3D Print Warheads

The U.S. Army is a pioneer when it comes to 3D printing, but some say they went too far this time. The American army wants to use the technology to provide for cheaper warheads, so says an official to Motherboard, who are very skeptical about these developments. The website itself compares this kind of 3D printing with something as dangerous as printing guns. The U.S. Army also experiments with bioprinting in order to recover wounds, and investigates how food printing could help the military world.

The idea behind using this technique is that the U.S. Army could one day build warheads with smaller and more compact parts that save the army money and allow for more security measures. Motherboard, however, thinks the entire development generally comes down to being the U.S. Army’s “latest bid to kill more people, more efficiently, and at less cost”. Despite the skepticism from Motherboard, the army hopes to one day be able to 3D print entire warheads.

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Artist Uses 3Doodler to Create Tour de France Artwork

All good things come to an end and the same thing goes up for this year’s Tour de France. The tour ends today, which is probably good news for all exhausted cyclists, but we can imagine fans would have liked the tour to continue for a little longer. But maybe this 3D artwork will help fans to continue their enjoyment.

The tour the France is always held in France, but the cyclists cross different countries as well, as the tour would otherwise be too short. However, if you’re living in Northern England’s North Yorkshire, you wouldn’t expect the tour to cross your town. Nevertheless, that is what happened this year and Niki Firmin therefore came up with the idea to commemorate the rare occasion using a 3D pen.

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UK Designer Creates a 3D Printed iWatch Replica

Apple iWatch is expected to become the company’s next big step and many are waiting for the company to release their watches. However, it’s not yet certain when the world will be able to buy the watch. Stewart Davies, a product design graduate from University of Edinburgh, could therefore help Apple fans out with a 3D printed version of what he thinks the watch will look like.

He posted the files on My Mini Factory, where anyone could download them for free and 3D print the watch themselves. Users could use their own 3D printer to print out the design, but in case they don’t have a 3D printer, it’s also possible to purchase the watch for $9.99. In other words: for less than 10 dollars, Apple fans can pretend they have an actual iWatch.

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New Korean Company 3D Prints Replicas of Fetuses

Remember 3D Babies? No? Well, they got our attention earlier this year, as they started offering a service where people could buy a 3D printed version of their yet unborn fetus. Yet, that’s completely weird, but apparently their service is successful. A new company from Korea, called 3D Story Corp. has started to imitate their concept and improve the system behind it. Is there a war going on in the 3D printed fetus world?

Their patent-pending software program enables young parents to get a 3D printed version of their fetus. The company uses ultrasound scan data to provide for a real 3D model, which can be printed out. They say their 3D graphic program is unique and their 3D fetus models looks completely like the real fetus. A company called hyVision System will help 3D Story Corp. to print out the objects.

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The Entire Country of Bahrain Got 3D Printed

A regular map is nothing more than a flat micro reproduction of a region or a country. Very useful, but if we look at it from an artistic angle, then some improvements could be made. Micro CADD Services (MCS) probably thought the same and therefore designed a 3D version of a landscape of the entire country of Bahrain, using a Matrix 300+ paper 3D printer by Mcor Technologies. In other words: they managed to 3D print a landscape of an entire country solely using paper.

They 3D printed a 1:10,000-scale model of the island Bahrain. It, however, is not a regular map you could easily take with you while visiting the island, as it measures 5.4 meters long by 2.2 meters wide. Nevertheless, the country’s national and local leaders are interested in the map and it might as well take the place of traditional counterparts while planning future events.

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US Army Might Use Food Printers in the Future

Food printers could be used on several occasions. They could for instance improve your kitchen, help astronauts to provide for better meals, and they might as well be useful for soldiers. So thinks the US Army. Their department Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) is currently investigating how food printing could help the military world. Researchers think the technique could help to eliminate food waste and reduce costs, to make it easier to create personalized meals and even to improve a soldier’s health.

NSRDEC representatives recently met with researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and talked about how food printing could be used in the military world. Mary Scerra, a food technologist at NSRDEC thinks there will be a financial benefit: “It could reduce costs because it could eventually be used to print food on demand. For example, you would like a sandwich, where I would like ravioli. You would print what you want and eliminate wasted food.”

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BMW Introduces a 3D Printed Eco-Friendly Car

BMW has come up with something interesting, combining 3D printing technology with ecology. They’ve been working together with Swedish architect Erik Melldahl to design what they’ve called Maaisaica, a 3D printed BMW car, which uses degradable materials. It was built in Sarengeti in Africa and Melldahl got his inspiration from the Maaisai culture as well as new ways of manufacturing.

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They’ve created a concept, which has to go to the Maasai tribe in Serengeti. The striking thing is that this car uses lots of degradable materials. The main body of the car is made of a mixture of mycelium mushrooms and grass and this is grown on top of a 3D printed structure. In only a few days, this degradable structure can be printed. The vehicle uses a membrane, which collects fog during the night and creates a self-sufficient system to cool the motor and greenhouse. This water can also be used to collect water for nearby villages.

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