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.
3D printing is a useful technique to provide for low-cost prosthetics. Remember Project Daniel by Not Impossible? This organization provides low-cost prosthetics for victims of the Sudan war. But not just in Sudan, but all around the world people are using the technique to create prosthetics. The good thing about this whole thing is that most 3D prosthetics are currently an open-source thing, meaning anyone could just use the 3D programs to create their own prosthetics on a 3D printer. A new, heartwarming prosthetics project was initiated by a student, called Evan Kuester.
A friend of him, Ivania Castillo, only has one forearm, which made Kuester decide to 3D print her a new prosthetic arm. He is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Architecture at the California College of the Arts and he has a a specialty in digital fabrication, which probably explains something about his capabilities to design a prosthetic arm. What he did was creating two versions of the arm: the first one was a white-colored version, which we’re shaped perfectly and made her very pleased.
We’ve been writing a lot about Olaf Diegel lately, as this guitar player is using 3D printing techniques to create electric guitars, as well as keyboards and even, recently, saxophones. Lots of people followed his example and we’ve seen 3D printed ukeleles, midi controllers and even violins passing the radar. A new London-based company, called Customuse, also feels inspired by Diegel and wants to make 3D printed electric guitars affordable for the masses. The company therefore comes up with customizable 3D printed guitars for 1500 pounds.
The idea for the company came up because founder Mahdi Hosseini wanted to learn to play guitar himself. His girlfriend wanted to give him a unique electric guitar, but she probably had an expensive taste, as Hosseini tells 3Ders: “she soon realised that anything remotely unique would set us back tens of thousands which was not really a possibility.” They then decided to step into the world of 3D printing, where you could easily make a unique, personalized guitar for a lot less than “tens of thousands”. He decided to cooperate with his friend and 3D printing enthusiastic Justas Cernas to start Customuse.
Several museums make good use of 3D printers, as the technique enables them to easily get an accurate copy of a statue, sculpture or even a dinosaur fossil. The problem with traditional reproduction is that it’s less accurate and time-consuming, and museums therefore try their luck with 3D technology. In this light, a new collaboration between paleontologist Jeffrie Parker, of Western Paleo Labs, and Kirk Brown of Stratasys reseller GoEngineer caught our eye.
They wanted to 3D print an entire dinosaur – more specifically the replica of a dinosaur’s skeleton. Parker had uncovered this skeleton in Wyoming and wanted a large model of the creature, counting 50 inches in length and 15 inches in height. An interesting case, because 3D printers have one disadvantage and that is that most of them cannot print out large objects. They, however, managed to do so by dividing up the scanned model into 20 different STL files.
Linkin Park is breaking its habit of just being a rock band, as the American group has taken its first steps into the 3D printing world. They now enable fans to purchase a 3D printed figurine of each individual band member. Yes, all members got scanned by a 3D scanner and are now off officially able to be collected as 3D printed figurines by their fans.
We dare to say the average young rock fan is not a millionaire, and there is nothing wrong with not being rich, but just enjoying some nice rock-’n-roll guitars. However, Linkin Park seems to estimate the average rock fan’s income extraordinary high. The band has six members and a 1:5 scale model of each member will cost you as much as 499 dollars. In their defense, such a figurine will be 14 inches tall.
It really seems like the US Army is discovering 3D printing in all its forms. Recently they made the news with plans for 3D printed food, skin as well as warheads. Their newest plan is to 3D print uniforms for soldiers. Those uniforms are currently being made using 2D CAD software, but the US Army thinks in the future 3D printing will play a major role in the production of those clothes.
The US Army has a center where those clothes are being made, called the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). The NSRDEC provides for products such as hats, body armor and field clothing. Their team leader Annette LaFleur (pictured above) thinks incorporating 3D printing techniques could have a lot of benefits for the branche.
A project called ‘Printednest‘ aims to bring birds back to the city. So.. how would they do that? By enabling users to 3D print their own bird feeders, using open-source software. The project has so far been successful, with 37 bird nests in 24 cities in seven countries. Their bird nests can be attached to windows and homes, and also to high buildings.
The people behind the project have been working very hard to get this thing from the ground and their journey can be seen on Pinterest, where they placed some photos of their bird feeders. As you can see, their bird nests are highly modern, and are made of plastic material with plastic tree branches.
MakerBot used to solely rely on resellers in order to sell its 3D printers in Europe, but that is not necessary anymore. The company now opens its first office in Europe, which is located in German city Stuttgart. This office will take over its resellers network in Central as well as Eastern Europe. MakerBot announced this in an official press release. It is the company’s first international outpost.
MakerBot Europe’s new general manager will be Alexander Hafner, who is currently Hafner’s Büro’s owner and president. The company will be acquiring some assets from Hafner’s Büro, which has been reselling MaketBot products for a long time. MakerBot Europe will be using the upcoming six months to work to secure new partnerships with resellers and retailers.
Many big brands use 3D printing for cool advertisements in order to support their brands and U.S. mayo company Hellmann’s surely is one of them. The company has used a 3D printer arm to turn selfies into mayo faces on hamburgers. It is part of its summer “Life Hacks” campaign in the U.K. Obviously, this isn’t the biggest achievement 3D printing has made throughout the years, but in the other hand: where on earth could you ever find a burger with an image of your face in mayo?
So how did they do it? Well, at first someone from the so-called BBQ Lab made a picture of the person and the data were then sent to a 3D printer, which used it to print out a mayo face on the burger. Would you dare eating yourself? One little point, however, has to be made about the ‘selfies’: if someone else shoots the photo, then technically this isn’t a selfie.