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This Company Lets You Customize Your Own Guitar

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.

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Team 3D Prints Replica of Entire Dinosaur Skeleton

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.

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Linkin Park Got 3D Printed For Their Fans

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.

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US Army Wants to 3D Print Uniforms

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.

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Will 3D Printing Bring Birds Back to the City?

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.

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MakerBot Opens First European Office

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.

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A Mayo Selfie on Your Burger: Eat Yourself?

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.

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KeyMe: the Key to Success or to Burglary?

Back in December 2013, we wrote a short feature on KeyMe, an app that enables you to scan a key and 3D print it. We were not sure whether the service would be a benefit to people who have lost their keys or a useful tool for burglars to break into someone’s house. Now, half a year later, the app is getting a lot of criticism after Wired’s Andy Greenberg successfully used the app to break into his neighbor’s house, proving the system could easily be used maliciously.

KeyMe customers can print their keys from the KeyMe iOS app using a digital copy of the key stored in KeyMe’s cloud. The digital copy comes from a 3D scan, which can be made in just 30 seconds. And that is exactly what people now think is the problem with this service. It is very easy to make a 3D scan of someone’s keys, so when you’re sitting in a pub with your keys on the table a ‘friend’ could simply grab them to 3D scan them and take your keys into the could. Hypothetically, but you get the idea.

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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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