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.
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.
A lot of food printers have passed the radar recently; pancake printers, chocolate printers, candy printers and even an apple printer. However, there wasn’t anything such as an ice cream printer, but you can imagine that it couldn’t take long before for this kind of printer to see the light. Now three students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) come up with the scoop: a working ice cream printer.
Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim are the students who have been working on an ice cream printer and their printer extrudes melted ice, after which it immediately freezes the material in order to use a layer-to-layer technique to print the ice cream in the shape of a star on a cooled plate.
Last week we’ve been covering a story about Normal, a Manhattan-based company producing personalized earphones. It seems like they have a serious competitor now, as OwnPhones started a new Kickstarter campaign. Not only does this company enable you to design your own earphones, but their phones are also wireless and you can entirely choose your favorite design yourself.
Just like Normal, this company seems to be focussing on joggers, as the wireless element makes their earphones useful in sport situations, because they won’t fall out easily. And then there’s the customizing part: users can choose from as many as 10,000 different colors and designs, meaning you can go for wings or for a skull. We have to admit: the result looks a bit silly sometimes, and it’s not very likely we would go for skull earphones ourselves, but Internet does prove us wrong: more than 50,000 people have funded the project on Kickstarter already, which is 20 percent of their final goal of 250,000 dollars and the campaign still runs until August 25.
For ages kids have been playing with construction toys, but one point of irritation has been that there are several kinds of construction sets on the market and they can’t fit connect with each other. Until today, Kids weren’t able to connect Lego bricks with Tinkertoys or K’Nex, which might have limited their construction fantasies. Two companies, Sy-Lab and F.A.T. Lab therefore came up with a universal construction kit, which is a set that connects with any kind of construction toy.
Their universal construction kit has as many as 80 different adapter bricks, which you can download via Thingiverse. The bricks are all 3D printable and they can be used to connect ten different types of construction toys. They can help children to connect Lego, K’Nex, Tinkertoys, Zome, Gears! Gears! Gears!, Loncoln Logs, Fischertechnik, Zoob, Krinkles and Duplo.
Thanks to 3D printing it has become relatively easy to manufacture personalized objects, such as personalized meals, personalized jewelry and even personalized mouthpieces to fight something like sleep apnoea. A new company called Normal used this “personalizing” principle to create something totally not normal: 3D printed, personalized earphones. We would certainly give them bonus points for their hilarious advertising video, but hey – there’s more to it than just a good video.
After reading something about it, we have to admit that Normal could really fit a hole in the market. Imagine a random advertisement of – let’s say – Apple to promote their earphones. Imagine a person jogging while listening to songs on his or her iPhone through Apple earphones. If you’re a frequent jogger just like me, you know this image we just pictured ourselves is not at all realistic, because these earphones simply are unable to stay where they need to be: in your ears.
If you’re visually impaired, then reading a text in a book full of small letters won’t be easy. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SIT) therefore decided to do something about it and came up with FingerReader. This is a 3D printed device that makes it easy for anyone to read a text. The only thing you need is your own index finger and a FingerReader device.
Any user can wear the device like a ring, and it is equipped with a camera. This camera reads the words of all kinds of online or offline texts after the user points his forefinger at the words of choice. These words are then processed, after which a synthesized voice reads the text aloud. The 3D printed device could be used to read menu cards, flyers, online articles and whatever kind of text a user would want to read.
It certainly is a hype among furniture designers: 3D printing furniture pieces. However, in case you’re owning a 3D printer yourself, you will probably not be printing out your own pieces of furniture. The problem is that desktop printers, which most 3D hobbyists own, are unable to print out items as large as a chair or a table. Nevertheless, 3D enthousiasts at French website 3DNatives managed to do the impossible: 3D printing a chair using a desktop printer.
So how did they do it, then? Well, they printed out a series of puzzle blocks, which they assembled into a puzzle chair, naming their project Bits & Parts. Call it cheating, call it anything you want, but they did manage to 3D print an actual chair on a consumer 3D printer. They will soon put the files on Wevolver, so anyone could try this at home for free.
The last couple of years, atists from all over the world started to embrace the technique of 3D printing, as it helped them to easily create the art products they wanted to make. It doesn’t matter how complex the structure of an art product is, if your printer is good enough, then in most cases you will be able to print it. In this light, a new project by London-based Studio Integrate’s Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy seems very promising. Their GeMo (Genetically Modified) project is about 3D printing a series of 500 slightly different vases.
In order to create 500 almost – but not – identical vases, they used an algorithm. They developed this algorithm themselves, after doing some research on how geometries work in Middle Eastern designs. By slightly rotating every individual vase using this algorithm, they found a way to create 500 unique vase models. Not every algorithm was printable for the series, as about 10 percent would not be able to stand – however, there’s still 500 models left of them.
3D printed jewelry, furniture or even houses: all of it amazed us massively during last months. However, the technique really becomes interesting when we’re talking about printing actual organs. Will we even be able to copy hearts, or even entire people, using a 3D printer? Well, despite we really don’t believe it will ever be a possibility to 3D print an entire human, recent developments do contribute to the success of so-called bioprinting.
You might have heard about bioprinting already, as this is something we’ve been writing about a lot, recently. In case you’re not a frequent visitor of the beloved website 3dprinting.com – oh, yes – we’ll explain you a little more about it: researchers currently try to 3D print organs, such as livers and hearts. Yes, there’s some creepy elements about it, but on the other hand: if we could one day be able to actually 3D print organs, then we wouldn’t even need donors anymore. In other words: it could save lives.