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Mexico-based Company 3D Prints Shoppers at a Mall

Marketing stunt or not, what Mexico-based 3D printing shop Ideaz3D has recently done in a shopping mall is definitely bringing 3D printing to the masses. Right before the winter holidays started, the shop from Mexico City has opened a 3D scanning and printing booth at a very crowded mall in northern Mexico. People were given the opportunity to create a replica of themselves right on site.

People had to pay 175 pesos, which comes down to about $13.50, to get their own figurine printed out. Comparing to western standards, that’s really cheap for a 3D printed figurine. But low prices in comparison to western standards: that’s what Ideaz3D is known for. The shop has only just started at late November last year, and it seems like this first 3D printing shop from Mexico is finding needle-sharped ways to promote 3D printing in its own country. Check out some pictures and a video of the public event.

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3D Print Your House Keys When You’re Locked Out

When you’re living in Manhattan, it’s probably a living hell walking around Down Town finding out you’ve totally forgotten your house keys. Well, every disease has a cure and Manhattan’s cure is called  KeyMe. This start-up offers an emergency service where New Yorkers can print out their home keys online and have them delivered home right away; the so-called emergency lockout key delivery service at physical key cutting kiosks in 7-Eleven and Bed Bath & Beyond stores.

The company is working together with Shapeways to offer this service online. It seems to be the idea that also people from outside of New York will be able to use this service. Anyway, it works like this: customers can print their keys from the KeyMe iOS app using a digital copy of the key stored in KeyMe’s cloud. For 10 dollars they can buy a new plastic key, but there also appears to be a solid gold version for 4000 dollars. God knows why anyone would ever spend 4000 bucks on a key, but maybe it’s something for key collectors, just like there are stamp collectors or something.

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3D Print Services Added to MakerBot Stores

A new step for MakerBot: the company launches a 3D print service in each of its 3D printing stores, located in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut. All you need to have with you is a USB drive with a .STL, .OBJ or Thing file. Handle it over to the staff and you can now get your file 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2.


Image: MakerBot.

If you have a digital file then it will be printed with a MakerBot PLA Filament, which is available in white, black, translucent red, warm gray and natural. If you pay an additional fee, you could even get it printed in another color. Before the printing process starts the staff will be able to tell the customers how long it will take to print out their objects, after which they will make arrangements about the pick-up of the items.

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3D Printing Could Be Used To Explain Difficult Physics

3D printing could soon help students to understand physics better. With the help of a 3D printer theoretical physics could come to life, because the printer has the ability to print out complicated systems in order to let students watch physics as a model.


Image: the museum object that inspired the researchers. By WertelOberfell.

This is a project by researchers from Imperial College London. The idea came up when co-author Dr Tim Evans, a theoretical physicist at Imperial, visited the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. There he saw the first-ever 3D printed object the museum had acquired. “The object was a table inspired by the tree-like structures found in nature, which is an example of a branching process that is commonly encountered in complex systems in theoretical physics. This led me to thinking, what other processes familiar to physics could be turned into a 3D printed object?”

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New: 3D Scanning Objects With Your Mobile Phone

A brand new app, developed by the Computer vision and geometry Lab of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurick (ETHZ), is set to bring 3D scanning to the masses. With this new app any mobile phone could easily be turned into a 3D scanner. In other words: instead of taking a regular picture, users can now make a 3D photos with their phone.

Everything you need to do is pick out an interesting object and move your phone around it. A 3D scanned image will appear on the screen. If you keep on moving your phone after the model appears, additional images will be recorded and added to your 3D model. The app also gives its users immediate feedback when some viewpoints are missed, so users can cover those points. This is possible, because all calculations are made directly on the mobile phone.

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3D Printer In The Spotlight: The Choc Creator

Printing out chocolate on a 3D printer might sound a little futuristic to some, but the reality is that it’s already happening with companies such as Pig Chocolates. Another successful start-up is Choc Edge, that has produced The Choc Creator. Can you imagine this company being so successful that its 3D chocolate printers have been exported as far as Brazil?

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EuroMold 2013: a Band Will Play On 3D Printed Instruments

Next month during the EuroMold design fair in Frankfurt, Germany a band will be playing live on 3D printed instruments. Olaf Diegel, a design engineer who recently created the Steampunk 3D printed guitar, is the man behind this project. His latest 3D printed instruments are the Ladybug Keys and the Atom Drums and he will be taking them to the design event in Germany.

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3 Funny Ways to Use 3D Printing For Your iPhone

3D printing can be used to create body parts, help artists to give their profound views on our lives, improve the work of fashion designers or to create weird, but funny iPhone wrap cases. Apparently, a lot of people have recently been very creative with this technique in order to create extraordinary cases and applications for their iPhones. We must admit: the results are funny. We show you the most startling ways to use 3D printing for your iPhone.

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Kele From Bloc Party Releases First 3D Printed Record

Kele Okereke from Bloc Party will be the first one to commercially release a 3D printed record. Together with a befriended upcoming artist called Bobbie Gordon he will be exclusively releasing the song ‘Down Boy’ at the first-ever 3D printing record shop in London.


Image: Kele Okereke (left) and Bobbie Gordon (right).

This 3D printing shop will only be opened for two days, on Friday 13 December and Saturday 14 December. Customers can choose between four different sleeves created by designer Kate Moross at Studio Moross. The release of this song is part of the Bacardi Beginnings Project and all benefits of this release will go to music therapy charity Nordoff Robins.

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