Remember 3D builder? Last year’s November, Windows announced it to be the first 3D printing app for the mass market. Right now, Google comes up with a new 3D app for the masses where people can use Lego bricks to create their own 3D models. The team calls it “the largest LEGO set the world has ever seen.”
This app is not just an app, it’s clearly also a tool for Google to promote it’s own provider Chrome, as you can only use it on Chrome – they even have called it “Build With Chrome“. However, the content is what its all about, and we have to admit using Lego bricks to create objects is a smart move that anyone would understand. Using 14 bricks and 7 extra’s (such as doors and windows), you can create your own simple model and share it with anyone on Google+ (gotcha, another marketing trick!). The app also works on Android, which means users can build their own models anywhere they want.
Merry Christmas! Looking back at 2013, we have to conclude it was a great year for 3D printing. We’ve seen many interesting 3D printing start-ups as well as big, growing companies, in a wide variety of working fields. It appears that in almost every imaginable field some-one is doing something with 3D printing. So also in the Christmas field. Right now we print a way into Christmas 2013 and introduce you to some great 3D printing tutorials for Christmas.
Image: Christmas decoration. Credits: SSW, Bernie Solo, Thingiverse.com.
As you probably know, websites such as Shapeways and Thingiverse are useful for the DIY-3D printing-community. For instance, if you would like to create some nice ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. On Shapeways people can buy (or sell) their own 3D printed ornaments, but if you’re really into creating your own decoration for the Christmas days, you should definitely check out what people have been doing at Thingiverse. Most of you will probably expect a lot of futuristic decorations, but what we in fact found out is that for every taste there is a 3D printed ornament. Below you can see a couple of the most striking open-source 3D printing ideas for Christmas.
Tomorrow it will be Christmas and if you still haven’t succeeded in doing your holiday shopping, maybe a 3D printer could help you out. Such a printer easily prints out lots of little, nice Christmas presents, so you don’t have to go to a shop anymore to buy something. If you’re running out of time to do your Christmas shopping, we have found a video that could be very useful to you.
A 3D Printed Christmas star. Credits: Madkite, thingiverse.com.
Only just a couple more days and it will be Christmas. Do you already have a Christmas tree decorating your living room? Zach Burhop, an engineer, designer and television personality for National Geographic, has come up with something very modern: a Christmas tree with 3D printed ornaments and flickering LED-lights.
Regular Christmas trees didn’t fit his taste, as he told Solidoodle: “my birthday is Christmas day, so I wanted to try to do something different this year. I was very disappointed in what you can buy–mostly just classical decorations. I saw the ornaments and had started playing around with the LEDs and thought this would be an awesome mashup!”
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.
The United States of America have officially extended the Undetectable Firearms Act, which forbids the production of guns that can’t pass a metal detector, such as 3D printed plastic guns. The United States House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favor of this law, which was due to expire on December 9th. However, the Undetectable Firearms Act appears to be a dated law and it fails to ban all 3D printed plastic guns.
Image: a 3D printed gun. Image by Dan0nator, thingiverse.com.
The problem with the Undetectable Firearms Act for America is that it is a 1988 law, and as you might have expected 3D printing wasn’t a thing back in the late eighties. Therefore, the law didn’t include special rules to make it harder for people to create potentially dangerous 3D printed plastic guns. Most important about this is that the law does not require 3D printed guns to have permanent metal inserts in order to prevent them from passing a metal detector.
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.
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.
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.
Windows has built a free app that has the ability to bring 3D printing to the mass market. With ’3D Builder’ for Windows 8.1 users can make modifications to 3D models and print them out with their own 3D printer. The program is very simple and even has some similarities with Windows’s regular 2D printing program.
The objects included in this program are inter alia, household items, miniatures, seasonal objects and toys. 3D Builder enables users to scale, rotate and adjust those objects in order to fit one’s personal needs. It’s also possible to import any design or existing CAD project, although users can’t create an object from scratch. Another thing you can do with 3D Builder is add multiple objects to a single print or stack objects into one another in order to create new figures. When you want to print out your object a screen will appear, which looks a lot like the 2D printing counterpart of Windows.