Most 3D printers can solely print plastic objects, such as jewelry, caps for a ketchup bottle and even holders for your wine glasses when you’re taking a bath. Rabbit Proto however is an application that wants to add something to this use of 3D printing, as the device enables users to 3D print their own electronic gadgets.
It uses an electronic ink, which comes from a syringe-like extruder. Users can clip this extruder on a RepRap 3D printer in order to print electronic devices with embedded structures. The ink can be used to create circuits that can connect different parts of an electronic device. Another advantage is that this printer can automatically switch between printing plastic and electronic materials. All in all, this is great news for game developers, as they can now print their controllers in a relatively easy way.
And that is exactly what the team of Rabbit Proto did. In the video below you can see how they 3D printed a game controller:
Yet, a lot more can be printed with this 3D printer. The team has stated that it can be used to print chocolate objects, and in the video below they show you how they 3D printed a figurine of peanut butter with their Rabbit Proto. Honestly, this video did not have any kind of food craving effect on us, but it surely is an amusing use of the technique:
The device can print out almost every sticky material, so if you’re not that much into printing peanut butter than it can still be useful to you. The plugs are available via their website and cost 350 dollars.
The device can solely be used on RepRap printers, which are a bit difficult to use for beginners, as they are very technical. The printers however are cheaper than their consumer counterparts and are priced around 400 to 600 dollars, approximately 1000 dollars cheaper than printers by 3D Systems and MakerBot.
Image credits: Rabbit Proto