The World Cup is on! Earlier this weekend, the Dutch defeated the Spanish with 5 goals against 1. Is this a Dutch revenge against Spain’s victory over the Dutch in the last World Cup’s finals? Or has it got something to do with the Dutch soccer spirit? What strikes us is that the Dutch are also very active in the 3D printing World when it comes to this year’s World Cup, so maybe this victory does have something to do with their spirit. We already reported about two Dutch 3D printed alternatives for the vuvuzelas, and now Dutch start-up LeapFrog comes with something new: a 3D printable finger soccer game.
Maybe the Dutch have secretly been training with LeapFrog’s 3D soccer game. The game includes four finger boots, a ball and obviously – two goals. As you can see by the picture, the game is available in Dutch orange, as LeapFrog supports its own country. They, however, state that you can send a photo of your print to them, after which they will give away a roll of filament to their favorite finger football legs.
The perfect game on a drunk football evening? A new way to train your finger muscles? Well, I guess we go for the first option, then. Anyway, the company gives away their STL-files for free, via their news page. Have fun defeating your friends in a game of finger soccer! This is the third Dutch 3D project targeted at the World Cup of 2014. So what were the other ones about, then?
Last week, we reported about the 3D printed World Cup project SambaCan, by Dutch company 3Dwergen and Kiva Kuva. This is a samba shaker as well as a can holder. The general idea behind this concept? It keeps your drink from getting warm from your hands. After drinking a can from this can holder, you just break off the pull ring and put it inside of the can. Now you put the can upside down in the can holder and just shake the SambaCan in order to produce your own samba sounds. Yes, this sound will be as annoying as a vuvuzela. But is it an amusing invention? It surely is.
Dutch designer Michel Cornelissen from Utrecht came up with something slightly different: 3D printed percussion rings that produce a rice-ish sound. The so-called KXX ring is based on a traditional Brazilian instrument, called Caxixi. While this Caxixi is a basket filled with seeds, Cornelissen converted it to a plastic ring. Instead of being filled with seeds or rice, it uses plastic beads. The striking thing is that it actually gets printed in a single piece, with the beads being inside of the instrument’s design.
Image credits: LeapFrog.