And we’ve got ourselves a new contender for becoming the 3D printing hype of this year’s World Cup. A month ago, we reported that 3D printed finger rings might become this year’s World Cup instruments – Utrecht-based designer Michel Cornelissen might do a great job in helping us to forget the vuvuzelas. You might want to use the 3D printed finger rings, but it’s good to know what your options are. We mean, you can also go for a 3D printed SambaCan: a samba shaker and a can holder. What will they think of next?
3Dwergen is the company behind the SambaCan and they release the SambaCan in conjunction with Lennert van der Laan and Gert Groeneveld of Kiva Kuva. This company, which is also located in the Netherlands, now releases a download for the file on Youmagine. It’s a free download, so anyone with a 3D printer could start printing the SambaCan right away. If you don’t have a 3D printer yourself, then there’s the possibility to go to 3D Hubs to get it printed on a 3D printer nearby.
So, what are the main benefits of such a SambaCan? Well, the designers came up with this invention because it keeps your drink from getting warm from your hands. And how can I make actual music with this SambaCan? The designers also found a solution to this possible question. After drinking a can from the 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 (see photos below). Yes, this sound will be as annoying as a vuvuzela. But is it an amusing invention? It surely is.
3Dwergen says you can print the SambaCan in the colors of your own country, which means Dutch orange is not mandatory. In addition, it’s also possible to modify the 3D model in the way you like it yourself. In other words: be creative, and design your own Wold Cup instrument.