Mar 8, 2012

3d printed bycicle lugs

Here is an interesting video on 3d printed metal bike frame lugs. They are printed by LaserCusing technology of

VRZ 1. a tack bike frame with 3d printed lugs from Ralf Holleis on Vimeo.

Edit: Ok Ok: its bicycle. English is not my first language :-)

Steve Purdham on 3d printing and piracy

In his interview for Guardian, Steve Purdham (of We7) said:
In conversation, Purdham veers from the pragmatic to the preposterous. He concedes that making money from digital music is "like climbing Everest", before proposing that a whole new industry will soon be built around 3D printing. "People talk about piracy – they haven't even begun to scratch what piracy is going to be like in the future," he says, perched on the rust-coloured sofa in his north London office. "You design a glass jar or a sculpture, and anybody will be able to print that in their own home. You will be able to print guns. You can already print body parts on a 3D printer. All of these things that Star Trek had are starting to come true."
I think he is right. Future will be interesting.

Feb 20, 2012

Enrico Dini 3d printed houses

Big big 3d printer printing 3d buildings of complex construction by Enrico Dini.

Here is new interview with Enrico Dini about 3d printing for reef conservation:

Feb 15, 2012

New 3d printer: Tantillus

It looks like every time I turn my computer on there is a new printer out.
Introducing: Tantillus
It is self replicating and the main feature is that two machines can be connected to print using the same electronics. 

More info can be found on:

New 3d printer: Quantum ORD Bot

The Quantum ORD Bot is out. It is 3D printer  platform made from MakerSlide linear bearing. It is extremely ridged and very easy to build. The design can easily be scaled in X,Y and/or Z by simply changing the Makerslide lengths plus belt and leadscrew lengths. This is the mini or 'Quantum' version. The parts other than MakerSlide are either off the shelf standard items or easily fabricate with a laser cutter, 3D printer or CNC router. The price is around 500$.

Download the design here 

Link fir more details:

Feb 10, 2012

The FreeD handheld 3d manufacturing device

Innovative handheld 3d milling device. It is held in hand and computer controlled to stop when it reaches the outlines of the 3d object. It looks that the handheld  3d printer is also in making.


Jan 25, 2012

3d printed music record

3d printed music record with some simple music:

Jan 23, 2012

TEDtalk by Lisa Harouni on 3D printing

Great talk on 3d printing technology and its potential.

New 3d printing category on Piratebay

As I was browsing The Pirate Bay today I'v noticed new category: Physibles 
It is all about real world objects and 3d printing related files.
At this time it has only four entries, but I'm sure it will grow as the 3d printing goes mainstream. Intellectual property rights issues related to 3d objects will be interesting to observe ....
From the blog:

Evolution: New category.

We're always trying to foresee the future a bit here at TPB. One of the things that we really know is that we as a society will always share. Digital communication has made that a lot easier and will continue to do so. And after the internets evolutionized data to go from analog to digital, it's time for the next step.

Today most data is born digitally. It's not about the transition from analog to digital anymore. We don't talk about how to rip anything without losing quality since we make perfect 1 to 1 digital copies of things. Music, movies, books, all come from the digital sphere. But we're physical people and we need objects to touch sometimes as well!

We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.

The benefit to society is huge. No more shipping huge amount of products around the world. No more shipping the broken products back. No more child labour. We'll be able to print food for hungry people. We'll be able to share not only a recipe, but the full meal. We'll be able to actually copy that floppy, if we needed one.

We believe that the future of sharing is about physible data. We're thinking of temporarily renaming ourselves to The Product Bay - but we had no graphical artist around to make a logo. In the future, we'll download one.

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Jan 22, 2012

3d printed chain maille and tests against steel weapons

3d printed chain maille. Do not use against steel swords or arrows.


Here are some trails and tests of 3d printed chainmail against steel knives and arrows. It offers very low level of protection.

Jan 13, 2012

Cube 3d printer

Shannon Morse interview with Cathy Lewis from 3D Systems presenting their Cube 3d printer on CES 2012.
It is expected to hit the market April-May 2012 with price of some 1299 $. It works with their page that will sell designs and give cut to the designers. It looks like more market oriented approach, not so open source "diy geeks club" as we are used until now ...

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Jan 9, 2012

Makerbot Replicator!

New 3d printer from a major player: Bre Pettis introducing Makerbot Replicator. Bigger printer with larger print volume and available dual extrusion heads. Pricepoint at 2k $. Let's see what will competition do ...

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