Makerbot ran a great contest to 3D print a home on Mars. In cooperation with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, contestants were challenged to create a mars base that could deal with the harsh conditions, dust storms, lack of oxygen and radiation found on the red plant. Here are some fun Mars facts to give an idea of the challenges. There were some great entries borrowing from nature with honeycomb to borrowing from the ancient engineering with a pyramid. Head on over and check it out!
Great contest with great entries, with the winner being a cool grocery bag holder! Sometimes simple and useful carries the day. Check it out!
So today is Fat Tuesday that is followed by Ash Wednesday tomorrow, so I figured we’d talk religion and 3D printing…yes, there does appear to be some connections and not just a 3D printed Jesus! Jahovah’s Witnesses do not believe in receiving blood transfusions and this often limits their ability to undergo lifesaving surgery. Here’s a great example of a blood recycling device made with 3D printed parts where new technology can save lives while still respecting religious beliefs. Continue reading
Are you a fan of shows like CSI like me? Maybe you’ve seen them do digital recreations of a crime scene? Imagine not just showing that to a jury, but transporting them virtually there. With the help of 3D laser scanning and an Oculus Rift style headset this may soon be possible. Maybe in the future a 3D laser scanner will become standard CSI equipment to have a digital copy of the crime scene forever and not be limited by just pictures and measurements.
Our friends at Made In Space haven’t wasted any time putting the new ISS 3D printer to good use. The crew at Made In Space heard that ISS Commander Wilmore really wanted a ratcheting socket wrench, so they went to work and designed one. The group of files was then sent to NASA who transmitted them to the 3D printer aboard the ISS to make Commander Wilmore his early Christmas gift. This marked the first time an object was designed on Earth and transmitted to space for 3D printing. It’s so cool to see the printer being employed to make useful needed tools and not just novelty proof of concept work already in its very early days. You can read all about it on the Made In Space blog.
You’ve heard of selfies, but could 3D “shapies” be next? Here’s a great article about it. We had a photo booth at our wedding that was a hit, maybe future couples will have 3D printed action figures instead of photos as party favors!
If you’re a purist like me the Christmas season is just a couple days away as Thanksgiving fades into Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We expect the biggest ever 3D printed Christmas and wonder how may trees will have a 3D printed ornament this year?