Will you Have a 3D Printed Christmas Ornament this Year?

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3D printed ornament available on Etsy for only $11! (photo courtesy of CarryTheWhat Etsy store)

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?

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3D Printing to Make the NFL Safer?

The NFL has announced the winners of its Head Health Challenge.   The National Football League, Under Armour and GE put out a challenge to find new tools for detecting concussions and protecting football players from traumatic brain injuries.  One of the winners was a partnership of UCLA and  Architected Materials for a new energy-absorbing 3D-printed “microlattice.” material that could replace the foam padding in existing helmets.  We wrote earlier about 3D printing for increasing performance in football through 3D printing cleats for the Super Bowl and hopefully it can be a small part of making the game safer for the professionals and amateurs who play it too.

3D Print in Gold

Amazing animation showing how 3D printing can even be done in gold!  We’ve talked about crazy materials in the past from glass to rubber, but I think this takes the cake.  A collaboration of EOS and Cookson Precious Metals (CPM), you can read more about here.  The benefits here are immense from total freedom of design to making hollow elements to save on material.  This may bring a whole new element to designing an engagement ring!

Watch 3D Printing of a House in Clay on @PDandD Newswire 113

We’ve talked before about PD&D Newswire and their love of 3D printing before and they’re back at it again covering a 3D printer called the WASP Delta 3D Printer that works in clay!  It’s awesome to to see people printing in local natural materials and for good like housing.  Sometimes it seems like 3D printing has more of a small object future, but then you see videos like this or an article about printing homes in one day in Japan and maybe there’s a big near future.

3D Printed Mask for Halloween? Checkout @ThatsMyFace!

Halloween is almost here and perhaps you want to use 3D printing for your costume.  We wrote a few days ago about an awesome example if you’re a Metroid fan, but here is a way you can be ANYONE like a friend or family member with ThatsMyFace.com.  Using a suite of 3D technology they transform pictures into a mask that can survive the scrutiny of facial recognition software and a casual glance, although perhaps not an extended viewing or close-up.   Now if you require “Mission Impossible” quality and have a spare $5,000 you can check out REALFACE out of Japan or if you’re on a budget just print yourself a “Jason” mask!

Now you Can 3D Print Gumby with @NinjaFlex3D

Saw this great new flexible filament by NinjaFlex.  Many 3D parts feel rigid and brittle, but there are so many applications that call for flexibility.  Some examples I can think of are cases for phones, kids toys, clothing and things like gaskets on the industrial side.  Our world is made up of objects of many materials from wood to plastic to glass to stone to steel to rubber and if 3D printing is to be a potential complete next generation manufacturing technology it must be able to work them all.  If you need a 3D Gumby file, here you go!