We’ve recently learned about an amazing laser scanning organization called CyArk. If you remember the stories of the Taliban ordering the destruction of the 175 foot tall giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan or saw video of the massively devastating Japanese tsunami, you’ll quickly understand CyArk’s purpose. Continue reading
A while back I cam across the Projet x60 by 3D systems. You can see in the video above its amazing capabilities to print objects in full vivid color, giving more of a finished look rather than a rough prototype. So how do you get to Broadway? Well unlike the joke answer, “practice”, did you know 3D printing is already commonly used by the theater industry? Continue reading
Jose Julio has taken a 3D printer and turned it into an air hockey opponent. Using parts of the 3D printer, an Audrino board and a PS3 EYE camera, the system can track the puck and respond accordingly. With its need to move accurately in the x/y direction, it’s easy to see why your 3D printer could be an excellent opponent. Continue reading
I recently watched the Tedx talk above by the Creator of GoldieBlox, Debbie Sterling. Her talk sucked me in instantly as it discussed the lack of female engineers, her inability to believe she ever “fit in” to the engineering world and her journey to create and fund GoldieBlox. GoldieBlox is an awesome new toy set that seeks to introduce engineering themes to girls through the added context of reading and story which, through her research, more easily captivates young girls.
Big area additive manufacturing (BAAM) is beginning to become a reality. Look for 3D printing to expand from little plastic trinkets to large lightweight, but strong structural components. One of the places this is most evident is in aerospace. The news has been littered with article about 3D printing a 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft “wing box” for an F-14 fighter jet to Airbus creating a BAAM titanium partnership with Airbus predicting it will 3D print an entire jet by 2050! BAAM has even been covered by outlets like Popular Science Continue reading
Have you been sucked into the winter Olympics like me the last 2 weeks? I’m a sucker for curling. Have you wondered if there are any 3D printed equipment in use? There are tons of examples of 3D modeling used in things like bobsled, but actual printing applications appear to be few and far between. Continue reading
So you’ve heard about getting glasses in under an hour, but what if you could make them at home? The technology is getting to the point that not only can you print the frames, but 3D print a lens as well. You broke a lens, print a replacement. In a 3rd world country without an optics lab, no worries, you just need a 3D printer. This gives new meaning to “3D glasses”! Speaking of 3D glasses, maybe NFL player Ziggy Ansah of the Detroit Lions can 3D print himself a better pair!