3D Printing for Dummies, How Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham Uses 3D Printing

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham now uses 3D printing to simplify his process of making new characters.  Rather than using silicone molds, Jeff can simply make a clay model, scan it and hit print to make the final product out of the material of his choice.   Continue reading

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Bionic 3D Printed Man?

The Incredible Bionic Man from the Smithsonian (http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/show/3378516/the-incredible-bionic-man?_sm_au_=iHVQVqFjtJSqLjMM#infographic)

The Incredible Bionic Man from the Smithsonian (http://www.smithsonianchannel.com)

In past entries we’ve talked about 3D printing medical applications and now the Smithsonian brings is the Incredible Bionic Man.  Combining several separate technologies, many 3D printing based, they have created a near 3D printed bionic man. Continue reading

3D Printing is Green Releasing Less CO2

Cape Tribulation in Australia where rain forest meets Great Barrier Reef.

Cape Tribulation in Australia where rain forest meets Great Barrier Reef is one of the “greenest” places on Earth.

We’ve talked before about some of the environmental benefits of 3D printing, but now there’s a study to put more quantitative numbers to the assumed qualitative environmental benefits.  Without getting into the global warming politics, green manufacturing can be good business and in airplanes minimalist manufacturing can save weight and thus fuel and real dollars. Continue reading

Warp Drive 3D Printed Surf Fins are Next Generation Sport Technology

My niece Zoey wakeboarding

My niece Zoey wakeboarding

I’m a recent convert to surfing sports due to my niece Zoey competing nationally and internationally in wakesurfing.  The sport requires tremendous amounts of skill, but is also reliant on great equipment to maximize performance.  We’ve recently run across a great application of 3D printing by Roy Stuart  of Roy Stuart Wooden Surfboards where he 3D prints surfboard fins Continue reading

“Stuff You Should Know” 3D Printing!

3D printing is “stuff’ everyone should know (photo By Jonathan Juursema (Own work) [CC by (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons)]

I’m a huge fan of the “Stuff You Should Know” podcast put on by the Discovery Channel.  Josh and Chuck have kept me company on many a road trip and morning commute with diverse topics from zombies to nuclear bombs to sex changes to discussing if you could live without a refrigerator.  The other day I was thrilled to see 3D Printing pop into my iTunes podcasts!  Well check out the link below, but be warned, I’m sure you’ll be hooked by Josh and Chuck’s mix of humor, knowledge and curiosity the same as I was!

Stuff You Should Know (3D printinf Episode)

Minecraft Worlds Brought to Life Through 3D Printing

3D Printed Minecraft Representation of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on NorthWestern University Campus by Ben Rothman

3D Printed Minecraft Representation of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on NorthWestern University Campus Created by Ben Rothman

Minecraft can now come out of your screen and become real.  There is now a technique that lets you export your Minecraft worlds directly out of the game and have them printed on a color printer like we discussed earlier.  One of the coolest applications of this is the NorthWestern University Campus created by student Ben Rothman. Continue reading