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!
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.
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!
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!
I’m headed to Video Games Live on Saturday and then I ran across an article about Chelsea Mills printing her own Metroid suit and it was all just too much to pass up. Continue reading