I was recently in Lexington, KY and curiosity compelled me to checkout the nearby Ark Encounter. As a scientist it was an “interesting” day, but I’ll leave all the religious and scientific discussions for someone else. This, after all, is a 3D printing blog, not one discussing the dueling theories of intelligent design versus evolution. You’ll see lots of things on your visit from animals to dinosaurs, but you’ll also see information on how they built the Ark and 3D printing/scanning had a role. Continue reading
OK, so the bathroom is the last room in your house I’d probably expect to run into a 3D printed object, but I guess I was wrong. DXV, the luxury portfolio from American Standard, has made some amazing looking 3D printed faucets that will blow your mind. These designs are the type that machining or casting would obviously struggle greatly to produce. Continue reading
It appears instead of flowers, Olympians on the medal stand got a 3D printed sculpture. This was said to be less wasteful than flowers and I suppose more of a long term keepsake. You can read more about it here and even buy your own version on eBay like the picture above. I suppose it beats the old Isthmian games in ancient Corinth, there if you won you got a crown made out of celery!
I opened up my e-mail and was shocked to see Subway and 3D printing together with their #FULLYBAKED #CONTEST. The contest is being run through Twitter and until the end of the month you’re challenged to enter your sub inspired ideas to win prizes. I wasn’t shocked by the $500 gift card, but the offer of a 3D printed model of your idea was an amazing touch! This is the first mass market contest I can remember with a 3D printing twist. Get your ideas in, thanks Subway!
I was watching the 3rd and final installment of the Night at the Museum the other day where the exhibits literally spring to life. This type of thing may not be too far away thanks to 3D printing and scanning technology. The Smithsonian Museums already have a large amount of items scanned and available publicly as part of the Smithsonian X 3D project. The Smithsonian even 3D scanned President Obama to create a life mask and 3D printed bust as part of his display for the National Portrait Gallery. Continue reading
What could be better PR than a puppy and 3D printing together? Meet Derby who has some cool 3D printed prosthetic legs! You can watch the video and read the article for all the details.
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!
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?