Summer movie season is upon us and it’s time for aliens, bad guys and car chases to invade our local theaters. 3D printing has become a staple in movie special effects and costumes. From RoboCop’s helmet and suit to a yacht on Wolf of Wall Street, it’s now a common tool for special effects engineers. Back in the 70’s digital special effects, miniatures were the norm and used for some classic scenes like the space battles in Star Wars (great video above). Continue reading
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PrintToPeer.com is an Awesome Combo of Art and Technology, Learn How You Can Be Part of Both!
PrintToPeer.com has created a great piece of 3D printed sculpture called “Linked” and you can be part! Of course art is only part of PrintToPeer’s efforts, they are also the creators of a web platform to make 3D printing easier. Using a Raspberry Pi computer connected to your printer, the web service allows you to do things like virtually slice objects and repair STL files without needing a beefy computer as the work is done in the cloud. Continue reading
Would you Wear a 3D Printed Swimsuit?
Summer is just around the corner and that means swimsuit season. Here’s a great little video about 3D printed fabric swimsuits having a huge presence at this years Shanghai Fashion Week. Continue reading
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
Warp Drive 3D Printed Surf Fins are Next Generation Sport Technology
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!
Minecraft Worlds Brought to Life Through 3D Printing
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
RBI Baseball Opening Day and 3D Photo Booths?
One of the highlights of our wedding was a photo booth we had setup where guests could use props and make some funny memories of the day. There’s another type of photo booth coming on the scene, a 3D photo booth. 3D Systems now offers the 3DMe PhotoBooth to quickly and easily capture faces. Continue reading
“Print the Legend” a New 3D Printing Movie Coming Soon!
There’s a new documentary about 3D printing called “Print the Legend” that tells the story of cutthroat 3D printing start-ups. The movie centers on the question, “The 3D printing revolution has begun. Who will make it?” The story isn’t about 3D printing technology explicitly, but rather groups of entrepreneurs in an exploding industry. The movie was screened and won an award at this year’s SXSW and it was also announced it would soon be available exclusively on Netflix. You can watch the trailer here.
XBox Kinects Keeping Korea Safe?
We’ve talked about the XBox Kinect before, but when I saw this headline about XBox Kinects being used to guard the Korean border (known as the DMZ) I thought it was an early April Fool’s joke. Continue reading