Been tinkering with some science fiction-inspired car designs in your spare time? Local Motors has just announced their 3D Printed Car Design Challenge with $10,000 in prize money if you think you might have the next great 3D printed car idea. Also known as the Direct Digital Manufactured Vehicle (DDMV), the challenge aims to eliminate the expensive tooling process in bringing a car from a napkin sketch to the road. If you’ve been waiting to let your inner-Daniel Simon out, this just might be the perfect opportunity to put those crazy ideas out there.
Released in 1950–and still just as relevant today as it was nearly 65 years ago–the classic Eames Shell chair was the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair. While the original design has gone through countless iterations (an example of Charles and Ray’s ode to constantly refining details), the general gist of the original design still stands with us today. Herman Miller ceased production of the fiberglass-reinforced models in the 1990′s due to sustainability reasons, however the company went back in time recently for an Instagram campaign to show us just how Charles and Ray managed to produce ‘the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair’.
By now a lot of people have had ‘great ideas’ for connected devices that up until now would have required weeks of research and development and a healthy dose of perseverance. While one could certainly test their ideas on a Raspberry Pi or other development board, the overall physical size prohibited creating anything wearable. New company MetaWear aims to change all of that and rapidly speed up development time with their newly-released ARM+Bluetooth LE platform that is barely the size of a quarter. Currently on Kickstarter for $30, it just might be the perfect weekend project kit to pair with your 3D printer.
Ever since the original GoPro hit the extreme sports world in 2007 (2004 if you include 35mm), the footage of adrenaline junkies going faster, higher and getting more creative has been a whirlwind of fun for those of us who might not have the cajones to surf 50 foot waves or do triple backflips on a mountain bike over a canyon. Thanks to advancements in video quality in the past few years, the amount of creative uses for the compact GoPro has been seemingly endless and the latest viral GoPro-filmed hit takes us on a ride around the popular spherical panoramas (aka ‘Tiny Planets’)…all thanks to a little help from a 3D printer.
“Dear Machinist friend, Guess what? You know that program I told you about after all that whining about, “There’s no integrated CAM solution for Autodesk Inventor! Whah hahah!!” Well, I know they taunted you with the announcement last September. Now, it is actually here. I know, I know, I accidentally swallowed some cutting oil as well when I heard.”
I’m sure you’ve sat at a business lunch–one that isn’t going so well–with the scene quickly reimagined as you screaming, “Tell Jabba…” and firing a blaster beneath the table to take our your would be assailant. (Yes, Han shot FIRST.) In December, Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars was auctioned off to an anonymous buyer. The iconic prop fetched $200,000; was slightly worn, slightly dusty and yes, not in the slightest way functional. Some thought this ridiculous, yet it is a movie prop permanently etched in movie history and our minds. The shape sets it apart and for the collectors or sportsmen sci-fi-sters in the audience, a full-blown, laser-firing BlasTech DL-44 HEAVY BLASTER PISTOL would be the ultimate prize. For Bob Boyd, the same holds true and even though we’re not quite there with lasers, his article details the adventure of everything that goes into recreating a live-ammo-firing Han Solo Blaster.
Since they came on the scene around a year ago, botObjects and their ProDesk3D 3D printer have been criticized, ridiculed and threatened due to controversial product renderings, failed shipments, and lackluster customer service. There was even a Twitter account created for those who pre-ordered a ProDesk3D to vent their frustrations. Well, in an effort to make good with the design and making community, founders Martin Warren and Mike Duma are back on the scene with the ProDesk3D and it’s ready to ship. They even came out to show off the printer at last week’s Inside 3D Printing event in New York City. We had a quick talk with them to see where they’re at with the printer, how they’ve been dealing with the frustrations and negative feedback, as well as what we can expect from the company in the next year.
With an impressive portfolio consisting of objects ranging from furniture and lighting to watches and even ‘laptop luggage’, the team of industrial designers, researchers and engineers over at Benjamin Hubert Ltd. are regularly nominated for design awards both in their native Britain as well as internationally. Working specifically with the goal of creating a sustainable alternative to traditional large upholstered furniture, their Pod chair is designed to create acoustical privacy in large shared spaces including offices and hotel lobbies. Using just a thin sheet of molded recycled PET-coated felt and a wood base, the team has created a unique chair design that’s not only comfortable but also functional. In this video from the award-winning product design firm, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how they made it all happen.
While the MakerBot Replicator 2 has been the go-to for consumers, the $2199 (note: the price recently dropped to $1999) price tag has still been a bit of a hurdle for consumers not quite sure about the application of 3D printing in their day-to-day lives. The Micro 3D Printer just might be the first consumer-friendly 3D printer that will push those sitting on the fence over with their incredible $300 price tag…arguably a tempting price for swaying new customers that are used to similar prices for their inkjet printers. Today, Micro-creators M3D launched the Micro 3D Printer on Kickstarter and within minutes reached their $50,000 crowdfunding goal.
Modla is a small 3D printing design studio that creates incredibly ornate, complex and detailed 3d printed art pieces for brands, architects, designers, artists and more. They launched just over a year ago and have already had product launches with Nike, completed an array of 3d printed architecture projects and designed all the signage for the Science Museum’s “3D Printing: The Future” exhibition. Among other projects they also do collaborations with artist. They’ve just launched three that are simply gorgeous examples of what the medium is doing for artists. We caught up with co-founders Jon Fidler and Rich Goddard about the niche they’ve found in 3d printed art collaboration and consulting.