When it comes to choosing people who you might want to be hanging out with during an apocalypse, leave it to those who are masters of upcycling…especially those who are also skilled in making crude weapons. Knife maker Trollsky of Poland recently uploaded a video to YouTube that shows his process of turning a leaf spring from an old Jeep into a sort of machete/knife hybrid. While there is little other information on Trollsky other than his library of other knife making videos on YouTube, it’s safe to say that his skill at turning rusty old metal into something useful is nothing short of a delight to watch.
For the science and audio geeks out there, you might already be familiar with a Ruben’s Tube. Invented by German physicist Heinrich Rubens in 1905, the tube uses flames to demonstrate the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure that is passing through the tube. It is also commonly used at hard rock concerts where flames are an absolutely necessity.
The Pyro Board from Aarhus University School of Engineering student Sune Nielsen and his pals uses the same principal of the Rubens’ tube to create an incredibly awesome audio visual display in a condensed package. Can we get an Instructable or a Kickstarter project Sune?
For the past two years, John Kiminas has been pursuing his dream of making fishing lures for a living. Having absorbed as much information as he could over this ‘research and development phase’ as he calls it, he is finally bringing his handmade lures into the world starting with a Kickstarter launch. Thankfully for us, he also shows us just how a lure goes from a solid block of wood to a finished product.
It’s no surprise that among those who are the most excited about the near-future of additive manufacturing possibilities are those in the medical field. Whether it’s a neurosurgeon who is experimenting with on-demand customized skull implants or a five-year old who is suffering from Amniotic Band Syndrome, the power that a $2,000 mini-factory yields is truly revolutionary in this industry alone. But while a 3D printer may be able to create anything on-demand, it is not without it’s own material and design limitations…especially when comfort, strength, and reliability are of the utmost importance for most medical products. In this recently-released video from 3Duniverse.org however, we get an intimate look into why a 3D printed hand just might be a better solution than an existing prosthesis costing tens of thousands of dollars.
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.