Nail art is a trend that’s most visible online – just do a search and you’ll see whole communities of nail art lovers donning their fabulous fingered creation. Of course, it’s not as fabulous as 3D painted nailed art, since that adds a lot of new dimensions. Check out this amazing work from industrial design duo, Laser Girls. Read more
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Scrapbook aficionados have massive amounts of stamps, both personalized, and pre-made, so it’s only a matter of time that technology takes notice of the hot market of DIY stamping. If scrapbooking makes you think of all things cute and hand crafted, this stamp maker from Japan begs to differ.
The KeyMe App was pivotal in the way we managed our keys. It allowed us to scan and store copies of our physical keys in the cloud, and now, those keys can easily be 3D printed and delivered straight to our door – unless, we’ve lost our mail key.
KeyMe is partnering up with 3D printing specialists Shapeways to deliver 3D printed keys with a little extra pizzazz. With the original KeyMe App, all you have to do is take the app to a locksmith to have it duplicated, but now, your 3D printed keys can also be made of solid gold. At $4000, that’s one key that should never be lost. Read more
Boomf is offering the most delicious printing service on earth - gourmet marshmallows with personal Instagram images. It’s a temporal, sugary reminder of your photographic captures that would have collected digital dust in the ever-growing bins of Instagram photos.
The service is only available in the UK for the time being. For £12, you get nine marshmallow squares with nine different images. That’s nine hot chocolates or nine s’mores with pictures of edible kittens, friends, or enemies. One thing to consider is this: take a photo of a marshmallow with a print and then repeating until you’ve nested an infinite series of photos…
Cleaning your teeth for a full three minutes can feel like an eternity – I usually make a few laps around my house to pass the time. Now, there’s another option for my forever hurried, yet hygienically minded mouth – a customized, 3D printed toothbrush that can clean my teeth in seconds with biting and grinding actions. It’s bizarre and amazing:
With an additional 31 days on Kickstarter, Occipital’s 3D Scanner has already garnered eight times its original funding goal – that’s over $800,000 from eager supporters. It’s not surprising since the scanner is the most affordable hardware options for 3D lovers everywhere. At $349, the scanner is cheaper than its cheapest counterpart, the $1000 Fuel 3D that was also funded on Kickstarter.
Maybe you live in a tiny closet and 3D printers won’t fit. Or maybe you can’t sacrifice your lattes for the investment in a personal printer. All of these scenarios lead us to one conclusion. Now that we are all sharing houses, cars, bike, and airplanes, shouldn’t we be sharing our 3D printers as well?
It was just a matter of time, but 3DHubs does just that. It works just like any other web-sharing service, but you don’t have to do any work. Just send over a 3D file for printing and the “hub” will do the rest. If you own a 3D printer, you can sign up to be a “hub.”
Self-manufacturing can be a real nightmare if you’re constantly printing useless toys and gadgets. Once you’ve exhausted the library of plastic gizmo, widget, and doodad, there’s always more thingamabob to horde. Why not use your 3D printer to repair things you already own? Below is a list of my favorite 3D models shared by hackers and makers at Thingiverse for fixing everyday objects you have around your home – like your guitar or dishwasher.
D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library is proving that libraries aren’t just for books – they’re also for 3D printing and book-making. The library is using its $3.4 million grant to provide a publicly accessible 3D printer and an Espresso Book Machine for on demand book printing – great for students and self-publishers. Printing is five cents per gram plus $1 (they say most print jobs costs between $1-$5). The library also has plans to include a “Dream Lab” where users can collaborate on projects ,test drive tablets and e-readers prior to purchasing, and also publish personal novels.
Library manager Nicholas Kerelchuck is optimistic about the library’s 3D printing service as an educational tool:
They’re learning math skills, engineering skill, hard science skills…this is future job experience. I think that in 10 years if someone has experience using a 3-D printer, they are far ahead of the curve.
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