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3D Printing

Staples Adding 3D to Its Printing Services

Staples announced it is testing out 3D printing services in two stores in New York and Los Angeles. If successful, the company will expand to more locations. The New York location will have six 3D printers to handle customer demands, but Staples said it will also outsource larger projects if needed.


To help customers get whatever objects they need, the store will also employ graphic design consultants to model 3D objects. There’s no price tag on the service right now, and we’re not sure if it’s just a marketing gimmick. Only two locations seem like a small sample size.

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Foodini: A 3D Printer That Uses Fresh Ingredients

Foodini is a 3D printer, but unlike other 3D printers that rely on weird tubes of processed materials, Foodini promises to help you use fresh ingredients. Why? Because someone, some day, may want a custom dinosaur chocolate cake – or something like that.
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3D Printed Nail Art Takes Manicures to the Tech Level

laser girlsNail 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

Adobe Introduces 3D Printing & 3D Manipulation Capabilities for Photoshop

Adobe’s Photoshop is a workhorse for professional photographers, and now, the digital lightroom software is getting an update to help designers create, modify, and print 3D models.
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Casio’s Pomrie Custom Stamp Printer Brings DIY Technology to Scrapbooking

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.

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3D Print Your Lost or Stolen Keys with KeyMe Print Service

front-page-topThe 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

Edible Instagrams: Marshmallows with Custom Printed Instagram Images

boomfBoomf 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…

Crazy 3D Printed Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth in 6 Seconds

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:
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Structure Sensor: An Affordable 3D Scanner for Mobile Devices

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.
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3DHubs Creates A Community for Sharing and Borrowing 3D Printers

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.”
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