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Another day, another 3D printer on Kickstarter. But the DeltaMaker, which launched its campaign this week, is a little different from some of the others we’ve seen to date. It’s not the cheapest, and it’s not the one with the most recognizable branding, but it is relatively affordable and has a slightly different mission than most, with a design intended to shine in public spaces, rather than hidden in an industrial workshop.
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This year saw a relative deluge in 3D-printing representation, with strong showings from 3D Systems, FormLabs, MakerBot and the cloud-based 3D printer, Sculpteo. Let's have a look at all of them.
Stuck for a Valentine's Day gift with that special personal touch? A Japanese 3D-printing company may well have the answer – providing the opportunity for you to print your own face in chocolate.
iRobot has filed a patent for a “robot fabricator,” which is essentially an autonomous 3D printer that handles every part of the process itself — an “all-in-one” 3D printer.
The ModiBots, a line of poseable action figures which can be outfitted with all sorts of accessories, sell for around US$15 apiece, which isn't much more than what you'd expect to pay for any other toy at retail. The difference is that these aren't being churned out in massive quantities by a major manufacturer – they're available for purchase online via Shapeways' 3D print-on-demand service.
Defense Distributed is something of a black sheep in both 3D printer and firearm circles, although many believe what they’re doing — decentralizing the manufacture of guns, making gun schematics for 3D printers free to download online — is democratic and noble. Now they're developing plans for 30-round magazines for AR-type rifles.
What could be better than a 3D-printed model of yourself? The answer of course is a 3D-printed model of yourself filled with candy. That's exactly what Hot Pop Factory recently made, when it created several working Pez dispensers fashioned after individual people's heads.
Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.
3D printing gets a lot of hype for the things it will someday be able to do, like replicate human organs and create customized prosthetics. But it’s doing some pretty cool things in the meantime, too, like helping researchers create living models of tumors so they can more effectively identify and test potential drugs.
Products and Designs
Gift Cube is a fully functional Rubik's Cube with a spherical cavity inside. When solved, one layer comes off and the content can be removed from the cube. This is awesome!
This case is for the Arduino Esplora board. It includes a bezel for use with the Adafruit 1.8" display. It has clear windows with light guides for the RGB LED and light sensor, and tubes to guide sound to/from the beeper and mic. All the buttons including reset are brought up to the case top.