Now that Defense Distributed is on the defensive, it’s time to think a bit harder about what 3D printing really means. To that end, Michigan Tech is sponsoring a Printers For Peace contest that is encouraging designers and engineers to make amazing stuff using a 3D printer that can change the world for the better. “Unfortunately, the only thing many people know about 3D printing is that it can be used to make guns,” writes Dr
With the expiration of key patents around photo-curable 3D printer techniques, we’ve seen several new resin-based personal 3D printer projects. Now another has emerged, the mUVe 1 from mUVe 3D, created as a part-time project by maker Michigan-based Dean Piper.
Well, it’s hard not to be flattered by this one: at the end of a post about Samuel Bernier’s recent 3D-printed IKEA hack , I idly mused that he should join forces with fellow DIYer Andreas Bhend of Frosta remix fame . It so happens that Andreas did read it, and the two actually acted on my suggestion to get together and “collaborate on a series of IKEA hacks with bespoke 3D printed parts and instructions…” It so happened that Andreas , a student from Switzerland, was only a short train ride from Paris, where Samuel works at le FabShop, a 3D printing startup. Even though they didn’t know each other (nor do I know either of them, for disclosure’s sake), they accepted the challenge and came up with a couple projects during a two and a half day charrette: a child’s sled and a balance bicycle .
Well, it’s hard not to be flattered by this one: at the end of a post about Samuel Bernier’s recent 3D-printed IKEA hack , I idly mused that he should join forces with fellow DIYer Andreas Bhend of Frosta remix fame .
Two startups responsible for helping push the envelope on collaborative design and the democratization of building hardware are launching a competition today that could take open source 3D printing to the next level – and perhaps even into orbit. DIYROCKETS , the global space company co-founded by Darlene Damm and Diego Favarolo in 2012 to lower the cost of space exploration, and Sunglass , the TC Disrupt finalist and cloud-based 3D design platform founded by Nintin Rao and Kaustuv DeBiswas in 2011, today announced the launch of a competition to see who can build the best open source rocket engines via 3D printing.
Like many complex 3D-printed projects, this violin isn’t entirely made on a 3D printer but it’s interesting nonetheless. It is a violin that costs about $12 to build and uses paper, 3D printed parts, and some cheap wire to make an instrument that, while not pretty to look at, is definitely capable of making some sort of music. The project, run by Alex Davies, is definitely in the extreme DIY vein