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
In what I can only describe as one of the most interesting and strange re-imaginings of 3D printing technology, two guys, Pete and Max (aka Wobble Works LLC), have created the world’s first 3D pen. Over at Kickstarter the duo describe their project, “Have you ever just wished you could lift your pen off the paper and see your drawing become a real three dimensional object? Well now you can 3Doodler is the world’s first and only 3D Printing Pen.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama said 3D printing could spur a U.S.-based manufacturing revolution. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama echoed a sentiment that has been gaining traction in the industrial and tech sectors: 3D printing is going to reinvigorate American-based manufacturing.
In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line. “Why should a 3D printer look like a microwave oven ?” That’s the question being posed by the DeltaMaker Kickstarter project team, which thinks it can put some showbiz into 3D printing using a so-called delta robot platform
Technology improves lives – we hear it everyday as large companies continue to force feed us the latest technological toys. Sure, these things make our lives more convenient, but does technology really improve lives? It’s a resounding yes for a little boy from South Africa