Don’t Roll Your Eyes…Unless You Have a 3D Printed Bionic Eyeball Module

Share this Article

Sometimes you just have to cut loose and have some fun and what better time to do that than Halloween, right? Before you start worrying about what you are going to 3D print your loved ones for Christmas, or at least before others start suggesting that you should worry about it, take some time to bask in the creative opportunities of 3D printing for the creepiest of all American holidays (unless you count Valentine’s Day…)

adafruit_products_SkullAnimationOne of the most entertaining contributions that 3D printing has made to the ghastliness of the 31st is the Bionic Eye Module. This is a 3D printed, servo powered mechanical eyeball module that can be fitted into a pair of standard sized goggles. What’s so great about this eyeball is that it moves, rolling around in the socket like a crazed billiard ball. It requires two sub-micro sized servos and a bit of magic from an Adafruit Trinket to control the freakish movement, and three triple A batteries to bring the whole contraption to life.

The team that brings you the Bionic Eyeball Module has taken a page from the wonderfully ridiculous warnings that accompany nearly every product on the American market and includes this helpful notice:

“It is not necessary to poke an eye out to complete this project. In fact, we strongly recommend keeping your natural eyes intact. But do use caution when wearing the 3D-Printed Bionic Eye. It will impair your vision.”

adafruit_products_IMG_5241Luckily, it doesn’t have to impair your charm. And, you can always wear the goggles on the back of your head while you are walking around so that you don’t lose your depth perception. Most likely this should not be operated by those who are intoxicated, may be pregnant, or suffer from a heart condition. Although maybe that’s exactly the audience this product needs. The creators brag in beautifully composed jargon followed by a refreshing dose of practicality:

“This advanced ocular appliance gives you a close up view of the inner workings of a 3D printed bionic eye. Of course, you won’t be able to see anything else out of that eye, but hey, it looks cool and that’s what counts!”

You can paint or use permanent markers to customize the iris and pupil to whatever your tastes might dictate. So, don’t worry that just because you don’t have the baby blues shown in the product site’s picture that you won’t be able to pull off a realistic bionic eyeball through goggle gag.

And, what the heck, this might just make the perfect Christmas present.  Let us know your thoughts on this crazy 3D printed contraption in the 3D Printed Bionic Eye forum thread on 3DPB.com.

adafruit_products_IMG_5344_Cropped

bio

 

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: May 16, 2021

3D Printing News Briefs, May 15, 2021: Nanoscribe, BCN3D, CapStone Holdings, Hochschule Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Guns

3D Printer Reviews


You May Also Like

Featured

Sakuu to Release Multi-Material, Multi-Process Battery 3D Printer

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming a more common part of the public lexicon every day—I have at least one friend who drives one, and more car charging stations are popping...

3D Printing News Briefs, May 5, 2021: APS Tech Solutions, Science Foundation Ireland, Slant 3D and NatureWorks, Cremation Solutions

From a new 3D printer and an award to some interesting 3D printed products, we’ve got a random assortment of industry stories to share with you in today’s 3D Printing...

3D Printing News Briefs, May 2, 2021: Intech; 3DPrinterOS & Octoprint; BEAMIT; ITB, ITK, & University of Manchester; Makerbot; Satori & Oxford University

We’re going to take care of business first in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, and then move on to some research and education. Intech Additive Solutions is reporting multiple orders...

3D Printing Webinar and Virtual Event Roundup: April 25, 2021

While there are still plenty of webinars to attend this week, we’ve also got some virtual events and training opportunities, including nTop Week, TÜV SÜD virtual training, the NAMIC Virtual...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.