One of the great benefits of 3D printing is that it allows innovators, designers, and just plain everyday people like you and me to experiment with designing our own, custom objects. Whether those objects are replacement parts for a broken household item, a prototype for an invention we’ve come up with, or a cool end-use product such as a game or toy, the technology is certainly one which has begun to to help turn innovative ideas into a reality.
For one designer, named Urbano Rodriguez, 3D printing allowed him to take ideas that he had in his head and turn them into actual tangible products.
“I use to say that I’m absolutely addicted to design, and this is true,” Rodriguez tells 3DPrint.com. “I always need to be working on a new idea — this is what moves me on, and what makes me happy! I’ve been working with design for many years, but 3D Printing technology, really gives me a feel and an emotion, that I never had before with my work.”
A little over a year ago, Rodriguez was working on doing research for a design concept he had for a set of silverware when he came across another designer who had created silverware that was able to be attached to pens. After having completed one of his more popular designs on Shapeways, the Desk Urchin, Rodriguez wanted to come up with another product that would complement this creation. The Desk Urchin, for those of you who haven’t seen it, is a really cool desk organizer and pen/pencil holder.
“I decided to make a little golf game, and use the pen caps to make the golf clubs’ heads,” Rodriguez tells us. “This project took me a lot of time to calculate all of the right measurements for the proportions between the golf clubs, the ball, the hole as well as the perfect internal diameter measurements of the pen caps, to allow them to fit together perfectly.”
The game, which is currently available on Shapeways for just $26.90 (or just $19.90 for the basic set), really is as unique of a golf game as you will ever see. The complete set comes with three different golf clubs (pen/pencil attachments), two balls, and one hole with a flag.
“It’s very easy to play, and works the same way you play a real golf game,” explained Rodriguez. “You can play just as a ‘putting game’, on your desk, or on the floor, positioning the flag and hole far away, and playing a hole of par 3 or par 4.”
As you can see in the photos as well as the video below, this game looks as though it could become quite addicting. We asked Rodriguez if he plans on iterating upon the game at all. However, he believes that it came out exactly how he intended it, so he has no future plans to modify it at all. Thanks to Shapeways, he was able to bring this incredible idea into reality, an idea which wouldn’t have ever become a product if it was not for 3D printing technology.
What do you think about this fun 3D printed game? Have you purchased your own set? Discuss in the 3D Printed Desk Golf forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below.