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7 Pointless 3D Prints That Nobody Needs But We Want Anyway

7 Pointless 3D Prints That Nobody Needs But We Want Anyway

By now, most people have heard at least one story about the amazing contributions 3D printers are making. From printing new beaks for birds that have lost them to the creation of surgical instruments in space to replacement organs, there is little left that 3D printing has not demonstrated as a possible area for improvement. That […]

By now, most people have heard at least one story about the amazing contributions 3D printers are making. From printing new beaks for birds that have lost them to the creation of surgical instruments in space to replacement organs, there is little left that 3D...
Thingiverse User Creates Q-tip Shooting 3D Printed Mini-Crossbow

Thingiverse User Creates Q-tip Shooting 3D Printed Mini-Crossbow

Some say quite simply that if you can shoot a gun or fire off an arrow, you can use a crossbow. That makes sense—but how is your aim with a barrette and a Q-tip? These are the questions DIY archer and Thingiverse user Steven Thone poses to you with his 3D printed mini-crossbow. Most hunters […]

Some say quite simply that if you can shoot a gun or fire off an arrow, you can use a crossbow. That makes sense—but how is your aim with a barrette and a Q-tip? These are the questions DIY archer and Thingiverse user Steven Thone poses to you with his 3D printed...
Hold Your Brain in Your Hands: New Zealand Company Will 3D Print Your Brain

Hold Your Brain in Your Hands: New Zealand Company Will 3D Print Your Brain

Just in time for Halloween (or for those of us who just have brains on our minds), New Zealand-based Brainform is up and running! While the company and its website are still in beta, a high quality 3D printed brain can be yours now. The company’s mission is simply stated on its website: We 3D […]

Just in time for Halloween (or for those of us who just have brains on our minds), New Zealand-based Brainform is up and running! While the company and its website are still in beta, a high quality 3D printed brain can be yours now. The company’s mission is...
The 3D Printed Metal 10-Gram Ghost Spinning Top Amazingly Spins for One and a Half Minutes

The 3D Printed Metal 10-Gram Ghost Spinning Top Amazingly Spins for One and a Half Minutes

There are a lot of great products available on Shapeways, ranging from politically motivated caricatures to useful tools that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The ability for designers to fabricate any object that they can 3D design means the possibilities are endless. One designer, named Michiel Cornelissen, has come up with a design […]

There are a lot of great products available on Shapeways, ranging from politically motivated caricatures to useful tools that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The ability for designers to fabricate any object that they can 3D design means the...
Holiday Sweepstakes from About.com and Shapeways: Winner Takes All

Holiday Sweepstakes from About.com and Shapeways: Winner Takes All

I really don’t want to miss out on the white sandstone Coraline tealight, but I am sort of stuck between the tapas spoons and the multi-colored pencil holder too. And I can’t think of anyone I know, child or adult, who would not get a huge kick out of the catapult (what an ingenious little design, […]

I really don’t want to miss out on the white sandstone Coraline tealight, but I am sort of stuck between the tapas spoons and the multi-colored pencil holder too. And I can’t think of anyone I know, child or adult, who would not get a huge kick out of the catapult...
Will ‘Shapies’ Replace Selfies? Fun 3D Printed Body Scans by Artec Group in Minutes

Will ‘Shapies’ Replace Selfies? Fun 3D Printed Body Scans by Artec Group in Minutes

Last weekend I was at the movies with my kids, and on the way out they were clamoring for dollar bills to stuff into a photo booth which looked like a machine from my childhood that someone dusted off and put back out in the lobby after a long respite. Kids and parents (all certainly equipped with smartphones that […]

Last weekend I was at the movies with my kids, and on the way out they were clamoring for dollar bills to stuff into a photo booth which looked like a machine from my childhood that someone dusted off and put back out in the lobby after a long respite. Kids and...
3D to 2D: Using a 3D Printer to Draw in 2D

3D to 2D: Using a 3D Printer to Draw in 2D

Over the summer, my fiancé and I joined my family on vacation and spent a beautiful day on Mackinac Island, Michigan. While we were there, we had a caricature drawn to commemorate our visit. A crowd gathered as the artist worked away, and over the course of that half-hour we quickly became accustomed to passers-by looking […]

Over the summer, my fiancé and I joined my family on vacation and spent a beautiful day on Mackinac Island, Michigan. While we were there, we had a caricature drawn to commemorate our visit. A crowd gathered as the artist worked away, and over the course of that...
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