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Browsing articles in "3D Printing"

A 3D Printer for Mad Max, Martian Astronauts, and Burning Men

Jan 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  3 Comments

This was just too cool to pass up.  Suppose you are in a post apocalyptic dessert world or perhaps an astronaut on Mars.  You’d like to do some 3D printing, but there’s no source of filament.  Just dessert and sunlight as far as the eye can see.  Well, if you had this 3D printer, you…

Latest Neat 3D Printing Products

Dec 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

We’ve only got one weekly CNCCookbook Blog email newsletter left for 2013, and I’ve decided two things about it.  First, it’ll be short–people are busy with their holidays.  And second, it’ll be about fun cool stuff, again, because people are busy with their holidays.
This installment is a compendium of cool 3D printing products that…

Turn Your 3D Printer Into a Laser Cutter / Engraver

Nov 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  6 Comments

This is a neat idea:  J Tech Photonics is offering a kit to turn your 3D printer into a laser cutter / engraver.  The price is not too bad at $224.99.  In exchange you get a 1.7W 445nm laser diode in a housing suitable to attach to your 3D printer, a driver board, and power…

3D Print Some Jack O’ Lanterns for Halloween

Oct 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

Making ornaments and decorations is a tailor-made task for 3D printers.  Here’s a couple from a post over on 3D’

Neat little USB-powered Jack O’ Lantern…

3D printed Jack O’ Lantern lights…

How would you ever make something like this without 3D printing?…

Building a 40% Scale 1927 Miller 91 Race Car With 3D Printing

Oct 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

What happens when a talented designer, Bill Gould of Gould Studios, gets together with a serious 3D printing shop (C.Ideas) to build a cool 40% scale model of an antique race car?
The technologies and results of this project are nothing less than amazing.  Best of all, they’ve made a detailed video so we can…

CNC Business Idea: Personalized 3D Products

Sep 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

Ever come across a really neat custom bumper hitch?  Does your truck have a custom bumper hitch?
Many of those launched someone’s CNC business.  Fire up the milling machine and pretty soon you have a custom hitch cover that sends a very personalized message.  Mine is the familiar red with white stripe “Divers Below” flag.…

New 3D Printer Test Kit: Find Your 3D Printer’s Limits

Sep 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

Objective performance evaluations: they’re hard to come by.  Back in the day, marketers encouraged us to buy Stereo Hi Fi gear based on measured quantities like “Total Harmonic Distortion.”  The car crowd was supposed to look at 0 to 60 times or “lateral skidpad acceleration.”  The thing is, you’d go listen to stereos based on…

3D Printing an Aston Martin DB4

Aug 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

Or at least 3D printing a plug from which a mold will be made from which a fiberglass body will be made.  Auckland, New Zealander Ivan Sentch has quite a project underway.  He’s building this plug using a Solidoodle 3D printer, which only has a 4″ x 4″ capacity.  So how do you build a…

The Crazy Things 3D Printed Robots Can Do

Jul 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

I recently came across 2 great articles that show the amazing possibilities for robotics technology that can be made by talented individuals in the era of Desktop Manufacturing:
3D Printed Robot can crack your phone’s PIN in 20 hours or less
Imagine trying all possible 4 digit combinations in order to guess someone’s PIN and…

Laser Sintering: A New High Resolution 3D Printing Process Coming As Soon As Patents Expire

Jul 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
laser sintered part

Laser Sintering, or Selecting Laser Sintering as it is more properly known, is a process available today on expensive industrial 3D printers.  But, it has not been available to low cost 3D printers chiefly because the technology is locked up by various patents.  We saw the same sort of thing with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)…

Cleaner 3D Prints Via Solvent Vapors and DLP Projectors

Jun 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments

One of the issues with filament extruder based 3D printers is the quality of the surface they produce.  These printers are an amazing deal in terms of price, but sometimes the parts they produce can seem a bit crude with the filament layers being very visible.  There are at least a couple of ways to…

Instant 3D Printed Garden Accessories

Jun 23, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Products  //  No Comments

Part of the promise of Desktop Manufacturing is being able to have something unique right now.  3D Printers are particularly good at that (if you call the several hours they take to print a part “Right Now”).  I recently came across an article on these neat garden accessories made on Shapeways with 3D printing.  First…

Big News: Stratasys Acquires Makerbot

Jun 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Big news today as Stratasys, one of the leading players at the high end of 3D printing, announced it has acquired Makerbot, one of the leaders in Desktop 3D Printing for $403 million in stock.  Since its founding in 2009, Makerbot has sold 22,000 3D printers, 11,000 of those in the last 9 months.  That…

3D Printed Phone Case is Kinetic Art

Jun 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

One of the fascinating things about 3D printing is its ability to print things with moving parts.  That’s something that seems almost magical and nearly impossible (or at least seldom seen) with traditional subtracting machining (you know, turning and milling).
How about a 3D printed phone case that is Kinetic Art with moving gears?

Wonder how a 3D Printed Guitar Sounds?

Jun 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

Since seeing the emergence of 3D printed guitars and running the article on the Americana Guitar, I’ve been wondering how they really sound.  There’s no doubt they look cool and are very unique, but in the end, it’s the sound that matters.
The same designer that did the Americana, Olaf Diegel, has done quite a…



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