Without 3D Printing, This Rocking Chair Would Be Impossible

You might be looking at the future of furniture. The Durotaxis Chair uses 3D printing to produce a unique structure impossible to create with traditional methods. The geometric structure of the chair uses complex math to create a lattice which scales in size, density, color and rigidity throughout its form.

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Physicist Jonty Hurwitz Creates Tiniest Sculpture of The Human Form Ever Made

There is a fine line between art and science and Jonty Hurwitz likes to dance upon it. With an engineering degree under his belt, Hurwitz crunches numbers like a pro and has found a way to create the tiniest sculpture of the human form this world has ever seen. His prototype has been 3D printed in nanoscale and is so itsy bitsy that it can fit into the eye of a needle- and you’d still need a microscope to make out what it is.

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Made in One Piece: 3D Printed Guitars With Moving Parts

If you’re looking for a truly unique guitar, look no further than these 3D printed axes from ODD Guitars. The Swedish company has been turning out fully-customizable guitar bodies for the last few years that take advantage of 3D printing tech and its ability to create highly detailed structures difficult or impossible to create with other methods. Take their American Graffiti guitar, above. Hidden inside the guitar’s latticework of flames are miniature tributes to the classic George Lucas film: hot rods, a jukebox, Mel’s Diner and even a set of moving dice.

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Creepy Couture: A 3D Printed “Spider” Dress That Senses and Reacts to Motion

3D printing is being explored in many different ways, and Dutch artist Anouk Wipprecht isn’t afraid to use the technology to push the limits of fashion. Her latest creation is the “spider” dress, which is outfitted with six customized legs that spring out when it senses motion nearby.

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Now Derby the Dog Can Run With 3D Printed Legs

Derby the dog was born with significantly deformed front legs, but that never stopped him from having a happy attitude or the tenacity to move around in the world. Until recently, that meant uncomfortably hobbling around on his short front legs, or using an awkward cart that limited his mobility. That was until Tara Anderson, director of 3D Systems came to the rescue. Using their ProJet 5500X, the team has created a set of custom tailored prosthetic legs perfectly suited to Derby’s condition. Just look how he gets around now

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3-D Printed Plastic Fabric That Flows: New Software Is Making 3-D Technology Wearable

Many designers have created 3-D printed pieces for futuristic fashions, but until now the process has produced stiff pieces that wouldn’t make much sense off the runway. Aside from the overwhelming discomfort, the pieces required additional piecing together after each print, which takes away the convenience of printing your wardrobe. But the design studio Nervous System is changing the future of fashion with their new innovation to create movable, wearable plastic fabric that prints in a single piece. Using a software program called Kinematics, the team created a folded model of this dress, designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz, with hinging triangles, so that it could be printed in one piece then unfolded to reveal the full form. The result is a beautiful flowing design that moves and breathes.

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How Obama’s 3D Printed Bust was Created

There has been a presidential portrait for every US president, but never before has their exact likeness been recreated in 3D. As part of the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire, the President sat for a moment surrounded by 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners which captured every one of his details – from textures to skin tones. The White House video below details the process, but begins with an explanation of an old-time (and far less fun) counterpart for presidential replication – the death mask.

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3D Sculpt in Virtual Reality With an Oculus Rift, Then 3D Print It

The ultimate dream for many designers is to quickly make objects with their hands, but the real world has some real limits. Enter VRClay, an application that lets you sculpt in the air using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Razer Hydra gaming controllers. Just like building something with tools, this software would allow intuitive 3D model creation in a building space, almost like real life. It’s a fantastic leap into the future of creativity.

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Shane Hope Creates 3D Printed Art from Biological Molecular Models

What do get when you put molecular models and DNA structures into 3D visualization software and then bring it to life with homemade 3D printers? The artwork of Shane Hope. Drawing from information in protein data bank files, he creates complex collage-like visualizations and subsequently prints them to create complex and colorful arrangements. Or as Hope tells Wired “To fractalize aminos off forms to perform generative crystallography, code for crazy carbon chaining.”

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Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so.

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