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Porcelain or Splashing Sea Foam? This Bizarrely Beautiful Vase is Neither

Tuesday 03.11.2014 , Posted by
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Like delicate porcelain transformed into splashing sea foam, these fantastically beautiful, yet utterly unusual vases bridge the gap between functionality and pure aesthetics. The 3D printed design was created by Eragatory, which creates the form using a series of semi-automated steps that allow for customization on each decision. [Read more...]

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Tired of Boring Selfies? This App Lets You Create a Pixelated 3D Printed Avatar of Yourself

Friday 02.21.2014 , Posted by
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It used to be good enough to take a selfie and pop it up on Instagram, but no longer: two French creative whizzes have created LEBLOX, a soon to be released app that will let you create a 3D printed, pixelated version of yourself. Let the 8-bit frenzy begin. [Read more...]

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Real-Life Objects Get Digitized, Remixed, and Beautifully 3D Printed Back into Reality

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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M Plummer-Fernandez is taking everyday objects, 3D scanning them with a digital camera, digitally distorting them and bringing them back into reality with a 3D printer. The result are objects that look like they popped off the screen – strangely bridging the gap between the distant past and the near future. [Read more...]

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The World’s First 3D Food Printers Make Edible, Geometric Treats

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever stepped foot in a candy store, then you are well aware that sugar can take on all kinds of shapes and colors. This is what makes it the perfect medium for the world’s first 3D food printers. 3D Systems unveiled the edible 3D printers called Chefjet and Chefjet Pro at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas last weekend. The printers create unique geometric shapes that look too good to eat and can print in milk chocolate or sugar in the flavors of mint, cherry, or sour apple. [Read more...]

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The Worlds First 3D Printed Metal Handgun Makes Its Debut

Monday 11.11.2013 , Posted by

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Earlier this year 3D printed guns made quite a stir. First came the Liberator, a gun made almost completely in ABS plastic using 3D printing and an easily downloadable file. Now comes something that blows that gun away – a complete, 3D printed metal gun that has been fired over 600 times to date… and it’s modeled exactly after an iconic 1911 handgun design. [Read more...]

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Break the Mould: People Take Part in the 3D Printing Revolution

Friday 11.08.2013 , Posted by

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During the 48th annual Brighton Digital Festival 2013, which brings some of the best artists and companies in the world together in the UK, digital creative agency Developing Dreams and artist Emilia Telese showcased this incredible 3D printing project. Housed in a gigantic curvy, willow sculpture, which represents entering a womb, a 3D scanner built by 3Dify (using an Xbox360 and Skanect) scanned participants, then printed them out as 8cm high figures on Ultimaker 3D printers. The scanner was controlled by an 80′s style joystick and rotated around each person at differing heights. The project allowed participants to take part in the 3D printing revolution and was called Break the Mould. Film Director Sarita Frit captured the essence of this awesome installation in the Vimeo documentary after the jump. [Read more...]

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Artist Duo Transforms Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Painting Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve seen how 3d printing technologies have been used to reproduce exact replicas of classical paintings, but now husband and wife duo Rob and Nick carter have taken it to a new level. The London-based artists have teamed up with creative studio MPC to transform Van Gogh’s two dimensional Sunflowers painting into a 3d sculpture, bringing his brush strokes and details into a palpable form. They began with a computerized base mesh model to gather data to comprehend the volume of the work. Once their model was complete, they were ready to bring the piece to life, printing it out on the Projet 3500 with a material called Visijet-x, then casting it in silicon bronze for a final touch. [Read more...]

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3-D Scanned & Printed Renderings of Classical Paintings

Wednesday 10.02.2013 , Posted by

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If you’ve ever dreamed of having more than just a print of a famous Rembrandt or Van Gogh painting in your living room, you may soon have a chance- and you won’t even have to win the lottery! 3-D scanning and printing technology has reached a point that it can reproduce some of the most beautiful classical paintings down to every last brush stroke. Dutch researcher Tim Zaman has developed an innovative 3D photographic scanning system and has been working with Kröller-Müller and Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands to capture some of their fine art in 3-D space. The scanning has revealed some amazing secrets, such as the movement of the original placement of one of the men in Rembrandt’s 1662 portrait of the Drapers’ Guild. Teaming up with Canon’s Océ Group, some of Zaman’s scans have been 3d printed, creating an identical copy of these classic works! [Read more...]

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Smith Allen Studio Introduces 3D Printed Architecture to the World

Sunday 09.15.2013 , Posted by

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Since 3D printing technology has been introduced, we’ve seen it used for high heel shoes, skateboards, photo booths that make a miniature 3D figurine, and even 3D holograms of unborn babies. The possibilities for this line of machinery seem endless and Smith Allen Studio is taking things to an even larger scale with the world’s first 3D-printed architecture. The Oakland-based duo that comprises Smith Allen Studio is Bryan Allen and Stephanie Smith and their latest structure called Echoviren is made up of 3D-printed bricks. The white bio-plastic structure, which measures 10x10x8 feet, stands proud amidst a forest of Redwood Trees, and will safely decompose in 30-50 years. [Read more...]

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3D Print UK has Created the World’s First 3D Printed Twin Tip Skateboard

Sunday 08.25.2013 , Posted by

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Last month 3D Print UK teamed up with CGTrader to host a competition for the best portfolio. The winner was highly creative and skilled artist Sam Abbott. The prize? Abbott was chosen to have his design for a twin tip skateboard printed on a 3D printer. Looking at the final product, you would imagine it was as simple as one big piece, but since the board was longer than the build tray, they had to cut it into 3 sections, and combine it with connector pins to add strength. The skateboard is fully ride-able, but may not be the best for stunts. It’s still an awesome looking board and a huge step for functional 3D printing. [Read more...]

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