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Micro dronecopter aerobatics

Joly sez, "Experts, activists, and makers from all over the world gathered last weekend for the first ever Drone and Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC) in NYC. One theme was miniaturization. Smaller UAVs are more agile, and less dangerous, although, as of now, they still suffer from the same FAA restrictions as their larger cousins. Another popular feature was FPV (First Person View) where flyers drive their drones via remote displays. One spectacular demo that combined both was from Eirik Solheim of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation who flew a 25 gram 3D printed $169 Micro Quadcopter out the stage's backdoor and into the backstage passages of the venue, and back. (here's video of the entire first day)"

DARC22 Eirk Solheim - Micro Quadcopter (Thanks, Joly!)

6-axis 3D printer can print on irregular surfaces

Yong Chen and his team at USC Engineering have built a six-axis-of-freedom 3D printer that can rotate its build platform and heads to enable it to print on irregular, curved and slanted surfaces; shown here, a 3D print on a curved bottle.

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Send a Togolese 3D printer made out of ewaste to Mars

Afate is a Togolese hacker who uses the WoeLab makerspace in Lome, Togo (the first makerspace in west Africa). He's invented a 3D printer made out of the ewaste that is piled high in neighborhood-sized ewaste dumps in Agbogbloshie, near Accra, Ghana. He's raised money on Ulule to standardize the printer, called the W.AFATE, so that anyone can turn ewaste into a 3D printer. The W.AFATE design has already won NASA's Space App challenge with a concept for building trashbot 3D printers on distant planets.

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Blokify: simple 3D modeling software

MAKE: "Blokify's custom block-based 3D modeling software makes it easy for folks, especially kids, to build object models, which they can then send directly to a home 3D printer."

Open source prosthetics Google+ hangout this Friday with Adafruit and Makerbot

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Our friends at Adafruit are hosting a month-long program on Google+ "aimed at crowdsourcing the manufacturing and delivery of the Robohand prosthetic to people in need." The next hangout is this Friday 10/11 at 8pm ET and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis will be joining! Details are here.

Filamaker: turn misbegotten 3D prints back into filament


Joris sez, "I interviewed Marek Senick√Ĺ about his Filamaker today. The device is a grinder and filament extruder that recycles waste plastic and turns old unwanted 3D prints into new ones. I think its amazing and will greatly reduce the cost of 3D printing. Effectively to zero if waste is used [Ed: that's artistic license -- I'm sure Joris is familiar with the second law of thermodynamics]. It will also make 3D printing much greener."

I wrote about Filabot, a competitor of Filamaker, last January. Joris explains the difference: "Filamaker has a grinder and extruder. So it grinds up old 3D prints and turns them into filament. It can also grind up ABS waste products and turn those into filament. So you take any old ABS item and grind it and filament pops out. The Filabot is only an extruder that takes pellets and turns them into filament."

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Blizzident: 3D printed whole-mouth-at-once toothbrush

Blizzident is a custom-made, 3D printed, whole-mouth-at-once toothbrush that claims to be able to clean your teeth in six seconds. It uses a mold of your teeth, lined with "a dense field of tailored bristles" that work with an integrated tongue-scraper and floss to conduct what appears to be a thorough scraping, brushing, and flossing of all the significant mouth-surfaces.

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Seej: a 3D printed, free real-world tower defense game


Zhreng3's Seej is a free/open 3D printable tabletop war-game, a real-world tower-defense game you print and play at home. Seej's players come up with all sorts of innovations that are integrated into a constantly updated set of free designs.

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Kickstarting a $100 open-source hardware 3D printer

The PeachyPrinter is a well-funded Kickstarter project that aims to produce a $100 kit-based 3D printer that outputs photo-cured resin. The kits are meant to be assembled in an hour, and fully assembled units start at $400. The plans are all open-source hardware licensed and the project includes a great ethical statement about safety, privacy, and freedom. The team looks like it has some good domain-experience, though, of course, as with all crowdfunded projects, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you'll get nothing for your money.

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Mark's live Interview with MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Monday, 9/16

Join me this Monday for a MAKE Special Event: a live Google Hangout with Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot, the 3D printer company. We will discuss the latest technologies being developed by MakerBot, including the new digitizer and more!

Mark's live Interview with MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Monday, 9/16 at 12:30pm ET

Winners of 3D printers for peace contest

Back in May, I wrote about a contest to come up with peaceful applications for 3D printers from the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab and Type A Machines. The contest asked for designs that "discourage conflict (e.g. designs for appropriate technology in the developing world to reduce scarcity or designs that improve economic development)."


Now the contest winners have been announced. First prize went to John Van Tuyl, for VaxBeads ("3-D printed immunization records...Each bead represents a different vaccine. The shape and colour of each bead is unique to a specific vaccine").


Second prize went to Matt Courchaine for a Solar Powered Water Purification Cone and third prize went to Aaron Meidinger for a Braille Tablet ("a braille platform and a scrabble set of letters, along with some of the punctuation and a nice pile of the blank tiles to use it to write any short message.")

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SpaceX's futuristic rocket design toolkit

Demonstration of SpaceX's experimental rocket design tools melding gestural interfaces, 3D design, virtual reality, and 3D printing.

MODEL: architectural model building vs 3D printing

Dylan sez, "The hyper-designed world of architectural model building is facing a new threat - the advent of 3D printing. Dylan Reibling's new short film MODEL is a playful look at the battle for supremacy between man and machine. The film pits old school card stock against new wave plastic filament in a smart and charming portrait of an art form at a crossroads. As an added bonus, you can watch the video as an animated GIF!"

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Makies hit shelves at Selfridges


As I mentioned last month, the 3D printed dolls from Makies are now on sale at the British department store Selfridges, marking the first time that a 3D printed object has passed all the toy-safety tests and been sold to the public. Makies have created four limited-edition premade characters for the Selfridges collection (Tesla, Ada, Curie and Hopper) and they're also selling in-store custom-designed dolls. It's very exciting stuff for us -- my wife Alice founded Makies, and I'm agog at how awesome they've come out.

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Art of 3D print failure Flickr group

A Flickr group called "The Art of 3D Print Failure" chronicles the beautiful monstrosities that emerge from glitches in 3D prints. In addition to providing aesthetic pleasure, it also serves as a compendium of advice for preventing errors in the future.

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