Is 3D Printing Practical and Accessible? They Think So. (Video)

Get a look at 3D printing at the Boise Public Library  YouTube

People are always asking me if I think that 3D printing will become pervasive, if the average person would have any need or interest in printing out items. Being a strong believer in the proverb that “Seeing is believing”, I think this video that shows a Boise, Idaho father and daughter printing a custom wall outlet cover at their local public library says it all:

Of course, there will be those readers that question whether or not government funds should be provided to libraries for services like this - but that’s a totally different debate.

Via: Get a look at 3D printing at the Boise Public Library - YouTube

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Tokyo MakerCamp (Photos)

The Tokyo MakerCamp, organised by Tokyo Hackerspace and MONO, was a big success with over 100 registered participants. The basic agenda was free form following the BarCamp model, with participants dynamically proposing topics they wanted to discuss. 

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MONO has particularly good luck using NITTO double sided tape to secure prints when 3D printing.

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Robosavvy Robotics Founder Limor Schweitzer Featured on Fox Business (Video)

 Creating a robot with a 3D printer | Fox Business Video

Robosavvy founder Limor Schweitzer was featured on Fox Business discussing the impact of 3D printing on robot design and manufacturing.

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Schweitzer compared the cost of some well known research robots, which can run from $30k to over $1 million, versus much more accessible 3D printed humanoids in the $1,000-$3,000 range.

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To illustrate his points, Schweitzer brought along two robots - Franky, a surprisingly complex and capable humanoid (closeup below), and Fonzie, a dancing and entertainment humanoid featuring the 3D printed head of Jason Bradbury - host of the UK Gadget Show program.

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Here’s the full interview:

 

 

 

 

Via: Creating a robot with a 3D printer | Fox Business Video

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Great Makerbot Digitizer Sale Deal – 32% Discount

MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner | Maker Shed

I’m not sure why, especially since the product was just announced a couple months ago, but the Maker Shed currently has a super sale deal running for the Makerbot Digitizer. The standard list price of $1399.99 is discounted by 32% to $949.99 until New Years Eve.

The new scanner isn’t for everyone, as I mentioned in previous posts, but if you have the need to create 3D printable models from existing figurines or small items, this is a great deal.

One surprise that I wasn’t previously aware of is that the Makerbot Digitizer isn’t available for shipment to Japan, along with many other countries, due to restrictions on the laser used by the digitiser. Hopefully Makerbot will be able to sort that out soon.

Via: MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner | Maker Shed

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MakerBot Explorers Podcast Debut Episode (Video)

MakerBot Explorers Podcast  Episode 001  YouTube

How many start-up CEO’s do you know that host a podcast? Not many, for sure. As of today you can add Bre Pettis, the CEO and co-founder of Makerbot Industries to that short but illustrious list of podcasting CEOs.

In the inaugural episode of the new MakerBot Explorers podcast, Bre interacts with Corey Renner, Tom Burtonwood, and Thomas Lipoma to find out what they’ve been doing and creating with their Makerbot 3D printers. 

Via: MakerBot Explorers Podcast - Episode 001 - YouTube

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Make: Robot Hacks Dives Deep Into InMoov, the Open Source 3D Printed Humanoid Robot (Video)

Robot Hacks InMoov  YouTube

Thanks to the Make: Robot Hacks series, hosted by Mike Senese, you can get an inside perspective on the development, trials and tribulations, and performance of Gael Langevin’s unique InMoov Open Source 3D printed humanoid robot.

Via: Robot Hacks | MAKE

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