Like the Imperial speeder bike quadcopter we saw earlier this year, YouTuber ajw61185’s quadcopter started out as a toy. He modified Hasbro’s First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter, and turned into a flying day care center.
Makers have proven that quadcopters and Star Wars go well together. So much so that even Disney is starting to cash in. Here’s another great example of this winning combination, courtesy of Michal Miszta aka The Model Maker.
The View-Master has been reborn as a virtual reality system, but you don’t have to throw out your original reels. Julius Howlett came up with a way to make digital copies of the tiny photos using a 3D printed adapter, a 20mm lens and a smartphone.
Earlier this year Carbon3D went viral when it previewed its CLIP 3D printing technology, a supposed improvement over DLP printing that allows for incredible printing speeds, in some cases reducing printing time from hours to minutes.
Custom mounts, docks and other connectors are simple yet impressive demonstrations of 3D printing’s potential. Right now you can either design your own connector or look for existing designs, but a group of researchers have created a third option: have a computer figure it out for you.
Handheld 3D printers like the 3Doodler are easy and fun to use, but they’re suited for small sketches. That’s why a group of Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) students came up with the Protopiper (pdf), a unique tape dispenser.
Escape from this dimension – well, in your mind – with Dave Dalton’s cool replica of Rick’s portal gun from Rick & Morty. Like other fan-made replicas, it has the green bulb and LED display, but it also projects an animation of the portal.
That made up word up there is actually in a research paper, thanks to the Carnegie Mellon University researchers who came up with a technique to make FDM 3D printers print strands of hair, fiber or bristles, without any hardware modification.
Back in April we checked out a 3D printed violin that looked more like a Predator’s weapon than a musical instrument. But 3D printing isn’t just about making new physical forms. The technology can be tuned for very practical purposes as well, as exhibited by violin maker Hovalin.
The railgun is one of the most popular sci-fi weapons, perhaps eclipsed only by the lightsaber and anything with lasers on it. Part of its appeal is that it’s based on real physics. It could exist, and it does exist!
We’ve featured a 3D printed Bulbasaur planter before, but that one’s no longer on sale. Fortunately, Etsy shop PrintAWorld has a similar product as well as an Oddish planter.
The Bulbasaur planter is made of ABS plastic.
Last month we featured the Dobot, a precise robotic arm that can plot, laser engrave and pick and place objects. But if you’re looking for something even more versatile, the Makerarm might be for you. It can also draw, use a laser head and assemble objects, but you can also use it as a 3D printer, a PCB fabricator, a soldering station and even a screwdriver.
One of the advantages of LED bulbs over incandescent ones is that they generate significantly less heat. Product designer David Graas capitalized on that benefit by creating lamps with 3D printed “bulbshades”, which are diffusers that sit directly on the LED bulb.