For all those with a Samsung S4 and writing utensils, this “thing” might interest you. It rocks an automotive style. Inspiration is pistons, and other engine parts. Download the STL files for free and have them printed at the service of your choice.
There’s been a proliferation of Multifunction 3D Manufacturing machines lately. These products look really neat on the surface, but does the Jack of all trades, master of none principal apply? See the Microfactory and the Zeus.
3D printing does require a lot of tinkering to get right. The self-leveling feature of the Zeus would obviate a good portion of user care in theory. So long as the extra features don’t make these machines harder to setup and use, they could be a larger step forward in the 3D Printing landscape than we’ve seen in a little while.
Found a helpful 3D Design Guideline recently. Has some great high-level design guidelines that will take you lots of trial and error if you don’t learn it some other way first.
3D Printing is relatively slow. And while the quality of 3D printed parts from entry level machines is acceptable for prototypes, it’s not up to par with most professional consumer level products.
Check out this video on a Hobbyist DIY Plastic Injection Molding System from LNS Technologies that was recently featured on Kickstarter. Make and perfect a prototype part or invention with a 3D printer, then produce it in medium quantities with a setup like this. Awesome!
With all the talk about 3D printing and creating STL files, I thought this was a fun link. Draw things in Minecraft and then print them into real objects!