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20 Things to Make with a 3D Printer for Your Office

Here are some simple suggestions for making the most of your office desk. Feel free to share any of your ideas in the comments!

Without further ado, here are 20 cool things to make with a 3D printer for your office:

1. Whale Desk Organiser

Who’s that for? Anyone who’s resentful of the fact that they have to grow up and work can print this little whale to remind them of their childhood happiness. Check out the design on Formsfield.

2. Name Plate Pen Holder

What’s that? If you want to really seem professional then having your name hold up your pens and pencils is surely the best way to be noticed. Check out the design on Thingiverse.

3. Cat Phone Holder

Why do I need that? You probably don’t need this holder, but if you find you want to add some personality to your desk, or if you’re crazy into cats, then this could be for you. Find the design on Pinshape.

4. Office Desk Chair

Who is this for? Anyone with a large budget will be interested in 3D printing their own personalised desk chair. Otherwise, the rest of us will have to dream about the comfort of these chairs. Check out the design on GrabCAD.

5. Push Pin Monster

Why do I need this? This super cute monster is the best way to avoid pricking your fingers on pins. You can find this design on 3DShook. A cool things to 3D print for your desktop.

6. Giant Paperclip

What’s this for? The designer of this giant paperclip claims it “actually works.” If you’re feeling skeptical but want to check out the design anyway, head to Thingiverse.

7. Cable Catcher

Why do I need this? If your cables are always in a tangle, then this smart little idea will help make sure everything is sorted out properly so you don’t have to spend hours untangling those annoying leads. Find this design on Thingiverse.

8. Pentos Pen Holder

What does this do? The designer said: “This little guy will do a great job carrying your pen. However we warn you that’s all he does.” If you’re in need of a pen holder check the design out here.

9. Keyboard Feet

Why do I need this? If you have somehow managed to break the feet on your keyboard, you may find that the wonkiness is driving you crazy. These new feet can help make sure your typing is uninterrupted. Find the design here.

10. Crocodile Letter Opener

What is this? This cheeky little snapper is the best way to open your post! Download the design from Autodesk and you will have an easy way to make sure you don’t ruin your letters, or just something cool to look at.

11. Pretty Photo Frame

Why do I need this? If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself, then perhaps a picture of your family, friends or cat is the best way to remind you why you’re working so hard. This pretty frame is downloadable from My Mini Factory.

12. Flower Push Pins

Why do I need this? If you want your pin board looking pretty, then this is the best way to do it! These little flower push pins are simple yet work brilliantly! The designer said: “A fun way to grab someone’s attention when you’re not able to point out the note you left. You can decorate around your desk.” Check out the design on 3DCults.

13. Whallo Tape Dispenser

What’s this for? If you really want to continue with the theme of whales in your office, then printing this whale tape dispenser is a great idea! You can find the design on 3DShook. It’s just one of the cool things to 3D print for your home office.

14. Headphones Hanger

Why do I need this? Having a place to keep your headphones is a great idea if you always end up tangling the wires! With a hanger, they’ll be instantly accessible and untangled! Check out the design on Thingiverse.

15. Evo Collection Mug

What is this? The designer created this piece as part of a collection, they said: “Our aim is to create simple but functional objects using a basic and popular IKEA Pokal Glass.” If you fancy a quirky office mug, check out the design on My Mini Factory.

16. Cable Clip

Why do I need this? This design is yet another simple solution to the problem of tangled wires. This 3D print will help keep your space organised! You can find this design on 3DShare.

17. Memomac

What’s that? If you need somewhere to store your memos in an orderly fashion, then look no further! This Memomac is yet another way to keep your desk tidy. Check out the design here.

18. Tree Origin Bookmark

Why should I use this? If you are always losing your page then a book mark is the best way to help keep track. A simple idea and a simple design work brilliantly here, check it out on Thingiverse.

19. Portable Business Card Holder

Why do I need this? Handing over a dog-eared business card is not likely to win you any points, so make sure that your name is kept pristine with a portable business card holder. You can find this simple design on Cults3D.

20. Fibonacci Office Organiser

What’s that? This brilliantly simplistic design will give you a place to keep all of your most useful home office stationery. Check out the design on Thingiverse.

Hope our readers will get some interesting and practical gadgets from today’s article!

Via all3dp.

Best mods and hacks on geeetech prusa I3 pro you do want to miss

Geeetech has provided at least 6 DIY 3d printer kits for our customers to learn about 3D printing from the scratch.

After a long time of use and you have become a master of the printer, you can unleash your creativity to do as much modifications as you like.

Today I would like to share with you some of the best  mods and hacks on geeetech prusa I3 pro you do want to miss. These mods and hacks can be used on most of our prusa I3.

These designs are all created by Luca Benedetto who is a Maker, Designer and Engineer from Italy.

Let’s take a look at his amazing designs:

1.Underbody of Geeetech prusa I3 pro B.

Underbody of Geeetech prusa I3 pro B

“The option I’ve take to block my printer on a wood bed suggest me to re-design the underbody protection in order to put a couple of locking point backmost on the printer.
You can find a couple of alternative component to fit underbody also if you have already installed the Y-Chain, or if you do not desire install the Y-Chain!” said by Luca

Donload the files here.

2. control board case

 Arduino Box

Here the Arduino Box to protect the brain of our printer!
Just before my original customization GEEETech have introduce a new mainboard the GT2560, more “bigger” and that cannot enter in old Arduino Box, so new one has been designed to support both board!

Download the files here

3.Extruder End

Extruder End

The heat of this period led me to restore the previous design of the air duct from the accessory fan, controlled by D9 … question of artwork with the tilted fan to 45 °, which in its first incarnation was disturbing a hair on transmission wire problem that this latest version does not have, and it forced me to nOT turn on the fan before layer 4 because otherwise I was getting cold too the piece, but given the current temperatures better too cool, you can turn off!

Download the files here 

You can find more amazing design at his thingiver page here http://www.thingiverse.com/Luca_Benedetto/designs/page:2.

If you have any mods and hacks on geeetech 3dprinters, you are welcomed to share with us.

 

A 3D printed robot salamander that can walk, crawl and even swim underwater

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a robot which accurately mimics the gait and movement of a salamander. ‘Pleurobot’ consists of 3D printed bones and motorized joints, and could be used in the development of medical devices.

3D printed robot salamander

While X-rays are most commonly used to look at broken bones and other human bodily problems, the technology can also be used to learn about animals, potentially paving the way for radical new developments in robotics, medicine, and other fields. When a team of scientists from EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory recently put a live salamander under an X-ray, they weren’t sizing it up for a new leg brace. Instead, they wanted to observe the motion of the ancient amphibian’s skeleton in order to better understand how it moves, enabling them to build a realistic robotic version of the creature and learn a thing or two about the evolution of vertebrate locomotion at the same time.

The partially 3D printed salamander robot consists of 3D printed bones, motorized joints, and a “nervous system” made up of electronic circuitry. A fun project then, but the researchers also believe the robot to be more biomimetically realistic than any other robo-salamanders out there. And no, before you ask, that’s not an insignificant achievement: the EPFL team, led by Prof. Auke Ijspeert, had actually developed a number of realistic salamander robots before Pleurobot, but none of those previous models were designed with close reference to the 3D motion of the creature’s skeleton.

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Pleurobot, then, is a salamander robot like no other. By capturing X-ray videos of a real, living Pleurodeles waltl from the top and side, tracking 64 individual points on its skeleton, the scientists were able to observe the amphibian’s skeletal motions while it made different kinds of movement on the ground and in water. By mimicking those skeletal movements, the 3D printed robot is able to walk and swim in much the same way as its living counterpart. “What is new is really our approach to building Pleurobot,” Ijspeert explained. “It involves striking a balance between designing a simplified bone structure and replicating the salamander’s gait in three dimensions.”

Although directly inspired by the skeletal movement of the salamander, Pleurobot actually contains fewer “bones” than the real creature, with 27 motors and 11 segments making up entire spinal section. The salamander, on the other hand, has 40 vertebrae and multiple joints able to move different directions. Despite being anatomically simpler than its organic inspiration, however, the 3D printed robot actually contains the minimum number of segments required to accurate replicate the motion of the salamander.

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It has been demonstrated that electrical stimulation of the salamander’s spinal cord determines whether it walks, crawls, or swims, but by observing and robotically replicating the movements of the creature, Ijspeert and co can now learn more about how exactly the spinal cord controls bodily movement—not just in the salamander, but in humans too. With this knowledge, the EPFL scientists and their peers may be able to develop future therapies and neuroprosthetic devices for amputees and paraplegic patients.

“Animal locomotion is an inherently complex process,” said Kostas Karakasilliotis, designer of the early versions of the Pleurobot. “Modern tools like cineradiography, 3D printing, and fast computing help us draw closer and closer to understanding and replicating it.”

Originally Posted in 3ders> Printing Application.

12-year old builds working 3D Printer out of over-the-shelf LEGO parts and a 3D Printing Pen

It is often said that the youth of today are the future. This is accurate in just about on every regard, and considering the nature of how linear time works, it would be difficult to find someone that doesn’t find truth in the statement. The more I follow 3D printing however, the more I become convinced that today’s youth are capable of innovating just fine right here in the present.

Whether its a 17 year old’s low-cost SLS 3D printer, a 15 year old innovating in the field of robotics or another pushing the boundries of mind-control, the youth of today don’t seem to want to wait for their chance to make a difference.

So when a 12-year old tinkerer went ahead and made a 3D printer using a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit and a low-cost 3D printing pen, I was barely even surprised. And while it’s doubtful it’ll be able to produce intricate 100 micron models at blistering speed with incredible accuracy any time soon, it still offers a really cool, think-outside-the-lego-box approach to creating a 3D printer.

Too young to even sign up for Instructables himself (his mom made the account for him) the contraption is based on motors moving around the extruding pen in three-dimensional space (x/y/z) while following the basic rules of just about every 3D printer out there today.

Even though the build instructions include everything you need to complete the project, a lot is left up to interpretation. So the perfectionist might feel a little frustrated regarding how exactly things work with steps such as “Add another very smooth connector between the two small pillars. Basically make the structure sturdy by adding support where ever necessary using Lego/K’NEX pieces.” But heck, if it works it works and the visual aides provided should suffice in assisting you in building a similar 3D printer of your own.

Additionally, technical purists might be brought to tears when trying to figure out the tension required and how much tape to use for instructions like “on the ring, create an obtruded part, such that the part touches the button to start the 3D printing pen. On the other side of the ring, attach a piece of yarn that will go to the other edge of the prism and ultimately to the motor. The motor will have the string taped to its axle.” But again, with a little effort and tinkering, everything you need to reproduce the 3D printer is made available.

At the end of the day, the the goal was to create a working 3D printer with Lego (and some K’NEX) and that’s exactly what useramoghp succeeded in doing. Sure, the software used was primitive (Minstorms EV3 Home Edition) and the results remain a work in progress (it is difficult to determine how many layers completed on the only provided sample 3D print) but for a 12-year old hoping to win the site’s current 3D printing contest in the youth category (you can vote for him at the top right of his Instructable), I think he accomplished everything and then some.

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3Dvarius-Electric Violin Created By 3D Printing

3d printed violin

This project was lauched on kickstarter 7 DAYS ago and it has got 97 backers, and received $43,282 now and their  goal is $56,586.

The 3Dvarius was born digitally in 2012, in Laurent Bernadac’s mind, the violinist and engineer who conceived it on his computer. He wanted to create an electric violin which could fulfill all the needs of a classical musician.

3d printed violin

A first prototype saw the day at the beginning of 2013, entirely hand-crafted by a stringed instrument maker, in transparent polycarbonate. But this violin was too heavy and thus hardly playable.

Laurent continued working on developing and improving his violin: better design, weight reduction, smoother sound-wave flow, and refined curves. All this to achieve his original goal which was:

3d printed violin

The 3Dvarius is an electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a real Stradivarius violin.

Laurent Bernadac made it with a revolutionary design, at the service of the more demanding violinists.

Its body is printed as a single piece, thus departing from traditional musical instrument production, giving it a very unique property: it allows for smooth, optimal sound-wave flow throughout the instrument, offering the violinist greater sound control.

3d printed violin

Combining the precision and power of 3D-printing with ancient violin-making skills, its innovative design, in the service of violinist, marks a further step towards the perfect symbiosis between musician and instrument.

like an electronic Violin

or like a classical one

For more details, please check the project on kickstarter.

First 3D-Printed Medication Officially Available in US Market

3D printed medication

The first 3D-printed medication is officially on the US market with Aprecia’s announcement that its anti-sizure Spritam is available to patients. Aprecia is able to 3D print batches of the formula in such a way as to yield an instantly dissoluble tablet. With just a small amount of water, Spirtam can be taken by patients that might otherwise have difficulty swallowing a pill, Spirtam is 3D printed using Aprecia’s ZipDose technology using powderbed inkjet process licensed from ZCorp, now a part of 3D Systems. CEO of Apercia, Don Wetherhold, said, “Spritam is designed to transform what it is like to take epilepsy medication, and is the first in a line of products we are developing to provide patients and their caregivers with additional treatment options.”

——The article is from INSIDE 3D PRINTING

US Military Uses 3D Printing to Create Swarms of Mini-Drones

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No country in the world spends more on their military defense than the United States, which is constantly utilizing emerging technologies to try and keep themselves a step ahead of other global superpowers like China and Russia. One big area of research, as many people are aware of, is drone technology, which has allowed the military to use unmanned aircraft to do their dirty work. Now, it’s important to note that drones are more than just potential military weapons, they’re also being used a means of entertainment and exploration as well. 3D printing technology can oftentimes play a major role in the production of these unmanned aircraft, and has helped to manufacture drones for both a variety of uses, such as extreme drone racing and space exploration.

After hinting that micro-drones would be a part of the increased military budget to-do-list last month, which amounted to an increase of $582.7 billion, the Pentagon has just revealed that their micro-drone program is finally in action. The micro-drones, created with 3D printing technology not fully detailed in the budget report, were experimented with in Alaska last summer and are now being brought to the public eye. The experiment was conducted by the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), founded to help cultivate strategic counter measures against threats from Russia and China.

These micro-drones can actually be launched from the flare dispensers of various US fighter jets. They are parachuted down in small-sized canisters, where the micro-drone wings then catch the wind with their one-inch propellers. According to SCO director William Roper, the 3D printed micro-drone swarms have been under testing since 2014, and aside from the canister launching, can also be dispersed by ground troops as well.

These newly developed 3D printed micro-drones are actually dispensed in swarms, and although their purpose is classified, they could potentially be used to confuse opposing forces and carry out more cost-effective surveillance missions. Each micro-drone weighs just about a pound each. The swarms are able to come together in packs and influence situational awareness from the moment they come out of the canister. 3D printing technology helped to ensure that the micro-drones had the appropriate strength for their miniaturized size.

The SCO office is currently located in the same building as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is known for their focus on emerging technologies of the future. Though they share similar end-goals, the SCO is more of a wild card agency, and is focused primarily on creating ‘trick plays’ for the US military, using both old and new technologies to re-innovate defense strategy.“In a world of fast-morphing technologies and diverse threats, no single military capability or tech development strategy is going to ensure our national security,” said Arati Prabhakar, the director of DARPA.

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There has not been much public attention on the SCO until this year and, along with their 3D printed micro-drone experimentation, they have announced a few other projects and concepts to enhance the US military system. For instance, the Avatar project will focus on blending new high-tech fighter aircraft with older iterations, reengineering them to become new unmanned fight jets. SCO has also worked on the Arsenal Plane concept as well, which uses an undisclosed plane to transport a variety of weapons to nearby fighter jets. The 3D printed micro-drones makes up just a small portion of the Department of Defense’s gigantic budget increase, which ultimately seems to be centered around not just creating new weapons, but reintegrating old systems in a new and strategic way.

“We don’t have to develop new planes,” Roper said.We don’t have to develop fundamentally new weapons. But we have to work the integration and the concept of operation. And then you have a completely new capability, but you don’t have to wait long at all.”

—The article is from 3D Printing Industry

PancakeBot Now Available for Pre-Order! Fancy Printed Pancakes Direct from the Build Plate to the Breakfast Plate

 

3D printing pancake

3D printing pancake

Apparently yesterday was National Pancake Day, and I missed it. I’m not pleased about this – particularly since it was the tenth anniversary, it seems. IHOP started the holiday in 2006 as a way to raise money for charity, but I’ve actually never heard of it until now. I could have been getting a free stack of pancakes every year and I didn’t know it. It doesn’t help that I’ve always been terrible at making pancakes myself. I try to flip them too early, and they fall apart, or I wait too long and they burn, or I pour the batter too thickly so that they burn on the edges and don’t cook properly in the middle – it’s pathetic, really.

Maybe I should invest in a PancakeBot. The 3D pancake printer been evolving since 2010, when civil engineer Miguel Valenzuela, inspired by a pancake stamping device he read about in Make: magazine, decided to make his own pancake machine for his two daughters. He cobbled together a device made from Legos, named it PancakeBot, and displayed it at the World Maker Faire in New York. The machine was met with a great deal of enthusiasm, unsurprisingly, as there seem to be very few people in the world who don’t like pancakes. Valenzuela then built a more advanced, non-Lego version of the pancake machine and signed an agreement with product innovation company StoreBoundto bring PancakeBot to market.

3D printing pancake

3D printing pancake

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $460,584 (after an original goal of $50,000), PancakeBot is officially for sale – for the very reasonable price of $299.99. Right now only pre-orders are being taken, but shipping should start this month. It was recently exhibited at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, where it was, of course, a hit.

Many people I know have memories of their parents trying to make pancakes in special shapes, to varying degrees of success. About the most impressive design I’ve seen is a Mickey Mouse head with disturbingly lopsided ears, but the PancakeBot allows all parents and other would-be pancake artists to create some beautiful, complex designs, complete with shading. Simply create your design on your computer, load it onto an SD card, and then plug it into the PancakeBot, which will then extrude your pre-mixed batter onto the printer’s “build plate,” or griddle, in the form of a delicious work of art.

Using PancakeBot’s free Pancake Painter software, compatible with Mac and Windows, designs can be drawn by hand or imported from photos – meaning that yes, you can print and eat your own face. The PancakeBot website also offers several uploadable designs such as animals, cartoon characters, and every printer manufacturer’s favorite design, the Eiffel Tower. You can even print your favorite – or least favorite – politician, presumably so you can vent some of your political frustration with a fork.

3D printing pancake

PancakeBot can be ordered either in black or bright cherry red. It’s simple to assemble and disassemble, with a removable, non-stick griddle and a BPA-free batter dispenser bottle. The printing surface is a pretty good size, at 17.5″ x 8.25″. PancakeBot’s website is full of helpful tutorials about how to assemble and use the printer, as well as several troubleshooting guides. The process looks to be very streamlined so that it should be quick and easy to get your pancakes from build plate to breakfast plate – although, to my disappointment, you still have to do the pancake flipping by hand. Is this a machine that you need? 

—The article is from 3D PRINT.COM