10 New 3D Printing Innovations You Need to Know About
Ready to get seriously techie? It seems like the world of 3D printing just keeps getting cooler and cooler as the months go by. This month is no exception. From a “Terminator” arm to horrific Halloween figurines and cappuccino art, we’ve rounded up the latest and greatest in 3D printing news. Let’s get started!
2. Structure Sensor: The Structure Sensor is the first 3D sensor for mobile devices. How does it work? Just attach the Sensor to your iPad and start walking around. The Sensor will 3D scan objects and rooms… in just seconds. With this “spatial computing,” you can then send 3D images to anyone in the world. Oh, and the Sensor can capture anything within 3.5 meters (roughly 11.5 feet). Pretty cool. Currently a campaign on Kickstarter, prototypes are expected to ship out in November 2013.
3. Khora: With Khora, you can turn any image into a 3D piece of art. Just upload your image to their web app, edit (you can choose from a variety of materials, colors, and cut styles), and submit. Your artwork heads to production and within days, your 3D masterpiece is delivered to your doorstep. It’s that simple! The launch date for Khora’s image processing is still TBD, however, their Kickstarter campaign will be kicking off in 6 short days. Stay tuned for more.
4. Supermarket 3D Printing: Want to 3D print a miniature version of yourself… while you shop for groceries? Asda is banking on the assumption that you do. The UK supermarket chain is debuting a lifesize scanner at its York store today. You, or your dog, or anything else, can hop in the scanner. After two minutes, your scan is sent to a production facility and 3D printed in ceramic soon after. Interested in your own ceramic mini-me? It’s time to start shopping at Asda.
5. 3DMe Horror: Speaking of mini-mes, why not make your own for Halloween? For just $69.99, you can print your own horrific Halloween figurine. First, you choose a character. They have witches, bloody nurses, zombies, vampires, and more. Then, you customize it. Is your character short or tall? Small or large? Do you want two bloodstains or three? The usual. Then, you upload your picture. Ta-da! Your frightening figurine will be delivered within days.
9. Pinhole: Currently a project on Kickstarter, Pinhole is a 3D printed pinhole camera. It’s easy to use, can be mounted to a tripod, and takes 6cm by 6cm images. Ready for the analog twist? This 3D printed gizmo uses film. We dig it. Go ahead and add one to your holiday wish list because the Flyer 6×6 camera will be shipping out in December 2013.
10. Screw You Vase: The design label Layers has come up with a way to repurpose all those empty plastic bottles in your recycling bin—introducing the Screw You Vase. Available in black or green, their 3D printed PET bottle screw top will turn 12 plastic bottles into a conversation-worthy centerpiece. Retailing at around $200, the Screw You Vase may not be cheap, but who knew water bottles could be so chic?