Now You Can 3D Print With Nutella, Drywall… Anything!
We know we don’t need to tell you that 3D printing is pretty much the coolest thing since, well… ever. But this new invention will allow you to do more than you’ve ever imagined with a home 3D printer. The Discov3ry Extruder is a universal paste extruder, which basically means that it’s a high-tech sidekick that can enable your lean, mean printing machine to go way beyond printing in plastic, utilizing new materials like silicon, wood filler, ceramic and even Nutella!
You won’t believe how easy it is to use: Just hook the brick-shaped expansion system up to the 3D printer in your life — it’s compatible with most desktop models — and start experimenting with the thousands of unique materials it can emit. Set up the print perimeters for your next project or prototype (that’s TBD info from creators Structur3D Printing, regarding materials they’ve already tinkered with,) then watch as the accessory forces your filament stand-in out of reusable syringes, through a feed tube and out of an extruder tip which is mounted to the printed head. Each DE comes with a cartridge starter kit that contains food-safe syringes, food-safe plastic tubing, lock/tubing connectors and lock tips. It also contains a wide variety of tip shapes + sizes to create whatever designs you can dream up.
Consider your Discov3ery Extruder + 3D printer your party prep saviors: Print out intricate cake toppers made out of royal icing or program it to create entire treats made out of Nutella (both like you see above). Even make it squeeze out multiples of batter for cake pops or dough for mini pizzas (what a time saver!). Then once the hours d’oeuvres are taken care of, switch out your cartridge with ceramic and use your DE to print your party favors like place card holders, bud vases, votive holders… can you tell we’ve already made a wish list? Obviously, that’s just the beginning.
It should be extremely easy for you to try out a new material that hasn’t been printed with the DE before. The team behind the Extruder is committed to working with the user community to collaborate, share project ideas and innovate with new materials. In a world where makers are gonna make, the creative possibilities for using this tool are seriously limitless.
We’re pretty much in awe: Now one machine can switch up from printing silicone molds to clay jewelry to who knows what with conductive paint! According to the product’s Kickstarter campaign, the trick to turning your Makerbot into an all-in-one dream machine was “in separating the ‘pastruder’ from the print head carriage.” Our maker hearts melt when we hear of take-it-apart/put-it-back-together-better hacks like this <3. Good news then: The Discov3ry Extruder has already far exceeded its original Kickstarter goal of $30,000, and you can hook up the tool as early as this fall for a pledge of $299. The other good news: If you pledge $50 to the campaign, they’ll send you a picture of your Facebook profile picture printed in Nutella. Count us in!
Are you in too? What are your thoughts about the Discov3ry Extruder? How would you use it in your home? Tell us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)