4 Brand Spanking New 3D Printing Innovations You Have to Check Out
CES is already blowing things up this week, and it’s only Tuesday! Newly announced just yesterday are four brand new ways to print in 3D, and we can’t wait to start trying these new gadgets and systems. If you’re new to the world of 3D printing, be sure to check out our 3D printing archive for stories about all the awesome things you can do, including a handful of 3D printed projects created right here at Brit HQ. Now, onto the new stuff!
MakerBot Mobile is our favorite part of this ecosystem, for sure. It’s a free mobile app that gives you the power to monitor and control any 5th Generation MakerBot Replicator and access everything from MakerBot right from your mobile device. We love the idea that you could be out for lunch, monitoring your 3D printing project right from your phone. You can easily reprint files based on history, you can watch, pause, cancel, or even swap filament. It’s great for days when you need to crank out of a ton of 3D printed objects, but can’t babysit the printer all day long.
And the final piece of the ecosystem, MakerBot PrintShop! This simple app is a fun, easy, and free way to create and 3D print all sorts of things. The thing we’re digging most is the TypeMaker, which lets you print out signs, letters, name plates, and more.
3. Cube3: Next up, we’ve got the latest printer from the folks at 3D Systems. Cube3 boasts more than 20 colors and dual-color jetted mashables, meaning your possibilities for color are more limitless than before. The touchscreen is ready for wireless printing, and claims to be 2x faster than other printers. What we’re into is that it is kid-friendly. Using a Cube is super straightforward, and the surfaces don’t become so hot that they could hurt a curious kiddo. And they’re on the mobile printing ticket too! The Cubify app (available on iOS, Android, and Windows) lets you print on-the-go. Love it.
Next up, 3D glasses that work with the screen of said laptop-tablet, letting you model onscreen using hand gestures in the space in front of the screen. That’s right — gestural 3D modeling. What the what?! The next use for the 3D camera naturally turns to gaming. You can play games in 3D involving both real objects and virtual ones, which seems like something straight out of Weird Science.
Finally, Intel showed how a 3D camera could be used to project 3-dimensional images in space — of course, they chose to superimpose a flying whale from the book Leviathan over the auditorium. Boom.
And we’re sure CES isn’t finished serving up new 3D printing innovations — stay tuned for coverage all week long here on Brit.co.
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)