Artist 3D-Prints City-Shaped Shells For Hermit Crabs

Japanese artist Aki Inomata has partnered with, of all things, hermit crabs, to create a brilliant architectural art project. Using a 3D printer, Inomata created clear plastic shells with cities on them that were then promptly inhabited by their new hermit crab residents.

Hermit crabs usually inhabit vacated snail shells, but in their absence, they’ve been known to inhabit pieces of wood, stone or plastic, so their “partnership” with Inomata isn’t all that strange. Instead of their usual shells, Inomata provided them with tiny works of art to carry on their backs. The series is aptly titled “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?”

Check out the videos below, where you get to see how the shells were made and how the hermit crabs moved in to their new homes.

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Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?



History of 3D Printing

The earliest 3D printing innovations very first came to be noticeable in the late 1980’s, at which time they were called Swift Prototyping (RP) modern technologies. In genuine terms, nonetheless, the beginnings of 3D printing could be mapped back to 1986, when the initial license was released for stereolithography device (SLA). Hull went on to co-found 3D Equipments Firm– one of the biggest and also most respected companies running in the 3D printing industry today.

3D Unit’ very first business RP system, the SLA-1, was presented in 1987 as well as adhering to extensive screening the very first of these system was offered in 1988. This license was provided in 1989 and also SLS was later on accredited to DTM Inc, which was later on obtained by 3D Equipments. Today, the EOS systems are acknowledged around the globe for their high quality outcome for commercial prototyping as well as manufacturing applications of 3D printing.

It had not been up until January 2009 that the initial commercially readily available 3D ink-jet printer– in set type and also based on the RepRap principle– was provided for sale. The fascinating dichotomy below is that, while the RepRap sensation has actually offered surge to an entire brand-new industry of business, entry-level 3D ink-jet printers, the values of the RepRap neighborhood is all regarding Open Source advancements for 3D printing as well as keeping commercialization at bay.

Recalling, this was actually the calmness prior to the tornado.

Throughout the 1990’s and also very early 2000’s a host of brand-new modern technologies continuouslied be presented, still concentrated completely on commercial applications and also while they were still mostly refines for prototyping applications, R&D was likewise being carried out by the advanced innovation carriers for particular tooling, spreading as well as direct production applications. This viewed the development of brand-new terms, specifically Quick Tooling (RT), Fast Spreading and also Fast Production (RM) specifically.

At the reduced end of the marketplace– the 3D ink-jet printers that today are considereded as being in the mid array– a rate battle arised along with step-by-step enhancements in printing reliability, rate as well as materials.

In terms of business procedures, Sanders Model (later on Solidscape) and also ZCorporation were established up in 1996, Arcam was set up in 1997, Objet Geometries released in 1998, MCP Technologies (a developed vacuum spreading OEM) presented the SLM innovation in 2000, EnvisionTec was started in 2002, ExOne was developed in 2005 as a sequel from the Extrude Hone Company as well as Sciaky Inc was pioneering its very own additive procedure based on its exclusive electron light beam welding innovation. These innovations, while considerable in themselves as well as delighting in some regional success, did not truly influence the worldwide market at that time.

Various other 3D printing innovations and also procedures were likewise arising throughout these years, particularly Ballistic Bit Production (BPM) initially patented by William Masters, Laminated Things Production (LOM) initially patented by Michael Feygin, Strong Ground Healing (SGC) initially patented by Itzchak Pomerantz et alia as well as ‘3 dimensional printing’ (3DP) initially patented by Emanuel Sachs et al. Therefore the very early nineties saw an expanding variety of contending firms in the RP market however simply 3 of the originals stay today– 3D Unit, EOS and also Stratasys.

There was the high end of 3D printing, still extremely pricey systems, which were tailored to component manufacturing for high worth, very crafted, intricate components. At the various other end of the range, some of the 3D printing system makers were progressing as well as establishing ‘idea modellers’, as they were called at the time. Particularly, these were 3D ink-jet printers that kept the emphasis on enhancing principle advancement and also practical prototyping, that were being created particularly as workplace- as well as easy to use, affordable systems.

The divine grail at that time was to acquire a 3D laser printer under $5000– this was viewed by lots of sector experts, customers and also analysts as the trick to opening up 3D printing innovation to a much larger audience. As it transformed out however, 2007 was really the year that did mark the transforming factor for easily accessible 3D printing innovation– also though couple of recognized it at the time– as the RepRap sensation took origin. Dr Bowyer developed the RepRap principle of an open source, self-replicating 3D laser printer as very early as 2004, and also the seed was sprouted in the complying with years with some massive slog from his group at Bathroom, most especially Vik Oliver and also Rhys Jones, that created the idea via to functioning models of a 3D laser printer utilizing the deposition procedure.

2012 was the year that alternate 3D printing procedures were presented at the beginning of the marketplace. The B9Creator (using DLP modern technology) preceded in June, adhered to by the Kind 1 (using stereolithography) in December. Both were released using the financing website Kickstarter– and also both appreciated significant success.

As an outcome of the marketplace aberration, substantial advancements at the commercial degree with applications and also capacities, remarkable boost in recognition and also uptake throughout an increasing maker activity, 2012 was additionally the year that lots of various mainstream media stations noticed the modern technology. 2013 was a year of substantial development as well as combination. Among one of the most noteworthy actions was the purchase of Makerbot by Stratasys.

In actual terms, nonetheless, the beginnings of 3D printing could be mapped back to 1986, when the initial license was provided for stereolithography device (SLA). Hull went on to co-found 3D Equipments Firm– one of the biggest and also most respected companies running in the 3D printing industry today.

Proclaimed as the Second, Third as well as, occasionally also, Fourth Industrial Change by some, just what could not be rejected is the effect that 3D printing is carrying the commercial industry and also the big possibility that 3D printing is showing for the future of customers. What form that capacity will certainly take is still unfurling prior to us.

The divine grail at that time was to acquire a 3D ink-jet printer under $5000– this was viewed by numerous market experts, customers and also analysts as the secret to opening up 3D printing modern technology to a much bigger audience. Dr Bowyer developed the RepRap principle of an open source, self-replicating 3D laser printer as very early as 2004, and also the seed was sprouted in the complying with years with some hefty slog from his group at Bath tub, most significantly Vik Oliver and also Rhys Jones, that created the idea via to functioning models of a 3D laser printer utilizing the deposition procedure. The intriguing dichotomy right here is that, while the RepRap sensation has actually provided increase to an entire brand-new industry of industrial, entry-level 3D laser printers, the principles of the RepRap neighborhood is all concerning Open Source advancements for 3D printing as well as keeping commercialization at bay.

3D Printed Fashion Might Just Be The New Way to Shop for Clothes. Yes, Please.

3D printing is the new frontier when it comes to manufacturing. 3D printers can create everything from electronic components to building materials. You can just print them out.

The technology makes all kinds of items more available and allows for materials to be spread to larger audiences. Typically, 3D printing is associated with hard, plasticky items, but what if we used different materials?

That’s what designer Mary Huang thought when she heard about 3D printers becoming more affordable.”I thought that the most logical thing to try to print would be something like a pair of shoes — so you could download your shoes at night, and get new shoes in the morning,” she told Mashable.

One of the shoes available at Continuum.

Another shoe design.

With that idea in mind, she launched Continuum, a web-based clothing and accessories business. Right now, Continuum offers two styles of shoes, some jewellery and a bikini, but they are looking to expand their inventory. And yes, you can swim in the bikini. If you’re wondering how you can possibly print a bikini, check out the video.

Don’t have a 3D printer? That’s okay, too. Continuum also offers the option to print out a pattern and allow users to make their own version of the classic little black dress, using triangular modules. Users select the design and make personalized choices, put in their measurements, and a pattern, tailored to their unique specifications, is printed out. You can design your own on the site, and create a 3D model of a dress.

Right now, Huang prints orders at her studio in New York City, and ships them to customers. As 3D printing technology becomes more available, though, this practice may change.

The modular, personalized LBD.

The bikini is printed in four sections, and then hooked together.

The bikini can be worn easily, and is made of Nylon 12, giving it its name, N12.

Huang sees the possibility of printing patterns and clothing as not only a technological leap, but also as a way to make the often exclusive world of fashion more democratic. “So much of fashion is built on appreciation of craft. Right now we’re in the phase of finding that technology is really beautiful,” Huang says. “We live in a digital world.”

This Amazing Use Of 3D Printing Will Make Your Day

1. Six week old Kaiba was diagnosed with a rare obstruction in his lungs called bronchial malacia.

Before the diagnosis he stopped breathing daily.

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2. Out of options, doctors tried something that hasn’t been done before

Using 3D modeling and a 3D printer, doctors designed and created a splint made out of biological material that carved a path through Kaiba’s blocked airway.

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3. The material used for the splint naturally dissolves over three years

Polycaprolactone (PCL), the material used for this splint, is also used for filling in areas left open from skull surgery.

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4. Kaiba’s doctors want to help others with the same technique

The doctors are optimistic to start clinical trials in a larger patient population within the next two years.

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5. 18 months after the surgery, Kaiba is now 21 months old and able to breathe on his own.

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This Is The Stuff We Should Make When We All Have 3D Printers. GENIUS.

In case you didn’t know, 3D printing is the next big thing. Haven’t heard of it? It’s actually pretty simple. Think of something you’d really like to have…then, you program an industrial robot to “print”it out. Basically, these machines can successively add material, layer by layer, until the your desire becomes a physical reality.

The best part about 3D printers? They can be used to basically create anything.

1.) Guns.

2.) Drones.

3.) Flutes.

4.) Light-Up Sneakers.

5.) The Fetus Of Your Unborn Child.

6.) A Loom.

7.) Coffee Mugs.

8.) Ipad Stand.

9.) Robot toys (and soon robots).

10.) Game of Thrones Set.

11.) Clothes.

12.) Iphone Covers.

13.) Violins.

14.) Bikinis.

15.) Blood Vessels.

16.) Bones.

17.) Ears.

As 3D printers become cheaper, more and more people will have them and will be making their own things. This might shape the future of our society in a really interesting way. Will we even buy things anymore? Or just download the measurements on our own 3D printer and make our own freaking pizza? It’s crazy to think about.

Whoa, what if they use 3D printers to make 3D printers?

Volunteer Engineers 3D-Print Superhero Prosthetic Arms For Kids

In an awe-inspiring and hear-warming fusion of science fiction, fantasy and charity, an organization called E-Nabling The Future has started distributing superhero-themed 3D-printed prosthetic hands to children in need of them.

Aaron Brown, one of the organization’s volunteers, had the idea to attach claws to a 3D-printed prosthetic hand he had made for a child to make it look like Wolverine’s fist from the popular X-Men series.

The plans for the prosthetic hand that he printed were provided by E-Nabling The Future, which is formed by engineers, tinkerers, 3D-printing enthusiasts, physical therapists, designers, and anyone else who is interested in volunteering to help develop and create practical and low-cost prosthetic limbs for children. Other creative hands from the organization include an Iron Man hand and a light-up hand.

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Community Post: 10 Design Trends For 2014

1. The Industrial Look Is Making a Comeback

Designers are seeing a resurgence in design that gives off a more industrial look, such as the newly unveiled Pebble Steel smart-watch.

The return of this design style is “partly driven by designers, as they continue to embrace the idea of recycling and reusing industrial materials in retail and housing to give it a retro feel” says Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop.

2. Immersive Design

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Designers in many industries will push the boundaries of what they’re making and how the consumer or “spectator” can become a part of the experience.

“The days of being on the outside looking in will be gone. You will go the show, theme park, architectural space and become a part of the experience.” -Tyler Kicera, Creative Director for TAIT, a world leader in stage design.

3. 2014 Will Be a Milestone for the “Internet of Things”

“I think we are going to see an explosion of activity with Bluetooth LE (low energy) on very affordable circuitry that communicates with mobile devices…we have a desk lamp project with Bluetooth LE in the works with a mobile app to choose colors and capacitive touch sensing to turn it on or off when a mobile device isn’t convenient.”

-JoeJoe Martin and John Parts Taylor, better known as LumiGeek and Autodesk Artists in Residence.

Another example of a technology embracing the Internet of Things is the Mimo baby monitor by Rest Devices that is a wearable technology for babies. (pictured below) This device monitors an infant’s heart rate, temperature, activity level and body position.

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Smart objects will become a common household trend

Devices like the Nest Protect smart smoke detector and the Nest Learning Thermostat (pictured above) are just one step in the direction of making everyday objects interconnected.

4. Socially Developed Products and Incubated Ideas

Idea incubators where entrepeneurs can submit their ideas for social vetting, refinement, production and commercialization like Quirky will continue to emerge in 2014.

Incubators like this will continue to spring up as a “…response to the unique opportunities of the new industrial revolution and the democratization of manufacturing,” says Diego Tamburini, Senior Industry Programs Manager at Autodesk, Inc.

5. 3D Printed Textiles Will Change the Fashion Industry

3D printing in fashion has been making big waves in the last year, from the infamous 3D printed Dita Von Teese dress by designer Francis Bitonti to the first use of 3D printing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show by designer Bradley Rothenberg.

Image courtesy of ThreeASFOUR fashion show

There is an evolution of highly flexible and durable materials underway

Evolution of these materials will lead “…to an explosion of new high performance textiles” says Bradley Rothenberg, architect and designer of the first 3D printed lingerie to hit the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (pictured above)

Rothenberg believes these materials “…have the potential to exhibit performative qualities way beyond that of what we have seen with existing textiles.”

6. Design Will Become a “WE” Thing

Crowdsourcing will become an ever growing trend as we continue to see an increase in the number of manufacturers recognizing the power of the crowds as a way to improve their designs.

This model has a caveat. “For crowdsourcing to become more widely adopted in the future…the rewards to designers and inventors must be more compelling and sustainable than today’s relatively small cash prizes and bragging rights.”

-Diego Tamburini, Senior Industry Programs Manager at Autodesk, Inc.

7. Design Will Be Freed from the Desktop

iPads and other tablets will continue to complement and, in some cases, replace pencil and paper for early-stage conceptual building designs. Mobile apps like FormIt are becoming as fast and easy to use as hand-sketching, plus offer many other benefits – real site context, climate and energy analysis, collaboration with other designers, and easy transition into more sophisticated design tools like Revit.

“2014 will be the year when we see at least some designers able to do real work away from the traditional desktop/workstation.” -Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk, Inc.

8. The Manufacturing Leapfrog

“Just as emerging economies skipped the need for heavy communications infrastructure and went straight to mobile, they will likewise leapfrog centralized manufacturing.”

This type of manufacturing will be digitally driven and distributed much closer to the point of consumption, says Jordan Brandt, Autodesk Technology Futurist.

“It has never been so easy to duplicate and distribute physical things we are going to see a significant transformation in how we think about mass production.”

Francis Bitonti, Francis Bitonti Studios

9. Mainstream Acceptance of Reality Computing

Although reality capture technology through laser scanning or photogrammetry has been around for a while, in 2014 the technology will begin to enter the mainstream. Pictured below is a GIF showing a drone taking a reality capture of AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

According to Mike Whaley and Josh Lowe of Turis Systems, “the technology has finally reached a price point that is now cheaper and more effective to scan and model,” as opposed to sending an entire team with tape measures and notepads to survey the space.

10. Focus on the Designers of Tomorrow

“There’ll be more and more design apps for kids; so many kids got a tablet this past holiday season…wanting things to draw, paint and shape.”

-Alice Taylor, Founder of MakieLab

Learn how to design in 2014 with Autodesk.

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Amazing Nano-Sculptures The Size Of A Grain Of Sand

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A handout electron microscope photograph shows a nano-scale model of Wormser gate in Frankenthal, Germany, created by a newly developed 3D printing technique for nano structures, made available to Reuters March 29, 2012. Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology have set a new world speed record for creating 3D nano objects. The University team create their grain of sand-size structures in just four minutes, a fraction of the time that other items have previously been printed. Previously making complex large 3D structures would take hours or even days but with the newly developed 3D laser printer the scientists can speed that up by a factor of 500 or in some cases 1,000 times. The process called “two-photon lithography” involves using a focused laser beam to harden liquid resin in order to create micro objects of solid polymer. The scientists said the technique could be developed to make small biomedical parts to be used by doctors.

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The Vienna Technical University logo.

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Vienna’s St. Stephans cathedral.

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F1 racing car.

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London’s Tower-Bridge.

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A human figure.

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