When I think of 3D printing, I think of objects that are hard, made of plastic, metal, or some synthetic material. I imagine there will be a lot of soft products made with 3D printers, but I was curious how they might be made. Recently a new kind of printer produced by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney is printing soft things. Their printer turns woolen yarns into objects. The actual printer looks a lot like a sewing
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sylvia martinez's insight:
The headline is misleading. Yes it only prints on MakerBots. That's to be expected. It prints 3 specific things (with variations) - rings, bracelets, and text (like nameplates). It's not a "design" app.
Illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi designed a modular system for creating edible chocolate LEGO bricks. Chocolate is first poured into precisely designed moulds that after cooling can be popped out and used as regular LEGOs. It's hard to determine exactly how functional the
20-year-old Taiwanese student Kai-Xiang Xhong has the unique hobby of constructing astonishingly intricate and realistic works of art from cardboard. Recently, Xhong used the humble medium to build a life-size replication of Iron Man that looks every bit like the suit from the movies. Each detail is reproduced perfectly, right down to the glowing chest plate and arms. Between school and other activities, it took Xhong nearly a year to complete the cardboard sculpture, but the results are so impressive that even Tony Stark would be jealous. Iron Man is only one of the latest of Xhong's brilliant cardboard creations. In his spare time, he constructs a variety of creatures that are equally as intricate and lifelike, from a miniature Optimus Prime to a glowing Godzilla to huge T-rex skulls. Although Xhong prefers to maintain the original texture and color of cardboard, he builds his sculptures as realistically as possible in every other aspect, patiently cutting and assembling each small…
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