Johnny Lee and his team at Google are developing Project Tango – a smart phone that, using sensors, can capture and build a 3D model of the physical world around you, via archdaily.
Project Tango brings a whole new dimension (the third one) to what we could potentially do with our phones: imagine creating a 30 second model to take away from a site visit, for example, or using augmented reality to show a design or an installation in situ, navigable in real time. Currently, Google is in the process of distributing 200 prototypes to app developers, who will hopefully help it realize this tremendous potential.
What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?
Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character, or transforming the hallways into a tree-lined path. Imagine competing against a friend for control over territories in your home with your own miniature army, or hiding secret virtual treasures in physical places around the world?
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “As usual, I just can’t get enough of gears. This is a great counterintuitive showpiece. I also really appreciate that they took the time to design a version we could all print.”
HenrySeg builds incredible 3d objects. I found this creation on youtube and he was kind enough to upload it to thingiverse.
However it was not designed to be printed at home. The files were also not to scale. So I scaled the pieces, broke them down into 3 files: box, box lid, and screw so that it could be printed on a home printer.
This was printed at .3 layer height, 100% fill, at 100m/s with full supports.
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “Still one of the most badass home 3D printed things I’ve ever seen. To anyone who says ‘Little printed plastic parts couldn’t have any real use’, use this to drill their next cavity.”
Turbines have awesome power in a small package. This one spins up to 60,000 rpm using the airflow of a standard vacuum cleaner, sounds like a 747 taking off, produces amazing power, and sucks up its own dust!
This is an opportunity for someone to make a successful product. I have no commercial interest, and would be delighted if anybody developed it further. A good start would be to source a batch of shafts and spacers for people to experiment with.
The spinning top is an simpler project, also there is a small hand-held turbine rotor just for fun.
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “Not exactly mechanical, but MUSE the corset is awesome: this is the perfect marriage of 3D scanning and printing. It really shows off the customizability of 3D printing where it is most needed and often difficult to achieve. As the material science develops, this kind of thing could really become practical.”
The people who organise the now famous “3DPrintShow” didn’t think of people like me when they decided the date for their first exhibition in New-York City : February 12 to 15…
It took me a while to realise that, as a Paris based exhibitor and speaker of the show, I wouldn’t be with my beloved girlfriend for the 14th. So, I decided that this year’s Valentine’s day would be early… at least for us.
One great Valentine’s day present (that can be enjoyed by both the boy and the girl) is “lingerie”. Paris is the heaven of beautiful lingerie with famous french brands such has Aubade and Chantal Thomas. You would be surprised by how much these small pieces of material can cost.The only real problem is that you are not allowed to make a mistake on the size. It would send the wrong message…
I found one way to avoid this puzzle : 3D Printed lingery from a 3D scan!
Here is a step by step project on how to create the most personal Valentine’s day present for your girlfriend, using your 3D printer.
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “I love that more people are thinking about preassembled design now. This is a really elegant design, and it shows off well the strengths of 3D printing.”
Following on from the success of the Nested Birdhouse, I thought I would push the nested small footprint concept a little further, with a printable case. Use it as a lunchbox, purse, briefcase, clutch bag, backpack, fashion accessory etc, you decide.
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “Okay, this is just ridiculous. I don’t even like Rubiks cubes, but I’ll have to print this one of these days just to see if I can assemble it. Unless someone comes along in the meanwhile and makes one print preassembled…”
This is a replica of the Rubiks Void cube. It moves exactly like a normal Rubiks cube, except it has no core. The lack of the core is actually a benefit for us, though, since that means there are no springs or other vitamins to deal with. The entire cube, minus coloring the sides, are plastic parts that can be printed!
All of the parts were modeled with printing in mind. The ‘grain’ of the layers factor into how the pieces move together to maximize its smoothness and practical strength. The final cube is a bit rougher to move, as to be expected since pieces aren’t all perfectly smooth, but it still moves well. I suspect a dip in acetone or a proper sanding will make the cube move even smoother.
Once printed and assembled, all you need is to slap some colored stickers or paint on it and you have a fully functional void cube!
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “I love this because it’s so simple, yet so effective and shows off how to design with flexibility in mind. This is such a perfect application of 3D printing. And don’t be afraid to use non-printed parts; this uses printing only where it actually helps the design.”
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “This shows we’re well on our way to the holy grail of integrated printed electronics. Surely someone has realized that a 3D printer basically is a pick and place machine, right? It’s only a matter of time. I can’t wait to see non-planar electronics integrated throughout the volume of a 3D printed part.
This is a 3D printed circuit board that is the same size as a standard soldered perfboard. However it uses a conductive material for the conductive traces instead of copper cladding. Holes in the board allow component leads to be connected in printed channels that are later filled with a conductive paint or epoxy.
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “I think we’ve already figured out I’m not the only one on Thingiverse with a soft spot for gears. Still, I love how helical gears and worm gears are the same thing, just oriented differently. I want to do a project to showcase that, but I’d say this thing does a pretty decent job.”
Pitch circle 45 mm (3 teeth), 60 mm (4 teeth), 75 mm (5 teeth).
The diameter of the rolling circle for the epicycloidal curves is all the same 30 mm.
The diameter of the center hole is 6.4 mm (that is suited for the use of M3 bolts for the shafts when the gears are printed in 1/2 scale.) (Jan 13, 2014) Adding STL data of the 4 teeth helical gear….
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “This is why I love Thingiverse: I post a snap-assemble design, then someone figures out how to print it pre-assembled. It definitely pushes the boundaries of what’s printable and how the slicers work. This is how we push the technology forward.”
A print-in-place folding fidget cube, with customization options for size, shape, and clearances. As you fold the cube it turns inside out to form another cube! Makes a nice gift or 3D-printing demo, and is fun to fidget with while on the bus, standing in line, etc.
This model prints in ONE PIECE (!), fully assembled, without raft and without supports, and then you snap it open in a couple of places until it moves freely; see the instructions.
Files for the five models shown in the picture are included, and all printed well on a Replicator 2 with MakerWare set to .2mm/standard. The yellow one is made of cube pieces and the rest are snub. The white one is stiffer and the others are fairly loose. See the “Makes” for settings on each of the five example models. But even better, customize your own with the Customizer link!
For a video illustrating how this type of cube folds and moves, see emmett’s great separate-pieces design here, which was the inspiration for this model.
Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “This is one of the few gear-ball designs that I can say with confidence was in no way derived from mine. The math involved in this thing is quite spectacular; it has that awesome property of being regular while appearing irregular. Hats off to apal.”
Print the core, 12 pieces of gear A and B while 8 pieces of gear C. If you want to use 2 M6 hex keys to rotate (see video), print 2 pieces of gear A_hex6 and 10 of gear A, instead. Use the M3x10 screws to mount the gears to the core.
The core is a partially truncated version of the dual of the truncated octahedron. The dual of the truncated octahedron is also known as tetrakis hexahedron. The core has 24 not-so-regular pentagonal faces and 8 regular hexagonal faces. Mount gears A and B to the not-so-regular pentagonal faces accordingly, then gears C to the hexagonal faces. Gear A has 27, gear B has 18 while gear C has 21 teeth.
Check in each even hour from now until late into the evening to catch ten of his latest favorites! To kick things off, here are two of his own projects that haven’t yet caught on with the public:
I would say my most useful design is my Universal Art Frame, which never really got any attention. I use it to hang all my pictures (especially the huge posters), and it works incredibly well, looks great, and saved me hundreds of dollars.
DISCO! We hope you enjoyed the over-the-top X2 Time Ball video as much as we enjoyed making it! Getting this finished in time for New Year’s Eve meant the progress blog posts would have to wait, so we’ll be returning to a few details now after the fact, and continuing as future design plans are ironed out…