Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing
A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 
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Founder Liz Havlin is currently preparing a Kickstarter campaign to create an open sourced desktop recycling machine called the Legacy Filament Extruder. The machine turns recycled plastic pellets into 3D printer ink. Havlin hopes to raise $30,000 to make this concept a reality.
The machine is just one part of the equation. Havlin has partnered with a company who will take collected recycled plastic and make the necessary pellets needed to create the filament using the Legacy. This partnership removes the need for additional machinery to be created or bought to processes the plastics itself.  
Once things are up and running, Havlin aims to be able to collect recycling at a location in Seattle, exchange it for pellets and then sell 3D printer filaments created by the extruder.
The Legacy could be the start of a new way to tackle a huge environmental problem which continues to plague our oceans and our wildlife. In addition, as Havlin points out on her draft Kickstarter page, the collection of plastics and other recycling is already a means for people to earn money to help them lift themselves out of poverty. The use of these materials for a growing demand of makers could help further this social cause as well. 
via VentureBeat

Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing

A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 

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Pushing the Boundaries of 3D Printing: Featured Speaker Karl Willis
Karl Willis is no stranger to innovative technology. The Carnegie Mellon computational design graduate has worked with Microsoft, Disney and now Autodesk on research projects that explore the use of light, projection, motion and 3D printing to push the boundaries of art, science, design and technology. 
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"I research ways in which novel technology can promote and provoke playful experiences, everyday creativity, and new forms of social interaction," said Karl Willis.

Willis most recent research project with Microsoft looks at the way we can use 3D printers to embed information into objects. The project, called InfraStructs, tested embedding material-based passive tags into 3D printed objects. These objects could then be scanned using terahertz imaging devices. This type of technology could be used to enhance various applications from inventory control to real-time gaming.

In 2012, Karl and the team at Disney Research experimented with creating custom optical elements for interactive devices using 3D printers in a project called Printed Optics. In this project, interactive devices were 3D printed with embedded optical sensors which would illuminate and display. This project was part of a larger vision which proposed that we will someday be able to 3D print interactive devices on -demand in their entirety, negating the need for assembly of parts. 

Willis will be talking about digital fabrication and the various applications of embedding readable tags in objects at the Designers of Things conference which takes place in San Francisco September 23 & 24, 2014.
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This article is part of our featured speaker series for the Designers of Things Conference which takes place in San Francisco on September 23 & 24, 2014.  

Pushing the Boundaries of 3D Printing: Featured Speaker Karl Willis

Karl Willis is no stranger to innovative technology. The Carnegie Mellon computational design graduate has worked with Microsoft, Disney and now Autodesk on research projects that explore the use of light, projection, motion and 3D printing to push the boundaries of art, science, design and technology. 

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Staples Testing In-Store 3D Printing Services
Staples announced last week that they will be piloting 3D printing services in two of its stores in New York and Los Angeles. The office supply company has made a huge push in the 3D printing space since making news in May that it would be the first major US retailer to carry 3D printers. 
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The 3D Printing services are being offered in partnership with leading 3D printing company 3D Systems, makers of the personal 3D printer the Cube. The stores involved in the pilot will be setup with an immersive 3D Printing centre which will offer 3D printing services and provide education on these new devices.
Consumers and small businesses can come in to create and print in-store, or bring their already completed 3D printing files to have them printed. Each store will also have a photo booth which will scan a person’s facial image to create personalized 3D printed figurines.
“3D printing offers enormous potential for small businesses, and by using Staples, they can print with the technology without having to invest in it,” said Damien Leigh, senior vice president of business services for Staples, Inc. “The test with 3D Systems will help us learn about our customers’ needs for a local 3D printing service, and how Staples can help them make more happen for their business through 3D printing.”
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Staples Testing In-Store 3D Printing Services

Staples announced last week that they will be piloting 3D printing services in two of its stores in New York and Los Angeles. The office supply company has made a huge push in the 3D printing space since making news in May that it would be the first major US retailer to carry 3D printers. 

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It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a 3D Printed Drone!
Our skies may soon be filled with drones that we print ourselves. Engineers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield have successfully printed a 1.5m-wide drone, and it can fly!
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The 2KG thermoplastic nine-part drone was made without supporting materials and was printed and assembled within 24 hours. Its success suggests that disposable drones (or UAVs: unmanned aerial vehicles) could someday be printed out and deployed in remote areas in as little as a day.
With its test flight under its wing (pun intended) the team are already looking to improve upon the 3D printed model to use a new nylon rather than polymer material and incorporate GPS and camera features that would allow operators wearing first person-view goggles to control the device.

Source Gizmodo via sUAS
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It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a 3D Printed Drone!

Our skies may soon be filled with drones that we print ourselves. Engineers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield have successfully printed a 1.5m-wide drone, and it can fly!

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3D Printed Measuring Tape: No Assembly Required  (Video)

We have seen a lot of things being created using a 3D Printer lately. Some huge projects like the Kayak and the House. But this project from a Californian Engineer is possibly the most elaborate. He has successfully printed a tape measure already assembled. 

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World’s First 3D Printed Kayak Stays Afloat!
Last week we covered the world’s first 3D printed house. This week we have another 3D first, a 3D printed Kayak. These large scale prints are proving the vast potential 3D printing has in democratizing manufacturing of just about anything we can imagine. 
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This 3D printed water vehicle is the brain child of Jim Smith of Grass Roots Engineering which he started to show developments and continual improvements using his large scale 3D printers.
The 16ft Kayak is made of 28 sections of ABS plastic and put together with machine screws, brass threaded inserts and a little bit of silicone caulk. At just $500, this boat took a whopping 42 days to print but it was well worth it since the creator has confirmed it floats! 

Image source: Grass Roots Engineering

World’s First 3D Printed Kayak Stays Afloat!

Last week we covered the world’s first 3D printed house. This week we have another 3D first, a 3D printed Kayak. These large scale prints are proving the vast potential 3D printing has in democratizing manufacturing of just about anything we can imagine. 

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1 in 3 American Homes Ready for 3D Printer
Move over dot matrix and laser printers, American’s are making room in their home office for 3D Printers. A new report published by Forbes has found that one in three Americans would consider a 3D printer for their home this year, most of these Millennials are those aged between18 and 24. 
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The report is from CEL Robox, a 3D printer company who successfully funded its printer back in December 2013 on Kickstarter. The company worked with research agency OnePoll to survey 1,000 U.S. consumers.
The report also detailed what consumers are most interested in doing with their 3D printer. Of those that would buy a printer this year, 65% said they were interested in creating and printing customized items for their home.
The most common reasons for wanting a 3D printer were to print items rather than purchasing them in a store (36%) and to print out items to help fix things around the house (35%). 
But many also wanted to get quite crafty, with one in three people to use 3D printers to create personalized gifts for people including wedding favours.
With the likes of Amazon and Staples selling 3D printers and lower cost options (under $1K) becoming available for sale, its only a matter of time before 3D printers become a common appliance in the everyday home. So starting making room on your desk.  

1 in 3 American Homes Ready for 3D Printer

Move over dot matrix and laser printers, American’s are making room in their home office for 3D Printers. A new report published by Forbes has found that one in three Americans would consider a 3D printer for their home this year, most of these Millennials are those aged between18 and 24. 

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Print Your Cup and Fill It With Coffee at Berlin’s First 3D Printer Cafe
3D printers are fantastic new tools for creators, but you have to have loads of patience. A 3D printed object can take hours to build one the job is kicked off. So what better way to kill time while waiting for your creation to take shape then to grab a coffee and a meal. This is the idea behind Berlin’s first 3D printing cafe, DimensionAlley.
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DimensionAlley is a cafe meets 3D printing maker space. The family-owned business is on a mission to make 3D printers more accessible to the public by connecting them with this technology in a warm and friendly environment.
The cafe uses a MakerBot Replicator, a Makerbot Replicator 2, an Ultimake 2, and a 3D scanner to 3D print. And the menu is filled with java, pies, cornish pastries and english teas. 

DimensionAlley has posted a portfolio of the 3D printed objects created at the cafe. Among them are figurines, iPhone cases and vases. You can check them all out here.
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Print Your Cup and Fill It With Coffee at Berlin’s First 3D Printer Cafe

3D printers are fantastic new tools for creators, but you have to have loads of patience. A 3D printed object can take hours to build one the job is kicked off. So what better way to kill time while waiting for your creation to take shape then to grab a coffee and a meal. This is the idea behind Berlin’s first 3D printing cafe, DimensionAlley.

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The World’s First 3D Printed House (Video)
Dutch architects are using a 3D printer to build a house using the world’s largest portable 3D printer. The 20-foot tall printer is suspended in a large metal tower they call the “Kamermaker” (translation room maker) where all the magic happens.  
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The 3D printer will print pieces of the Canal House which will then need to be put together like a larger than life Lego set. It takes the Kamermaker about one week to print each piece.

According to the Time Magazine article the first block which was one corner of the building a a part of the stairway weighed around 400 pounds. 
The house is expected to take three years to print.
Watch the Canal House build in action. 

Image & Video Sources: Facebook, I Love Noord

The World’s First 3D Printed House (Video)

Dutch architects are using a 3D printer to build a house using the world’s largest portable 3D printer. The 20-foot tall printer is suspended in a large metal tower they call the “Kamermaker” (translation room maker) where all the magic happens.  

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3D Printed Oreo Vending Machine Lets You “Eat a Tweet”
One of the more interesting promotional exhibits at this year’s SXSW was from Oreo and Twitter called the “Trending/Vending Lounge”. The lounge was made up of 3D printers that used trending topics on Twitter to create filling flavours for Oreo’s infamous cookie, making it possible to “eat a tweet”.
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Using an algorithm, the Trending/Vending machines were able to create over 4,000 flavour combinations for Oreo. It customized the filling based on trends users selected to inspire the cookie flavour and then 3D printed the filling on the cookie in real-time.
USA Today took a turn at the machine in this video spot below

3D Printed Oreo Vending Machine Lets You “Eat a Tweet”

One of the more interesting promotional exhibits at this year’s SXSW was from Oreo and Twitter called the “Trending/Vending Lounge”. The lounge was made up of 3D printers that used trending topics on Twitter to create filling flavours for Oreo’s infamous cookie, making it possible to “eat a tweet”.

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Ever Dream of Your Name in Lights? Speak at the Hottest New Event in Future Tech!
Well, we can’t help you out with the whole name in lights thing, but we can get your name up on some flashy, larger-than-life signs. 
We are now accepting technical session speaking proposals for the inaugural Designers of Things event, to be held September 23-24, 2014 at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.  
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The technical program will consist of two main tracks covering aspects of the design, development and business of wearable tech, 3D printing and application of IoT. Submissions in the following subject areas will receive special consideration: 
Wearable Tech: 
Developing for Wearable Devices
Wearable Tech Design Principles
Wearable Tech Verticals
Wearable Connectivity
The Business of Wearable Tech
3D Printing: 

Beyond Prototyping
Designing in 3D
Networked Objects
The Business of 3D Printing
Deadline to Submit: Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Info & Submit Here: http://www.designersofthings.com/sanfrancisco/cfa/

Ever Dream of Your Name in Lights? Speak at the Hottest New Event in Future Tech!

Well, we can’t help you out with the whole name in lights thing, but we can get your name up on some flashy, larger-than-life signs. 

We are now accepting technical session speaking proposals for the inaugural Designers of Things event, to be held September 23-24, 2014 at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.  

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Turn Any Pair of Glasses Into Google Glass Frames With This 3D Printed Solution
Last month, Google launched four new stylish frames for Google Glass each retailing $225 plus the cost of prescription lenses. As Glass is already $1500 this can get pretty costly. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make any pair of regular glasses compatible with Glass for pennies if you have access to a 3D printer.
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A 3D printed plastic adapter is all you need to clamp Glass onto your pair of Glasses. The adapter will cost you under a dollar. To create the adapter you’ll need a 3D printer and the files for the adapter unit which you can find over on the creators, Noe & Pedro, Adafruit Learning System page. The clip should take no more than half an hour to print.  
To attach it to Google Glass you will need to remove the lens-free band that comes with Glass first. Using a T5 screwdriver, all you need to do is loosen the screw found where your right temple would be on Glass and then gently pull the frame from the actual device. 
Once your original frame has been removed from Glass and your new clip has been printed you are ready to assemble. Full details on how to ensure you install your Glass-hack properly are found on Adafruit. 
Obviously this lifehack can save you tons of money. And if you already have a pair of glasses you need to see with, it can only make your Glass experience that much better!

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Turn Any Pair of Glasses Into Google Glass Frames With This 3D Printed Solution

Last month, Google launched four new stylish frames for Google Glass each retailing $225 plus the cost of prescription lenses. As Glass is already $1500 this can get pretty costly. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make any pair of regular glasses compatible with Glass for pennies if you have access to a 3D printer.

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Cut Copy Releases First 3D Printed Music Video
The music industry has been quick to use 3D printing to market new albums. Back in December we reported that Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke 3D printed vinyl records at a pop-up shop in London to mark the release of his LP. Indie-electronic band, Cut Copy, recently released a music video which used 3D printers to create the starring characters of their new music video “We Are Explorers”.
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The video features two miniature neon green cubist-like characters walking around the streets of LA, which happened to be life size. The video is shot in a stop-motion like manner. 
According to ToneDeaf, “To get the mini-explorers to glow, the figurines were printed in a special UV-reactive material so that when Director of Photography Sesse Lind shot them at night, under black light bulbs, they gave off the necessary fluoro effect”.
But Cut Copy isn’t just using 3D printers to create elements in their video. They are also encouraging their fans to recreate these little guys by giving them access to a BitTorrent Bundle which features the 3D printing files, footage, storyboards, stop-motion schematics and the music. The hope is that people will print the characters and be inspired to shoot their own footage as part of a fan-artist collaboration experience.

Cut Copy - We Are Explorers Music Video

Cut Copy Releases First 3D Printed Music Video

The music industry has been quick to use 3D printing to market new albums. Back in December we reported that Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke 3D printed vinyl records at a pop-up shop in London to mark the release of his LP. Indie-electronic band, Cut Copy, recently released a music video which used 3D printers to create the starring characters of their new music video “We Are Explorers”.

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The New Ford Mustang Is So Good You Could Eat It, Literally!
Ford has partnered up with 3D Systems to do something historic…make a car that people can eat. Ok it’s not a fully functional car, in fact it’s only about one inch in length, but it is an exact 3D Printed replica of the new Ford Mustang made out of candy and chocolate.
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In January, 3D Systems announced a kitchen-ready 3D printer category for edibles in a new line for them called ChefJet. Both work similar to regular 3D printers but use confectionary to print in monochrome or full color to create cake toppers or basically anything you dream of in various flavours. The monochrome unit is expected to retail for under $5,000 while the full color unit will be almost double the price.
Around this time, 3D Systems also announced their partnership with Hershey’s chocolate which will result in various 3D printed edibles and new printers to come out in the next couple years.
The Ford partnership is a fantastic example of how brands can take advantage of 3D Food printers to raise some awareness of their products in a fun and futuristic way. Ford said that they used this opportunity to highlight that they employ 3D printing technology in the development of all their vehicles, of course not with chocolate and also using industrial machines rather than the home units. 
Ford put out a video of the candy printing process to showcase the final product on YouTube which we have for you below. 

The New Ford Mustang Is So Good You Could Eat It, Literally!

Ford has partnered up with 3D Systems to do something historic…make a car that people can eat. Ok it’s not a fully functional car, in fact it’s only about one inch in length, but it is an exact 3D Printed replica of the new Ford Mustang made out of candy and chocolate.

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3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton
Since CES, 3D Systems has made some big announcements proving that 3D printing is more than just for creating trinkets like iPhone cases. The 3D printing company has partnered with the likes of Hershey and Hasbro to kick off the use of 3D printers to make candy and toys. This week they announced teaming up with EskoBionics to collaborate on the first 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton. 
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The 3D printed Exoskeleton was presented at the Singularity University event in Budapest. It was custom printed for Amanda Boxtel, an American woman who became paralyzed from the waist down due to a ski accident back in 1992. Boxtel wore the exoskeleton and walked around during the event.

“After years of dreaming about it, I am deeply grateful and thrilled to be making history by walking tall in the first ever 3D printed Ekso-Suit, made specifically for me,” said Amanda Boxtel. 3D Systems was able to get the perfect fit for the robotic suit using 3D scanning to digitize Boxtel’s body. 


This isn’t the first time 3D System devices have been used for medical purposes. Their devices have assisted many have been used for many other medical purposes such as preoperative surgery, surgical drill and saw guides, dentistry and orthodontics.

“3DS has long been a pioneer in patient-specific devices, integrating our cutting-edge 3D capabilities with robotics to better serve humanity opens new and unimaginable frontiers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3DS.

3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton

Since CES, 3D Systems has made some big announcements proving that 3D printing is more than just for creating trinkets like iPhone cases. The 3D printing company has partnered with the likes of Hershey and Hasbro to kick off the use of 3D printers to make candy and toys. This week they announced teaming up with EskoBionics to collaborate on the first 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton. 

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