Neil Gershenfeld on the digital revolution of fabrication in Wired magazine where he says that it really is about “bringing programmability to the physical world”.
A nice overview of the potential and concerns of 3D printing. How does it affect mass consumption, logistics, marketing and what does it mean to copyright?
Nokia released the back shell and back panel of the Lumia 820 smart phone so that anyone can design his own version and 3D print it. See the article on Dezeen. Teenage Engineering released files earlier so you can print spare parts for their OP-1 synthesizer, but as far as I know Nokia is the first large company to really address 3D printing in this way.
Exciting news from Teenage Engineering about their OP-1 synthesizer. They started to offer the CAD files for replacement parts so you can 3D print them yourself. There has been a lot of talk about how companies will do this, but this is the first one (as far as I know) that actually does it! Available at Shapeways.
“Made in Germany, Laywood as a filament is made from 40% recycled wood that is combined with polymer binders allowing it to be melted and extruded like all of the other commercially available 3D filaments on the market today. In addition to smelling and feeling like wood, the new filament also has the ability to change its color shade depending on the temperature of your extrusion head. By varying how hot the head becomes, you can create interesting gradient effects from dark to light to give your final product that natural glow.” (Geek.com) The printable wood filament is available from German RepRap.
There are many so called mass customization services to find on the web. Recenlty, Dominik Walcher and Frank Piller released a benchmark study of 500 mass customization companies.
3D Printing materials with variable densities, such as a concrete cylinder shown in the video below.
The Igloo project is a great project that aims to develop open source tools for designers that let them create parametric designs. These designs can be customized by users, in the browser, like for instance this bowl shown here. Soon to be released, keep an eye on their site.
There have been some great apps around which allow you to customize your sneakers on the way. Reebok as well as NikeID are both available for your smart phone. And then there is this app for customizing your clothing.
3D Scanning, Modeling & Printing
Trimensional lets you scan your face or a small object and you can export the scan to .STL and send it directly to your MakerBot, Ultimaker or RepRap. iSculptor is a 3D polygon modeling app, more info on the developers website. Finally, there are several .STL viewers 1, 2 and 3.
A selection of interesting TED talks.
Joseph Pine on authentic experiences.
Barry Schwartz about (too much) choice and the consequences of that.
Neil Gershenfeld about FabLabs and open manufacturing.