Sometimes, you just want to snack and game without having to worry about your controller getting grimy. Inventor Akaki Kuumeri might have found the solution to that issue: a 3D-printed adapter that fits right on a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller. For those wondering, there are both left-handed and right-handed plans, while optional parts aim to make life even easier, including a leg strap. Read more for a video and additional information.
In the Portal games, GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) is essentially an AI-powered computer system that guides players in the first installment, while her words and actions become increasingly malicious as she makes her intentions clear later on. For those who have always wanted a non-malicious version as either a decoration or functional ceiling lamp, then look no further than this 3D-printed project that you can make at home. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
These days, you can 3D print just about anything, but one hobbyist claims that his functional grand piano is the world’s first to be 3D-printed. It’s reportedly fully 3D-printed aside from the screws, pins, and felt sheets, complete with playable keys using accurate action mechanics as well as functional pedals. Instead of guitar or piano strings, rods are used instead since 3D printing plastic material is not strong enough to handle the total string tension. Read more for a video and additional information.
Priced from $500,000 USD for the complete vehicle, 1016 Industries’ Rolls-Royce Cullinan is unlike any other as it integrates 3D-printed body parts, including new running lights as well as sweeping fender flares. Customers will be able to choose from non-exposed, partially exposed or partially forged carbon fiber, with each commanding a higher price tag. Considering a standard Rolls-Royce Cullinan retails for $330,000 USD, this modified version commands quite the premium. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: McAlpine Group, University of Minnesota
Researchers from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have created the world’s first fully 3D-printed flexible OLED display. To accomplish this, they used a modified printer and could eventually lead to low-cost OLED displays that can be printed at home rather than in expensive micro-fabrication facilities. More specifically, two different modes of printing were employed to make the six device layers, resulting in a fully 3D-printed, flexible organic light-emitting diode display. Read more for a video and additional information.
There are LEGO sets for just about everything, but you’ll be hard pressed to find one for a roller coaster, much less one that is fully powered with simulated physics. So, inventor Jon Mendenhall decided to make his own using a 3D printer and a few other parts that you can easily find online. The end result is something that any theme park aficionado would want to showcase. Read more for a video and bonus.
Steve Verze from London received the world’s first 3D-printed prosthetic eye at Moorfields Eye Hospital last week and should reduce the manufacturing process to 2-3 weeks, with the initial appointment taking just 30-minutes. In a normal prosthetic appointment, the patient is required to undergo a 2-hour session to mold their eye socket, before the prosthesis is fitted and then painted. Read more for a video and additional information.
It may look like a real cut of steak, but this is actually a 3D-printed, plant-based alternative by Redefine Meat. It’s available now within select restaurants in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Israel, the mixture consists of soy / pea protein, chickpeas, beetroot, nutritional yeasts as well as coconut fat that is formed into steak-like shapes using a 3D printer. Read more for two videos and additional information.
You can use a 3D printer for many things, but a marble music machine is probably the last thing to come to mind. Inventor Ivan Miranda did exactly just that, and everything you see here has been 3D-printed, except for the drum, which was crafted from resin, along with the aluminum frame. There were no plans used, as everything had to be made from scratch, and it took around 3-weeks to complete. Read more for a video and additional information.
An auto-aiming NERF blaster may not be practical, that is unless…you hold annual office wars using these toys, but the idea of one is most certainly intriguing. One gamer who goes by “3D Printed Life” online, decided to make it a reality. First, he started with a borrowed design from a catalog of open source NERF guns, and then modified it to include a two-axis gimbal between the lower as well as upper section. Read more for a video and additional information.