Diy kits are a great way to engage people with the world that your brand inhabits. From a collection of snap-together laser cut parts, a miniature diorama can be created that entertains and stimulates playful conversation.
Connect to an event
The example here comes from Michiel Post van der Molen’s wedding, where guests were given a Build Your Own Honeymoon kit that enabled them to become immersed in the newlywed spirit. The package contained iconic laser cut silhouettes along with a felt base, where a grid of slots allowed personal interpretations of the ideal romantic getaway to be clipped into place.
Connecting with your brand
What unique worlds can be created to connect people with your brand using laser cutting from the Ponoko Personal Factory? Let us know in the comments below. By handing out simple, thoughtful construction kits to potential customers, there is an opportunity for them to become new storytellers and enthusiastic brand ambassadors. For more ideas for Agencies and Brands, see the other posts in the series.
The last time we reported on the German automotive engineer EDAG, they were developing the Light Cocoon concept vehicle, a bionically-optimized vehicle with algorithmically designed 3D printed parts. Now, EDAG is collaborating with Bosch to develop the “Soulmate”, a new 3D printed concept vehicle that aims to revolutionize the connection between driver and car. Officially launching at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, which takes place the March in Switzerland, EDAG and Bosch have designed a 3D printed concept car that has a sleekly beautiful outside and highly intelligent interior.…
Ambition is rarely a bad thing, and it’s one of the main drivers behind the 3D printing revolution. But while most 3D printing technologies simply aim to give industry partners a more flexible, quicker and more accurate alternative for special or low-volume production, Impossible Objects is actually aiming for the crown. Though a young startup, they are seeking to take on mass production with their unique CBAM carbon fiber 3D printing process, and their founder and CTO has just said that they are aiming to become a rival of injection molding within the next few years.
The recently reported patent spat between two 3D printing startups offers some insight for businesses about IP rights. The spat involves a fairly common business disagreement: who owns a patent on technology that both companies use?
One player is NewPro 3D, a company headquartered in Vancouver that makes 3D printers using vat photopolymerization, also known as stereolithography or DLP, depending on the light source implemented. NewPro 3D was a stealthy company and hadn’t appeared in the 3D printing news until November 2015, when Nexa3D launched a Kickstarter campaign.…
SketchUp is a popular 3D modeling software for all things geometrical. Most designers use this program to create 3D models of architecture, furniture, and vehicles. But did you know that this software is also used for designing 3D prints of jewelry, fashion accessories, design objects, and pieces of art? Let’s take a look at some unusual SketchUp 3D prints!
As was already pointed out, using SketchUp for designing and printing scale models is quite common. In the images below you can see one of the many models of houses and trams that we printed.
Design by Audrey Verduyn
Tram models by Guido Mandorf
However, in this article we want to point out some other ways to use SketchUp for 3D printing. Let’s take a look at 10 outstanding and somewhat surprising 3D prints that were created in SketchUp! This blog post is also a reminder for you that it’s not too late to join our ‘SketchUp 3D Printing Challenge’.
1. Tiger Pendant
Did you know that SketchUp can be used for creating outstanding jewelry? Niels Lannoo created this Tiger Pendant – a geometric wire-frame in the shape of a tiger head. We printed his stunning design in gold-plated brass for the perfect look and feel.
Tiger Pendant by Niels Lannoo
2. Portrait Pendant
Stefan Schaafsma used photos of his children for this pendant. He used the contour of their heads and turned them into a smart and minimalist 3D design.
Portrait Pendant by Stefan Schaafsma
3. A Titanium Rock
This fashion accessory was conjured up by DAMN – a design brand that was created by architects. They used their SketchUp knowledge to create the ‘titanium rock’, and naturally we simply had to print it in titanium!
A Titanium Rock by DAMN (Photo: Laura Schillemans)
DAMN also teamed up with Belgian fashion label Café Costume to create a collection of one-of-a-kind 3D printed fashion accessories. The cufflinks that you can see in the image below were 3D printed in real Sterling silver.
Cufflinks by DAMN & Café Costume
5. Retro Cassette Ring
We’ve seen pendants and cufflinks, but of course SketchUp can also be used for other types of jewelry. Bert de Niel created this retro-style ring in the shape of a cassette tape. Once again this design was printed in our silver material option.
Retro Cassette Ring by Bert de Niel
6. 3D Maze Lamp
Enough of the metals – SketchUp is also great at creating geometrical interior design objects. This ‘3D Maze Lamp’ by Thomas Cornelis is a yet another great example of what kinds of 3D prints can be designed with SketchUp.
3D Maze by Thomas Cornelis
7. Articulated Cube
Now this is a special one and an image just can’t do it justice. Kurt Plagge created this insane 3D printed Alumide cube along with all of its interlinking parts, switches, and controls. Opening the cube is a challenge on its own. Simply take a look at the video below to get a better picture of the concept:
Articulated Cube by Kurt Plagge
8. Table Leg Connector
SketchUp can also be used to create beautiful yet highly useful items. Simon Philips printed his very own smart design of Polyamide leg connectors. These little helpers make sure that his tables stand strong.
Table Leg Connectors by Simon Philips
9. ‘Got M?’ Art Project
And of course, SketchUp can also turn crazy art project ideas into 3D printed reality. Drzach & Suchy printed a complex design based on mathematical calculations in transparent resin. The 3D print changes its appearance based on where the source of light is located. Sounds confusing? Take a look at the video below to see its stunning effects:
‘Got M?’ by Drzach & Suchy
10. Ornamental Turnings
Last but not least we want to show you the biggest print that was created with SketchUp: the replica of an ornamental turning from the 17th century with a height of 119 cm/3.9 foot. Ornamental turning in ivory was a craft mastered by a restricted circle of specialized craftsmen in Europe. Once these stunning objects were only affordable for royal families, but Italian-based ‘Ushak Atelier Di Meraviglie’ recreated them in 3D printed Polyamide.
Trembleur by Ushak Atelier Di Meraviglie
Interested in learning more about SketchUp and 3D printing? We’ve got all the info you need on our website:
As 3D printers become more mainstream and increasingly available to the public, with various models even costing under $500, certain concerns have arisen surrounding additive manufacturing technologies and its potential health effects. In 2013, The Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology published a report which found that certain 3D printers, without filtration systems of their own, produced ultra fine particle concentrations (UFPs) that could be potentially harmful to one’s health.
Though desktop FDM 3D printers are fun tools, we can’t be the only ones who dream about upgrading to a more accurate resin 3D printer and getting the most out of the hobby as possible. If you’re also one of those dreamers that is regularly tempted by machines that would absolutely destroy your savings account, you might want to check out the latest machines by US printer manufacturer mUVe 3D. They have just opened two new and promising DLP 3D printers for preorder, the DLP Pro and Pro+ 3D – both user friendly and affordable options for users seeking a resin upgrade.
Whether you are partial to iPhones, or prefer Samsungs, HTC’s, or LG’s, it is hard to escape one common factor between them: the smartphones on the market are practically all rectangular these days. To counter this reality and to offer consumers a new aesthetic and ergonomic option for their smartphones, Christina Cyr and Linda Inagawa have started Dtoor, or “Designing the opposite of rectangle,” a company dedicated to creating non-rectangular and functional smartphones, and they are using technologies like 3D printing in the process.
It’s always fantastic to see 3D printing projects that achieve new effects and results by cleverly using more unusual filaments. Most of all, it emphasizes the fact that so much is possible when you explore the limits of your desktop FDM 3D printer, without spending thousands on an upgrade. And you’d be surprised to learn how many of these alternative filaments have come out of the mind and hands of German inventor and filament specialist Kai Parthy. Though his repertoire is extensive by now, Kai is showing no signs of stopping down and has just revealed REFLECT-o-LAY filament, that essentially mimics the reflective properties of traffic signs, safety jackets and bike reflectors.