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Most Read Articles from Last Week – February 1

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Upcycle DVD Drives into a Low-Cost 3D Printer/CNC Machine
Do you have a few old DVD drives taking up space in your home? If so, you’re in luck! Instructables user wootin24 has come up with a design that upcycles those old drives into a 3D printer with just a…

Sharebot Debuts DLP 3D Printer for Jewelry Printing
Italian 3D printing startup Sharebot is shaping up to be quite the 3D printing heavy hitter, releasing an expansive portfolio of 3D printing products in a short span of time.…

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3D printed modular thumbstick extentions help disabled play Xbox

We’ve seen 3D printing used for truly wonderful purposes to improve the lives of those in need, from amputees to surgical candidates to malaria patients in Africa. These feats are life changing and show the sheer power of combining good intentions with advanced technology, however, sometimes it’s the little things in life that can really make a difference, such as being able to play video games with your friends.

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Hero Forge Brings Custom 3D Printed Miniatures to the Table

By Scott J Grunewald

Last year, Hero Forge rolled the dice on their new business idea, launching a Kickstarter campaign for a service that would allow users to easily design and 3D print custom miniatures for role playing games. They flew past their initial goal of $95,000 in just three days, ultimately passing nine stretch goals and hitting over $360,000. 3D printing service Shapeways recently gave the founders of Hero Forge a chance to tell their success story on the Shapeways blog.

Like many startups, the idea for Hero Forge was developed because its creators wanted such a service and found none in existence.…

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Joyfit 3D printed custom bra could be the future of lingerie

Obviously, we don’t need to remind women out there bras can cause some headaches. Shopping for one can be frustrating for some women, while it always remains to be seen a properly fitting one can be found. There are just so many sizes available, while everyone’s needs are unique. Wrong-sized bras can, meanwhile, cause various physical discomforts and pains.

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Skin and Bones: The Low-Cost Flexy Hand 3D Printed Prosthetic

By Andrew Wheeler

UK-based Gyrobot Limited is a mechanical design consulting company with its own 3D printing facility, with which they focus on using FDM to 3D print concept models, end-use parts, functional prototypes, and manufacturing tools. After previously publishing designs for their flexible Flexy Hand 2 and Flexy Finger prosthetics on Thingiverse, Gyrobot has taken to the printables site again with their new “Flexy-Hand 2 Filaflex Remix”, a custom prosthesis for one of their customers.

To create the hand, Gyrobot first scanned the recipient’s limb and printed it with an internal bone-like structure and wrist articulation capability, using variable density “Modifier Meshes” in Slic3r.…

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Fathom Tackles Deflategate with 3D Printing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Super Bowl XLIX is kicking off this Sunday and the 3D printing community is already getting psyched. While Stratasys prepped for the party by 3D printing its own pro-grade football using an Object500 Connex 3 multi-material 3D printer. Others are delving into the serious matter of DeflateGate. 3D printing design and service bureau Fathom wants to ensure that future football teams don’t under-inflate balls during crucial games by using Fathom’s own custom device to measure ball pressure, leading them to make the promo video below:

And, if you’re trying to get that song out of your head forever, you can always watch Bill Nye deflate DeflateGate with the issue that should be concerning all of humanity: climate change!…

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Top 10 Most Obscure Materials of 2014

Exploring some of the lesser-known materials in the Ponoko catalogue.

With 80+ materials available in the Ponoko catalouge, it’s understandable that a handful of them might fly under the radar. While classics like Bamboo & Walnut MDF might take up the spotlight, the Ponoko materials catalogue is rich with hidden gems.

Join us as we count down the top 10 deep cuts, b-sides, and unsung heroes of the Ponoko materials catalog:

10) Anti-static Acrylic

Any enclosure or insulator has a tendency to build up a static charge when it’s moved. If the electronics are assembled in an enclosure and never messed with again, regular acrylic materials are fine.

But if you’re moving the electronics around a lot and accessing the internal circuits with test equipment on occasion, static build-up can be a problem for those sensitive electronics. Anti-static acrylic will help keep your electronics development running smoothly, even when software engineers start digging into the hardware.

It also attracts less dust, so your projects will be lookin’ clean.

Make something with anti-static acrylic! »

9) Felt – Turquoise

Wool felt is incredibly resilient and retains it’s unique properties for decades. It is wear resistant, cuts with a smooth edge that does not fray. The color is vibrant and the fabric is non toxic.

Great for jewelry, coasters, cup cozies, and trivets like the one above from Oryx and Crake Design

Make something with Turquoise Felt! »

8 ) Upholstery Leather – Mocha

A chocolaty brown colored leather that has a full grain leather finish on one side and a suede like finish on the other.

The ‘antique’ nature of the finish makes the leather look aged and worn in. This includes ‘cracking’ in the color and color variation.

This leather is ideal for interior design applications and a favorite choice amongst Interior Designers. Check out this free laser cutting design file for a four piece leather necklace, from Chromatophobic.

Make something with Upholstery Leather! »

7) Polarizing Film – Light gray – 0.75mm

This super thin material has a polarized layer that reduces glare and reflection. It’s often used in the making of sunglasses and LCD screens.

Wanna know how polarization works? Check out this Polarization 101.

Make something with Polarizing Film! »

6) Styrene – White

Styrene, or as sometimes it likes to be formally addressed – High Impact Polystyrene Sheet (HIPS) is one of the most ubiquitous plastics around, even though it’s too humble for most of us to pay any notice to.

When it comes to laser cutting, fabricating components for model making is where this material truly shines. Prefab laser cut model kits are already available for the likes of railways, trucks, airplanes and buildings. It can be easily bonded to itself with solvents (no heat welding required), and it takes on various paint finishes so can be painted to resemble other materials such as metals or wood. Styrene also thermoforms better than the other plastics, and thinner pieces can be formed to a mold with a hairdryer.

Make something with Styrene! »

4) Metal – Brass

While we talk a lot about laser cutting and 3D printing here at Ponoko, metal cutting and engraving via Photochemical Machining is perhaps the quiet achiever. Taking less of the everyday focus, but (as we can see with the necklaces and cuffs from Raw Elements Jewelry) PCM certainly makes quite an impact from time to time. The Ponoko service is often used for intricate jewellery, and you can learn more about how Photochemical Machining works in our comprehensive overview.

Make something with Brass! »


PETG has none of the glamour of acrylic. It doesn’t come in bright colours, it doesn’t feel substantial, the engraving quality on it isn’t amazing. So why bother? PETG is very impact resistant. Unlike acrylic, it won’t snap or shatter if you drop it. You can heat form it, you can cold bend it, you can rivet it and most relevantly, of course, you can laser cut it. It is available in conveniently thinner-than-acrylic thicknesses of 0.5mm and upwards. PETG is also recyclable, so it’s better than a Hummer. Although that’s not saying much.

So what’s it good for? The combination of flexibility and durability makes thin PETG a suitable choice for packaging such as the box above from Chris Lee. Joe used this material to design and make a surface protector for a turntable, keeping it free from dirt and scratches. Clear acrylic would be a less suitable choice for this application because it’s brittle. Thin PETG is a great material for stencils because its transparency helps with the registration. It is also a perfect choice for flexi-rulers, such as the surfboard-shaping template above from YakasDesign.

Make something with PETG! »

2) Cork

Cork is light weight, soft, compressible, and naturally rot and fire resistant. It floats too. But best of all, it’s a renewable resource — the cork bark can be ’stripped’ off allowing new bark to grow in its place without killing or damaging the trees.

You can check out all of corks fantastic qualities first hand by ordering a Cork sample for just $2.50.

For making stuff out of Cork, material sheets start at just $4 for a P1 size.

Make something with Cork! »

1) Delrin – Black

Rounding out our top 10 is Delrin. While it may not have the same polish and shine as it’s acrylic cousins, but what it lacks in appearance it more than makes up for in strength & durability.

Delrin possesses high tensile strength, creep resistance and toughness. It also exhibits low moisture absorption. It is chemically resistant to hydrocarbons, solvents and neutral chemicals. These properties along with its fatigue endurance make Delrin ideal for any application where durability is a must, like these QuadCopter kits from FPVmanuals, or these Custom Bokeh Filter Kits from AmericanSumo.

Make something with Delrin! »

Moment Case turns your iPhone into an even better camera, thanks to 3D printing

While we’ve certainly seen our fair share of how 3D printing has helped revolutionize industries and technologies ranging from medicine to custom homemade products made from 3D scans, additive manufacturing processes have long been used for prototyping various product designs for decades before 3D printing really “took off” as we currently know it today.

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Free 3D Printable of the Week: 3D Fractals

By Michael Molitch-Hou

This week’s free, 3D printable model comes via Sketchfab’s own Victor Tissot, who has created a complete folder of 3D printable fractals.  To do so, Victor followed an Instructable from designer Don Whitaker that outlines the entire process of making 3D fractals with a few different pieces of free software.

Whitaker explains in his Instructable how to use Mandelbulb 3D to generate a 3D fractal, Fiji to convert that model to a printable .obj file, and Meshlab to clean up the file for 3D printing.…

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