The Wired Store in Times Square NYC is currently featuring the coolest gadgets, gizmos and technology from around the world so of course the Shapeways community is representing the best of 3D printing. As mentioned on the Shapeways Blog the pop-up store is open until December 24 so if you can brave Times Square head on in to see the 3D printed goodness in context of some of the coolest stuff around.
Just when you thought Theo Jansen's 3D Printed Strandbeest could not get any more creepy cool, Tim van Bentum and Bo Jansen have helped take the Strandbeest into the fourth dimension with a 3D Printed Wind Propulsion add on for the existing Strandbeests.
The 3D printed Strandbeests can now walk autonomously, powered by the wind, just like Theo's full-scale Strandbeests. The new propellor add-on gives new and existing owners of these kinetic sculptures a new way to set them in motion!
It is so inspiring to see old world musical instruments being produced with the most advanced fabrication processes currently available, it will be interesting when we start to see musical instruments 3D printed that cannot be produced through any other means.
The detailing on this piece is really lovely, it must have taken hours to 3D model all of the components but what really makes it work is the beautiful, almost 'handmade' finish. Not what one might expect to come out of a 3D printer.
Check the video of the 3D printed Shakuhachi Flute in action, after the break.
Oh you nylon materials, sometime you're so perfect. Sure, you may not have the wow factor of silver, or the homeyness of ceramics, but sometimes your simplicity and versatility can be downright striking. The designers featured in Friday Finds this week have proven that much!
If you're looking for more 3D printed awesome (in all sorts of materials) swing by the "It Arrived" section of the forums. Happy Friday!
Wong Wong enlisted the help of Shapeways community member and 3D Ninja Dotsan to realize the first in a series of trophies recognizing the best & worst of football.
The Best Dive Trophy is to be awarded to the player who is judged to have executed the art of 'The Dive' and successfully deceives the referee. The Worst Tackle Trophy goes to the player that executes the dirtiest tackle against an opposing player.
Panoramic photography creates fascinating images. Very wide angle images are closer to the human field of view than conventional pictures. If seen through a panoramic viewer they let us experience a location as if we were there. Panoramic image stitching can create panoramas from pictures taken one after another. Unfortunately, acquiring the images takes a lot of time and moving objects may cause ghosting. It is also difficult to obtain a full spherical panorama, because the downward picture cannot be captured while the camera is mounted on the tripod.
In this work, we present a throwable panoramic camera that solves these problems. The camera is thrown into the air and captures an image at the highest point of flight - when it is hardly moving. The camera takes full spherical panoramas, requires no preparation and images are taken instantaneously. It can capture scenes with many moving objects without producing ghosting artifacts and creates unique images.