Tinkecad has been turning up the awesome dial on their WebGL browser based 3D modeling application over the past year but they just made it even better with the ability to import 3D STL files....
This will make it SUPER easy to customize an existing 3D model to 3D Print at Shapeways, whether it be your own file you have created in another software, or a downloadable file from Shapeways, or other 3D model repositories like Thingiverse and GrabCad. You can also grab multiples STL files and mash them together, add text, geometry, anything.... AWESOME.
One limitation is the STL import is currently limited to 25,000 triangles so don't go throwing zBrush madness at it just yet, and of course, make sure you have permission to use the 3D files, and if you modify them, be sure to adhere to the terms by which the original 3D model was shared..
Thanks to the Tinkercad crew for such a fantastic move.
Now you can cook direct from the 3D Printer with Ruben Alexander's Tea Light Cooker 3D Printed in Ceramics by Shapeways.
Whether you want to cook Portugese sausage with green tomatoes and garlic, a mini fondu or bake a small spice cake.
This little cooker is designed around the lowly tealight. First meals
have been with a standard tealight (38mm x 38mm x 16mm) as the heat
source and safflower oil inside the cooking vessel with minced green
tomatoes, Portuguese sausage, and sliced garlic. After those tasty
results, I progressed to make a variety of dishes.
I first came a cross this great little cooker when we had our Shapeways Meetup at the Quirky office, Ruben was augmenting our catering efforts with some freshly cooked delights direct from the 3D Printed ceramic cooker.... Take a look at the product page to see the experiments and limitations that Ruben has found so far.