This is urban planning for people who thought the best part of Monopoly was playing with the little houses and hotels. At Louisville, Kentucky's Ideas festival, community members got the chance to rearrange the city and try out new ideas for future development, all with the help of 1/1000 scale 3D printed models of existing city buildings.
The buildings were printed out live at the event by local hackerspace LVL1, who had collaborated with University of Kentucky architecture students to develop the models. Attendees were not only able to move the 3D printed buildings around the huge map of the city, but the building's designs could be modified via Google SketchUp and printed live on one of the five 3D printers that LVL1 provided. Sort of a real-life D&D tabletop game, although with no dice or goblins, and more discussions of traffic patterns and zoning designations.
The interactive event was used to kick-off Vision Louisville, a planning initiative to shape the next 25 years of the city's development. The city plans to hold on to the 3D printed building models and record the ideas that were developed on the map for future use. Louisville is not the first city to get the 3D printing treatment, Chicago was rendered in 3D in 2009 as part of an exhibit by the Chicago Architectural Foundation.
Sound like a lot of fun (maybe even more than Monopoly), and if you want to get going on arranging your own city, maybe check out these sweet buildings from Shapeways' own pfeiffer stylez.
The first video shows the surface of a Nylon laser sintered part, which shows the varying grain shapes and sizes, some partially sintered powder and a couple of random particles bonded to the surface.
The second video shows the 3D Printed Nylon part with super glue applied.
"I don't have pure cyanoacrylate, my glue also has polymethyl
methacrylate. The glue doesn't seem to change the macro structure of
the surface at all. It soaks down into the cracks and coats the grains
which makes them reflective and refractive but doesn't do much else."
The third video shows the Nylon Powder next to a single human hair so you can get an idea of scale.
You do not need to settle for this double disc of 70's nostalgia when you can design your own thanks to an Instructables by our latest hero Fred Murphy aka Fred27 aka Fred27.
"Attached you'll find the new version of my Fisher Price music editing
software. It's included as an executable and (if you don't trust
randomly downloaded software from the internet) the C# source code is
there too. Feel free to take a nose around in the source code and
compile it with the free version of Visual C# 2010 Express.
You'll also need a copy of OpenSCAD.
This amazing software allows the scripting of 3D CAD objects and is
what turns the idea of what you want into the STL file that a 3D printer
Wow - all this software and no need to pay a penny for any of it.
If this all sounds like too much trouble, then you can just open one of
the pre-generated STL files. Your jukebox comprises of Stairway to
Heaven, the Star Wars theme and You are my Sunshine. If none of those
float your boat then don't complain... get editing. I'd love to hear
what you can do."
From time to time, you'll likely come across an image of something you
want to create a 3D model from. With SolidWorks, you can use the sketch
picture tool to import an image to build from. This Kebo bottle opener by Rush Product Design Studio makes for a great example, and we'll use it in this weeks tutorial from SolidWize.
By bringing the picture into a sketch, you can quickly reproduce the
desired geometry inside of SolidWorks using just a few lines, arcs, and
the fully define sketch tool.
Watch the full tutorial below. If you right click and save the picture
of the Kebo, you'll be able to follow along. You can also download the
completed model from the Solidwize Shapeways page.
Every day at Shapeways, thousands of people make their ideas real with 3D printing, and as a result, the Shapeways community is igniting a culture of creativity. For many, though, 3D printing remains an unbelievable, futuristic technology that creates physical objects from thin air.
We know firsthand that seeing is believing. So we're thrilled to launch a series of films about 3D printing, our creative community, and how this incredible technology is changing all of our lives.
This first video provides an inside look into the Shapeways vision, community, and 3D printing magic.
If you're inspired, help ignite the culture of creativity and share the film!