The Shapeways 3D printed Stainless Steel BrandingIron Co-Creator is one of the more creative and insane things we've ever done.
You type in your text or send us a link to a logo and we model and 3D print a mini branding iron for you. The branding iron clicks onto standard disposable lighters. You simply turn the lighter on for 30 seconds until the branding iron is hot and then brand away. A text branding iron costs $25 including shipping . A logo BrandingIron costs $25, also including shipping. (several days after this post went live we increased the price of the Branding Irons by $20. You can see our explanation for why we did this here.)
The branding irons work well on many surfaces such as wood and we are currently looking at testing out skin but have not been able to find a volunteer with nice enough arms.
Do not try this at home. Never ever do this. This is dangerous. The lighter could explode, you might hurt yourself with the brand. You could easily set things on fire. Feel free to have us create your own logo or text 3D printed BrandingIron but do not ever ever use it. Just put it on a cabinet and stare at it in dumbstruck awe.
These photographs were created under strict supervision by trained professionals (namely Peter Paul, Product Manager & Mathijs, intern).
P.s., Dear Matt, remember when we wanted to make something for the Digg shop? Remember when we said we wanted to remove Digg's main limitation by allowing people to Digg offline also? Yeah, this is what we came up with. Yes, it is rather literal. Hope you like.
Yes, I agree. It is a legal issue. We are selling you a metal 3D print. But, certification of these materials and objects is not possible at the moment. The process and uses we are coming up with simply are too quick for the regular legal stuff.
The best example of this I know if the following: someone developed a 3D printed inside for a motorcycle helmet. It would be much more customizable for the wearer, more comfortable and safer. The authorities however required each helmet to be tested 200 times in its entirety to comply with the safety regulations. So the helmet was not feasible because the legal structures predate the technology and are set up for mass produced items.
Thats why we have to tell you that all our objects are for display purposes only. Furthermore, we are in Europe and that means we're scared to death of the US legal system. So I decided to add some warnings.
Perhaps Gerry. I totally understand your point, but nothing ventured nothing gained. It is very important for us to push the boundaries of what is possible with 3D printing. The inspiration of our community is crucial to us. So sometimes you have to just make something crazy to get people thinking.
Joris, I'm absolutely behind you, and am fervently with the flow of creative ideas; I first saw your work at the Eindhoven Design Week last year, or even the year before(?) and it was me who moaned about the lowercase advert versus the uppercase reality in your candlecreator, so I'm not just popping in to complain. I just entirely sincerely hope that any amateur idiots who get hold of your excellent work don't get hold of excellent lawyers after they turn into Excellent idiots.
And I'm really happy to see you boingboinged and digged-- your work deserves the audience.
The hazing brand is a metal coat hanger, seems to go waaaaaaay back to the 60s; won't be long before the orders for Greek letters come pouring in though I'd imagine.
I'd get working on that legally watertight 'this metal brand, designed specifically to heat easily on a disposable lighter, is for decorative purposes and should never be used. Like nuclear weapons, or that LSD you got from a friend of a friend to slip into your lecturer's coffee, but never did because you realised you'd go to jail and he'd go insane' disclaimer as soon as you can, Shapeways Oppenheimers.
I'm definitely interested in buying one of these! Thanks to BoingBoing for passing it on.
For the record, a brand of this size on human skin would not be a good idea. All of the detail would be lost. Branding is not a detail-conducive format, because the burn heals as a scar. One can expect a brand of this size to eventually heal into a 3/4" x 1.25" blob, at best. I hate to burst your bubble, but I would hate even more to be the test subject, and go through the pain and healing, only to be left with what looks like a wad of chewed-up bubble gum.
(I like to think I speak from experience, having brands on both arms and one leg.)
Anyway, keep up the good work! I'm going to see about ordering one of these for myself, now.
I like this but I have an issue with it as well... Shapeways provides the lighter... I would like to provide a lighter with my drawing, but that is not an option for me. I think it would be a good idea for things to be available to add to our items. Of course these lighters wouldn't fit my Flicka, but if it were available as an option for me to send a lighter with each order I could design one around that brand of lighter. I am about to upload a line of key chains. I would like key chains rings to be sent with them. Is it possible in the near future to have a bank of items we can include with our items that shapeways will include in the shipping? It would also be nice if shapeways provided the dimensions of such items for us to design around.
You guys missed a perfect opportunity - hot foil stamping! Basically using mylar coated with a thin layer of hot-melt adhesive, this is the process used to put metallic letters on pencils, leather, vinyl - damn near anything. The biggest drawback to using this process for prototyping and/or customizing has always been the cost of having a metal shop make a one-off bronze stamp. Your process should be perfect!
Is there a limit to the length of the brand? Like, I hold the flame under the brand for 30 seconds and the center gets hot, but if my brand says "This Is My Customized Branding Iron," will "This" and "Iron" get hot enough to burn wood?