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'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.'

So uhhh, then this isn't usable? Mixed messages here
#1 Anon on 2009-11-26 08:35 (Reply)
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.
#1.1 Joris on 2009-11-26 10:25 (Reply)
Liking the idea, wondering about the length of disclaimer you're going to have to add to the product . Cauterised skin isn't a fun thing to play with unless you're a professional I think guys.

Sending this into the wild might be one of your retrospectively-regretted revolutions in the not-too-distant future.

But I do want one.
#2 GerryB on 2009-11-26 09:34 (Reply)
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.
#2.1 Joris on 2009-11-26 10:27 (Reply)
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.

Succes verder !
#2.1.1 GerryB on 2009-11-26 10:42 (Reply)

Thanx! And I wasn't trying to complain or suggest that you were. Criticism is a good thing.
# Joris on 2009-11-26 10:47 (Reply)
This is straight up cool.
#3 Stephanie on 2009-11-26 10:42 (Reply)
I heard frat boys are using these for hazing, branding their pledges with greek letters, or whatev. Maybe just an urban legend, but i recommend you do not sell to frat boys!
#4 kak on 2009-11-26 13:19 (Reply)
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.
#4.1 GerryB on 2009-11-26 14:50 (Reply)
No thanks, for $12.OO I can get metal letters that attach to my wood burning tool tip, this "GADGET" doesn't seem safe or economical, I'll pass thank you.
#5 Lee on 2009-11-26 21:31 (Reply)
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.
#6 HeartlessMachine (Homepage) on 2009-11-27 05:48 (Reply)
You guys are insane! Wonderfully marvelously insane!
#7 Shelley Noble (Homepage) on 2009-11-28 16:42 (Reply)
so we cannot buy this product?
#8 Anonymous on 2009-11-29 07:03 (Reply)
Yes, you can. We do however strongly advise you not to use it.
#8.1 Joris on 2009-11-29 08:44 (Reply)
whats the webstie that we can purchase this product on. Is it true that this can explode in your face?
#9 Anonymous on 2009-11-30 04:40 (Reply)
Theoretically it could explode in your face. Here are the links to the model:
#9.1 Joris on 2009-11-30 15:34 (Reply)
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.
#10 Michael Williams on 2009-11-30 16:36 (Reply)

I want to do things like this also. We;re going to be talking about this kind of thing internally.

#10.1 Joris on 2009-11-30 16:38 (Reply)
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!

#11 Rob Zone on 2009-12-01 20:38 (Reply)
I'm having trouble finding a lighter that fits my just-arrived brand here in the US. Anyone find one slim enough to fit? Just curious.
#12 eagleapex (Homepage) on 2009-12-21 16:37 (Reply)
So... I've got my new logo iron. Are there installation instructions? I'm flummoxed. It doesn't look like it would necessarily fit any of the lighters I have lying around.
#13 Jonathan Harford on 2009-12-24 16:36 (Reply)
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?
#14 Larry on 2010-01-25 04:39 (Reply)
Got the iron today, looks great but can't find a lighter that it fits (Canada)! Neither BIC or a cheapy from the corner store would work (not even close). Suggestions?
#15 Anonymous on 2010-03-22 18:19 (Reply)

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