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7 3D Printed Gadgets to Take Your Meal to the Next Level

In this era of trading hamburgers for *ramen* burgers and breakfast sandwiches for *donut* sandwiches, it’s time to make our food accessories just as trendy and futuristic as our hybrid foods. Introducing… 3D printed food gadgets.

You can even take some inspiration from these 3D printed objects from Shapeways and design your own essential foodie items (or be lazy and buy the ones we’ve picked out for you).

1. Chopstick Holder

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Do you love sushi but are incapable of using chopsticks, but also don’t want to be culturally dense and use a fork? Say hello to 3D printed chopstick holders.

This ingenious invention will turn the most infuriated sushi lover into an expert chopstick artist instantly.

2. Finger Saver

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There’s nothing more terrifying than almost chopping off a finger while cutting kale for the salad you’ve convinced yourself you like. Avoid all of that vegetable tension with a 3D printed finger protector.

Now you don’t have to worry about cutting your finger while you distractedly chop kale as you think about nachos again!

3. Egg Holder

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Have you ever made yourself a trendy brunch, complete with soft-boiled eggs, only to realize you don’t have a trendy egg holder to keep your egg at optimal elevation? Never eat a tilted soft-boiled egg again with this 3D printed octopus egg holder.

Bonus: If you’re on a diet, check out this nest egg holder. You’ll lose your appetite thinking about how your breakfast was once a baby chicken instantly. Calories saved!

4. “Little Dipper” Cookie Dunking Bowl

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True loss is dropping the warm chocolate chip cookie you just slaved over into the abyss of a full glass of milk. You know you will never see that cookie again. You know if you do, it’s going to be a disgusting, milk-saturated mess.

Luckily, a Shapeways community designed a brilliant solution for the world’s greatest problem: the “Little Dipper,” a 3D printed cookie dunking mug. The best part is you can still drink the milk after.

5. Pizza Chair

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The tables that come on delivery pizzas serve no point– that is, until you add this 3D printed pizza chair obviously. This dining set is perfect for your tiny imaginary friend to recline in while you eat your pizza.

Bonus: Check out this miniature 3D printed stool that can be easily adapted for pizza seating as well, unless your tiny imaginary friend has back issues. That would be insensitive of you to not provide him with back support then.

6. Toast Retriever

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Standing toasters were not designed for people with fingers. Unfortunately, most people have fingers. With these 3D printed toast retrievers, you can now grab your toast out of the thinnest of toast slots without fearing for the life of your fingers.

These toast retrievers can also pick up the little burnt pieces that inevitably fall off your toast in the retrieval process. In fact, they can even grab pop-tarts and other objects that are not toast itself, but are frequently enjoyed toasted. So much functionality!

7. Statue of Liberty Ice Cream Cone

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Enjoy a patriotic cone of your favorite flavor as you cheer on America with this 3D printed Statue of Liberty ice cream cone (child not included).

Get Schooled: Featured Student Grant Recipient – Problem Solving

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Every year, about 2,000 children are born missing at least part of one leg, and every year, about 185,000 people lose part of their leg to unforeseen circumstances. These adults and children have historically missed out on many athletic activities, including swimming, because of their disability. While there are prosthetics available for running and walking, and others with a flipper for swimming, there does not exist one prosthetic that can function as both, making it cost-prohibitive for most people to buy the separate flipper prosthetic for swimming.

Shawn Jones, a Shapeways education grant recipient from Spring of 2016, has set out to fix this problem and give children born as congenital amputees, as well as those who have lost part of their leg later in life, the opportunity to walk, run, AND swim. Inspired by his own love of scuba diving and experience with amputees during his military service, he designed a prosthetic flipper-foot hybrid that can be fully submerged in water for diving and swimming, as well as function as a traditional prosthetic leg for land use without any modification.

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Shawn learned how to scuba dive through a non-profit organization called Operation Blue Pride (OBP). Through OBP, Shawn teaches paraplegic, blind, and veterans with amputations how to scuba dive as a way to cope with both the physical and mental trauma of combat. Seeing how therapeutic scuba diving could be for these vets, yet also how difficult and expensive it was for them to learn, Shawn wanted to make scuba diving more physically and financially accessible for amputees all over the world.

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Because Shawn is a designer by training and not an engineer, he had to teach himself 3D modeling in order to take his sketched 2D prosthetic designs to the next digital level. Nevertheless, Shawn was committed to his cause and quickly became an expert in 3D design.

In fact, Shawn has already created his second prototype and is moving quickly towards a finished and fully functional product, which he hopes to make available to the public by December 2016. He plans to use his Shapeways grant to print this final design and launch his foundation on a scalable level. Soon, thanks to Shawn, children and veterans all over the world will be able to explore the underwater world– and come up for a walk in the sun after.

Are you an undergraduate or grad student pushing the boundaries of 3D-printing technology? You could receive up to $1000 in Shapeways credit to realize the designs of your dreams through the Shapeways Education Grant program. Learn more about the Shapeways Education Grant and apply at https://www.shapeways.com/education.

Get Schooled: Featured Student Grant Recipients – Fashion

Throughout time, the fashion industry has evolved with each industrial revolution. The clothing production process embraced new technology with the invention of the cotton gin, the creation of factories and mass production techniques, and, more recently, the Silicon Valley tech boom. Finally, our Nike sneakers could track our mileage thanks to those new, crazy Apple iPods.

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However, the fabrics and design processes themselves have more or less stayed the same for hundreds of years. Though men no longer wear bloomers and women now don jeans and t-shirts, the fashion industry still used the antiquated practices of sketching on paper and producing with traditional fabrics from the days of petticoats– until now. Now, we are at the precipice of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” a period characterized by rapid change in industry as a result of new physical, digital, and biological technology.

In this new era, even fashion is keeping up with futuristic methods of manufacturing and materials, leveraging 3D-printing technology to bring innovative designs and production processes to the fashion industry. Here at Shapeways, many of our education grant recipients have created “fashion of the future” and helped to revolutionize the industry as a whole.

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