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Monthly Archives: April 2013


3D Printed Vacuum Former

A great example of using a 3D printer to make something that makes things. It’s available on Thingyverse and coupled with a powerful vacuum you can make molds of anything you like. The creator says you can use it to make molds of 3D things you have printed. I suppose you could also just print the mold directly but then you don’t get a decent enough mold for making chocolate wonders.

3D printers are ace.

3D Printed Vacuum Former – Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog.

 The Cube from 3D Systems is a good little entry-level consumer friendly 3D printer that gets a reasonably good review in the essential-reading MAKE’s Ultimate 3D Printer Guide (a free PDF version of which you can get by subscribing to the newsletter). This hack allows users to use bulk generic print reels rather than the more expensive refill cartridges from Cube; the trade-off being a loss of user-friendly experience.

The hardware adapter was printed on the Cube. One of the most beautiful things about 3D printers!

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Open Source 3D-Printed Watch

The OTM-02 (Open source Time Machine – version 2) is an open source watch design in development. The 7mm watch module will be housed in a 3D printed case, an intermediate design of which is pictured above. The development is still in progress with the release of a 3D CAD data for a printable case planned for end of April 2013.

OTM-02 is a 3D printed wristwatch.

Back in the day, big mechancial hard drives could be made to sing by vibrating the unit with the appropriately choreographed seek commands sent to the read head. Well, now you can do it with your 3D printed. Be careful you don’t shake it apart though.

3D printing some sweet music.

A stepper motor built pretty much from scratch using some nails, magnet wire, magnets, a digital controller (okay, that wasn’t built from scratch) and the wonders of a 3D printer.

3D Printed Stepper Motor – Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog.