Posts Tagged ‘3d printing’

My fascination with 3D printers never ends – after all its applications really are without end!

A while ago I fleetingly read about a pop up 3D restaurant in the newspaper, but with the restaurant scheduled to open in London, I didn’t really pay all that much attention.

Then I saw this video and ….. well ….. as I just said …… anything is possible!

But the magic of invention took a new turn when I read a post about an invention by a Dutch design studio which has created a compact 3D chocolate printer perfect for use in restaurants and homes.

Just look at it!  Apart from what it can do, this ‘must have’ kitchen accessory is sleek and sexy and I can already imagine it sitting on my kitchen benchtop!

3D chocolate printer

Most definitely, this is the most perfect ‘find’ for me which has popped up just in time for the summer holidays.   You don’t need much imagination to know what I will be spending the summer playing with!

See you back here in February 2017 when our school year ‘Downunder’ restarts.


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347 years after his death, this painting was unveiled in Amsterdam just a week ago.

Titled ‘The Next Rembrandt’ it is not, as you may think, a long lost work by Rembrandt which has just been discovered.  Instead, it is a computer generated painting based on an 18 month study of Rembrandt’s works.

In the words of Ron Augustus:

We’re using a lot of data to improve business life, but we haven’t been using data that much in a way that touches the human soul.  You could say that we use technology and data like Rembrandt used his paints and his brushes to create something new.

The painstakingly process involved in studying Rembrandt’s technique is as fascinating as the process put in place to create the painting.

For art lovers the world over this is a fascinating development and offers a challenge to those of us working in schools to inspire and challenge students to explore the never ending ways in which technology can be used.

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There’s every chance that you are one of the nearly 10 million people who’ve already seen this video since it was posted online just three weeks ago on April 30th 2015, but on the slim chance that you haven’t, here it is.

Like me though, if you have already seen it, you’ll be happy to take a few minutes out of the day and watch it again!

The incredible applications that 3D printing continues to bring to our lives and to our world are ones that few of us could  have ever imagined!

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I blogged about Thomas Suarez back in November 2011 – Take the plunge and learn from our students! There’s heaps to be gained!! – not long after he presented a very impressive TEDx Talk in which he mounted a rather convincing case that students had much to teach educators.

So when I was doing a bit of reading about about the application and development of 3D printers recently, I was impressed to learn that Thomas Suarez has shifted his focus from the development of apps, which was his passion back in 2011, to that of 3D printers.  Never shy to take on a challenge, an article in Inhabitat – A 15-Year-Old is Developing a 3D Printer That’s 10 Times Faster Than Anything on the Market! (July 2014) – details how Suarez is now aiming to develop a 3D printer which is 10 times faster than current 3D printers!

A pretty impressive promo can be seen on Soarez’ company website CarrotCorp where details about the ORB 3D Printer are shared.  If you’re impatient to see more details which will no doubt be revealed in the crowdfunding video soon to be released, have a look at this short promo which was launched last July:

Although I cannot comment on the veracity of these claims or the details mentioned by Soarez in his search to revolutionize this technology, I’m very impressed by the many groundbreaking applications of 3D printers.

Reading about the good that comes of this technology is nothing short of inspirational!

Enabling The Future is a global network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to help others.  The help given is very tangible: volunteers worldwide who have 3D printers volunteer their time to use their machines to help print and assemble free 3D printed prosthetic devices for those in need.  Begun in 2013, this community consisted of about 300 people who owned 3D printers or who had design skills to share.  A year and a half later, this community has grown to over 1000 recipients and 3000 registered volunteers who span the world.  It is inspring to read on their webpage that:

We have over 30 middle and high schools who are currently printing hands for recipients and groups of students and scout troops who are spending their weekends building hands for children they will never meet.”

It’s impossible to see this video and not be moved to action:

Encouraging students in Australian schools to participate in this initiative would be awesome!

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No matter how often I see a 3D printer at work, I’m still mesmerized by its power and beauty.  So it’s exciting to realize that the opportunity for anyone to own a 3D printer has just moved that much closer.

M3D has developed a 3D printer that is lighter, smaller and incredibly affordable.   Designed for beginner users as well as expert users, this 3D printer is touted as being completely effortless to use.   Needless to say, the availability of easy-to-use software is an absolute plus.

The developer’s aim – to put a printer in every single house – certainly doesn’t seem all that far away.  Within 11 minutes of its launch on Kickstarter their fundraising goal of $50,000 was met!   As I blog, the amount pledged is quickly rising to $1,500,000.   Amazing – just watch the tally.  It jumps up by hundreds within seconds.   Clearly the developer’s are not alone in their belief in this new product.

And ….. for the record – I want one!!


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Those who know me know that I’m as blind as a bat!

Diagnosed with lousy vision after all other reasons for me being reguarly knocked unconscious by the swinging door located between our kitchen and lounge room came at a fairly early age.  Performing poorly in my early school days, I was just five when investigations in earnest were begun.

Fortunately though, prescription glasses gave me reasonably good vision especially during the day.   Contact lenses were an amazing development for me, as all the peripheral vision lost when wearing glasses is suddenly there.  Nowadays I wear glasses minimally and contacts most of the day.  Glare from the sun, however, is an unavoidable consequence of contacts.  Sunglasses therefore are this girl’s best friend!

Ever since my vision problem was diagnosed though, the process of purchasing glasses has been the bane of my life.  Invariably the process of selecting suitable frames extends for hours as I sort through the wide assortment on display.  Once the attendant assisting realizes how small the bridge of my nose is and how small my face is they start feeling the challenge of coming up with a solution.   That’s when the children’s range of frames is presented to me!  Extending from five years of age to the present – which today is considerably more than five years of age! –  it has boiled down to the same choice – pink or blue!!   I kid you not!!   It’s totally frustrating!!!

So – when I saw this video of PROTO on a crowdfunding site, my heart gave a little flutter of excitement!

How cool it would be to have a pair of glasses custom fitted to me!

The notion of being able to have a frame created for my unique features of  material that was lighter than titanium – cause believe me when you wear the bottle thick glasses that someone like me has to wear, weight does become a serious issue – is really quite awesome.

Just the other day, I stood in front of my son’s 3D printer watching in awe as it did its tricks to create a mould for a product he intends creating from concrete.   It was fascinating to see how it created, thin layer by thin layer, a 3D representation of the structure he had designed on his computer.   Seeing the finished product which after its many parts are assembled is something I wait for with baited breath.

Seeing the amazing strides achieved by this technology is a reality version of some of those sci-fi novels we keep reading.   The advantages and advances being made in the medical field for example, such as this article 3D printers help heart surgeons  are inspirational.

Makerspaces, which provide opportunities for members of the public to engage with  a range of tools including 3D printers, is a fad sweeping the US.   Perhaps it’s not too long before Makerspaces start sprouting up in Australia.  Read  more about Makerspaces on the American Library Association website:  What is a Makerspace?  Creativing in the Library.

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It’s eight months since I blogged about the 3D printer: Need a new printer?  Look no further!  I had just heard about it.  My son was hanging out to purchase one.   Not long after I blogged about it he purchased one and his initial creations have captivated us all.

There’s no doubt ….. 3D printing is a new technology that has captured attention and interest around the world.   And along with this, sales and growth have been booming.

It comes as no surprise that this new technology is having an enormous impact on society.  Almost anything can be printed, it seems.   Even guns!  Yes ….. guns that shoot!   If a 3D gun can be printed, it follows that anyone who can access the hardware and software can just print a gun.   So much for the discussion on gun control ay?!   This US news segment is a great summary of what’s happening and just where it can head to:

But there are also some amazing developments happening with 3D printing that counter the shock of seeing guns being printed.   Just last weekend I watched a segment on the news that showcased the making of a functioning liver!   Amazing:

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