Tag: DIY

5 Awesome Beginner’s 3D Design Programs

3D printing your creations with Shapeways is easy, but designing your 3D models can get a little bit tricky. Fret not! We’ve compiled a list five design software that are used extensively in the 3D printing world which you can start using today, regardless of your skill or budget. Without further ado, here’s a quick rundown... Read More »

Your Friendly Neighborhood SpideyPlanet Interview

The Shapeways team was so excited when we saw all the buzz around one of our creators Yuri Schuurkes and his spot-on Spider-Man costume. His passion was so evident and his work so meticulous that we reached out to learn more about what inspired him to become the creator he is today. In Yuri’s own... Read More »

New Guide: Mold & Cast 3d Prints in Metal

3d printing jewelry at home can be a lot of fun, but most home 3d printers will only print in various plastics.  There are plenty of commercial services available that will print in metal or other fancy filaments, but they can be expensive.  This guide details one method of designing and printing your jewelry on... Read More »

How to Make a Trawl to Scoop Plastic Pollution #CitizenScience #DIY #3dprinting #science #water #plasticpollution

This week I joined Public Lab’s Open Hour for a discussion about plastics in the ocean and was blown away by DIY trawls. Barent Roth gave a presentation on the need for citizen scientists to collect and track plastic debris, which is now being called smog, in our waters. Not only is the plastic breaking... Read More »

Try This Easy 3D Printed Hack for Your Modernist Decor

Hairpin legs add a streamlined modernist flavor to any piece of furniture, so it’s no surprise that they’re incredibly popular (and have been for almost 80 years). Invented by Henry P. Glass in 1941 as a metal-saving wartime innovation, they quickly became midcentury modernism’s go-to (small-space-saving) finishing touch. Not only do they look great, they can... Read More »

OpenCat Project Pounces on 3D Printing and Robotics

As humans, we are genetically inclined to enjoy the company of our own kind; however, this often includes welcoming cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals into our fold. Pet lovers abound around the world, and this enjoyment has even overlapped into robotics. For Rongzhong Li, an affinity for cats has transcended his work into an... Read More »

How to Make a Simple Smartphone Microscope #CitizenScience #3dprinting #science #DIY

There’s nothing like a compact, inexpensive solution when you are out in the field, and this microscope for a phone is the perfect attachment. The device posted on Digital Trends was created by ARC Center of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia. It has an impressive range... Read More »

3D-Printed Rubber Band PCB Vise | #3Dprinting

This totally makes sense. I think I went…actually I can’t even count how many years I went before finally investing in a vice (PanaVise Junior 201 & 350 work center fyi) but even they feel like overkill sometimes, especially for smaller PCBs (and they’re only getting smaller all the time). I just want/need/wish-i-had-3d-printed a smaller... Read More »

How to Make an Inexpensive Arduino Photometer #CitizenScience #Arduino #science #water #DIY #3dprinting

Zachary Marlow loves testing water and has a special interest in his hometown Lake of the Ozarks. Although he already owns a spectrometer, a photometer was out of his price range. So, like any good hacker, he decided to make his own and has posted a research note on Public Lab’s site. Using a 3D... Read More »