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Artist Offers a Clever 3D Printed Sign to Designate Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Artist Offers a Clever 3D Printed Sign to Designate Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Bathrooms have been a controversial topic lately, especially in the United States. There’s a sharp and often angry divide between those who believe that a person should be able to use whichever public restroom corresponds to their gender identity, and those who believe that people should have to use the restroom that corresponds to the […]

Bathrooms have been a controversial topic lately, especially in the United States. There’s a sharp and often angry divide between those who believe that a person should be able to use whichever public restroom corresponds to their gender identity, and those who...
3D Printed Camera Rig Lets Disabled Photographer Continue to Create

3D Printed Camera Rig Lets Disabled Photographer Continue to Create

There’s a lot more to taking a beautiful photograph than simply pushing a button on a nice camera. But, if you can’t push that button at all, it’s extremely difficult to take any kind of picture at all. For years, photographer James Dunn, who is afflicted with epidermolysis bullosa, sometimes known as butterfly skin, has been […]

There’s a lot more to taking a beautiful photograph than simply pushing a button on a nice camera. But, if you can’t push that button at all, it’s extremely difficult to take any kind of picture at all. For years, photographer James Dunn, who is...
Now on Instructables: Build Your Own SLA/DLP 3D Printer with 3D Printed Parts and Basic Hardware

Now on Instructables: Build Your Own SLA/DLP 3D Printer with 3D Printed Parts and Basic Hardware

3D printers are getting more affordable these days, but for many crafty makers, building their own printers is more than worth it – not only financially, but in terms of the satisfaction that comes from creating something useful. I love seeing the ingenuity that goes into self-built 3D printers, especially when their creators share them […]

3D printers are getting more affordable these days, but for many crafty makers, building their own printers is more than worth it – not only financially, but in terms of the satisfaction that comes from creating something useful. I love seeing the ingenuity that...
Autodesk’s VariSlice Algorithm Uses Variable Slicing for High-Resolution 3D Printing, Fast

Autodesk’s VariSlice Algorithm Uses Variable Slicing for High-Resolution 3D Printing, Fast

Autodesk wants you to have it all. If you’ve been 3D printing for a while, you’re probably aware that while you can achieve amazing results with 3D models, the slicing and the settings are where it’s at–along with getting some great tips from the experts! Last we checked in with Steve Kranz, we learned how […]

Autodesk wants you to have it all. If you’ve been 3D printing for a while, you’re probably aware that while you can achieve amazing results with 3D models, the slicing and the settings are where it’s at–along with getting some great tips from the experts! Last...
3D Print Your Own Terminator, Complete With Red Glowing Eyes

3D Print Your Own Terminator, Complete With Red Glowing Eyes

There’s some scary stuff out there on the Internet – and a lot of it is 3D printable. Instructables is a hive of creative ideas for and by makers of all sorts, and we’ve covered a lot of the more interesting and unusual 3D printing projects. The latest is brought to you by Multi3D, creator […]

There’s some scary stuff out there on the Internet – and a lot of it is 3D printable. Instructables is a hive of creative ideas for and by makers of all sorts, and we’ve covered a lot of the more interesting and unusual 3D printing projects. The...
3D Printed Scaffold for Artistic Cell Culture

3D Printed Scaffold for Artistic Cell Culture

At the juncture between creative exploration and scientific technology lies the work of Amy Karle, who is the current Artist in Residence at Autodesk. The idea behind her work was to use live cells as the components of a sculptural form. By harnessing the natural functions of the cells, replication and growth, she uses them to […]

At the juncture between creative exploration and scientific technology lies the work of Amy Karle, who is the current Artist in Residence at Autodesk. The idea behind her work was to use live cells as the components of a sculptural form. By harnessing the natural...
Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Articulated Animals

Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Articulated Animals

3D printing a good looking model is always satisfying, but for me nothing beats a good project print. I just like the process of printing out all of the parts and putting them together, especially when they can be played with once the parts have all been assembled. After all, a big part of the […]

3D printing a good looking model is always satisfying, but for me nothing beats a good project print. I just like the process of printing out all of the parts and putting them together, especially when they can be played with once the parts have all been assembled....
Instructables' and Shapeways' New Drone Contest is Giving Away iPads, GoPros and Bionic Birds. Oh My.

Instructables' and Shapeways' New Drone Contest is Giving Away iPads, GoPros and Bionic Birds. Oh My.

Online educational maker project repository Instructables is teaming up with 3D printing service provider Shapeways for yet another design contest. This time around Instructables users are being asked to create step-by-step drone-related projects that will impress the judges and wow the Instructables community. The contest is open to brand new projects or existing drone projects […]

Online educational maker project repository Instructables is teaming up with 3D printing service provider Shapeways for yet another design contest. This time around Instructables users are being asked to create step-by-step drone-related projects that will impress the...
Zizzy the Robot Uses 3D Printed Artificial Muscles to Assist Those Lacking Mobility

Zizzy the Robot Uses 3D Printed Artificial Muscles to Assist Those Lacking Mobility

One area that 3D printing technology and robotics have successfully intertwined with one another is the production of assistive devices. Whether it’s a 3D printed robotic arm that helps with stroke rehabilitation or a unique prosthetic limb that aims to restore the sense of touch, the bottom line is that the two emerging technologies have […]

One area that 3D printing technology and robotics have successfully intertwined with one another is the production of assistive devices. Whether it’s a 3D printed robotic arm that helps with stroke rehabilitation or a unique prosthetic limb that aims to restore the...
Want to Create Your Own 3D Printed Topographical Map? It's Surprisingly Easy

Want to Create Your Own 3D Printed Topographical Map? It's Surprisingly Easy

For many people, the use of maps has been reduced to chatty, often obnoxious GPS applications, and while I’ve gotten lost far less often with my GPS than I ever did with a paper map and set of written instructions, there’s something about an old-fashioned map that people still seem to love and miss. I […]

For many people, the use of maps has been reduced to chatty, often obnoxious GPS applications, and while I’ve gotten lost far less often with my GPS than I ever did with a paper map and set of written instructions, there’s something about an old-fashioned...
Learn How to Build This Complex Electronic Puzzle Box Using a 3D Printer and Arduino

Learn How to Build This Complex Electronic Puzzle Box Using a 3D Printer and Arduino

Believe it or not, but as an adult I actually enjoy shopping for Christmas presents far more than I enjoy receiving them. Not that I don’t enjoy getting presents; I will happily provide you with an address to send me free things, but in my family we always put a lot more focus on finding […]

Believe it or not, but as an adult I actually enjoy shopping for Christmas presents far more than I enjoy receiving them. Not that I don’t enjoy getting presents; I will happily provide you with an address to send me free things, but in my family we always put a lot...
Get a Second Opinion on Orthotics at the 3D Printer for Less Than $5

Get a Second Opinion on Orthotics at the 3D Printer for Less Than $5

One of the most time consuming things in life can be dealing with that daily and weekly mother of a to-do list. We might be guilty of procrastinating and holding up the completion process of checking items off here and there, but most of what we end up focusing on is making phone calls, setting […]

One of the most time consuming things in life can be dealing with that daily and weekly mother of a to-do list. We might be guilty of procrastinating and holding up the completion process of checking items off here and there, but most of what we end up focusing on is...
A Look at Some Small 3D Printed Devices That Make a Huge Difference in the Lives of the Disabled

A Look at Some Small 3D Printed Devices That Make a Huge Difference in the Lives of the Disabled

Christopher Hills has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia. The nineteen-year-old Australian man, who has control only over his neck muscles, would have, until only recently, been resigned to a life of dependency on others. Instead, he’s the owner of a successful video editing business. Hills runs Switched-On Video Editing, and in his home office on the Sunshine […]

Christopher Hills has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia. The nineteen-year-old Australian man, who has control only over his neck muscles, would have, until only recently, been resigned to a life of dependency on others. Instead, he’s the owner of a successful...
DIY Human Sized Robot with 3D Printed Grippers is Designed to Fulfill Your Needs

DIY Human Sized Robot with 3D Printed Grippers is Designed to Fulfill Your Needs

Today, as I was picking up the 400th piece of something left somewhere by one my children, I wished for a robot that could help me around the house. I also wished for children who would clean up after themselves, but that still seems well outside the realm of possibility. The dream of a helpful […]

Today, as I was picking up the 400th piece of something left somewhere by one my children, I wished for a robot that could help me around the house. I also wished for children who would clean up after themselves, but that still seems well outside the realm of...
Designer 3D Prints Decorative Facades for New Exhibit at San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Designer 3D Prints Decorative Facades for New Exhibit at San Diego Model Railroad Museum

As 3D printing technology becomes more accessible and advanced over time, hobbyists around the world have been starting to turn to this emerging technology as a source of innovation and creation. One particular hobbyist area that 3D printing has impacted is railroad and train modeling. From the professionally 3D printed Hawaiian Islands railway replica by […]

As 3D printing technology becomes more accessible and advanced over time, hobbyists around the world have been starting to turn to this emerging technology as a source of innovation and creation. One particular hobbyist area that 3D printing has impacted is railroad...
Medical Professionals Can 3D Print Their Own Vein Finders, Affordable Device for Developing Nations

Medical Professionals Can 3D Print Their Own Vein Finders, Affordable Device for Developing Nations

There are certainly much more complex and terrifying medical procedures beyond giving blood or receiving an injection—or even just getting an IV—but if you or someone you know is afraid of needles, then you’re well aware that’s certainly no consolation. It’s also often not a lot of fun for the medical professional who is trying […]

There are certainly much more complex and terrifying medical procedures beyond giving blood or receiving an injection—or even just getting an IV—but if you or someone you know is afraid of needles, then you’re well aware that’s certainly no consolation. It’s also...
Learn to Make an Amazing 3D Printed Dragon Door Knocker with a Rusty Metallic Finish

Learn to Make an Amazing 3D Printed Dragon Door Knocker with a Rusty Metallic Finish

When a machine that can manufacture anything that can be imagined is put into the hands of someone with an imagination that seems to have no limits, some amazing things can happen. Obviously 3D printers have more uses and applications than I could possibly list, but if I’m being honest, for me there is nothing […]

When a machine that can manufacture anything that can be imagined is put into the hands of someone with an imagination that seems to have no limits, some amazing things can happen. Obviously 3D printers have more uses and applications than I could possibly list, but...
Instructables & 3D Hubs Launch Their 3D Printing Contest 2016 with 15 3D Printers Up for Grabs

Instructables & 3D Hubs Launch Their 3D Printing Contest 2016 with 15 3D Printers Up for Grabs

Do-it-yourself maker community Instructables is teaming up with global 3D printing network 3D Hubs for a new contest that will see 15 lucky winners walking away with a top of the line desktop 3D printer. The 3D Printing Contest 2016 is looking like it is going to be one of the biggest 3D printing design competitions […]

Do-it-yourself maker community Instructables is teaming up with global 3D printing network 3D Hubs for a new contest that will see 15 lucky winners walking away with a top of the line desktop 3D printer. The 3D Printing Contest 2016 is looking like it is going to be...
Sculpteo Answers Everything You Always Wanted to Know about 3D Printing Gear Sets!

Sculpteo Answers Everything You Always Wanted to Know about 3D Printing Gear Sets!

If you are into developing complex mechanical systems, then you already know that it can be quite a challenge to design working gear sets. Maybe you were lucky to receive an introduction to gears through a Lego set, or maybe you were fortunate to be able to tinker around a mechanically-minded family member who already knew a […]

If you are into developing complex mechanical systems, then you already know that it can be quite a challenge to design working gear sets. Maybe you were lucky to receive an introduction to gears through a Lego set, or maybe you were fortunate to be able to tinker...
Did You Know You Can 3D Scan Anything with Only a Camera to Make 3D Printable Models?

Did You Know You Can 3D Scan Anything with Only a Camera to Make 3D Printable Models?

Did you know you can make a 3D printable model out of almost anything using only your camera and some software? In this Instructable, Whitney Potter, who goes by shapespeare and who also hosts the podcast “3D Printing Today”, brings us some valuable tips about doing just this. Here he uses an Oreo cookie as an example of how to transform an […]

Did you know you can make a 3D printable model out of almost anything using only your camera and some software? In this Instructable, Whitney Potter, who goes by shapespeare and who also hosts the podcast “3D Printing Today”, brings us some valuable tips...
Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things - The Best 3D Printing IKEA Hacks

Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things - The Best 3D Printing IKEA Hacks

I have a confession to make. I have a bit of an obsession with inexpensive, flatpacked, self-assembly furnishings manufacturer IKEA. And only part of it is the nonsensical Scandinavian names of their products, which I’m convinced are actually dirty words in Swedish. I am lucky enough to live only a few miles from a location, […]

I have a confession to make. I have a bit of an obsession with inexpensive, flatpacked, self-assembly furnishings manufacturer IKEA. And only part of it is the nonsensical Scandinavian names of their products, which I’m convinced are actually dirty words in Swedish. I...
Artist Jennifer Berry Creates Collaborative Art With Bees, Nature's 3D Printers

Artist Jennifer Berry Creates Collaborative Art With Bees, Nature's 3D Printers

“Bees are the world’s first 3D printers,” says Jennifer Berry. An ecologist, landscape designer, artist, teacher, Berry is the founder of Berry Design Ecology, her personal consulting practice. Her work combines her backgrounds in art and biology, and has resulted in some ingenious designs and inventions, including an incredible 3D printer that she designed and […]

“Bees are the world’s first 3D printers,” says Jennifer Berry. An ecologist, landscape designer, artist, teacher, Berry is the founder of Berry Design Ecology, her personal consulting practice. Her work combines her backgrounds in art and biology,...
3D Printed Screw-Propelled Toy Vehicle Makes a Splash on Instructables

3D Printed Screw-Propelled Toy Vehicle Makes a Splash on Instructables

There are many ingenious vehicles designed for civilian or military use over the past century that had a brief moment in the sun before fading into obscurity. From the US Air Force’s saucer shaped VTOL Avrocar and Russian ground-effect Ekranoplan, I find them to be fascinating and a source of inspiration. Jasen Wang, inventor of Makeblock, decided […]

There are many ingenious vehicles designed for civilian or military use over the past century that had a brief moment in the sun before fading into obscurity. From the US Air Force’s saucer shaped VTOL Avrocar and Russian ground-effect Ekranoplan, I find them to...
Build Your Own Concrete 3D Printer with This Detailed Instructable

Build Your Own Concrete 3D Printer with This Detailed Instructable

Artist, architecture student and robot builder Clayton Muhleman teamed up with his fellow Instructable user Alan Cation to create a cool mobile 3D printer that can 3D print large-scale objects using sawdust. The project was just a beginning however, as the pair really wanted to convert it into a printer that could use concrete as […]

Artist, architecture student and robot builder Clayton Muhleman teamed up with his fellow Instructable user Alan Cation to create a cool mobile 3D printer that can 3D print large-scale objects using sawdust. The project was just a beginning however, as the pair really...
Take to the Ceiling With Your Own Mini Blimp Supported by 3D Printed Parts

Take to the Ceiling With Your Own Mini Blimp Supported by 3D Printed Parts

Anyone closely following technology already knows that 3D printed drones are all the rage. It seems that everyone has to have one these days. If you want to stay ahead of the latest tech trend, perhaps you should set your sights for a moment on this Instructable for a Miniature Autonomous Blimp from “Aleator777,” or […]

Anyone closely following technology already knows that 3D printed drones are all the rage. It seems that everyone has to have one these days. If you want to stay ahead of the latest tech trend, perhaps you should set your sights for a moment on this Instructable for a...

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