In the original Legend of Zelda for the NES, there were a total of 32 items you could get throughout the game to finish your quests and win the game. At the time, filling up that inventory with books and swords and scrolls and rafts and boots made you feel like the biggest badass ever. And now some dude has 3D printed every single one of those items, making him the biggest badass ever. Well not ever, but for today.
After months and months of trying, the founder of Defense Distributed has created the world’s first completely 3D printed handgun. It hasn’t been fully tested, but it is entirely made of 3D printed plastic.
We’ve featured lots of 3D printing projects on this site, but nothing quite gives me a chubby like this assembled, fully 3D printable GlaDOS ceiling lamp. It’s just so damn beautiful.
Printing replacement pieces of skull for surgery was one of the first practical applications of 3D printing, and now the FDA has approved a technique that could print up to 75% of your skull, if you happen to lose that much of it.
Just as they brought 3D printing to the masses, MakerBot recently unveiled the Digitizer, a 3D scanner that lets you take any object that will fit in an 8”x8” square, scan it with lasers, turning it into a 3D printable object. It’s the kind of technology once only available for tens of thousands of dollars.
This dress, a collaboration between designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti and printed by Shapeways looks absolutely stunning on Ms. Dita Von Teese. But anything looks absolutely sexy as hell on her, so that part wasn’t hard. The hard part was designing a dress that could be printed from small pieces and assembled into something that fit and flowed like a typical dress.
As 3D printers become cheaper and more popular, the variety of items freely available to print are widening. You can’t print your own plastic gun parts anymore, but you sure as shit can print out your own bong. For tobacco use only.
There are some projects that just blow the fuck up on Kickstarter, and 3Doodler is one of them. It’s a handheld 3D printer extrusion pen that lets you sketch 3D printed objects in thin air. It looks like your creations are pretty fragile, but it’s still an incredibly badass little toy.
Tech geeks with their eye on putting a permanent settlement on the Moon have lately been talking a lot about the idea of using 3D printing technology to print parts for a permanent base out of what the Moon has a fuckload of— dust. And this is what such a base might look like.
For medicine, stem cells are better than any other riches in the world. The cell type has the potential to become almost any other cell type in the body, making them endlessly useful. The problem is that the easiest place to get stem cells is from fetuses, but there’s a lot of people that don’t like that idea, forcing scientists to come up with alternatives. One solution is just to print them up yourself in a biological 3D printer.
The Wiki Weapons Project, dedicated to the pursuit of building open source technology to build firearms and firearms parts from 3D printers, has turned its attention now towards printing high capacity magazines. With leaders in Washington meeting on the issue of gun control, many feel that assault rifles and high capacity magazines might be on the chopping block, so Wiki Weapons wants to let people print their own.