i.materialise is all about making 3D printing accessible to everyone: designers, inventors, students, artists, and makers around the globe. That’s why we are happy to announce that Materialise and 3DVinci Creations have signed a collaboration agreement which will bring the i.materialise 3D printing platform to the United Arab Emirates and further expand the reach of 3D printing into the Middle East region.
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A Japanese startup is raising funds through Indiegogo for Tempescope, a sleek-looking device that will fetch the weather forecast from your smartphone and recreate rain, lightning, fog and sunshine inside a clear plastic box sitting in your living room. The idea for the Tempescope first came to its inventor Ken Kawamoto after returning from a holiday in the Pacific Northwest. Wishing to take the skies back home with him, he created a prototype (out of shampoo bottles, a fan, LEDs and a mist diffuser) that could physically reproduce weather conditions in a confined space.
When we think of robots, we all too often anthropomorphize them by giving them eyes in their heads, fingers on their hands, and toes on their feet. But just because this is the way humans evolved doesn’t make it ideal. Robots with eyes where they need them most, for example, could be much more efficient than just having them restricted to one place
As we saw a few years ago with Chuck Stover’s work and yesterday’s post about Nvenom8 Designs’ two-sided rolling die , Shapeways and 3D printing have become a go-to source for unusual dice designs. Here are some eye-catching stainless steel pieces on Shapeways by Ceramic Wombat : I’m guessing you roll this one to get better Wi-Fi: Steampunk Dice also has some very creative pieces: TGAW’s “ Elements of Harmony Die ” dispenses with the numbers and apparently allows you to cast spells or something: Bertomg has created these nifty Balanced Hollow Dice , which use negative space for the indicators and have material in the center to add weight: Those are just a few from within the Shapeways world. Outside of it there’s still plenty of variety, like architect-turned-product-designer Kacha’s Zen Dice , which have Asian-ized style up the yin-yang: After his Zen Dice were successfully Kickstarted, Kacha designed another set—seemingly CNC-milled—that was a true Kickstarter smash.
The maker community is turning into a quickly-growing movement, as shown by the ever-expanding Maker Faires popping up worldwide. This last weekend was World Maker Faire in New York, where Tormach, a company known for making small, affordable CNC machine tools announced an even smaller, more personal mill, the PCNC 440. .