Back in January, we detailed the work of Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, the brain behind a giant machine that could 3D-print a 2500 square foot house in 24 hours. While that is an astonishing figure, it has already been beat. A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed 10 hours in a 24 hour time span.
Supposing you’ve had several fingers chopped off in the recent past and you understand how to operate a scissors, Robohand may well have a solution for you. The company began with a fellow by the name of Richard van As, a fellow who lost his fingers in a carpentry accident in 2011. Searching for the past several years for a solution to his problem, as a good carpenter never gives up, he discovered a future partner with whom he’d eventually found Robohand.
Either the world is full of designers (and engineers) or ordinary folks are ready to get creative by the handful. There can be no other explanation as to why the funding of The Micro 3D Printer, “the first truly consumer 3D printer” has gone through the roof. On the last count we saw $2,579,672 pledged by 9079 backers, for a project that was seeking $50,000 on KickStarter.
Staples has launched an in-store 3D printing service in two of its locations: New York and Los Angeles. With this, they aim to make 3D printing a service available to anyone who wants to have a product whipped up, and all the while helping get the 3D printing industry's consumer-level ball rolling.
Home 3D printer The Micro not only met its Kickstarter goal in eleven minutes, but after just a day the crowdsourced desktop fabricator has broken through the $1m mark. Demand for the simplified printer - reward tiers for which started at $199 for a unit when they ship, though quickly shot up to $299 - has made The Micro the most popular Kickstarter project on the site at right now, despite still having 28 days left to run.
3D printing may be the future, but it's generally a relatively expensive one, something startup M3D hopes to change with its compact The Micro model. Fresh to Kickstarter today - and already more than quadrupling its target of $50,000 in under an hour - The Micro is scaled to produce jewelry, custom toys, and other small objects, hooking up via USB to Windows, Mac, or Linux.
The convenience of 3D printing has moved away from industrial design and products to architecture. We are not talking about scale models to showcase the blueprints or interiors, but in fact full-scale homes. The 3D Print Canal House designed by Dus Architects is as close to a concept structure as it is to art, and will soon dot the landscape of Amsterdam.
Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.