Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Cheery Consumerism! Whatever you believe in, it is definitely a time of year for festivities with friends and 'stuff'. What better way to check out 'stuff' than with a 3D printer? 3D printing is a really fun hobby, it can be a money saving prototyping tool for inventors, and can even be a production method for new products. Right now, it is very much based around strong internet communities. I've had a lot of fun this past year interacting with the community and inventors. I've printed a lot of cool things, met some very interesting people and made some new friends. I was hoping to have this up much earlier with many more pics, but... sick kids + no sleeps = not getting as much done as planned. Here are some of the fun Christmas prints that I, and some of my new 3DP community friends have made. Attribution (where known) is listed at the bottom of the gallery. Some of the printers couldn't remember where they got the files, so if you see missing attribution please let me know and I will correct ASAP. Enjoy! [gdl_gallery title="GALLERY_TITLE" width="IMAGE_SRC" height="IMAGE_HEIGHT" ] [gallery link="file" ids="2652,2651,2650,2649,2648,2647,2646,2645,2644,2641,2642,2643,2640,2638,2636,2635,2634,2633,2632,2672,2675,2676,2677" orderby="rand"] Prints are from Robo3D forum members Tesseract, Soupaboy, PCLabtech, and Michael DiFillipo: Toybuilder Labs founder and Makerbot Operators Forum superstar Joseph Chiu: and Thingiverse member Ecogeeco: colorFabb (I'm assuming it was Gijs, but those modest guys don't take any personal credit!). Here's a video of the Gyrornament in motion. I highly recommend printing this. It is A LOT of fun to play with.
Here's a video of Joseph's print of the Icosahedron
My friend Jerry, aka Barnacules, of YouTube Channel Barnacules Nerdgasm fame, also did some Fun Xmas Videos.
I've also had the good fortune to have some interaction with Dizingof over twitter this year. He is an amazing designer. Up until mid-year, he had a massive library of designs available for free download. However, due to CC license abuse by many big companies, he has moved most of them to a purchase basis where has has better control at Ponolo. Some are still free, and some are for sale. They are all amazing and worth checking out. With the aid of the new Meshmixer 2.0, many can be 3D Printed on a FDM style machine. [caption id="attachment_2667" align="aligncenter" width="390"]
Fractal Snowflake by Dizingof available for download from Ponoko[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2668" align="aligncenter" width="390"]
Christnuka Ornament by Dizingof available on Ponoko[/caption] Attribution:
Matthew Gorton is the founder of printedsolid.com. He is a mechanical / materials engineer by education and has worked as a design, process and quality engineer in the medical, electronics, and aerospace industries. He is enthusiastic about applying all he has learned through these experiences to 3D printing and sharing that with others.
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