Go see ~Omote 3D Shashin Kan~ for printing a 3D scale model of your own body:

Omote 3D Shashin Kan is the world’s first 3D portrait studio that uses a handheld scanner to produce a three-dimensional scale model of your entire body, which is then sculpted into a intricate plastic figurine.


Created by Japanese advertising and branding company PARTY and located in Tokyo’s youthful Harajuku neighborhood, the studio offers three different sizes for your luxurious mini-me sculpture: 3.9 inches (¥21,000 / $258), 5.9-inches (¥32,000 / $394) and 7.8-inches (¥42,000 / $517). It’s hard to call it a downside, but 3D printing isn’t exactly a instantly gratifying process and the models take about a month to complete.

Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can ā€” and much more:

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Not to be confused with a product, Free Universal Construction Kit is a disruption, not aimed at kids, but at the society — especially pundits, say the project’s authors. 

F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests.

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The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between:

Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik,Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. The adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).

More: http://fffff.at/free-universal-construction-kit/

Watch a nanoscale race car get 3D printed live.


3D printing is a hot topic at the moment, especially as the price of the hardware continues to fall.

But while consumers may be looking for the largest 3D printing area they can get for their budget, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology are going in the opposite direction. A team there has managed to perfect printing 3D objects precisely at the nanoscale.

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Their nano 3D printer can create complex objects that are no bigger than a grain of sand. Yet, they actually depict very complex structures. Examples include a racing car, a model of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the Tower Bridge in London.

The ability to model such complex objects at this scale has been made possible by two-photon lithography. The team have managed to create a system whereby a laser is directed by a series of mirrors through a liquid resin which then hits a surface and leaves behind a “polymerized line of solid polymer.” The thickness of that line is just a few hundred nanometers.

The printer isn’t slow, either. In just 4 minutes it can print 100 layers consisting of 200 lines per layer. That translates into five meters of polymer printed in one second, which is actually a world record.

With the technique now perfected, the researchers are starting to experiment with bio-compatible resins. That means one day soon we may have a super-fast 3D printer capable of producing biological parts for use in our bodies.

Read more at the Vienna University of Technology