It’s officially the season of parties, pixies, pies and presents. Yay! Of course, it’s also a time for giving, which means it’s a great excuse for making gifts. The Faberdashery elves have been busy creating some super seasonal inspiration. The result is our 25 Days of Making project. We’ve created a collection of unique and stunning designs especially for the countdown to Christmas.
For the next 25 days we’re releasing a gorgeous, new design simultaneously on Thingiverse and YouMagine. 25 Days of Making coincides with the release of our ever-popular Winter Wonder Pack. All of the collection prints beautifully in those special seasonal colours, but of course we’d love to see your own remixes. Every piece in the collection has been designed to print in under an hour and should fit on even the smallest build plates! We hope that you will join us in in the seasonal printing fun and can’t wait to see your makes! So pile up the mince pies, bring out the Bing Crosby, chuck some chestnuts on the fire and let 25 Days of Making begin!
Make #1 – Bauble with a Twist [T] [Y]
Make #2 – Spinning Top [T] [Y]
Make #3 – Snap Together Garland [T] [Y]
Make #4 – Snow-la-coaster [T] [Y]
Make #5 – Squirrel Nutkins [T] [Y]
Make #6 – Classic Icicle [T] [Y]
Make #7 – Tree Light [T] [Y]
Make #8 – Egg Cup Elf [T] [Y]
Make #9 – Jingle Bells [T] [Y]
Make #10 – Pine Cone [T] [Y]
Make #11 – Treat Time Sleigh [T] [Y]
Make #12 – Faceted Tree [T] [Y]
Make #13 – Deer Me [T] [Y]
This Saturday Faberdashery will be in Selfridges, London creating 3D printed accessories for Makies.
During the one day event (Saturday 2nd November) Selfridges customers will be able to see 3D printing in action as Faberdashery print colourful accessories for Makie Dolls. Customers buying a Makie Doll will receive a goody bag of limited edition 3D printed accessories lovingly crafted, in-store, by Faberdashey.
Faberdashery have teamed up with the lovely Makies to demonstrate the creative potential of 3D printing, give customers an up-close view of desktop 3D printing and join in the fun. Come and say ‘hi’ and see some super cute accessories being printed!
What’s better than a skull for Halloween? A 3D Printable Skull Playset of course!
Our skull (‘Skelly’) was inspired by the traditional sugar skulls of Mexico. We wanted to give our Halloween offering a Fab twist, so we designed some fun printable accessories to create different looks for Skelly. Make him a cutthroat pirate with the eye patch and stitches. Bevelled stars give Skelly some rock chic. For a bling look there are diamonds and emeralds. You can go for a romantic look with hearts and filigree, or the traditional Mexican decor with marigolds and roses. Or just keep Skelly dapper with a simple moustache. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Halloween playset without a gruesome feature and for that we’ve created a worm to stick in Skelly’s eye. So whether you like your Halloween decor rib tickling or just hip, make no bones about it, you’ll find everything you need in our Skull Playset!
We’ve shared Skelly the Skull Playset on Thingiverse. We hope he’ll raise your spirits this Halloween. Mwahahahahhaaaa!
This weekend London had its first Mini Maker Faire and Faberdashery were proud exhibitors at the event. It was a fantastic day with some truly awesome exhibits and talks. We loved meeting so many makers. Thanks to everyone who came to see us!
Clare and Andrew at the Faberdashery stand
The faire had a strong 3d printing presence with a massive turn out from the Thames Valley RepRap User Group. Their project for the day was a fun 3D printed crowd sourcing idea – to print out the head of Alan Turing. Each member had a piece of his head to make on their RepRap which they printed using Faberdashery’s Pearly White. Printcraft were also there showing their unique platform for creating 3D objects in Minecraft. Printcraft is a multiplayer server for Minecraft which lets players build creations on an in-game representation of a build platform. Once the creation is complete, players can then convert their creation into an STL file and print it out.
The Printcraft stand
Photo credit: Richard Horne
On the Faberdashery stand we were lucky enough to have two 3d printing superstars showing off their creations. One was Barney Mason, creator of the mighty Vertex2, a 3D printed robot and a massive Thingiverse hit. His playful robots were loved by kids and adults alike and looked amazing printed in Faberdashery colours. Richard Horne, AKA the legendary RichRap was also on hand at the stand showing off his newest machine, the 3DR and demonstrating multi-coloured printing. People were mesmerised by the gorgeous translucent PLA vases he printed throughout the day.
RichRap’s beautiful vases
Photo Credit: Richard Horne
Everyone loved our colourful display of spanners and our mini spanner give aways. We’ve shared them on Thingiverse for anyone who wants their own. Did you pick one up on the day? Tweet us a pic of where your mini spanner ended up.
The Faire was every bit as cool as you would expect from the UK’s capital. The Faberdashery team had fun taking part in some crazy and creative activities. One of our favourites had to be the Scream Shot by Trigger Trap.
The Faberdashery founders let loose!
Photo credit: Trigger Trap
We were also pleased to catch up with Sugru, MakieLabs, Bare Conductive, Restart Project, Luma Module and Raspberry Pi – just some of awesome maker folk that we love!
To conclude it was a day of pure brain food, beautifully executed by a dedicated team of makers and organisers. Well done everyone who made it happen. London makers, you rocked it!
We are excited to announce Faberdashery filament is available to buy at the iMakr store in London. This is pretty big for us, as it is the first time we have put our filament into a physical retail space.
The store is located in central London and occupys 2,500 square feet across two floors making it the largest 3D print store in the world. Last night Faberdashery was at the grand opening. It was great to feel the buzz and excitement in the store as people took in the variety of printers, materials and accessories on offer.
We are excited by the chance to give greater accessibility to our filament. So come and see touch and smell Faberdashery at the store!
Kuma Crafts caught our eye recently with their gorgeous 3D printed jewellery. The husband and wife team specialize in jewellery, apparel and plushes inspired by Japanese culture. Until recently Kuma Crafts produced most of their jewellery using layered acrylic. However when they realised the potential of 3D printing they decided to incorporate it into their production techniques. A lot of work has gone into getting the jewelllery to the high standards Kuma Crafts have set for their products.
Stan Velijev of Kuma Crafts explained ‘After a lot of experimentation and tweaking, we finally have consistent high quality prints that we’re happy to sell. Faberdashery’s PLA is the only one we’ve found of high enough quality to be used for jewellery. The gold has just the right shine with a little sparkle, and the diameter is of extremely even consistency so we never have filament jams or irregularities in smooth surfaces. Faberdashery makes a premium product which yields premium results.’
Thanks Stan! We love what you have done with our filament and can’t wait to see what you do next.
Here’s a beautiful story.
Simon and Steph got married this summer. They wanted to make their wedding favours really personal to them. What better way to do this than by 3D printing them!
We’ll let them explain it in their own words:
We have been playing with the printers for around a year and were impressed with the capability and versatility of them. When we were looking into the cost of favour boxes they turned out to be pretty expensive and with the cost of everything else we decided to try and make our own. We found the design of the box on Thingiverse and sweets to go inside that we had personalised with our names and dates of the wedding to make them unique. Our past experiences with white had either come out slightly see-through or with a yellowy tinge. The Faberdashery Arctic White seemed like a perfect option. It was completely pure and exactly what we wanted-matching perfectly with the brilliant white decor. At the wedding lots of the guest said they were amazing and asked where we had got the boxes from – they were completely in awe when we said we had made them! We would just like to thank you for allowing us to have this extra wow factor on our special day!
Simon and Steph
As you can see, the results were stunning. Thanks Simon and Steph for sharing your story with us.
The KamerMaker is the world’s first movable 3D print pavillion. Capable of 3D printing entire rooms from PLA, this is one of the biggest printers around. It has an epic build size of 2x2x3.5m! The project is a collaboration between DUS architects and Ultimaker Ltd and is purposely open source. From 2013 onwards, the KamerMaker will travel to different locations in the Netherlands and beyond.
We were lucky enough to be at the launch party in Amsterdam last weekend. The event had a real block party feel with great community interaction. We got a fantastic view from inside of the machine. Yes, that’s right, you can climb inside it! Printing this big is no easy task. Although the machine is driven essentially by standard Ultimaker electronics with the beating heart of an Arduino (plus some industrial stepper drivers) feeding the plastic in requires some innovative solutions. A mini-extruder (from xtrution.com) feeds the KamerMaker with molten plastic. Thermoplastic granules are fed in the top, melted and extruded along a monstrous ‘bowden’ tube to the print head. The tube is heated PTFE with steel braiding. It is an elegant solution with pretty awesome results. The design of the machine is really beautiful, with mirrored, chameleon stainless steel finish, fitting inside a standard shipping container.
It was really inspiring to see a concept put into action. Big dreams are great. Making them a reality is even better. Already we are seeing huge potential for the KamerMaker. We would love to know your thoughts. If you could print this big, what would you print?
To see more images of the mighty KamerMaker take a look at our Flickr stream.
Something we love about PLA for 3d printing, is its translucency. PLA pure and natural is semi-transparent, with a gorgeous crystalline effect. It produces stunning 3d prints that other materials can’t achieve. Here are some shining examples!
Sim City Capitol Ambient Light model by TopperDEL
A project that came onto our radar recently is the Sim City Capitol Ambient Light model by TopperDEL which takes the Capitol Building on Thingiverse from Skimbal’s Sim City 2000 Tabletop Play Set and turns it into a stunning colour-shifting tabletop lamp. TopperDEL used colour changing LEDs to create ambient light change effects and printed the model in Faberdashery Crystal Clear PLA. The outcome is a real design centrepiece. He’s included detailed instructions on how he printed his Capitol Building, focussing especially on the challenge of hollow printing. TopperDEL says he has plans to make more LED lamps. We’ll be watching out with excitement for his next cool idea.
Grayscale Dualstrusion Poster by tbuser
The other fantastic project that plays with transparent qualities is the Grayscale Dualstrusion Poster by Thingiverse superstar tbuser. His design experiments with the variation in transparency according to print thickness. He created this iconic poster through simple layering. Genius!
3D printing Surface Treatments – PLA iPhone Case by norcalbarney
Of course we couldn’t blog about PLA translucency experiments without mentioning norcalbarney‘s magnificent iphone cases. What can we say? Exceptional use of the Hilbert Curve!
At Faberdashery we’ve just launched our new and improved Jade Green. This completes our current collection of translucent PLA colours. So whether you’re thinking light-up bunnies, awesome self-portraits, mojioto green shot glasses or just some simple jewellery then reach for the translucents.
It’s Friday, and we wanted to share a little inspiration with you. Here’s some of the cool stuff people have been doing with Faberdashery filament this week ~
Angry Birds by MotoBarsteward.
Parametric Rings by Yuleblinker.
Blockbot by Richard Gain and a great little video to go with it.
Happy Friday all!