As the uses for desktop 3D printing continue to expand we are constantly being blown away by the creations produced by our customers. This project by Steve Cox of CREATE Education is one of our recent favourites.
Currently the University of Sheffield is holding a celebration of the work of Nobel Prize winner, Sir Hans Krebs. Krebs won the Nobel Prize in 1953 for his pioneering work discovering the citric acid cycle, also known as the Krebs cycle. The cycle explains one of the most fundamental processes of life: the conversion of food into energy within a cell.
Steve has produced a collection of large scale models for the university that reveal the hidden nano worlds found in the process of photosynthesis.
The six impressive large-scale models were all printed in Faberdashery Arctic White PLA. Steve chose to use Arctic White as it is a great colour for exhibition models due to the optical brighteners in the filament. As Steve also pointed out, PLA is itself a product of photosynthesis as it’s produced from biomass (corn starch). You can see Steve’s full round up of this fantastic project on the CREATE Education blog.
KrebsFest runs at the University of Sheffield throughout November and is free to everyone. Steve’s prints will be displayed in the Western Bank Library exhibition space until February 2016.
Faberdashery are excited to be exhibiting at London’s Mini Maker Faire. We’ll be joining a spectacular line-up of Makers, designers, artists, crafters, engineers, scientists and technologists from across the capital.
We’re getting seasonal with our stand; showing you how you can Make Merry with 3D printing. Our exhibit includes a spectacular array of 3D prints, designed by Faberdashery, especially for the festive season.
All of the designs are free to download on both Thingiverse and YouMagine. You can find them here:
Thingiverse & YouMagine
Faberdashery are also providing sponsorship for other exhibitors at the Faire in the form of material for their print projects. Visitors to the show will also get the opportunity to win a pack of our filament when they race 3D printed robots at the Cannybots stand.
We can’t wait to meet all you wonderful makers and show you the amazing things we have been doing with our materials. Be sure to come and say hi to the Faberdashery team and grab some of our fun give-aways.
To see photos from the event, head over to our Facebook page.
Are you ready for spooky fun? If not, fear not. 3D printing is the perfect way to ensure you don’t get caught in a dead end this Halloween. Here are some of our favourite freaky prints. Do you dare make them….?*
*Pun alert – we’ve inserted as many halloween puns as is humanly (or un-humanly) possible into this post. If you have a fear of puns please stop reading now!
Wicked Pumpkins Demons are a ghoul’s best friend but pumpkins are even better. Print out Makies fantastic Jack-O-Lantern and insert a string of lights to create these glowing pumpkins. How evil do they look!
Glowing Eyes Ever felt like you’re being watched? These glowing eyes will ensure you alway are. Print out them out in Glowbug Yellow, place them in a dark corner and enjoy their malevolent stare.
Halloween Cookie Cutters A great activity to do with the kids. We have created four halloween themed cookie cutters – skull, pumpkin, ghost and bat. Print them out and have fun making cookies to die for.
Treat toppers Treats or tricks at the ready! Why not combine both? Print out zombie fingers and spiderwebs to give your cakes that extra eeeek factor!
Pet Bat Wings It’s only right that your pets should get in on the Halloween fun. These bat wings make the perfect costume. Just make sure you’ve installed a bat flap!
Skelly Make no bones about it Halloween would not be the same without a creepy skull on show. We created Skelly, the dress-up skull, to bring a bit of variety to your Halloween makes. He comes with 10 different accessories that are sure to tickle your funny bone. But don’t stop there! Why not scale him down and print out a collection of skull beads to wear in true headhunter style.
From all the Faberdashery team we wish you a very fun, scary and creepy Halloween. Mwaaa hahahaha…..!!!
It’s July and the summer is officially here. Now is the perfect time to show off your makes in the sun. Here’s our round-up of the best prints to help you make the most of summer.
Make your picnics memorable with fun and colourful prints. How about this smart Snack ‘Stache. It is divided in two to keep your snacks separate and comes with a slide on lid to keep them fresh in your picnic hamper. Talking of keeping things fresh, why not print off a handy bag clip to reseal snack bags when you’re out and about.
For an extra special picnic this Hexagonal Champagne Glass by Linxer is the perfect print. We made one in Cyber Yellow to add some technopop to our picnic.
For the classic Wimbledon-style strawberry snack you’ll find this simple strawberry huller by Daniel Noree is handy. It’s small, quick to print and makes de-stalking strawberries easier than ever. If you’re taking your pooch out with you on your picnic, be sure to print this Dog Bowl Water Bottle Carrier by Chad Ruble to keep your best buddy hydrated. Of course you may just want to get out for a bike ride in the sun. You can still enjoy a nice coffee though by printing out a handy Bicycle Coffee Cup Holder by James le Febvre. Simply print in a cool colour, attach to your cycle, insert coffee cup and off you go with your caffeine-loaded bike!
Summer just would not be the same without a bit of festival action. These shutter shades by Umake are essential printing for some serious partying. After dancing all night you’ll be glad of prints that turn your plastic drinks bottles into portable showers.
This small one by Hiroaki Nishimura connects to your average 500ml bottle. If you want one that connects to a 1litre bottle you can find a print by Mark Edmondson here (yes, we know it’s meant for watering plants but why not use it to water yourself?)! Finally, for making a bit of noise, you should print these fantastic maracas by Ultimaker.
On the Beach
There are some great prints out there to make your beach trips extra fun. Why not start a large hollow Tardis by Max Beach. Use it to make sandcastles that strike fear into the hearts of Cybermen, Daleks and Sea Devils! You’ll need a shovel though, and you can find a great one for printing here.
Going for a dip? Make sure you have somewhere to stash your cash and keys.This Lolly Box is the perfect accessory for the job!
And when you’ve finished your swim, tame unruly tresses with this Shark Comb.
These are just a few of our favourite summer makes. So what will you be printing this season?
Hello All. We’re thrilled to be back and well into 2014. It’s not yet a month into the year and already we’ve seen some truly exciting making news. CES was brimming with 3D printing fun (and some crazy); software for 3D printing continues to blossom and grow and there has been a raft of high profile practical and social desktop 3D printing projects. All this makes us think that 2014 is The Year of the Maker!
Faberdashery’s motto for this year is ‘Make More’. We want to celebrate the fantastic things that people are designing and sharing with the world. We’ve started by doing a ‘Make Of The Day’, printing out one wonderful thing a day. Follow along on twitter and facebook. It’s made us very happy and we hope you’ll enjoy following it!
However ‘Make More’ isn’t simply about printing piles of things. It’s about making more of what you’re making. Making better quality, making things to last, making a statement about being a maker. Faberdashery has always been about providing inspiration through amazing colours and quality material.
We’re proud to be part of the maker community and excited by the amazing things makers will do in 2014. We want to hear about your making plans for this year. However big or small. Share them on twitter or facebook. We’ll be looking out!
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 Wednesday and Thursday sees the NEC become home to one of the biggest digital manufacturing technology shows: TCT. The show is a huge event on the calender of anyone involved in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry. The event has historically been dominated by large corporate leaders like 3DSystems and Stratasys, showcasing new technologies and products.
We are really excited to see Ultimaker’s recently launched 2nd generation machine and demo’s of Paul Candler’s fantastic micro prints (50 micron goodness). We are very proud to be part of the RepRap Hub; the first time the OSHW movement has exhibited at TCT. There will be many of the RepRap community leaders, including Alessandro (Slic3r), Chris Palmer (Nophead), Adrian Bowyer (the Godfather of RepRap), Paulo and Gary Hodgson (RepRap Magazine) and leading the hub is Richard Horne (RichRap).
The show also provides the opportunity to see talks by some of the industry’s biggest evangelists. MakieLab’s inspirational CEO Alice Taylor will be giving a keynote speech on Wednesday in the main arena.
We are looking forward to taking part in the show. Come by Table G54 to chat about the latest material developments in 3D printing, or just grab some swag!
This weekend Team Faberdashery are at the 3D Printshow, London’s first expo dedicated to the world of digital manufacturing.
Day one highlights ~
Wow, what an awesome 1st day! There was a good mix of companies- covering everything from the arts, very high end industrial products, to the personal 3d printing market. There was a great buzz around Ultimaker’s stand, where finished prints were being ‘ejected’ out of machines towards the amazed onlookers. The charismatic Brook Drumm of printrbot showed their range of compact and foldable ‘Jr’ machines, that are super cute and desireable. When I approached Formlabs, the crowd was 4 people deep (!), so hope to get hands-on tomorrow.
What really excited me was the many smaller groups and individuals I chatted with. Peter Goodwin, director at Artbot, is looking to use 3D printing to enable new possibilities in Kinetic Art following BEAM principles. I can’t wait to see these creations! It was really inspiring to meet printcraft, who passionately demoed 3d prints being pulled from their custom Minecraft server. Watching how accessible this gaming environment makes content creation to young people, highlighted the key challenges and opportunities in the industry. Equally, the team from Black Country Atelier were brimming with enthusiasm, bringing this technology into education to empower the next generation of makers.
Two more days of fabbing fun ahead!…
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.