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.
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!
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 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!
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!…
London Design week is a fantastic spectacle of fashion, architecture, interiors and products; and it was only correct that 3D printing should feature in the mix. Last weekend marked the end of London Design Week. We headed over to Earl’s Court to catch the final day of 100% Design and help out with the RSA’s Great Recovery stand.
Jim with his Emaker Huxley at RSA’s stand for 100% Design
The Great Recovery is all about challenging the lifecycle of products and designing for a circular-economy model. In addition there were talks from Daniel Charny, the curator of the V&A’s Power of Making exhibition, and James Carrigan, co-Founder and Creative Director of Sugru. They were talking about Fixperts.org, a project looking at how using design thinking can help fix everyday problems. Of course these projects are a great fit with the 3D printing and maker movement.
Talks included James Carrigan and Daniel Charny introducing their Fixperts project
The RSA’s stand was a bold statement amongst the slick and minimalist displays. Shelves filled broken electrical items surrounded volunteers busily fixing things. Jim was there with his Emaker Huxley printing out spare parts and replacements in Faberdashery neon colours. The printer was a real crowd pleaser with reactions ranging from sage head nodding to pure open-mouthed amazement.
The printer drew a lot of interest
It was great to see the buzz and excitement generated by the printer. When you are so deeply immersed in the world of 3D printing it is easy to forget that feeling of amazement on seeing your first print. Despite the explosion of the home 3D printing market and the attention it gets in the press it is still only small (but fabulous) proportion of people with machines. It was inspiring just to experience the delight on people’s faces as they watched a product emerge before their eyes. As one amazed onlooker said: “It’s alchemy I tell you!” Alchemy, sorcery, magic, whatever you want to call it. It’s here. We call it fabbing.
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.