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 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!
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.
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.
Our Thingsmith interviews spotlight the designer/makers that are playing an important role in the 3D printing revolution. In this series we hope to explore what motivates and inspires some of our favorite Thingsmiths.
Richard Horne (RichRap) has established himself as a stalwart of the RepRap community. He is well-known on Thingiverse for his fantastic experimental prints and willingness to take on big printing challenges. An expert in the art of multi-coloured printing, Richard has produced some iconic pieces including the fantastic striped Stegosaurus – sliced. Richard continues to push the boundaries of 3D printing with his most recent experiments into edible prints and ceramics.
1. Tell us about the creation you are most proud of and what inspired it?
My simple filament joiner and layer selective coloured printing. I was clearing out some old things from my childhood and found my old scraperfoils. I really loved these, you carve away the black surface guidelines to expose a chalk image giving you a picture and a somewhat rudimentary textured 3D effect. I then used pen inks on the chalk to make my birds, lions etc. come to life with colour. When I found these old images, I made a link with the plain coloured 3D prints I had seen and thought about adding colour using layers to make them more interesting, I then had to spend 6 months building my RepStrap before I could try it out.
2. When you embark on a new project, what’s your approach and what are your favorite tools?
I tend to evolve ideas and designs as I work on them; I’m not a fan of planning and designing everything before starting something practical, I like to see what influences me and experiment. I’m also a big fan of simple paper pads – I make so many notes and sketches and have lots of them for all sorts of jobs and projects, from home DIY to 3D printing, and more recently my love of blogging continues to compliment my note pads that I use every day. And of course my very favorite tool is now my 3D printer!
3. There’s an amazing community of makers out there; who’s work has recently impressed you?
MendelMax caught my eye recently as a great machine evolution and I’m always impressed by sculpture and organic models, but what really impresses me the most, is the many wonderfully talented people out there doing amazing designs and projects together. One person I really want to thank is Chris Palmer (AKA - Nophead) if it was not for his blog and his ongoing amazing journey I may not have taken the plunge into RepRap. From the very first entry on his blog I was hooked and also felt exactly the same way as I imagine he must have - “ My friend Wes pointed me to www.reprap.org and I immediately decided it was what I was going to do with part two of my life”.
I’m always delighted to see so many new people every day on the forum and Thingiverse doing amazing things and getting involved, improving and building on this technology so everyone can benefit.
4. Gazing into the future, what’s the next amazing project we should look out for?
Other than a real life star trek replicator I’m fascinated with both the extremely small and very large-scale 3D printing fabrication – from the ultra-fine microscopic layers and extreme high resolution to the really massive, complex impossible looking printed sculptures, houses, bridges etc. it’s going to be amazing watching all this unfold. I would love to be even more involved. I’m looking into food printing at the moment and it will need some community help to make it amazing, it’s much harder than I thought!
5. At Faberdashery Towers we are fuelled by Tea, Earl Grey, Hot. What’s your tinkering tipple of choice?
Normally Vanilla Green Tea and maybe a festive Gingerbread latte or two.
6. Just one last question. As an expert in multicoloured printing we thought it only right to ask what would be your ‘limited edition’ filament colour?
Oh that’s really easy – a complete set of chocolate coloured filaments from creamy white chocolate to 100% Cocoa, it’s my one weakness.
Mmm… That gives us an idea…
Photo credit: RichRap.
Being part of the 3d printing revolution means we are constantly having our minds blown by the crazy cool stuff people out there are doing. The ‘beatjazz’ project by Onyx Ashanti is one of them.
Last year musician and performer Onyx Ashanti created a new type of musical performance “prosthesis” called a beatjazz controller. This is a 3 way wireless sensor network used to make beatjazz, an improvisational music form. Think of it as a saxophone for cyborgs. Onyx uses this one-of-a-kind musical instrument to deliver live, improvised electronic musical performances.
The first prototype for the controller was cardboard and Onyx’s demo perfomance with it at TED was featured on MAKE last year. Now Onyx has moved it into the next level of awesome by 3d printing the hand units in Faberdashery Robot Silver. The results look fantastic!
Onyx says: ‘I discovered 3d printing a while back but only just purchased an eMAKER Huxley in November and spent January teaching myself CAD.’
‘One of the goals of the project is to make it open source (which it is already) and downloadable. In the vein of the reprap, approximately 80% of the system is printable, making it downloadable as well. This goal feeds the ultimate goal of the system whixch is to re-engineer music performance.’
We can’t wait to see the new units in action and are sure this will inspire a whole new wave of future-looking cyber-awesome musical creations! To keep up to date with the project check out Onyx’s blog.
Photo credit: Onyx Ashanti