I've become a big believer and practitioner of living a life where you can't distinguish when you are having fun and when you are working. Want to see what that looks like? This video is the best example I've seen and I haven't stopped smiling and thinking about it since I first saw it back in July.
Switched challenged Kegan Fisher and Liz Kinmar of Design Glut to design and make an object of their choosing in ONE DAY! What i love about the video is the pure fun these two have throughout the whole design and make process.
On a larger scale and why I'm tracking these kind of developments, is the degree to which we are becoming a DIY society (Do It Yourself) and how this answers my incessant asking "What if the impossible isn't?". In the video you see the MakerBot 3D printer being used to turn the idea and design Kegan and Liz came up with for their salt and pepper shakers into a real product as they more than met this challenge to go from design to product in one day.
Equally worth watching is how this is producing a whole new level of sharing, where now the design, development, drawings and models for making things are being shared. You can for example now find a complete set of instructions and models for these cute S&P shakers over here on the Thingiverse site that the people behind MakerBot have also setup. Spend a few minutes in Thingiverse and you'll quickly see what I mean by a whole new level of sharing.
It is also worth spending some time over on the MakerBot site and blog to learn a bit more about how this all came about, including their collaboration with the , an electronics hacking collective in Brooklyn and in particular the which is a research project to develop a self-replicating rapid prototyper. That's right, a machine that could reproduce itself. And one of the more intriguing things about this and what led to MakerBot was as they noted;
"but you have this chicken and egg problem. In order to make a machine that can reproduce itself, you have to HAVE a machine that’s reproduced itself. And so, we just wanted to make a 3D printer."
Jay Leno Used 3D Printing to Remake Old Car Parts
Moving up the scale of accuracy and price a notch watch the video above which comes from this recentPopular Mechanics story of how Jay Leno is using 3D scanning and printing for one of his big passions; car restorations. The video demonstrates Jay's use NextEngine 3D scanner and Dimension 3D printer. In the story, Jay commented:
Some guys are so used to working in the traditional ways. They’re old-school. So they’ve never seen this new technology in use—in fact, they’re not even aware it exists. When you work on old cars, you tend to work with old machinery like lathes, milling machines or English wheels. When someone tells you that you can take a crescent wrench, for example, scan it, then press a button, copy it, and make a new wrench, these guys say, “Well, that’s not possible. You can’t make the little wheel that moves the claw in and out. You’d have to make it in two sections.” But they’re wrong. You can duplicate the whole tool.
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