At each MakerFaire I’ve attended, 3D printers always have a large presence. So I was intrigued when I saw Jade Falcon’s post about using a 3D printer to create cosplay props. The photo above features her prop of San’s dagger from Princess Mononoke.
In her post, she talks about finding free 3D printing source files on Thingiverse. I also recently took advantage of their file archive to create a Father’s Day gift for my husband.
It was a cool group effort. My son came up with the idea of 3D printing a small dagger for him, but couldn’t find a cheap way to handle it in New York. Our local library in Kansas City offers free 3D printing, so I found a Thingiverse file for Bilbo’s Sting blade. My brother coordinated with the library to print the dagger via email and I went and picked it up. Bonus: the library offered to print two blade options – one black and one GLOW-IN-THE-DARK. Very cool.
Have you done any 3D printing, for cosplay or otherwise? Share your experience in the comments!
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When preparing your tacos and chimichangas, you’ve got to have the right tools on hand. Inspired by a French comic, Instructables user BrittLiv set out on a journey to build a knife block of their very own. After a lot of trial and error, research, and more trial and error, BrittLive finally arrived at the delightful creation pictured above. It was 3D printed in sections, assembled, coated in a special resin, and then painted. BrittLiv has included all the files they created, along with a detailed narrative of their process, all on Instructables. If you’ve got a 3D printer, a love for the merc-with-a-mouth, and a lot of perseverence, you too can create your very own Deadpool Knife Block.
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I love Transformers. I love Doctor Who. So, what’s not to love about a 3-D printed, actual working/transforming Tardimus Prime??!! Seriously. What’s not to love? Inspired by Jason Casteel’s TARDIS Prime artwork, user Ellindsey designed and created this 3-D printed realization, and it actually transforms. What’s even cooler is you can find Ellindsey’s CAD files and instructions for building your own. Oh, for a 3-D printer. Even you don’t have one, you should definitely check out the link for the additional pictures. Transform and roll out!
Have you been to a Maker Faire? A celebration of things people make themselves, Maker Faires are organized by MAKE Magazine, and started in San Mateo, California in 2006. Now these events take place across the country. My hometown, Kansas City, happens to be one of the “featured” Faires, where more than 200 makers participate. I have shared Faires in the past, in 2011 and 2012, so I figured it was time for an update.
Above is a montage of photos I took – here are the highlights, starting in the upper left corner, and working around clockwise:
- 3D printers were big again, as they have been at each Faire I’ve attended. These were some 3D-printed TARDISes and Star Trek Lego figures.
- Some more examples of 3D printed items – these were very ornate vases by Sage Kaneko.
- A chainmail demonstration by Michael of Amanda Lynn Chainmaille Creations.
- The Artifex 2 desktop 3D printer – it printed in the usual hard plastic filament, but also wood and a flexible “NinjaFlex” thermoplastic elastomer.
- Eco Elvis performed – he was all shook up about the effects of acid rain.
- The Flipbookits were a cool find in the Maker Store – it’s a DIY kit to make your own motorized flipbook, designed by kinetic artists.
- Artists from Dare to Dabble were on hand to help attendees create gelli prints with acrylic paints, brayers, stamps and stencils.
- I made my own glycerin soap with Feto Soap! It smells like cinnamon and I chose a cute little gnome as the “prize” in the center.
- There were speakers scheduled throughout the day, discussing all sorts of interesting make-y type topics. The one I heard was about the use of hydraulics in Hollywood.
- Many booths encouraged attendees, particularly kids, to try their hand at a variety of tasks. This booth by Leela Village School for Purposeful Play offered a DIY playground with robots made from found materials. (P.S. Did you know “Leela” means “divine play” in Sanskrit?)
- A steampunk dirigible
- There was a table for Raspberry Pi Geek magazine – we got my husband one of these little credit card-sized computers for his birthday this year, so I was sure to pick up one of their sample magazines.
There was so much to see, and scrolling through the Instagram feed for #MakerFaireKC, I can see I missed quite a bit! Be sure to allow a few hours at least if a Maker Faire hits your area, if not a whole day!
What have been your favorite things to see at a Maker Faire? Share with us in the comments below!
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Let’s pretend you’ve got all your shopping done for Christmas. Now what? If you’re like me (well, if you’re like me you don’t have any shopping done, but like I said, let’s pretend) if you’re like me, you suck at wrapping gifts. Even if your wrapped gifts end up looking like a two-year-old went crazy with a roll of scotch tape, the paper itself can look really cool, and you can make it yourself! What’s even better is that these wrapping paper ideas work for year round, not just the holidays.
If the force is strong with this one present, then you should try Rebecca’s Star Wars silhouette gift tags and wrap idea from her blog Older and Wiser. All you need is a printer, scissors, and a glue stick.
If you’re pressed for time, the Harry Potter fans in your life will get a kick out of this free printable owl post gift wrap paper. Just download and print it out on some craft paper. You can thank Chiara from Celeste Fritatta for this one.
This one is my favorite, and it’s so easy. All you need are some crayons and a piece of decorative wash tape and you’ve got interactive wrapping paper. Rachel on Lines Across has got even more super easy and fun interactive gift wrap ideas like this one you should definitely check out.
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Sometimes it seems that crafting is all about the revival of ‘outdated and old fashioned stuff your grandmother did’. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t embrace new technology when it comes to geeky creations.
Today I’d like to show you Hyrule Foundry, “a blog that combines the ever-changing world of 3D printing and the timeless Zelda Universe.” They explore the benefits and limits of 3D printing and of various printers and software, while working with objects from The Legend of Zelda.
Once printers are cheaper and (therefore) more accessible, 3D printing is certainly going to chance the way we think about safety, property and ownership. Despite some problems a printing culture might cause, such as the recent ‘recipe’ for a gun or copyright infrignments, I sincerely hope it will make crafting even more interesting. Hyrule Foundry is a good sneak preview of what we might expect in the future.