Fire Truck by Johan Gude & Edge April 03 2020
Educational toys engage children for a long time with the benefits of learning many abilities while they express their creativity by building and putting things apart and back together.
Johan Gude prints fun educative toys for his kids like this take apart Fire Truck, a puzzle that is good for learning spatial perception and fine motor skills. "It's fun to make something my kids can play with and especially when they can learn something from it," Johan says.
Edge created the Fire Truck model and uploaded the model to Cults3D. Like many other models that he created, this one was also a creative toy for his kids. "Printing this model was a combination of finding the best print orientation while keeping the balance between functionality and aesthetics," Johan explains.
Johan used several colors of PLA Extrafill and Nylon CF15 Carbon to print this Fire Truck. The main body was printed in PLA Traffic Red and White, while the details like bumper and lights were printed in Melon Yellow and Vertigo Grey. "I have several colors and love the filament. It prints effortlessly, and the PLA has a nice satin finish. And of course, PLA Vertigo Grey is my all-time favorite color!" he tells us with excitement.
"If I could change anything, I would print the wheels (tires) from Flexfill TPE next time," Johan tells us.
Additionally, the screws and bumper had to be printed in Nylon CF15 Carbon, which was a little challenge for Johan. "I also didn't have a lot of experience with printing with Nylon, so that was nice to try. And it turned out very easy!" he says.
In the end, Johan was very happy with how the project, mainly for his youngest daughter of two years, has turned out. "It turned out solid and beautiful, so I'm very pleased and so is my daughter! And it survived so far," he says with excitement.
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Electric Motorcycle by František Dvořák March 20 2020
Creating functional design and a working prototype was never more accessible than now. For his graduation project at the Technical University of Zlin, František Dvořák has decided to create a new product concept of an electric motorcycle for Kuberg, a Czech company.
"The first time I got the idea to print the entire body on a 1: 1 scale on a 3D printer, it seemed like a utopia. But in the end, it was a success," František explains. With the freehand at designing, building the whole electric bike from the sketch to the final prototype took nine months.
"Looking back after two years, this project was a unique challenge. It was a really brave decision to design and build the model of a new electric motorcycle from scratch in only nine months." František says. It took impressive 43 days of clean printing time to produce 66 printed sections and 2.5 km of CPE HG100.
The choice of the material was crucial in the making of a functional prototype. "After experimenting with ASA and ABS, I've decided to use the CPE material for printing, specifically the CPE HG100, because it seemed like the best fit," František explains. CPE is known for its high strength and heat resistance, which were essential for the construction and functionality. The ability to easily print this material at home is also a welcomed advantage.
František's design of the Kuberg's bike neatly combines the best qualities of a city scooter and a motocross motorcycle. Practical storage for a motocross helmet or a large backpack and the low seat that makes stopping at the lights in the city more comfortable. With an expected 55 kW motor that has 300 km range on one charge, you can go on quite a ride.
Like all projects, there is always space for improvement. We have asked František if he would change anything looking back at his project?
"As a designer, who must be self-critical, of course, I would design some details differently - for example the rear handle, or the stitching of the seat, etc. However, in the context of Kuberg's technical requirements and specifications, I still stand behind the overall concept."
This product concept of Kuberg electric motorcycle won an award for its design from the rector of Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic. He was also awarded the National award for Student Design, Special prize ÚK VUT, awards in all categories at the level Good Design and a nomination for Czech Grand Design. This created many opportunities for František.
"I now work as a freelance designer. Thanks to the media and several design awards the motorcycle has received, it sometimes happens that an unknown person at the meeting tells me that he knows the bike. And it always pleases me as a creator." he tells us.
You can see the motorbike at the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín. As a part of the exhibition of the 20th anniversary of the UTB Industrial Design department, where it will be until May 24, 2020. After that, it will be returned to the Kuberg showroom in Mankovice.
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Generative Coral in Palette random mode March 06 2020
If you love printing figures and other decorative objects, you will love this Generative Coral designed by Fernando Jerez. Sometimes it can get dull printing with just one color. With Palette 2 PRO random mode, you can create an original motive that will stand out in your house.
The generative design by Fernando looks just awesome with the random color combination. PLA Luminous Green, Luminous Yellow, Everybody's Magenta, Traffic White create an eyecatching pattern. Working with Pallete 2 PRO is fairly straightforward. All you need to do is choose your favorite colors and model, and you are good to go.
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Palette 2 PRO
Food Print Exibition February 28 2020
The title combines the words FOOD, as in nourishment, and PRINT, which is linked to the latest 3D printers. A subtle change in pronunciation from a voiced to unvoiced consonant unfolds the second meaning of this exhibition, a "footprint" as the impact of human activities on earth.
The main message of the exhibition is to reflect on the processes connected with food production. Mainly as consumers, our mostly unconscious choices have consequences for which we need to be responsible. This is an opportunity to be involved in these topics not only as active participants but also as company leaders that can manage the movements towards the sustainability of the whole system.
The FoodPrint Exhibition is open since the 4th of March until the 22nd of April 2020 at Satelit Galery, Bratislava (Slovak Republic).
All prints are concepts of design. Before applying them into real using it's necessary to choose materials suitable for the asked use case.
Clean & Green by Dominika Špániková UTB ADE
Creating a sustainable ideal shape for growing plants without soil was the main objective in the creation of this 3D printed container. You can use it with any glass or jar containing a nutrient solution. Thanks to the simple shape Clean & Green can be used by a wide variety of people from beginners through the researchers to professionals anywhere around the globe.
Instant Garden by Tomáš Palou UTB ADE
This well thought design functions as a self-watering planter that can be hung in any sunny spot. The rope on which you can hang the planter functions also as a watering wick cord and the water reservoir is detachable. This way the herbs are watered by gravity while redundant water is kept in the reservoir tank. There are also peat pellets and herb seeds inside the containers which will make planting your convenient garden so much easier.
Herb Attachment by Ninjee Orchibat UTB ADE
The concept of this handy tool was to prolong the shelf life of fresh herbs in a fridge. The attachment is put into standard kitchen jars with water. The practical design uses hydroponics principles. The 3D printed parts can be taken apart to make the manipulation and maintenance easier. As the product is a 3D printed object the model can be easily changed to fit other containers.
Cookie cutters Cut Out by Adriána Lišková and Barbora Semanová UTB ADE
Bake creatively without limits! These cookie cutters are a handy tool in your baking repertoire. They are inspired by the original Slovak folk embroidery and colors. The three shapes offer a wide range of different patterns that can be created. Thanks to a practical space-saving stackable design you can comfortably store them anywhere.
Badges with the opinion by Simona Frková UTB ADE
To reflect on pressing world issues, Simona Frková has decided to create a wearable statement that creatively points to serious topics in our society. Among topics that the badges depict are plastics in oceans, waste, importing of local food from abroad, battery farming practices, genetic modifications, or aesthetically imperfect vegetables. By wearing these badges, you can express disagreement with these issues, building awareness. The author added little more individuality to the pins by painting the details of each pin by hand.
Choco by Kateřina Kochánková UTB ADE
This double-sided chocolate mold was created by combining basic shapes to create a continuous motive. The idea is based on combinatorics. It's a simple way to create a unique variable design. The chocolate is fairly easy to tip off the after it solidifies.
AVO - growing system by Karolína Krajčoviechová UTB ADE
This handy tool enables a comfortable hydroponic rooting of a seed into water. It consists of two parts that can be disassembled for easy cleaning and storing. The first part is made of a flexible filament Flexfill TPU 98A "Metallic Grey". Thanks to the flexibility of this part, it can fit any glass easily. The second part is solid printed with PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black" and holds the cleaned seed or a pit with three spikes gently submerged in the water. The water can be changed easily every other day until the first root and sprout appear.
Coffee Spoon by Simona Kopecká UTB ADE
The idea behind this design is to eliminate multiple disposable packagings into one. This standard Birchwood Coffee Stirrer was upgraded with additional water-soluble agents for coffee that would be usually packaged separately. Thanks to 3D printing, it was relatively simple to fabricate a mold for the coffee additives with the birchwood stirrer. This way, instead of a plastic stirrer, a sugar stick, and creamer, you'll get all in one.
The project, initiated by the Faculty of Multimedia Communications TBU in Zlin (CZ), is in a partnership with the Department of Furniture and Interior Design TU Zvolen (SK), Taipei Tech (TW), Universidade do Algarve (PT).
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Bonbon Valentine Brooch & Box February 10 2020
Valentine is here soon. That's why we have prepared for you this really easy project for your loved ones by Antonin Nosek. This small thoughtful hand-made present may hide more than cute Chocolate Bonbon Brooch.
(Printed with PLA Extrafill "Chocolate Brown", "Gold Happens" & "Mukha")
These bonbons are not only cute but also a wearable jewelry piece that will stay with the ones that you love. You can choose classical Chocolate colors or your Love's favorite colors! Print everything and then decor it with 3Dpen like 3Dsimo for added sweetness.
(Printed with PLA Extrafill "Ruby Red" & "Gold Happens")
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Musical Theatre Decor by 3DBGPrint January 31 2020
The possibility to multiply the virtually infinite number of identical parts it one of the main prospects in 3D printing. In this case, scenic designer Ivan Savov decided that the most efficient way of producing over 200 stage aspect would be to print them.
He then decided to contact the local professional in this area Georgi Tolev. Georgi is a CEO and a 3D Specialist in Bulgarian company for 3D services, 3DBGPrint. With the three different degrees from Universities in Sofia Georgi also participated in the implementation of the surgery with embedding 3D printed ribs into the human body.
Ivan Savov came up with the idea of creating repetitive contemporary stage decor that would be used for a long time. "That's how he found us, and we both agreed that 3D printing would be quite an appropriate technique," says Georgi. Together they created something extraordinary, modern, and creative.
"3D printing provides unlimited possibilities of creating panels, decorations, and forms. You can freely change the original item, easily set up colors, and make new items quicker at a lower price," Georgi explains. This type of decor was used for the first time in the theater production in Bulgaria. To print over 200 pieces of decoration on time, over ten identical printers had to be used to their full capacity from the beginning of August to the end of September 2019. The best results according to Georgi were achieved with a 0.4 mm nozzle, 0,25 mm layer height, and 20% infill.
PLA Extrafill was a clear choice as it's easy to print. "For perfect results, you need the right filament! Fillamentum is our long term partner. With Fillamentums' PLA Extrafill Gold Happens, we entirely fulfilled clients' expectations," Georgi told us.
Classical Operetta The Bat had the opportunity for this innovation at a perfect time. It was after 100 years that it has appeared on the stage of the Music Theatre in Sofia for the first time since 1919. The Bat is a classical dance operetta that centers around love, passion, and family problems. There are also beautiful melodies such as the waltz, regiment, and quadrille. With the plot about quite dramatic themes like love and jealousy, that challenge the marriage. The melodramatic and comedic style, combined with the beautiful music by Strauss, makes the mood of the play light and almost celebratory.
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens
Espana figure by Arte Creator January 17 2020
Arte Creator is a duo of two amazing artists who are also a couple, Gonçalo and Barbara. They both design and print their figures. Although each of them has their own projects and work, 3D printing is what they both do in their free time.
(Printed by Leonardo Delgado with PLA Extrafill Pearl Ruby Red, Gold Happens, Mukha, Chocolate Brown)
The reason behind designing and 3D printing the figures they are known for is giving a physical form to their designs. "Every time we print a digital design for the first time is always an amazing feeling. Our latest model Espana was created using the sensual Spanish Flamenco dancers as a reference, with a loose approach," they explain. At the same time, Espana was also inspired by traditional dolls, which is something that is not often seen in the 3D printing community.
(Printed by Filament Frenzy with PLA Extrafill Wizard's Voodoo and Gold Happens)
All learning process takes time and so with the question 'Would you change anything if given a chance?' Arte creator answered deliberately.
"In truth, no, all was where it should have been. We had to take the time to learn and to make every aspect of her as perfect as possible. She is unique because, at every step, there was a desire to improve," Arte Creator replied.
However, creating a complex model like this came with many challenges. "She was created in Zbrush. During the modeling, we learned more techniques and features in the software — lots of Live Boolean use and Folder features. We also needed to learn how to prepare the parts for multi-material printing," they added. You can find all the files for this model on Myminifactory.
(Left print by Filament Frenzy, Right print by Leonardo Delgado)
She was also created with a clear desire to allow for painting. However, painting skills are something that not everyone has learned. That's why they decided to design the model for multi-color printing — using systems like Mosaic Manufacturing Palette. "It took a lot of work, but it was worth it, the result was something unique. People still today look at the multi-colored prints of her and think they are painted," they say
Making the models easy to replicate is another essential quality aspect that Arte Creators sets as their brand goal. All the figures, including Espana, are made to be easy to print, with almost no supports, and easy to assemble without glue.
"In the end, the results were better than we expected. Not only the multi-material prints we have been seeing of her are gorgeous; each one looks like a different character. Each maker chooses its own set of colors defining its own version. We have also seen painted versions that have made our jaws drop," they say in excitement.
(Printed and painted by Grafit)
Choosing the right material plays a significant role in creating a stable product with only the highest quality. "We chose Fillamentum because your filaments are reliable. At one point, we had to rush and print Espana quickly to send her to someone. Thinking that we will be faster, we bought filament that was more at hand only to have the printed parts with inconsistent, evident layers. We had then rushed to repurchase Fillamentum material at the expense of time because we knew we could depend on it. Prints were perfect after that. Moral of the story, beware shortcuts, you might end up spending more time." Arte Creator says.
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Pneumatic Screwdriver by Vincent Groenhuis January 10 2020
By developing and publishing practically usable designs, we can show that 3D printing can be part of everybody's life where the production is actually met by demand. Vincent Groenhuis is a researcher at Robotics and Mechatronics, University of Twente, in the Netherlands. He developed this Pneumatic Screwdriver with the hope of making DIY pneumatics more popular in the 3D printing community.
"I myself enjoy developing all sorts of 3-D printable pneumatic devices," Vincent explains. As a research project at first and later also as a hobby, he first created the R-52 and R-66 pneumatic rotary engines. To make these engines usable next step had to be building a casing with a handle and controls around it, creating the Pneumatic Screwdriver.
Working on a highly technical project like this also poses many unforeseen challenges. "On the technical side, I gained useful experience in, for example designing gearboxes and how to efficiently combine a throttle lever with a direction valve inside a small volume," Vincent explains.
He learned that starting with a simple design that does the job is more effective than jumping head-on into a very complicated design that may take way too much time to make it actually work.
Vincent's direct goal was to develop a pneumatic screwdriver that is not only sufficiently compact and powerful but can also be built using current-day 3D printers while using a minimum of external parts. This screwdriver does not drive the screw too fast and can be an easy used in practical screw-driving tasks.
"I myself call this mission a success!" Vincent says with excitement. "I made two functional pneumatic screwdrivers. The one with the bigger motor (R-52) works best. I hope it lasts for a long time before breaking down. A future improvement would be the inclusion of dual-speed gear transmission allowing drilling applications."
The whole Pneumatic Screwdriver was printed in PLA Extrafill with the minimal additional items. For a mechanical print like this, PLA is an unusual material choice. However, for Vincent, this was an ideal option."PLA is easy to print and good enough for many mechanical applications. If a specific part ever breaks down, then I usually prefer to re-design the model rather than pushing the material limits by using a different material," he explains. Using PLA Extrafill Vertigo Starlight for the bodywork, Gold Happens for the bodywork details, Rapunzel Silver for the gears and Everybody's Magenta for the throttle and direction switches. This resulted in a neat, unique look.
We asked Vincent why did choose the Fillamentum filament and a PLA for technical print such is this "Fillamentum filament look good especially the metallic (Pearl) ones. It definitely gives the model some added value. I also have a multi-material printer, and it turns out that the Fillamentum (metallic) PLA filament consistently allows for reliable automatic color changes using just stock settings in the slicer," Vincent explains.
Get the Pneumatic screwdriver model on Vincent's and the Pneumatic Rotary Engine also on his Thingiverse. You can find there all the assembly and technical information.
PLA Extrafill Vertigo Starlight: bodywork (most layers)
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens: bodywork details (switch filament during printing: between 2.5 and 3.5 mm and between 26.5 and 27.5 mm)
PLA Extrafill Rapunzel Silver: gears (including bit holder), spring for the throttle return
PLA Extrafill Everybody's Magenta: throttle and direction switches
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RC car Landy 4×4 by 3DSets November 22 2019
Landy 4×4 Pickup by 3DSets is a 3D printable RC car inspired by the Land Rover 4×4 Pickup. This model is approx. 45 cm long (1:8 scale) and ready for your RC (Radio-Controlled) equipment. It has enough power to drive in terrain and is slow enough that the model is suitable for kids.
„Print, Build, Enjoy!“ is a 3DSets motto, this studio based in the Czech republic created this project in response to the ever-expanding hobby sector of 3D printing. A duo of designers Ondřej Slavík and Jiří Lorenčík spent about one year of their free time to develop their first RC car. They always dreamt of creating and offering something digital that would allow them to sell the product around the world while maintaining high quality. Now they have customers from every corner of the world. The first customer was from Mexico, the next one from Indonesia and Bali. Most customers, however, come from the Czech Republic, the USA, and Germany.
Landy 4x4 has all the fully-functional details based on a real car. Opening doors, hood, trunk, and other smaller features such as door handles, windshield wipers, side mirrors, including complete interior parts like floor mats! Even the body panels have gaps spaced like the actual car.
“Don't buy parts - just print nearly all of them! You can print most of the pieces starting with bodywork, complete chassis, even Cardan joints, and gearbox. To complete the car, you can buy a motor, radio control electronics, tires, and dampers. Then you are ready for a ride.“ says Ondřej. Even repairs are easy. Just loose a few screws and exchange broken parts. And drive again, almost instantly!
„Many people enjoy the assembly process the most. That's why the assembly sequence is created in the way that they can continue assembling the model during the printing of other parts.“ Ondřej explains.
3DSets offers a complete package, including the 3D printable model and instructions on how most effectively print and build your car with references and links where to get non-printable parts and 3D printing materials to make the building as efficient as possible.
This is how you make your own Landy 4x4 in 4 steps:
1. Gather all the parts you need
a) The model with instructions by 3DSets
b) non-printable parts
c) 3D printing materials
PLA Extrafill „Turquoise Blue“
PLA Extrafill „Traffic White“
PLA Extrafill „Vertigo Grey“
PLA Extrafill „Traffic Black“
Lights and small accessories:
PLA Extrafill „Rapunzel Silver“
PLA Extrafill „Crystal Clear“
PLA Extrafill „Chocolate Brown“
Poly Disco Balls by Devin Montes October 11 2019
With the intent of building a single Polyhedra Disco Ball, Devin didn't hesitate to go big and printed around 1000 individual connecting parts called Polypanels. They come in any number of shapes, sizes, and forms, but the edge connectors are always the same so they are very compatible. Only two different models, the square and triangle panels, were used to make all these different shapes.
These Polyhedra panels are an example of the limitless possibilities that can be build just from a few simple building blocks. These particular panels were designed especially for holding pre-cut mirrors that were ordered online. PLA Vertigo Starlight was the perfect complement to the mirrors, giving that extra pop of contrast Devin was hoping for.
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight"
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Ragnaros Lamp Figure by 3Dmon October 04 2019
For several years the 3Dmon team has been working in the 3D printing and 3D modeling industry. They consist of passionate 3D printers and 3D modelers based in Prague. Fantasy and cosplay being their long-time hobby they created this cool Ragnaros Lamp Figure from World of Warcraft.
3D printed fan art figures are pretty fun, but if you want to step up your game, the combination of 3D printed parts and electronics like LED’s is your way to go. 3Demon created this figure, presenting unique challenges while being pretty simple and straight forward to make. For everyone who wants to make their collection just a bit more unique Ragnaros the Fire lord is a perfect pick.
The "Visitors" Laser gun by Nacho3D September 19 2019
Let us introduce to you Nacho3D an engineer from Spain who brought this nostalgic movie prop project to life.
Late '80s American TV show ‘Visitors’ which was very popular at the time is about humans fighting aliens and this fight was an inspiration for the print. Every good fight needs a good gun. In this case, heroes were shooting with laser guns or laser sniper rifles.
The design of a weapon was ready two years ago, but due to difficulties with supports Nacho3d brought it to life just this year and it is definitely worth it!
Let's dive into some more technical details. The gun was designed with Catia V5, a popular CAD 3D software. Some parts were printed on Ultimaker 2+ with Cura 4.1.0 slicer. Apart from the connector, the gun was printed in PLA Traffic Black with 0,4 nozzle and 0,2 layer height with the recommended printing speed 30mm/s and 215°C nozzle temperature. For the connector was used PLA Crystal Clear and PLA Crystal Clear Iceland Blue. In the case of a connector Nacho3D strongly recommends 212°C and the nozzle, layer height and speed the same as the rest. It took approximately 21hours to print the whole gun.
We were wondering why did Nacho3D pick up this project. “I wanted to try to design a weapon and this laser gun appeared in an 80's series of my childhood, ‘V’ or the ‘Visitors’. It was a USA miniseries about an alien invasion that really was very popular in my country. The laser gun and the laser sniper rifle were the weapons of the aliens, but they were also used by the heroes of the series” he explains. Would you like to put your hands on this project as well? The model is available on Thingiverse or Cults3D.