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Well, there’s one

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As you guys may have gathered, I am absolutely fascinated with the idea of 3D printing technologies without having the faintest fucking idea what I could do with it.

I was chatting to someone in my electric bicycle forum (yeah, I get around, baby!) who makes his own bike motors, very substantially using parts he 3D prints. When I expressed some skepticism that PLA would be strong enough to do useful work, he said the material is strong under compression and weak under tension and he designs part thicknesses accordingly. Yes, I saw a picture of his motor in action (it’s a friction motor that works by directly driving the front tire).

Later that night, I sat straight up in bed (I did, too — I’m not kidding) when it occurred to me that I could print *・°☆.。banjo components:*・°☆.。. Like, bridges and armrests and ornamental headstocks and shit. I didn’t think PLA would be very impressive tonally, but then I discovered people are printing wild-ass electric guitars. In nylon, I think. How do they sound? I DON’T CARE!

And today this Kickstarter campaign hit my inbox: you download a free cellphone app and scan your feet and they 3D print custom insoles to match. I am unclear whether they offer the shoes, as well but I DON’T CARE!

We live in wondrous times, my friends.


sock it to me

Comments


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 29, 2016, 10:31 pm

And if you’re not sure how you get a 3D image off your cellphone, let me introduce you to 123D Catch. It’s a free(!) cellphone app from Autodesk, the 3D people.

You take pictures of a thing with your phone (they recommend a minimum of 20 pics) and their app will stitch it together into an editable 3D model. I’ve tried it. It works. The stitching process takes a while (I think it was about an hour for the quick test I did), but the resulting model was really pretty damn good.

Wondrous times.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 29, 2016, 11:09 pm

Oh, um…the title of the post — Well, there’s one — is because Uncle B and I sat around brainstorming uses for a 3D printer the other day. Well, there’s one.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 29, 2016, 11:24 pm

One, you seem obsessed with your feet. What’s wrong with them? Two, even if those wild ass guitars dont play, they are beautiful art pieces. You could make a bunch of them and sell them at the next village fete! Become a millionaire. :)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 29, 2016, 11:55 pm

Really? Do I talk about my feet a lot?

Well, I dunno.

They’re kind of ugly. And they hurt sometimes.

*sits in the corner and stares at feet*

 


Comment from AliceH
Time: March 1, 2016, 2:16 am

Saw this on twitter today: “a 3D-printed dress covered in a directional landscape of overlapping petals”

https://twitter.com/nervous_jessica/status/704363438974377984

 


Comment from lauraw
Time: March 1, 2016, 3:08 am

The pace of technological development is happening so much faster than our ability to put it to its fullest use.

These new inventions can be mined and reconfigured to solve old and new problems for a long, long time.

All it takes is the imagination to recognize the opportunities.

Just incredible.

 


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: March 1, 2016, 3:49 am

A couple of my comments from another computer went into the trash…

 


Comment from ✯Ново-Зеландия✯
Time: March 1, 2016, 8:00 am

Yaas … we print heart valves

 


Comment from mojo
Time: March 1, 2016, 1:45 pm

Can you print another 3-D printer?

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: March 1, 2016, 3:05 pm

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 29, 2016, 11:55 pm

Really? Do I talk about my feet a lot?

Well, I dunno.

They’re kind of ugly. And they hurt sometimes.

*sits in the corner and stares at feet*
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Human hind paws can be lovely — see Theron, Charlize, and Kidman, Nicole — or not. I’ll bet even Charlize and Nicole often think their feet are “kind of ugly,” and with no justification whatsoever.

 


Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: March 1, 2016, 3:37 pm

And of course I scanned the picture rather lamely and read the post, thus gaining confusion about where that part goes on a banjo.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: March 1, 2016, 4:11 pm

George “Takin’ it off, boss!” Kennedy died – yesterday, I think.

He won a (well-deserved) Academy Award (back when they meant something) for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Cool Hand Luke.

Great actor.

But … I always think of him as the guy who wisely asserted, “Use the other eye, Frank,” to Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun, who was looking into a lab microscope – with his “closed” eye.

 


Comment from Poindexter
Time: March 1, 2016, 5:02 pm

So glad that turned out to be a custom insole. As a (twice)married man and the father of six (now-adult) daughters, my first thought on seeing that was, “Wait! How do they 3-D print with absorbent material?”

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: March 1, 2016, 5:03 pm

But … I always think of [George Kennedy] as the guy who wisely asserted, “Use the other eye, Frank,” to Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun, who was looking into a lab microscope – with his “closed” eye.
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I see him as Joe Patroni, the airlines’ answer to Scotty, in the Airport movies.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: March 1, 2016, 9:19 pm

I always remember him as a TV actor, but he made a shit-load of good films. Uncredited extra in Spartacus? Not quite a “that guy”, but a talented character actor.

 


Comment from bad cat robot
Time: March 1, 2016, 10:49 pm

Ha! My foot doctor scanned my feet last visit! Which means no more mucking about with a) gloopy molds that take forever and b) plaster casts of feet that I have already lost somewhere in the alluvial depths of The Closet and will be found on my demise and cited as proof of a fetish of some kind. Now my substandard feets are a file that *he* gets to keep track of. Took two minutes tops to scan. I love technology!

 


Comment from ama
Time: March 2, 2016, 3:53 am

Here’s a link, please don’t send me to the spam file! http://uk.pcmag.com/xyzprinting-da-vinci-jr-10/73348/feature/10-things-i-learned-from-my-3d-printer-an-early-ad

 

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