Monthly Archives: October 2011

3D-Printed Velcro (yes, you read it right)

Thingiverse user “eried” designed this incredible 3D Printable Velcro

“This is the first iteration (third internal) of my attempt to make printable Velcro. It is pretty nice to hang things, probably this small piece will resist much more than a kilogram of weight (hanging weight) and it is very easy to remove.

3D printing revolution is just starting, I don’t say this is a flawless piece but I really consider it is a very good example about a very sweet future about us modifying our brains from “search-buy-adapt” (frustration included) to “think-design-print” (self-pride included :D )”

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Operation Stick Figure Army: an Open Source 2D to 3D transformation tool

Operation: Stick Figure Army (OSFA) is a project funded by the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates program (CREU) to explore the process of transforming 2D images into 3D representations using low-cost, open-source fabrication technologies.

The OSFA software is a 2D to 3D transformation tool to increase accessibility for blind students in the classroom. It allows users to open or create new files for editing in 2D view, then users can send that image to Blender for 3Dification. The resulting products are ultimately expected to be used with 3D printing technology”

You can create Braille labels to be embedded into your 3D objects. These labels can be placed anywhere within the image via the editor GUI.


Sara and Stephanie printed out a multi-level representation of a linked list node that they processed through the software they’ve been developing. This short video mostly serves to highlight what the Cupcake CNC looks like while printing

The project began in 2009 but the last blog update (by Sara) is dated “August 16th 2010″.

More info on the OSFA Blog

3D Printed Mechanical Counter

NYCResistor‘s Eric Skiff interviewed Chris Fenton, an electrical engineer living in NYC who built a mechanical counter with his MakerBot.

Chris found this idea in an old book of mechanical mechanisms. He explains it’s only part of a bigger project to build an electromechanical computer

Eric Skiff: “Why build an electromechanical computer?”
Chris Fenton: “Because I have a 3D printer, and I can”

Via MakerBot / Source: NYC Resistor

Because We Can: A Unique Design Build Studio in Oakland Using Digital Fabrication

Our exploration of the Bay Area to discover innovative uses of 3D printing lead us to a design studio of a new kind. Because We Can is an architecture and interior design studio based in West Oakland. Jeff is architect, Jillian is graphic designer and photographer. They are both makers and entrepreneurs, using digital fabrication and rapid prototyping tools to design and build highly creative projects.

Because We Can is located in what seems at first to be an empty area of Oakland. Only highways, construction and factories around, no offices, no restaurants. But on this side of the Bay, don’t judge on appearances! The neighborhood is on the cutting-edge of conception, design and community-built art installations projects. Here, behind walls of most of the big warehouses, designers and artists are building fire and metal art installations and unique interior designs. Continue reading