Entries in making (23)
Some enterprising Maker has figured out that you can generate 3D printable files from an iPhone app (iTracer) that costs less than $3. I always knew that this would eventually become possible but the inexpensive ecosystem that is the iPhone App Store has finally proven it to be true.
As it turns out there is a 3D CAD modeller on the iPhone caller iTracer programmed by Fabio Policarpo, and it is actually quite good. It’s no Solidworks but it is an interesting first attempt at simple 3D modelling on an iPhone, there is even a Ray tracing and export options.
Considering that the program exports fairly standard 3DS files you should be able to print on a big range of 3D printers from Makerbot to Z-Corp.
I just received a note from Jane, inventor of Sugru. Sugru, you may remember, is the squidgy clay-like stuff from England that turns into soft-feel silicone rubber 30 minutes after you open it's sachet. It's awesome for repairing things and "hacking things better."
Sugru recently announced their own version of the Tupperware party: HACKQuariums. "A HACKquarium is a locally hosted night where you get to meet fellow hackers, have a few drinks and stick sugru on your stuff."
Jane would love to show Sugru at the Maker Faire:NC and she's going to send big blobs of Sugru for us to play with! Smashing! What we need is two or more excited volunteers to host two or more Sugru HACKquariums during the Maker Faire:NC.
If you can spare two hours during the Faire to host this event please contact us ASAP to coordinate. I'll put some Sugru in your hands straight away so you can get practicing. Ideally I would like two volunteers so that we can have two HACKquariums during the day.
Come out to Camille's Sidewalk Cafe today at 2:00PM and get your MAKE on with other like-minded hackers, artists, and technical wizards. Project sharing is highly encouraged in this friendly roundtable discussion.
There's likely to be a good bit of chatter about the Maker Faire:NC too!
This machine, said to be, a "currently starting" project, is a (much nicer looking) Rep-Rap / MakerBot but for food creation. The brainchild of MIT visionaries Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran, the tool appears to use the same fused layer deposition model that many of the various 3D prototypers out there use but it has a material changer which, other than in the multicolor Z-Corp printers, I believe is unique.
"Cornucopia's cooking process starts with an array of food canisters, which refrigerate and store a user's favorite ingredients. These are piped into a mixer and extruder head that can accurately deposit elaborate combinations of food."
I've been waiting for robots to make my food for a long time. Hopefully it will taste better than anything we could possibly imagine and not like extruded food paste leftover from the Mercury project. As William Gibson said, "the future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed."