IKEA + Teenage Engineering designed these downloadable 3D printing files to amp up your home sound systems!

Raise your hand if you were looking forward to a concert or two in 2020. Yeah, me too. Missing out on actual concerts was one of the harder pills to swallow during this shamble of year, so the world of audio design got creative. IKEA, after teaming up with Teenage Engineering, released FREKVENS, a limited home collection of audio and light systems that enlists one main objective: get the party started. FREKVENS is a limited collection made up of several pieces of equipment, comprising sound systems and light shows, and Team Engineering leaked all the hacks for stylish accessories to match.

STL files, the most common 3D file format, can be downloaded to any 3D software, that allows design development and 3D graphics production, and then printed, which can take as little as 30 minutes to longer than eight hours depending on your model. Teenage Engineering used a Prusa i3 MK3 3D-printer to print their accessories that work as counterparts for specific items from the FREKVENS collection and uploaded images of those accessories along with their accompanying STL files for download. Once the STL files are uploaded, colors can be chosen for different accessories, which offers the chance for customers to customize their own accessories for their home sound systems. Teenage Engineering ultimately chose a Mondrian, primary color scheme for their 3D prints, which compliments the 60s cubism aesthetic that FREKVENS offers through their designs’ structure and materials used to build them. Each download linked to Teenage Engineering’s website comes with assembly instructions that detail not only how to build the individuals parts, but also how to attach the accessories to FREKVENS products. Some additionals screws and non-fussy tools might be required for assembly, but the overall assembly for each accessory is generally quite easy and no glue is needed.

IKEA’s FREKVENS audio system is designed for the home and Teenage Engineering’s 3D accessories offer that touch of customization to transport listeners anywhere. Whether it be to that EDM light show you had plans for before 2020 or the front row of a small-town, acoustic concert, this collaboration brings back a taste of what life was like pre-quarantine. Teenage Engineering’s 3D accessories for IKEA’s FREKVENS collection could bring a lot of excitement to the humdrum of quarantine life. Showing up on the video screen with a full audio system set up behind you not only gets the conversation going, but the party started. Scroll through the 3D prints below.

Designer: IKEA x Teenage Engineering

This robotic icing-assistant helps you intricately decorate cakes using your existing 3D printer!

As a person with moderately good sketching skills (how I got my design degree, I don’t know), and pathetic handwriting (should’ve become a doctor instead, but I don’t deal well with pandemics), the Cakewalk 3D looks like an absolute delight to me! Designed to mount onto your existing 3D printer, the Cakewalk 3D is a handy food extruder that lets you decorate cakes, make meringues, adorn your pizza with ornate cheese patterns, or write your name in guacamole on a burrito. If there’s any food that can be extruded, the Cakewalk 3D can pretty much extrude it, thanks to a stainless-steel food-tube, a helix that pushes the food out like an Archimedes screw, and a Nema 17 motor that runs the extrusions while the entire setup (which gets mounted on the X-Y axis arm of your printer) moves back and forth to create complex patterns that you feed into your printer program.

Think of the Cakewalk 3D as an automated version of your hands and a piping-bag. The extruder holds your piping material, which could be anything from icing and whipped cream to chocolate, honey, meringue, or even savory items like ketchup, guacamole (preferably non-chunky), and veggie puree. Designed to work with most standard 3D printers including the ones from brands like Creality, Anet, Anycubic, Alfawise, Prusa, or any FDM printer, the Cakewalk 3D operates using software you’re already familiar with including the Gcode you need to set the printer paths. All you need to do is prepare your food to a slightly runny consistency (think honey or ketchup) and load it into the extrusion-chamber. Assemble your parts and connect the Nema 17 motor and you’re ready to begin extruding. For the most part, the Cakewalk 3D extruder works only in X and Y axes (you can’t really 3D print sculptures out of ketchup), but if you’ve got something that’s quick-drying like tempered chocolate, meringue batter, or icing, you could potentially work in the Z axis too, creating intricate 3D patterns that are ready to eat or even bake! The Cakewalk 3D kit comes with a silicone mat (that you place on your printer’s bed), so ou can either directly print out meringues on it, or bake a cake in the oven and carry it out when it’s cooled and place it directly on the printer to get it iced. Every part of the Cakewalk extruder is made from food-safe non-toxic materials like stainless steel, silicone, and polypropylene (used in Tupperware), making it safe to use and even easy to clean up afterward (all of the Cakewalk 3D’s parts, excluding the motor, are dishwasher safe too).

The Cakewalk 3D makes leaps and bounds in finally being able to ‘print’ food! Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, the extruder helps you explore a lot of avenues when it comes to personalized confectionery, or making food with intricate, geometric decorations… stuff that isn’t really feasible by-hand. It also makes replicating patterns really easy, so you could effectively make the same icing design on 20 cakes without any effort or drop in consistency. Moreover, chef, 3D printing executive, and creator Marine Core-Baillais says the Cakewalk 3D is incredibly effective in getting kids to eat leftovers too! Mash your food into a saucy paste and extrude them out in fun shapes before freezing and/or frying them to get your kids to eat food you’d normally have to throw out!

Designer: Marine Core-Baillais

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Cakewalk 3D – Food Extruder For Your Own 3D Printer

The Cakewalk 3D is a precise, effective and handy upgrade that converts your desktop 3D printer into a food printer.

It enables you to unleash your creativity in the kitchen, producing detailed shapes in a few minutes.

Never Fail a Birthday Cake

Create your own cake lace patterns or custom decorations that you can add on top of the birthday cake. Thanks to the nozzle of 1 mm you can 3D print delicate cake designs.

3D Print Appetizers

Design any shapes on your computer and 3D print them on crackers. Cakewalk 3D even provides you recipes and ingredients to succeed in your first prints, and let you be the inventor of new snacks.

How it Works

Cakewalk 3D is really easy to set up into your own 3D printer and works like your regular plastic extruder.

Compatible Materials

Cakewalk 3D works with many different recipes, as long as they meet the required viscosity. The team has successfully 3D printed with:

– Chocolate
– Meringue
– Vegetable Puree
– Ketchup
– Guacamole
– Honey

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Gantri’s latest 3D printed lamp looks like curtains from the front, and a switch-icon from the top!

Aptly named Encore (not just because of the curtain reference but because it’s also Sam Gwilt‘s second lamp for Gantri), this lamp is filled with visual metaphors. It comes 3D-printed in Gantri’s special Plant Polymer (GPP), and even though the body of the lamp’s made entirely out of hard plastic, its curtain-inspired form, combined with the material’s inherent translucency, gives it a delicate, fabric-esque appeal, allowing it to look less industrial and more soft and inviting.

The Encore, just like Gantri x Gwilt’s previous lamp, the Weight, is all about visual poetry. While the Weight flipped the ‘light’ aspect of the lamp, making it something that’s actually visually heavy, Encore is rich with an element of performance. Inspired by the curtains that separate an audience from the stage, the Encore lamp plays the very apt role of stage-lighting that brings the room to life when switched on. The Encore’s switch sits on its power-cord, with a diffuser slider for you to adjust brightness, but cleverly enough, its top-view is a modern reinterpretation of the switch… designed to look like the digital icon found on touchscreen interfaces.

Each Encore lamp comes with an 8.5W E26 LED Bulb on the inside that casts a soft, diffused warm white glow both upwards and downwards, making it a beautiful table-lamp as well as an ambient light. The lamps are available in white, peach, and a rich red that’s reminiscent of theater-curtains. Each lamp is manufactured sustainably using zero-waste 3D-printing at Gantri’s headquarters in California.

Designer: Sam Gwilt for Gantri

Physicists 3D Print a Boat Small Enough to Fit Inside a Human Hair

Because our scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should, physicists at Leiden University have 3D printed a tiny tugboat only 30-microns in length. For reference, an average human hair is about 90-microns in width, although mine is much thicker because I shampoo with a product specifically formulated for bears.

The microscopic printing of 3DBenchy the tugboat (a commonly printed 3D test object due to its challenging features, namely its open cockpit) was created as scientists explore the development of uniquely shaped synthetic microswimmers, and can be propelled via onboard platinum reacting with hydrogen peroxide.

So basically in the future, there are going to be a bunch of tiny tugboats cruising around in your bloodstream, monitoring your vitals and administering medicine, and helping you live longer. Of course, you know what else would help you live longer? An apple a day. And, based on my entire apple pie and half-gallon of ice cream a day habit, I should practically be immortal.

[via Gizmodo]

3D print with metal and even wood and get creating with this upgraded 3Doodler pen!

For an artistic mind, every new invention is another opportunity to open up the flood gates of unknown possibilities. The all-new 3Doodler PRO+, a 3D printing pen that rides on the success of the 3Doodler PRO, comes with many upgrades to let one explore the creative avenues further. Whether you’re using it for your architecture projects or conjuring-up the next artistic marvel – 3Doodler PRO+ has got you covered on all ends.

The nifty little pen can now doodle in 3D using a variety of materials including the usual plastic but even going to new materials like copper, bronze, nylon, or wood. You can even mix up the plastic filament with these materials (thanks to the dual drive system) to allow your imagination to get up and running. It can 3D Print in three dimensions – things like sculptures, product prototypes, or even styling accessories. If that wasn’t enough, the new doodler can also be used to perform minor repairs in your home. The 3D printing pen comes with improved speed and temperature settings for the materials chosen, aided by the display that makes things a tad easier to configure. Daniel Cowen, CEO of 3Doodler said, “With its advanced capabilities, we’re keen to see what creator-led developments emerge as new and existing customers get their hands on this powerful 3D printing solution.”

3Doodler PRO+ is more durable than its predecessors since it can extrude for 30 minutes without a break before requiring a short 2 minutes breather. The sleep time has also improved – it can now be idle for 15 minutes before retreating into sleep mode. The ergonomic design of the doodler has been improved for better precision while drawing in thin air. The cool accessory is available for purchase at a price tag of $250, and if already your grey matter is flooded with ideas, the 3D printing tool is worth every penny!

Designer: 3Doodler

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A Lego-like kit with stackable, writeable surfaces that lets kids unleash their imagination!

The Enso guided play kit lets children take an idea from concept to reality. The process begins, as all great ideas do, at the drawing board. The Enso kit comes with handheld tablets where kids can sketch their ideas with erasable markers. The tablets have a transparent drawing surface and are stackable, mimicking the layers of a Photoshop file. This is a feature I haven’t seen before in a children’s toy; it encourages experimentation and collaboration.

After the ideation phase, students get to bring their drawings to life with the Enso building pieces. These pieces function as attachments for the main body parts of the art product. Unlike standard art projects, which would need glue or tape, the Enso pieces don’t need any adhesive. Similar to Legos, the Enso building pieces are reusable but more versatile because they can attach to a variety of materials.

The Enso tool kit was built around the concept of fostering collaboration. Just as the product encourages children to create and experiment together, the Enso company encourages educators who buy the product to participate in an online collaborative community. Educators who purchase Enso will also have access to an online community where they can share their own experiences and lesson plans. Similarly, the Enso company will also use customer feedback to design future product updates.

Another exciting aspect of the Enso kit is its readiness for mass production. The parts are easy to produce with a 3D printer, which means they can be manufactured quickly and at a low cost. Estimates say that the Enso would cost 10.10 euros to make and would sell for 33.70 — a comparable price to a 100+ piece lego set. Blueprints for the object files would also be available for sale, so schools can replace lost pieces if they have their own 3D printer. This year, the Enso was a Top 10 National Finalist for the Enterprise Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur Awards and won “Best Design Project 2020” from the Technological University Dublin. From concept to execution, this product embodies the spirit of collaboration; the versatility of its design and function may give Lego a run for its money one day.

Designer: Vinh Truong

NASA + BIG are working on a sustainable 3D printed moon habitat using moon dust to reduce waste!

While Mars missions are getting all the media and sci-fi attention, a trusty celestial friend is making a comeback as an option for hosting human colonies outside Earth – it is our moon! Bjarke Ingle’s BIG and 3D-printed building company ICON are working on Project Olympus – a mission to develop robotic construction for the moon.

Bjarke Ingles is the Elon Musk of the architectural world, he loves to explore the impossible and has a penchant for designs that can help save mankind right from his environmentally friendly buildings to Project Olympus. Project Olympus is about finding a way to create a 3D-printed infrastructure for living on the moon using materials found on its surface. Why do we need a habitat on the moon? So that we can launch sustained lunar exploration missions where the astronauts will be able to stay comfortably and carry out their research for extended time periods. The project has also enlisted SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) after it received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) government contract boosted with funding from NASA.

“With ICON we are pioneering new frontiers – both materially, technologically and environmentally. To explain the power of architecture, ‘formgiving’ is the Danish word for design, which literally means to give form to that which has not yet been given form. This becomes fundamentally clear when we venture beyond Earth and begin to imagine how we are going to build and live on entirely new worlds,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG.

Making a habitat base on the moon is no ordinary construction project. There are many factors at play – it is an inhospitable environment with only a fifth of Earth’s gravity and none of its atmosphere, plus it will have to be created almost entirely from locally available materials i.e. moon dust which will be sustainable and reduce waste! Working with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the team will use a simulant of moon soil to experiment with 3D-printable construction.

“3D printing with indigenous materials is a sustainable and versatile solution to off-world construction that will prove to be vital to our future here on Earth and in Outer Space. The habitat will be designed with the inherent redundancy required for extraterrestrial buildings, while also using groundbreaking robotic construction that uses only in-site resources with zero-waste left behind,” SEArch+ added. A by-product of all the developmental research and experiments being conducted for Project Olympus is that it will also reveal new ways to build more sustainably on Earth while reducing the construction industry’s carbon footprint.

BIG is a perfect fit for this project as they have previously designed a simulation of Mars called Mars Science City in Dubai. ICON too was a finalist in NASA’s 3D printed habitat challenge with many innovative projects under its belt and SEArch+ is an architecture firm that has worked with NASA for a long time on human-centered designs for space exploration making this a complete dream team. *Plays Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon*

Designers: BIG, ICON, and SEArch+