These stunning accessories and decorations are 3D printed from factory wood waste

Many product designers and furniture makers love using wood. It has natural beauty, whether finished or not, and is significantly more sustainable than other materials, even if it means cutting down trees. Wood is, of course, biodegradable, especially if not treated with harmful chemicals, but it can also be recycled and reused for other purposes. That’s not to say that there is no waste involved when using wood to create things, especially the sawdust and chips that fly off during the manufacturing process. These tiny pieces of wood are often taken for granted, but one company has figured out how to use this material to create beautiful products that won’t make you believe they were 3D printed from sawdust.

Designer: Forust x fuseproject

Just like typical dust or dirt, sawdust is considered to be something to clean out and throw away as a byproduct of cutting down pieces of wood. Considering their tiny sizes, no one worries about their impact on the environment. Collectively, however, they make up a good portion of the waste that we produce, and that number will only grow higher the more we produce wooden furniture, decorations, and products.

As it turns out, sawdust can actually be used as a material for creating other things, thanks to the almost magical technology of 3D printing. 3D printers can now use almost any kind of source material, from metal to chocolate to PET bottles, so it was only a matter of time before someone had the bright idea to use sawdust as well. And as a test of the usefulness of this proprietary process, a line of beautiful home accessories was made to showcase the flexibility and quality of 3D printed sawdust products.

The Vine collection includes a vase-like vessel, a dish tray, a basket, and a bowl that look like a series of wooden rods twisted to create pleasing curves and shapes. No adhesives or extra connecting parts were used to finish their forms, ensuring that the products were sustainable and recyclable from start to finish. The twisting shapes are a testament to the capabilities of Forust’s 3D printer, but they also serve as metaphors for the organic nature of trees that eventually end up as source materials for these products.

While these 3D printed containers are designed to show none of the natural grains that wood is known for, the technology does actually support recreating the appearance of different wood grains, including those from endangered trees. It can also add colors to different grainless surfaces, expanding the kinds of designs that it can support.

3D printing is a truly amazing technology that has opened the doors to new designs and new materials. It still needs plenty of design thinking, experimentation, and even courage to try out new things, especially ones that could revolutionize the industry and help save the planet in the long run. It’s only too easy to take for granted tiny pieces of sawdust because of their size, but they do add up to form mountains of waste that are also wasted opportunities. Thankfully, there are indeed a few enterprising and responsible minds out there that prove how even dust can become beautiful, sustainable products that can improve the quality of our lives as well as that of the planet.

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Snapmaker Artisan can expertly 3D print, laser cut, and CNC carve, all in one consumer-friendly machine

Meet the Artisan, a one-of-a-kind 3D printer that builds on Snapmaker’s modular architecture but pushes the limit on what a single machine can do. With a simple swap of modules, the Artisan can alternate between dual-extrusion 3D printing, 10W laser cutting/engraving, and 200W CNC carving/cutting. Occupying just a little more space than your regular desktop 3D printer, the Snapmaker Artisan turns your tabletop into a fab-lab that’s perfect for hobbyists and creators, design studios, and even engineering prototype requirements.

Designer: Snapmaker

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Designed as a successor to the Snapmaker 2.0 (which holds multiple design/tech awards and the title of the most crowd-funded 3D printer on Kickstarter in 2019), the Artisan, which is available for pre-order starting today (August 9th), pushes the limits of what a modular fabrication station can do. It sports up to a 400mm x 400mm x 400mm work area that isn’t limited to just 3D printing, because just like the Snapmaker 2.0, the Artisan comes with swappable modules that also let you perform CNC-machining and laser-cutting operations. As a result, you can push the boundaries and prototype/print much larger items like a full-face helmet or a kid’s stool without worrying about any sizing constraints. This is more than your regular desktop printer could ever achieve – not to mention the Artisan can CNC cut/carve and laser cut too.

As an upgrade to its predecessor, the Artisan uses industrial-grade linear modules that are machined on the micron-level for a kind of accuracy, stability, and rigidity that even the Snapmaker 2.0 can’t match. This means much more reliable prints and carvings with minimum inaccuracies.

300ºC Dual Extrusion 3D Printing

The Artisan isn’t just more precise, it’s also more powerful. For starters, the 3D printing module comes with dual extrusion nozzles and the ability to heat filaments up to 300°C. While extruding in two materials unlocks a wide range of design possibilities, the Artisan’s dual-extrusion 3D printing module now also supports PVA, HIPS, and other dissolvable materials, letting you go beyond just ‘breakable support structures’ and actually print supports that can dissolve to give you perfect prints every time. Moreover, the modularity extends within the 3D printing module too, as the Artisan for the first time lets you swap out hot-ends based on the filament and the nozzle-size requirement. The company also allows you to purchase more customized hot ends with nozzle diameters from 0.2 to 0.8 mm, and hardened steel nozzle which enables you to print PA, PA-CF, and PA-GF. Snapmaker’s Luban firmware can even detect nozzle sizes and types, speeding up your workflow so you spend less time configuring and more time creating.

10W Laser Engraving & Cutting

From soft materials like leather and fabrics to hard ones like rocks and metal, they can all be your canvas.

The other modules get massive upgrades too, with the Artisan’s 10W laser module being nearly 7 times more powerful than the 1600mW (or 1.6W) module found on the Snapmaker 2.0. Thanks to built-in Laser Beam Splitters and beam shaping optics, the laser module features an ultra-fine laser focus (0.05 mm × 0.2 mm) that, combined with the 10W output results in faster and deeper cutting on a wider range of materials.

200W CNC Carving & Cutting

You can now choose from a wider variety of materials for CNC as well.

However, if the laser module doesn’t quite cut deep enough for you, all you need to do is plug it out and snap the CNC module in, which comes with a 200W output (that’s 4x higher than the Snapmaker 2.0’s 50W CNC module). This effectively allows the Artisan’s spindle to spin at a dizzying 18,000 RPM, letting you work with more materials than before while also pushing your Artisan to complete jobs faster. Moreover, the Artisan’s ‘quick-swap’ platforms and toolheads allow users to shift between three functions in just under a minute.

Two other aspects of the Artisan that give it an edge over the Snapmaker 2.0 are its enclosure, for helping provide a layer of safety to both the machine and the user during its run-time. The enclosure also helps with ensuring 3D prints are accurate by preventing drafts of wind that may end up cooling the filament down too fast and causing surface imperfections.

Ultra-wide 7″ Touchscreen

The Artisan also comes with its own dedicated control unit which sports a large 7″ touchscreen running the company’s free, open-source CAM software. Together, all these components set the Artisan apart, making it a unique combination of user-friendly as well as state-of-the-art so no matter whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, you can expect the best results out of your Artisan. YD readers can grab their own Snapmaker Artisan for a discounted $2799 USD, which definitely is on the higher end of the spectrum… but think about how much it would cost to buy a 3D printer, a CNC machine, and a laser-cutter separately! The Snapmaker Artisan ships globally with free shipping and comes with a minimum 1-year warranty that can be extended.

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This 3D printed machine turns plastic bottles into 3D printing threads

Despite their dangers to the environment, the use of plastics is still on the rise. The material does have desirable properties that make it too easy to ignore their long-term harmful effects on our planet. Recycling plastic products, especially PET bottles, is always an option, but the costs and energy involved make many businesses and individuals just turn a blind eye to the growing problem. What if you could recycle these bottles on your own at home? What if you could use these PET bottles as the very material to create other things? That’s the almost perfect circular economy that this open source machine is trying to make a reality, and the machine itself is 3D printed using the very same material it recycles.

Designer: Reiten Cheng

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3D printers have democratized the manufacturing and production industry, allowing almost anyone with enough resources to create the objects of their dreams. While it’s nearly possible to use a variety of filaments as printing materials, the most common are still thermoplastics like PLA and ABS. These only add to the growing number of plastic-based products out in the wild that will eventually end up in landfills. There is now another way to get plastic filaments without having factories churn out fresh new ones.

The Polyformer looks interesting from the get-go, and its name sounds like something taken out of fictional literature. Its translucent white appearance is thanks to the fact that it is made from recycled plastic PET bottles, giving it an appearance that also speaks to its purpose. In a nutshell, the machine slices up PET bottles and melts them to turn them into filaments only 1.75 mm in diameter. These recycled plastic threads can then be used in normal 3D printers to create more things, probably with the same distinctive translucent appearance as the Polyformer.

This is a rather ingenious and creative way to reuse plastic bottles, especially if you’re the type to use a lot of plastic material in 3D printing. If this kind of upcycling becomes more popular, it could help reduce the creation of virgin plastic for the purpose of 3D printing. At the same time, it offers an alternative to the traditional way PET bottles are recycled. Although those can be done en masse, the process often requires long-distance transportation and more water and energy. This way, you can do your own small part in making sure those bottles get a second lease on life.

The best part about this 3D printed upcycling machine is that its designer has made available all the information needed to recreate it yourself. In addition to 3D printed parts, the Polyformer also utilizes components used in normal 3D printers that could be bought off the shelf. The design is also modular, making it easy to swap out parts and customize the design to one’s needs and tastes. Hopefully, the idea catches on and, like in open source software, gets improved on by the maker community so that there could be more sustainable sources for the materials that, in turn, form other products from these creative minds.

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Elastic Hinge eyeglasses is an alternative design for traditional metal hinges

As someone who has worn glasses for decades, I’ve had my fair share of pairs over the years. The reasons vary, from having to get the lens upgraded to losing them (which is more often than I would like) to having broken frames and hinges. For people who are pretty clumsy, the fragility of the material of eyeglasses is always a challenge. So product designers who experiment with various materials are always welcome.

Designers: Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai

The idea behind the Elastic Hinge project is already in the name of the glasses themselves. They wanted to create something that would use different materials rather than traditional metals. After experimenting with various folding techniques from other products, they got their inspiration eventually from how tent rods are structured. The basic concept is to thread an elastic cord in the channels of the glasses frame.

The glasses themselves are made through SLA 3D printing technology and so they were also able to take advantage of the small inner channels in both the frames and the handles. This technique made it more transparent and had voids which is where they were able to thread the elastic cords. They used translucent materials for the frames and brightly colored cords so people can see how these elastic hinges actually work.

There are three final models: a traditional blue colored one, a pair using pink frames and purple lenses for the more colorfully adventurous, and a white-framed one with gradient blue-green lenses and a sort-of bridge on top. Using elastic hinges instead of metals is a good alternative and should also make the glasses less brittle and less fragile. We don’t know if mass-producing something like this would be less expensive in the long run.

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LUGO G3 dual extruder 3D printer makes creating your dream project more enjoyable

3D printers have already introduced a whole new world of creativity, but this new printer breaks the gates wide open thanks to its dual-wielding innovations.

It’s almost inconceivable today how there was a time when hobbyists and modders could only dream of projects that required access to expensive and professional production pipelines, which practically translated to the word “impossible.” 3D printers democratized the process of creating parts, whole chassis, or even food, depending on the material used. Most 3D printers, however, have so far been limited to using one kind of material at a time, which means creators have to spend more time printing each piece separately and then assembling them afterward. Dual extruder printers also exist but are neither accessible nor convenient to use. LUGOLABS makes that a thing of the past, and its new LUGO G3 is giving dual 3D printers a unique spin, making it easier to work with two different materials simultaneously to reduce production time and assembly work.

Designer: LUGOLABS

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3D printers had come a long way since the early days when most were limited to either using ABS or PLA materials. There’s a wide variety of options these days, including glass fiber reinforced and oil-free, but most 3D printers are still limited to working with one material at a time. This means that you will have to switch filaments whenever you want to change materials, so you’ll have to do extra work to batch prints of the same material together. It also means you have to do the extra work of assembling pieces that should have been made together in the first place.

The combination of DCH head and purge-box in LUGO G3 enables multiple parts to combine into a single product in one process.

The LUGO G3 is part of a breed of 3D printers that can actually print a single piece that’s made from two different materials. This means that you can have a part that combines rigid as well as flexible materials or mix strong materials with an oil-free motion piece to remove the need to create and use a bearing. This gives creators the freedom to print more complex structures and parts compared to regular 3D printers. These dual-wielding 3D printers are nothing new, of course, but most of them have been out of reach for most hobbyists and creators, either because of their complexity or because of their price.

It’s easier than ever to print multiple parts with different materials.

What makes the LUGO G3 special is how it makes dual extruders more convenient and more enjoyable to use. That starts from how precisely calibrated it is, which removes worries about having gaps or overlapping areas. Each of the two nozzles’ temperatures can also be controlled separately, making it easier to work with materials that have different temperature requirements. Even better, LUGOLABS has developed its own new material called Lutan, made from a PBT copolymer that is easy to print but still sturdy, unlike typical PLA.

The LUGO G3 also has other features that help make the user’s life easier, like a double-sided spring plate bed and swappable nozzles that can work with different kinds of material. The printer also has a high-efficiency H13 HEPA filter to keep harmful gas byproducts away from you and your family. LUGOLABS has taken the existing concept of dual 3D printers and leveled it up, making the system more affordable and more comfortable to use. With its one-of-a-kind DCH Head and an assortment of innovative features, the LUGO G3 Dual Extruder 3D Printer breaks through the barriers of dual 3D printing to help creative minds turn their ideas and dreams into reality.

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House Zero 3D-Printed Home proves to be an architectural innovation

In this day and age, impossibilities are defied in ways we never imagined before. With the advent of 3D printing technology, almost anything can be done even in architecture.

The idea of 3D-printed homes isn’t absurd as such is already happening. If you can 3D-print sneakers, indeed, you can print anything. We told you how 3D printing is becoming more popular and gaining momentum. Many designers have adopted the technology, and now, we’re hearing more architects are doing the same.

Designers: ICON and Lake|Flato Architects

House Zero Details

The House Zero is another proof that innovation in architecture is necessary. It is a result of advancements in technology because architecture needs to adapt like many things in this world. This project by ICON and Lake|Flato Architects showcases the former’s proprietary concrete wall printing system.

Built in a neighborhood in Austin, Texas, House Zero is a climate-responsive house that offers flexibility to the homeowner. Change is constant in this world, and that’s what this house system can allow throughout the years. Both Lake|Flato and ICON have worked hard on this collaboration to create a new system from printed concrete construction. In addition, new strategies have been set to ensure the 3D-printed home is made to detail.

House Zero Design

The mission was to design a house that is livable and desirable. Another goal was to take advantage of net-zero energy. 3D printing, specifically, additive manufacturing at a large scale, seemed challenging but the designers and architects were able to finish House Zero with a thermally broken and insulated envelope with the aid of a software-controlled construction process.

House Zero Details 3D Printed 2

Like any simple designed and constructed house, the House Zero only uses natural wood and basic elements. The concrete walls are framed and protected the standard way. As a result, the house offers plenty of views of nature and daylight. The house is made using biophilic design principles, which means natural materials and elements are used. Even with the use of robotic printing processes, the house still has those raw elements that make it sustainable while remaining cozy and homey.

ICON House Zero Exterior

House Zero Interior

The House Zero by Lake|Flato uses new technology without forgetting about the natural things. The result is still a shelter that endures and lasts—enough to call it a real home. This house can grow as your family grows through the decades. It doesn’t exactly mean it will expand, but you can adjust according to your needs or style.

ICON House Zero Interior

House Zero Perimeter

Here’s what ICON, Co-Founder and CEO Jason Ballard has to say about the house: “House Zero is ground zero for the emergence of entirely new design languages and architectural vernaculars that will use robotic construction to deliver the things we need most from our housing: comfort, beauty, dignity, sustainability, attainability, and hope. Houses like this are only possible with 3D printing, and this is the new standard of what 3D printing can mean for the world. My hope is that this home will provoke architects, developers, builders, and homeowners to dream alongside ICON about the exciting and hopeful future that robotic construction, and specifically 3D printing, makes possible. The housing of our future must be different from the housing we have known.”

As described, the House Zero is a 2,000+ sqft home. It comes with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms plus a 350 sqft accessory unit with one bedroom and one bath. It uses the 3D-printed wall system with Lavacrete by ICON– saving money, time, and even waste. Lavacrete allows better insulation as made possible by thermal mass and slow heat transfer. The process has resulted in an airtight wall that allows reduced lifecycle costs and better energy efficiency.

ICON House Zero Exterior

ICON House Zero Carport

This is the future not only of house construction but also of 3D printing technology because of the scale. This project only proves we can push the limits of robotic construction and 3D printing further. It’s a design language that must be explored by more architects, designers, and companies if they want to keep up with the times.

House Zero Plan

ICON House Zero 3D Printing Process 1

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Combat Wheelchair Miniatures for Tabletop Role-Playing Games

To ensure tabletop role-playing games are inclusive to all, designer Sara Thompson has created a line of Combat Wheelchair miniatures that feature adventurers in wheelchairs. The characters are available as 3D printing files for £5 (~$6.50) or metal or resin models for £15 (~$19.50) in Strata Miniatures’ ‘Dungeons and Diversity’ collection.

The incredibly designed miniatures are available in a variety of different races and classes, including human fighters, bards, druids and monks, half elf wizards and rangers, tiefling warlocks and clerics, elf rogue, dwarf barbarian, dragonborn paladin, gnome artificer, and halfling bard. Sara also makes note in the official rules that the Combat Wheelchair isn’t designed to overpower players with disabilities, but rather make them equally suited for adventure as abled players.

One of the cornerstones of tabletop role-playing games has always been an inclusive environment, and the Combat Wheelchair is a great addition to help ensure that. Now if I could just locate a magical map, maybe I could actually guide my party safely out of this dungeon before we’re all consumed by a gelatinous cube.

[via Nerdist]

3D Printed LEGO Minifig Head Organizers

Designed and 3D printed by Etsy shop MomLifeIn3D, these LEGO minifig head organizers each store up to 100 heads, so you can keep your LEGO domes easily identifiable and accessible. Gone are the days of sifting through buckets of brains trying to find the specific head you’re looking for.

Each head organizer has ten slots holding ten heads each, and they’re available as single organizers for $8, or as two packs for $20. That’s a savings of negative $4! Admittedly, I have to admire the unorthodox pricing scheme. Want more, pay extra – I like it!

Now if they just made organizers for ALL my LEGO pieces maybe they wouldn’t just be strewn across my living room floor like a minefield. Sure I could put them in plastic bins, but then there would be no risk of making multiple midnight snack runs in the dark. And, without that fear of pain, my diet would be ruined.

Guys Successfully 3D Print a Functional Wheel Rim

Because 3D printing offers a glimpse into the future, Jón Schone of YouTube channel Proper Printing used the technology to print a car rim that can successfully be driven on without failing and causing a horrific accident. And, after some trial and error (the first prototype failed due to layer separation caused by the tire pressure stretching the rim), he was finally able to produce a functional rim. Still, would I trust my life to it? Absolutely not.

You know, in the future, we won’t even have spare tires; we’ll have onboard robots that can manufacture any broken car part in a matter of minutes so we can quickly be on our way without getting a tow truck or shifty backwoods mechanic involved. Will I live to see that future? Probably not, but maybe my grandchildren would if I had any.

Last weekend, I actually told my wife I was thinking about buying a 3D printer, and she immediately asked what I need one for. It took some time to explain that it wasn’t so much a need as it was a desire, and that’s when she shut down the idea. Now I’m left with no choice but to buy one behind her back and set it up in the guest bedroom closet without her knowledge.

[via TechEBlog]

Gantri’s 3D-printed Sopp Table Lamp visually explores the idea of ‘Less Is More’

[The designer of this product is of Ukrainian origin. YD is sharing work from Ukrainian designers/students in the hopes of amplifying their talent and giving them a global platform.]

Looking quite like some Zaha Hadid-inspired architecture on your table, the Sopp table lamp by Max Voytenko for Gantri uses Gestalt’s visual laws to look like it has mass, while the lamp itself is made from what seems like entirely crisscrossing 2-dimensional surfaces. The Sopp is a paradoxical masterpiece, inspired by seemingly opposing disciplines: natural forms and modern architecture”, Voytenko writes. “Who knew minimalism could be so mesmerizing?”

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Designer: Max Voytenko for Gantri

Kyiv-based Voytenko’s design philosophy of ‘less is more’ shines through wonderfully with Sopp. There’s no voluminous mass to the lampshade. It’s entirely lattice-based, but still has its own 3D mass shining through the twelve 2D planes that intersect each other. The abstract parachute-shaped design rests on a flat base, which houses the lamp’s internal LED light along with its electronics. Both the lamp and base are 3D printed at Gantri’s San Francisco factory using their proprietary Gantri Plant Polymer, a special bio-based material that has a signature matte finish that gives each Gantri lamp a premium appeal.

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