Instructables.com has teamed up with 3D Hubs for a contest encouraging makers and hackers to submit their most innovative 3D printed projects. Entries have already started coming in and we took a look at a few that intrigued us. Our selection is one parts fun, two parts frightening.
#1 – Custom Iron-On Artwork
This one tries out the idea of ironing onto fabric a 3D printed design. The instructions call for a vector image or drawing to simply be extruded to .2mm, which on most printers is 1 layer. Take it off the print bed and use a type of transfer paper to iron it onto your t-shirt, sweatshirt, canvas bag, etc.
We assume you must need to wash the fabric only in cold water once the 3D printed iron-on is applied. PLA also would not likely be an effective choice for this type of project, or anything like it that wouldn’t withstand the high temperatures of either the iron or hot water.
In the future, we ourselves are going to experiment with printing NinjaFlex directly onto a t-shirt.
#2 – 3D Printing Pen
Our conclusion on this one: Oh, that burns. We’ve discussed 3D printing pens before and they are a pretty remarkable feat considering what is required of them to function. And credit must be given to this Instructables user for the hacking ingenuity of it, but that’s a visit to the burn unit waiting to happen.
#3 – Anodized Aluminum Nozzle
This hacker has created a 3D printer nozzle with no need for a heater cartridge as the coating on the nozzle is the isolator. From the images shown we see that it’s a very well machined 3d printer nozzle, but the process involves dipping it in a home-brewed anodize of diluted battery acid. Idea: interesting. Final Product: fascinating. Method: yikes!
In episode 37 of the F3DP Show, John and Jake wonder, “How many fingers are missing in the Instructables community?”