A 3D PRINTER FOR CHRISTMAS?

Should you get a 3D printer for Christmas? The answer, unless you’re really tech-savvy, is a resounding “no.” The dirty little secret of 3D printing is that the best stuff you can make, at least in the beginning, is the stuff that comes preloaded on the printer, which isn’t very creative.  We saw Star Wars “Yoda” heads and oddly shaped vases. When you start trying to create stuff on your own, good luck. The user forums are filled with exasperated customers. We like Tony Hoffman’s comment in PC Magazine. For gifts, he gave his children the stuff he printed in 3D. “Can we have a real present?” they asked.

Read more

THE WORLD’S TINIEST DRILL

world’s tiniest drillOne of the world’s tiniest 3D printers has printed the world’s tiniest cordless drill. It’s less than half the size of your thumb and you can see it in action at Gizmag.com.

Read more

PRINT THE DINNER, NOT THE MENU

If you wondered what 3D printing is really good for, get “Fabricated,” a new book by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman.

Read more

FREEBIES FROM GOOGLE

MadeWithCode.com, a Google-operated site, let anyone design a small custom bracelet that they made and mailed out for free. Honest! – We got one. Ours is green and says “Bob and Joy.” It took a couple of months to arrive. Now they have other projects, such as animated “Yeti” figures. Click “Projects” to choose. Many are free, like the animated greeting cards.

Read more

THE 3D STORE

Instead of buying your own 3D printer, you can have Amazon print 3D objects for you for around $30 for most items.

Read more

A 3D PRINTED CAR

LocalMotors.com is sponsoring a contest to see who can design the best 3D-printed car. You have to enter before May 12 and the winning design gets $5000. The car will be printed at a manufacturing show in Chicago in September.

Read more

EVERY HOME A WORKSHOP

Most of the stuff that comes out of a 3D printer looks like really low quality plastic toys. We’d call it junk, but that would produce a huge outcry from the hobbyists who love it. Okay, we’re calling it junk anyway.

Read more

PRINTING IN METAL

Unless you’re making frameworks for body parts, most of the plastic things that come out of 3D printers look like junk. So how about printing in metal? Now we’re talkin.

Read more