KICKSTARTER: LIX – The Smallest 3D Printing Pen in the World

LIX – The Smallest 3D Printing Pen in the World

Lix 3D pen enables you to doodle in the air. This professional tool offers you the comfort and pushes your creativity to another level.

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Little Things Can do Bigger Ideas.

Lix Pen is the new era of communication.

Want to create what you imagine? How about writing and drawing without paper?  Writing and drawing in the air is now possible with LIX, a 3D printing pen! This extraordinarily professional tool will chalenge your deepest creativity

Basic Information about LIX

What It Is

Basically, Lix is a professional tool that enables you to sketch in the air without using paper.

Lix 3D pen is a dream coming true. With Lix 3D Pen you can create anything from small to big, from details to prototypes. It allows you to express your creativity on a whole new level. We are changing the world’s view on 2D as we are now giving the possibility to make your creations in 3D in an never-been-so-easy way!

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3D Printer THAT Makes A Teddy Bear

From Tech Crunch

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Disney Research have created a 3D printer that can output a real, cuddly teddy bear in a few hours, thereby putting Santa’s elves out of business. The machine uses soft yarn and a needle to “felt” the object together by entangling the fibers as the object is built.

A research paper by, Scott E. Hudson of CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institutedetails the system and shows how the printer can make almost any shape out of almost any fibrous material. Like plastic 3D printers, the machine lays down the fiber in long threads and connects them by poking the fiber with a barbed needle.

As you can see from the video above, you’re not getting Teddy Ruxpin here. Instead, you get something that looks more like a crocheted bear with one flat side. However, because the material is so malleable, you could feasibly created things in any shape or even design objects that can connect together to make clothing or quilts.

Because these objects are felted together they are not quite as solid as, say, a crocheted doll or doily. However, the fibers create a solid mass, suitable for wearing, hugging, or snuggling.

“I really see this material being used for things that are held close,” Hudson said. “We’re really extending the set of materials available for 3D printing and opening up new possibilities for what can be manufactured.”

The system uses standard, open source printer software to prepare and print the objects and, as we see in the video above, it’s a great hit with babies.

Photofly Makes 3D Models for Everyone

Along with MakerBot and RepRap printers, this has got me excited about building 3-D models and this one you don’t have the equipment, PhotoFly from AutoDesk (makers of AutoCAD and other great CAE software).

There is an article in the NYTimes here

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Since Photofly, a service that turns uploaded photos into three-dimensional models, was introduced in May, it has received an average of 80 uploads an hour, for a total of 70,000 images, according to Autodesk, the service’s creator.

Along the way, it has also spawned its own YouTube mini-genre.

Among the dozens of videos of 3-D models on the site are representations of stuffed animals (like Eeyore), battleshipsLego menkitchen tablesfruit dishes, remote controls, vacation souvenirscrab armsNerf gunssneakersand remote controls. If anything, it’s notable how mundane the objects are, an indication of how easy  this modeling process  — once mainly the purview of laser scanners — has become.

Next Year is Our First School 3D Printer: 3-D Art for All

Next year we get our first 3D Printer as Jason is going to build one, the alternative to the one we have chosen is the Maker Bot and the following is the article reprinted from the NYTimes here so we don’t lose it.  Go to the NYTimes and read 3-D Art for All: Ready to Print for all the related multimedia and related articles.

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