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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 18:00
    Eat Your 3D Prints

    3dp-sugar-chocolateThey're almost too pretty to put in your mouth.

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 18:00
    Another Step Closer to a Living Tissue 3D Printer #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    Another Step Closer to a Living Tissue 3D Printer, from Txchnologist.:

    Harvard bioengineers say they have taken a big step toward using 3-D printers to make living tissue. They’ve made a machine with multiple printer heads that each extrudes a different biological building block to make complex tissue and blood vessels.

    Their work represents a significant advance toward producing living medical models upon which drugs could be tested for safety and effectiveness.

    It also advances the ball in the direction of an even bigger goal. Such a machine and the techniques being refined by researchers offer a glimpse of the early steps in a sci-fi healthcare scenario: One day surgeons might feed detailed CT scans of human body parts into a 3-D printer, manipulate them with design software, and produce healthy replacements for diseased or injured tissues or organs….

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 17:35
    Launching Tonight: Intel Galileo Maker Sessions

    New-slideTonight at 6pm PT we're launching the Getting Started with Intel Galileo Maker Sessions. Join our Hangout to learn more about the Intel-based Arduino-compatible board.

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 17:15
    MakerBot Retail Store @ New York City – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    [3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I'll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores -- sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone's game!]

    One of the very first to launch a retail store and now with locations in Greenwich and Boston, the MakerBot Retail Store is one of the first that comes to mind when people are wondering what a 3D printer store looks like. Check out the video from a visit from Tested.com above for a chance to see how the store looked and functioned when it first launched — with the amazing MakerBot Marble Run that people still talk about today, created by Adam Fontenault and Chris Boynton (video below of them installing it in the space)!

    MakerBot Retail Store @ New York City:

    Come visit one of our retail locations to get the full MakerBot experience. You can watch MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers make new objects; see the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner turn objects into 3D models; attend fascinating classes and workshops; buy cool 3D printed gifts; and even purchase a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer on the spot!

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 17:01
    SXSW Create 2014

    Two weeks ago we were just 19 people with a dream: a dream to put a sharp needle and a fistful of electronics in the hands of every man, woman and child at South By Southwest, and teach them how to sew up a circuit (also a dream to put a breakfast taco in the hands and mouths of 19 SparkFun employees). I’m here today to tell you that dreams come true, and from March 7-9, not only did we get to help around 1200 enthusiastic SXSW Create attendees make their own wearable, light-up badge, we also consumed a borderline-obscene quantity of breakfast tacos*. Videographer and newly-converted Lone Star enthusiast Gregg has assembled a great recap of our time at SXSW and some of the exciting things we saw. Check it out!

    As you can see, we were very busy and had a great time. We also have a slew of photos we took at the booth and around Austin on our Flickr page, so have a gander. This was our second year hosting a workshop at the SXSW Create tent, and it’s a great fit for SparkFun. We loved seeing what all the like-minded makers and doers are up to, and meeting all of the people who came by! Thanks to everyone who stopped in and made our weekend great - either by assembling a kit or just chatting with us about what you’re into - and we’ll see you in Austin next year!

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 16:24
    Hands On: Project Tango, Google’s 3D-Scanning Phone for Makers

    trimble-tx8-home-exteriorHow does the new room-mapping phone stack up against industrial scanners? We get our hands on one to find out.

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 16:07
    New Project: CNC Maker Bench

    CNC_MakerBench_PeopleIMG_0886Create custom, open-source CNC tables for your workshop using AtFab’s parametric program — or just download and fabricate MAKE’s design.

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 16:00
    3D Printed Resin Molds and Rotocaster for Fast Hollow Casting @ MRRF #3DxMoldmaking #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    Here’s a great use-case for flexible filament — rotocasting! There was a strong push for affordable DIY rotocasters in the maker scene back in 2012, particularly with projects from Matt Stutlz and others — I’m looking forward to seeing renewed interest now with flexible filament and projects like the RotoMAAK!

    3D Printed Resin Molds and Rotocaster for Fast Hollow Casting @ MRRF:

    …A slightly more interesting find at this year’s MRRF was a lot of resin cast parts from [Mark VanDiepenbos]. He’s the guy behind the RotoMAAK, a spinny, ‘this was in the movie Contact‘-like device designed for spin casting with resins. At the festival, he’s showing off his latest project, 3D printed resin molds.

    With the right mold, anyone with 2-part resins can replicate dozens of identical parts in an hour. The only problem is you need a mold to cast the parts. You could print a plastic part and make a silicone mold to cast your part. The much more clever solution would be to print the mold directly and fill it with resin.

    [Mark] printed the two-part rabbit mold seen above out of ABS, filled it with urethane resin, and chucked it into his RotoMAAK spin casting machine. Six minutes later the part popped right out, and the mold was ready to make another rabbit….

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 15:44
    Homecaster – Using the @adafruit WiFi shield to send messages from the web to @arduino #cc3000 #IoT

    Homecaster – Using the @adafruit WiFi shield to send messages from the web to @arduino.


    Featured Adafruit Product!

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    Adafruit CC3000 WiFi Shield with Onboard Ceramic Antenna: The CC3000 hits that sweet spot of usability, price and capability. It uses SPI for communication (not UART!) so you can push data as fast as you want or as slow as you want. It has a proper interrupt system with IRQ pin so you can have asynchronous connections. It supports 802.11b/g, open/WEP/WPA/WPA2 security, TKIP & AES. A built in TCP/IP stack with a “BSD socket” interface. TCP and UDP in both client and server mode, up to 4 concurrent sockets. It does not support “AP” mode, it can connect to an access point but it cannot be an access point. We carefully wrapped this little silver module into an Arduino shield. We also added a microSD socket and a reset button. It has an onboard 3.3V regulator that can handle the 350mA peak current, and a level shifter to allow 3 or 5V logic level (read more).

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 15:20
    Evil Mad Scientists, now accepting Bitcoin #bitcoin @bitpay

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    Evil Mad Scientists, now accepting Bitcoin.

    Just a little note to say that our Evil Mad Scientist shop is now (“finally?”) accepting payments in Bitcoin. Our Bitcoin payments are processed through BitPay, one of the largest and most trusted processors for Bitcoin-based online payments.


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    Greetings programs! Adafruit is pleased to offer BitCoin as a payment method for Adafruit purchases. We’re using BitPay as our payment processor. BitPay is an electronic payment processing system for the bitcoin currency. BitPay enables online merchants to accept bitcoins, as a form of payment like payments from Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Google Wallet and Paypal.

    Here’s a video from BitPay that explains their service. And below is the Bitcoin.org overview of Bitcoin and video.

    Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 15:01
    Piezoelectric Crystal Speaker for Clock Radio Is Alarmingly Easy to Make

    cockadoodledooLet’s face it: most of us have trouble getting out of bed. Many times it’s because the alarm isn’t loud enough to rouse us from our viking dreams. [RimstarOrg]‘s homeowner’s association won’t let him keep a rooster in the backyard, so he fashioned a piezoelectric crystal speaker to pump up the volume.

    [RimstarOrg]‘s speaker uses a Rochelle salt crystal strapped to a bean can diaphragm. In his demonstration, he begins by connecting an old clock radio directly to the crystal. This isn’t very loud at all, so he adds a doorbell transformer in reverse. This is louder, but it still won’t get [RimstarOrg] out of bed.

    Enter the microwave oven transformer. Now it’s sufficiently loud, though it’s no fire bell alarm. He also demonstrates the speaker using a piezo igniter from one of those long barbecue lighters and a crystal radio earpiece. As always, the video is after the jump. [RimstarOrg] has a lot of relevant linkage in the summary so you can learn how to grow your own Rochelle crystals.

    [via Dangerous Prototypes and Hacked Gadgets]

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 15:00
    3DiTALY@ Rome, Italy – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    [3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I'll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores -- sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone's game!]

    The first 3D printing store in Italy, now looking to become a franchise! 3DiTALY@ Rome, Italy:

    3DiTALY Store  is a place dedicated exclusively to the technology of 3D printing, the first 3D printing store in Italy! Lo Store offers 3D printing services, sales of printers, 3D scanners, filaments, service modeling, 3d printing on courses, events, a real maker space. exhibition space is located in the Pigneto, one of the most culturally vibrant and active in the capital. Attracted by the lights and installation of the store passers-by can access the location to experience and touch technology of 3D is changing the world. [Apologies for mistakes from Google Translate]

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 14:58
    MakerBot on Campus | Two Days of Invention

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    Undergrad Students Dig Into Design
    When people think of hackathons, they’re usually referring to software. Leave it to MIT to take it in another direction. In February, the university hosted MakeMIT, a hardware hackathon sponsored by MakerBot that brought 200 students together to compete in building mechanical creations. Using MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers, along with supplies like Kinects, motors, microcontrollers, and much more, MIT students worked in teams to create off-the-wall inventions.

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    And The Winner Is?
    The hackathon was executed over two phases, with the winners of phase one returning to compete in phase two. Group innovation resulted in projects like an arcade-style version of Flappy Bird made with 3D-printed bird and an LED matrix, as well as LexoGlove, an exoskeleton glove that teaches American Sign Language fingerings to the deaf-blind. However, there can be only winner, and that honor (and $2,000 in prize money) belongs to a guitar-playing robot that can pick and strum.

    The event’s inaugural year was a huge success, and will likely inspire other colleges and universities to host their own hardware hackathons. We’re excited to see how these future events take 3D printing to a new level.

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 14:00
    Battlestar Galactica Viper Pilot Flightsuit Costume

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    The modern Battlestar Galactica has launched a thousand cosplays. The dress uniforms, crew jumpsuits, and Viper Pilot flightsuits worn by the cast all make awesome costumes. RPF user Felgacarb did a wonderful job re-creating one of the pilot costumes from textured vinyl, foam, and more. It looks close to screen accurate. Here’s how he made the shoulder pieces rigid enough to stand on their own:

    I used heavy suede, with vinyl piping on the edges and backing, plus the dot-material sewn on. All that together was pretty stiff- so I ‘trained’ it by putting heavy objects to hold the shoulder parts folded until they took a set. They seem to stay in shape on their own pretty well now.

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    Read more at The RPF.

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 14:00
    New Flexible Filament Extruder for LULZBot Taz 3 Launches @ Midwest RepRap Festival

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    New Flexible Filament Extruder for LULZBot Taz 3 Launches. Great for Ninjaflex!

    A lot of the big names in 3D printers were at the Midwest RepRap Festival showing off their wares, and one of the biggest was Lulzbot with their fabulous Taz 3 printer. This year, they were showing off a new filament, a new extruder, and tipping us off to a very cool project they’re working on.

    The new products Lulzbot is carrying are Ninjaflex filament and the extruder to go with it. Ninjaflex is the stretchiest filament we’ve ever seen, with the feel of a slightly hard silicone rubber. Straight off the spool, the filament will stretch to a little less than twice its original length, and in solid, printed form its a hard yet squishy material that would be perfect for remote control tank treads, toys, and 3D printed resin molds. With all the abuse the sample parts received over the weekend, we’re going to call Ninjaflex effectively indestructible, so long as you don’t try to pull the layers apart.

    Also from Lulzbot is word on the new 3D scanner they’re working on. The hardware isn’t finalized yet, but the future device will use a webcam, laser, and turntable to scan an object and turn it directly into an .STL file. Yes, that means there won’t be any point clouds or messing about with Meshlab. Lulzperson [Aeva] is working on the software that subtracts an object from its background and turns it into voxels. The scanner will be low-cost and open source, meaning no matter what the volume of the scanner will be, someone will eventually build a person-sized 3D scanner with the same software.

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    LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer: The evolution of desktop 3D printing continues with TAZ 3, LulzBot’s top-of-the-line, highest quality printer to date. Merging technical expertise with design sensibilities, TAZ is for inventors, entrepreneurs, design engineers and prototypers — bring your ideas to life with TAZ. (read more)

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 13:00
    Where Are They Now? CNC Mill Edition

    pocketncThe landscape among new desktop CNC mills is vibrant and the tools are continually improving. Here are five of the most popular, with details on how they have updated their hardware, software, business plans, or personnel.

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 13:00
    Bone Conductor Amp

    Turn almost anything into a speaker with a bone conductor transducer and a TPA2016 Stereo 2.8w Class D audio amplifier.

    A 3D printed enclosure will house the components and turn our breadboard prototype into a mini portalable sound system. The files are on thingiverse. All of the components and wiring tightly fit in the casing of the enclosure making this an elegant tight little package.

    Check out our guide on the adadfruit learning system for complete circuit diagram and full step-by-step instructions.


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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 13:00
    PROTOSHOP @ Paris, France – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    [3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I'll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores -- sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone's game!]

    Paris is for (3D) Printing! First France-based fab shop appears in Paris, and apparently offers snacks for those visiting to shop for 3D printers. Via 3Ders.org.

    Opened by MULTISTATION, a france-based industrial equipment distributor, this 3D print shop PROTOSHOP is located near Montparnasse station in downtown Paris.

    The shop officially opened in October 2012. Different kinds of 3D printers are presented, and your design can be printed on site on different machines with material of your choices.

    “We focus mainly on selling machines.” says Clément BOUTET, manager of the store.

    Customers will have a large choice of machines, including fully assembled EXTRU 3D printer and printer kit, the 3,000 euros TOUCH PRINT and professional high precision Solidscape 3D printers. Solidscape uses Drop-on-Demand (“DoD”) thermoplastic ink-jetting technology and can be used for printing complex wax objects, ideal for lost wax investment casting and mold making applications.

    Also displayed in the shop are 3D scanning devices with different levels of precision. A silicone vacuum casting machine is presented as a demo. Different specific CAD software are available including 3D-Doctor software, An imaging, rendering and visualization software for MRI, CT and microscopy.

    …The PROTOSHOP of MULTISTATION is the first 3D print physical store in France where people can walk inside and talk/work with staff. Protoshop is opened from Monday to Friday 10:00-18:30 at 14 Rue d’ Armorique Paris 15.

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 12:01
    You are Fined 1 Credit for a Violation of the Verbal Morality Statute

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    Some citizens can control their language and others cannot. What is a civilized society to do? In a dystopian future you can count on electronic monitoring. But wait, the future is now… or it will be in a few weeks. [Tdicola] is building the verbal morality monitor from Demolition Man as his entry in Hackaday’s ongoing Sci-Fi Contest.

    Currently the project is in the early planning phase, but holy cow this is a fantastic idea! For those that didn’t see the glorious 1993 feature film, the young [Stallone] pictured above is accepting a ticket (as in: he must pay for his violation) from the tattle-tale wall-mounted computer. Everything about this device is completely feasible using today’s tech. It needs voice recognition and a list of naughty words, a way to play a pre-recorded message, and a printer to spit out the tickets. The build log for the project outlines all of this, as well as possible cost and sources for each.

    We’ve been wondering who it was that injected an Artificial Intelligence into our project hosting system. We see both [tdicola] and [colabot] are on the team for this build. The names are too conveniently similar to be a coincidence, don’t you think?

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  • Jeudi, Mars 20, 2014 - 12:01
    “Printing dinner for two” and “Printing ideas into 3-D reality” (VIDEO) @ PBS NewsHour – #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    “Printing dinner for two” and “Printing ideas into 3-D reality” (VIDEO) @ PBS NewsHour:

    A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie tried to live off of 3-D printed objects, including food. Their printed dinner-for-two was “weird,” A.J. Jacobs said….

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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