At the Hochschule RheinMain, we experiment with tangible user interfaces (TUI) a lot. We are especially interested in improving the authoring process of TUIs. On one hand of the creation process is the software issue how the interaction and the user interfaces can be designed and developed. However, on the other hand, there stands the problem, how the actual physical tangible objects have to look like and how they can be created.
A very nice research project that shows the strength of interactive authoring tools in combination with product design.
The Make magazine published a special issue for 3D printing beginners. I received my copy yesterday and flipped through its pages quickly. It gives an excellent introduction about materials, file formats and 3D printing technology in general. Additionally, the issue provides valuable information about which kinds of printers you can buy and which ones are appropriate for you. So if you want to get started in 3D printing (or just want a good guide) be sure to get a copy.
For German readers: In Germany, you should get the Make magazine in selected book stores (and not at newspaper kiosks – not even the good ones at railway stations. I did ask and have only earned dull looks and the answer »hamwernich.«). I ordered my copy at amazon.de.
I love the possibilities of printing 3D objects with the Ultimaker. One of the first things I printed is this stunningly beautifully twisted Kochflake vase from Thingiverse. The shape of the vase is based on the Koch Snowflake fractal curve. I love how the vase looks different in all kinds of lighting situations. Take a look (after the click):
Additionally to the range of fascinating cheap 3D printers at EuroMold, I was really intrigued by the 3D color prints produced by the ZPrinters from 3D Systems. Those prints really look great. However, ZPrinters are ‘a bit’ more expensive than the cheap 3D printers (ZPrinter pricing starts at approx. 14.000€).
Take a look at the prints:
Today I attended the Euromold 2012 in Frankfurt/Main. I was mainly interested in affordable 3D printing. As there are many printer kits that you can order online and assemble at home (which is fun but sometimes also tedious work) I was wondering what readily assembled printers you can buy at which prices. So, here are a few of my (first) impressions. I am still quite new to this area, so maybe I may have overseen a few detail. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to post them in the comments.