Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

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If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head.

How does it work? Well the Plan B is a 3DP printer which means it uses a little bit of glue to bind thin layers of gypsum powder. The head “draws” the layer in binder and then brushes away the excess. Then another layer of powder is placed and the system repeats itself ad infinitum until the object is built.

The printer has a layer height of 0.15mm to 0.2mm and prints fairly slowly, for now. However, considering it’s completely open source, uses off-the-shelf components, and…

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3D-printed vertebra used in spine surgery

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Surgeons in Beijing, China, have successfully implanted an artificial, 3D-printed vertebra replacement in a young boy with bone cancer. They say it is the first time such a procedure has ever been done.

During a five-hour operation, the doctors first removed the tumor located in the second vertebra of 12-year-old Minghao’s neck and replaced it with the 3D-printed implant between the first and third vertebrae, reported earlier this month.

“This is the first use of a 3D-printed vertebra as an implant for orthopedic spine surgery in the world,” said Dr. Liu Zhongjun, the director of orthopedics at No. 3 Hospital, Peking University, who performed the surgery.

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3D Printing Part Deux

Retail Design Viewpoint

Here’s the follow-up to my 3D printing rant from last week (click here to see last week’s post).

This video demonstrates all the misleading hype about 3D printers the tech industry permeates into our social media.

A few things the 3D printing revolution will be good for:

Product Development – No surprise here since this is what it’s intended purpose is. The only reason the tech industry is putting out this propaganda is to sell 3D printers. Just like everyone needs a Thneed, we’re sold on the fact we’ll all need a 3D printer. The reality is lower cost printers are a boon to small businesses and institutions who are developing new products. The technology speeds the process to get unique products to market. But like any tool they are not and should not be the only means for making prototypes.

Replacement Parts – This is a primary (only?) area where 3D printers…

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Makie Me an Ari

A Doll's Day

Ari - my makie design

Ari? Who is Ari? She’s my soon-to-be new doll custom made by the wonderful folks at, the unique 3d doll printing company I reported on last year. I was very tempted at the time to design a doll but the software on the website didn’t work too well on my aging computer, plus I was a little hesitant because at the time they sent the dolls out with no face-ups. A face-up is the paintjob you do on dolls to personalise them, and the Makie dolls were being shipped with no colouring at all, so the lips and brows were the same colour as the base plastic, a little too plain for my tastes.

Fast forward to, well, now and whilst browsing the site I discovered the company now do a very light face-up on all the dolls. If you’re the creative type you can wash that off…

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HP’s entry in 3D print. Meg Whitman’s comments with Cramer

3D Printing. Thoughts from Greg


HP’s Meg Whitman talked to Jim Cramer on CNBC yesterday and mentioned, again, HP’s eminent plan to enter the 3D market, possibly this calendar year (this blogger is not of the opinion the product will be to market in a substantial way by the end of HP’s fiscal close in October as some suggest––see below).

This topic has been discussed ad nauseam on-line, but here are my points about the interview:

1) It will be very interesting to see what happens in the market and positioning with current 3D giants Stratasys and 3Dsystems.  HP is going squarely after their sweet spot, the higher-end market space. Ms. Whitman refers to this as the “enterprise” space.

2) I think any business in the 3D print space, manufactures of printers, software vendors, and service providers will benefit by the trickle down affect as this giant enters the market. Long term, the playing field will define…

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3D printing gives Quack-Quack a second lease at life

Atmel | Bits & Pieces

Similar to our buddy TurboRoo last week, today we have another instance of 3D printing coming to the aid of one of our friends in the animal kingdom.


A duck was basking in the sun at National Taiwan University, when a dog randomly attacked the unsuspecting bird. A local animal hospital performed immediate surgery to repair the fowl; yet coming out of the procedure they determined that it would not be able to put any weight on its leg.

In true Maker fashion, the ingenious collaboration of Taipei Hackerspace and design firm Lung X Lung turned to 3D printing to help out the duck. reports that the team used 3D Systems’ Cubify Sense 3D scanner to make a mold of the duck’s foot and capture the leg in three dimensions. Following the scans and some quick analysis, the team 3D printed a covering where Quack-Quack’s foot would reside, as well as a brace…

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