Something really cool is happening in Washington Heights—like, a thousand times cooler than that random MTV reality show from last year.
Military veteran Jerry Castanos—who spent eight years in Afghanistan and eleven years, total, overseas—recently opened a 3D printing store in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, where he grew up. The store, aptly named 3D Heights, is located on Broadway between 172nd and 173rd Streets, and is run by military veterans and local community members.
Birchbox Hits the Red Carpet
Never ones to miss out on a culturally relevant partnership, Birchbox announced today that it’s teaming up with Us Weekly in honor of Oscar season. Launching in February, the Oscars-themed Birchbox will feature items hand-picked by Us Weekly Beauty Director Gwen Flamberg and inspired by the most popular looks on this year’s red carpets. Following the awards show, on March 2, Birchbox will be offering Oscars fanatics even more red carpet-inspired goodies in its online “Get the Look” shop. Will J. Law be for sale?
Sure Why Not
In a collision of nerd culture comparable to Sean Parker’s LOTR-meets-Game of Thrones-meets-Harry Potter wedding, Warner Brothers and Microsoft Advertising have teamed up to create 3D printer templates of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug props, PSFK reports.
Go Home Science You're Drunk
Modern life is full of mundane problems like lukewarm coffee and linty sweaters. One issue we’ve never run into is that of inaccessible, too-permanent undies. But tech is going to solve it anyway, with disposable underwear you can 3D print from the safety of your own 3D printing room.
An Israeli couple has invented “Cosyflex,” a material that feels like cloth and can be made into the stunning beige briefs seen at left. It’s biodegradable, stretchy and disposable, CNet reports.
Things That Scare Us
We’ve been wondering what 3D printers can really be used for aside from manufacturing hairless Troll dolls and illegal guns. Lo and behold, the answer is full scale replicas of poop–special eff-excrements, if you will.
In researching this story, Betabeat learned of a whole new world of poop categorization known as the Bristol Stool Form Scale, or BSFS, via Discover Mag. It’s a measurement system for figuring out how long your doo doo has been traveling through your intestines. It involves looking at one’s waste and describing it with a range of verbal descriptors named after food, like “sausage” and “chicken nuggets.” Appetizing.
The Greater Manchester Police have seized what may be plastic 3D-printed gun components–or just 3D printer parts.
The Associated Press reports that the cops confiscated the goods in a raid against suspected gang members, and are now determining whether they constitute a viable weapon.
Obviously, Betabeat is very excited about the future (at least until the Singularity comes and we’re all bossed about by robots). Hence our interest in GE’s “Home 2025″ concept designs (via Dvice), which predict what yuppies’ kitchens will look like a decade or so from now.
“This isn’t about the Jetsons or pie in the sky ideas,” explained Lou Lenzi, director for GE Appliances’ Industrial Design Operation, but “reality-based innovation that will be possible over the next decade.”
The results are basically a big Sharper Image catalog, but with more sensors.
Guns Don't Kill People 3D Does
In news that may not make sense to people who are not rocket scientists, NASA has recently awarded Tethers Unlimited $500,000 to develop a robotic 3D printer that would build huge structures while in orbit, Gigaom reports.
The SpiderFab printer and assembly system would be able to throw together structures more than half a mile wide, Gigaom says. NASA would densely pack materials into existing spacecraft so that the SpiderFab could assemble it into “extremely large structures that are optimized for the space environment,” Tethers Unlimited CEO Rob Hoyt is quoted as saying.
Is there anyone, at this point, who doesn’t have a 3D printer lying somewhere around their office? GigaOm reports that cops in Germany are purchasing one, so they can explore for themselves how the technology could be used to create handguns, though if 3D-printed tchotchkes also start showing up on the Cop Selfies Tumblr, well, who can blame them?
MakerBot spreads its wings It looks like the future of 3D printing is heading skyward—literally. MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com recently hosted the Birdhouse Challenge, wherein more than 160 competitors used the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to make some serious avian swag. Top entries included a birdhouse shaped like the turret of a medieval Read More