Super Adorable 3D Printed Pokémon Planters

Artysaurus’ owner Tony is a collector of toys and Toy-To-Life figures who is a model maker, passionate fan of Marvel & DC Super Heroes, as well as all things Star Wars. The self-professed “nerd” loves all geeky things!

When Pokémon Go took the world by storm he opened his store in early July. Created in Autodesk programs and processed with a 3D printer, each iconic figure comes in a range of quirky and soothing colors. He promises that more Pokémon characters will be featured soon, as well as sidekicks from Super Mario Bros. Find each figure in his Etsy shop.

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Dead men tell no tales, but their phones might.

Early last month, two detectives walked into the lab of Anil Jain, a professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University. They had heard of Jain’s cutting-edge work in fingerprint recognition and wanted his help in a murder investigation.

The detectives brought the victim’s locked Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and a copy of his fingerprints, as he had been previously arrested. The investigators said they believed his phone might hold clues to who killed him and asked Jain to help them get inside the phone by overcoming the fingerprint scanner lock.

Jain and his team — doctoral student Sunpreet Arora and postdoctoral student Kai Cao — spent the following several weeks tinkering with a solution. This week, they found one that worked.

Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim’s Phone

Photo: Michigan State University researchers Sunpreet Arora (left), Anil Jain (center) and Kai Cao (right) tried 3-D printed fingertips and 2-D fingerprint replicas on conductive paper to unlock a murder victim’s phone, similar to one in the photo. Derrick Turner/Michigan State University

Smart Milk & Cockroach Milk

Engineers are working to create a “smart cap” made of 3-D-printed electrical and wireless materials that will be able to detect levels of bacteria in milk. These caps will be able to sense changes in bacterial levels via electrical signals, helping to determine whether or not milk has gone bad. What else may be involved in the future of milk? Cockroaches. A specific cockroach, Diploptera punctate, is the only species of cockroach known to give birth to live young and produce a type of “milk” containing protein crystals. This “milk” is a highly nutrient dense substance containing a time release protein. Researchers have sequenced the specific gene in hopes of replicating the crystal utilizing yeast, for use in protein supplements for those who struggle to get adequate nutrition. What we’re reading…


The Ultimate 3D Bioprinter?

3D printing is becoming a big deal when it comes to replacement parts for people. Substantial advances have been made over the past 5 years, and a new printer under development from a company called Aether looks more advanced than most others in the field.

Most printers have a relatively limited number of biomaterials (”inks”) that they can print at one time, and many of the actual materials are proprietary. They tend to be very expensive, sometimes $200,000 or more.

Aether has developed what I would call a great “pilot” printer to demonstrate that this can be done better and more cheaply. The printer in the 8 minute video is printing two pieces of bone connected with a tendon. In this case, the printer uses 6 “inks” including graphene for bones and stem cells to seed them as well as the tendon. The printer can actually print a mix of organic and organic “inks” with up to 10 syringes (”cartridges”). And in this case, it actually embeds two transistors and wires in the product. Printing bionic parts? And the final cost of this printer is projected to be under $10,000.

A number of other companies are out there competing in this market. They are providing tissue samples and skin for drug testing and research. So expect technology to advance and prices to fall as these printers become more sophisticated and more clinically useful.

Website: http://www.aether1.com/

I have no financial interest in Aether.


Wearable Planters & Geometric Bike Planters Help You Carry a Piece of Nature Wherever You Go This Spring & Summer

Colleen Jordan from Wearable Planters (previously featured here) showcases her adorable, ingenious home-made organic jewelry. By combining jewelry and gardening, Jordan displays a range of earthy and modern designs. Created in a variety of small geometric pots made with different types of flowers, shapes and colors, Jordan’s main purpose is to find a convenient way for a person to carry plants with them.

Her miniature plants are generated from a three-dimensional printer, which are later designed by hand by the artist. Jordan also instructs her buyers on how to prolong survival of the tiny plans they purchase by informing them on what type of plants grow best in the small vases and how to keep them alive. Jordan’s creations are perfect for nature lovers. They are not limited to jewelry design, she also makes bike and home decorations, as well as brooches and lapel pins. Find her entire collection in her Etsy shop!

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As hermit crabs grow, they require larger shells. Since suitable intact shells are sometimes a limited resource, vigorous competition often occurs among hermit crabs for shells. Japanese artist Aki Inomata, sympathizing with those forced out of their homes by larger crabs, sought to help them find a new home with her series titled “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” Using 3D printing technology, she studied the natural shapes of hermit crab shells and printed out new “shelters” that the hermit crabs would move into (if they chose to). Their crystalline-like shells are shaped like tiny magical castles, houses, and other structures modeled after cities from all over the world. 

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After many centuries of splints and  cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the 21st century. The Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a highly technical and trauma zone localized support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish.

The cortex cast utilizes the x-ray and 3d scan of a patient with a fracture and generates a 3d model in relation to the point of fracture.


So it super sucks that Disney Infinity has been cancelled as I was hoping to make bases for all of the Disney Princesses eventually. With that in mind I’ve decided to spend my energy creating bases for my second favorite toy/video game, Nintendo’s Amiibo series! 

My first base is Re-tail, home of Reese and Cyrus, from the awesome Animal Crossing series. My plans are to create bases for the whole Animal Crossing series and then make bases for some of my other favorite characters like Wind Waker Link.

As usual I modeled in Rhino, 3D printed on my Flashforge, and hand painted it. I hope everyone likes it and that it’s a worthy successor for the Disney Infinity Bases.