3D Laser Stereolithography at Home

Instructables user RobHopeless posted instructions for building your own DIY Stereolithography setup at home. In other words, he created a DIY setup for printing 3D objects in a vat of UV-curable photopolymer resin using a laser. This is very cool because it is not only DIY, but also inexpensive. If you were to buy a commercial Steriolithography printer, you would end up spending tens of thousands of dollars. By contrast, this entire system was built for less than a thousand.

Open-source systems like these are going to fundamentally change the way that objects are produced, as they will bring the prices down to a level where everyone will be able to afford to own a printer. The dream of designing something in 123D and then immediately printing it out on your personal printer is growing nearer by the day.

Shapeways Sake Set Creator

Over the weekend I stumbled upon the incredibly fun Sake Set Creator over at Shapeways. This quick and easy tool lets you shape small tea cups and get them printed out in food-safe ceramic. I spent a lot of time designing cups, but ultimately decided that the tool just wasn't robust enough for my mug designing needs. I needed to take things a step further and explore more extreme mug possibilities. So, I broke out my trusty copy of 123D and designed myself a fancier mug. I'm currently working on refining my design and ultimately plan to get it printed in ceramic. Stay tuned for the amazing results of my mug printing escapades.