🕐 Updated 5:56 AM ET, Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016

3D
designs have been our obsession for years and so we’re constantly on the lookout for ideas that are advancing the industry. So what ideas are truly differential? Well, we've recently found five with a touch of big data tools and balanced subjectivity, then weighed undeniable usefulness and flat-out impressive application of 3D printing technology.

The daily sight of a wheelchair-enabled sheepdog heading up Broadway brings memories of my first pup to my morning commute. One thought is particularly hard to shake; that her senior years could have been improved and extended if such a device was readily available in the 90s. Fast-forward two decades and we now have this fantastic design from FiGO, making pet mobility readily available to the maker movement. We applaud this approach because it’s so customizable, the fundamental 3D design is simple, and the non-printed parts are low cost and easy to find


(3ders.org)


(warning: geek alert) Some of the best kept secrets of the universe were told once the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) was discovered. How big is it? How long was it around? How was it created? These questions and tons more started to unravel in the sixties when two gents using a giant horn-shaped antenna in a New Jersey field picked-up odd microwave readings. In decades that follow, the COBE, WMAP and Planck experiments were launched and provided us this amazing 2D map of the “Background” picture at the edge of the universe. To me, the drawback of this picture just after the Big Bang was that I struggled to visualize what exactly I was looking at. Two scientists from the Department of Physics at Imperial College solved this problem by directly converting the temperature fluctuations from Planck to 3D bumps and dips. The outcome is this small but amazing rendering of the CMB highlighted with color by a ZPrinter 650. Fantastic for education, especially the visually-impaired. Another interesting tidbit; there will never be anything bigger scaled-down to a 3D printable design.


(IOPscience.org)


A simple project that boils-down to three fuselage parts making a tough, maneuverable quadcopter that you can fly anywhere. City life doesn’t offer much for drone hobbyists so I’ve become a fan of compact designs. The idea of cramming as much power in a small space is definitely appealing. It’s also customizable and can easily be upgraded or remixed.


(Thingiverse.com)


Now that Apple has unleashed Donglegate (2.0?) with the launch of the Macbook Pro, let’s give cables the attention they deserve. Most desktops, tabletops, and drawers are now littered with enough tangled wires to create frustration for the most chronic clutterbugs. Enter cable hive. Channeling inspiration from nature by elongating a honeycomb pattern, this super cool looking design looks good anywhere. Multiple copies can even be stacked as modules. A worthy remix would involve adding another hex cell on the bottom left (or right) for a legitimate interlocking pattern.


(Thingiverse.com)


The first time I ever saw coffee sleeve I recall thinking “Why do I need this?” My answer was printed right on the side and assured me that I was saving a second cup by using a biodegradable sleeve made of recycled paper. I don’t think I ever used two cups for a coffee (maybe because I make my own) but I was assured those heat sensitive double-dippers were being dealt with. Now, after some bajillion tons of those paper rings managed their way to landfills, I was delighted to learn that Hazz Design came-up with a truly sustainable alternative. Made of PLA, a plastic substitute made from fermented plant starch (usually corn), it’s much friendlier to the environment compared to traditional plastics. Even better, it’s reusable (how sustainable can disposable really be?) and it’s distributed to consumers through a digital supply chain, versus ships, trains, and trucks.


(Thingiverse.com)
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