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Edwin A. Abbott’s 1884 novel Flatland. Subtitled A Romance of Many Dimensions and written under the pseudonym “A Square”, was a social satire commenting on the close-minded hierarchy of Victorian society. The narrator – a square – lives in a 2D world and when he is visited by a sphere and convinced of the existence of a 3rd dimension, he is rejected by 2D society.

Kit Russell’s Flatland posters work with the content by only being readable when folded into a 3D shape – either an indent cube or a sphere:

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Fly, my pretty

3D is going to change the world (here and here), but in the meantime, people are making some awesomely pointless shit.

Case in point, this wonderful human being has made a gun that loads unfolded paper and fires out paper aeroplanes:

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3D printing has come a long way in the last few years, revolutionising orthopaedics, clockmaking and fashion, but now, at long last, we have its first great artwork.

The Sistine Chapel, Monet’s Water Lilies, and now the boob/poop wheel. Majestic:

Poop or Boob


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Tempus fugit

There’s something incredibly sweet about how this clock carefully puts the brush back after each sweep.

Unfortunately, before you rush out to buy your own handwriting tie-keeper, this a one-of a kind, 3-D printed job. Beautifully ingenious:

Perpetual Plotter Clock(via)

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Gear sphere

3D printing is getting really, really good. This ball is made entirely of interlocking gears and was entirely 3D-printed. I’m not sure if it was printed as one entire piece, but I really hope so.

Having said that, the real amazing talent here is probably whoever designed this. Imagining trying to draw this out as a blueprint melts my brain:

3D printend %22ball%22 made entirely of gears

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Rethink are the most awarded agency in the world (though not for the reason you might think):

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Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill has created the Cortex, a 3D-printed exoskeletal cast that’s designed to be ventilated, light, and recyclable, unlike traditional plaster casts.

It’s only at the concept and prototype stage at the moment, but the plan would be to use X-rays and 3D scans of the patient to 3D print a cast that securely supports the point of fracture while allowing the rest of arm breathability.

Presumably, part of development of this cast will involve creating some form of software to identify the optimal shape for each cast, as individual arms and each unique break would need a personalised shape and fit to support them.

As the cost of 3D printing drops, and design software becomes more accessible, this sort of technology will become more and more relevant in medicine. And that’s really exciting:

Jake Evill - Cortex 1 Jake Evill - Cortex 2Jake Evill - Cortex 3Jake Evill - Cortex 4(via and via)

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