Elasto plastic rubber material for 3d-printing?

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A common material for 3D printing are ABS/PLA plastic, but now have the company Shapeways introduced a material that can print bendable and flexible objects. The material is called Elasto Plastic, The material is  in an “experimental stage” and still has some work to be done, according to Shapeways (when it comes to heat resistance, color, finish and durability). So shapeways hasn’t begun selling the material, but you can if you’d like an object in the material, Shapeways can print the object for you. Even if the material is not here right now, it’s a sign for that more material will be available in time for the hobbyists, as long as it’s in a thread format and not powder, if the companies behind 3d printing can get that type of 3d printer cheaper.

But here’s some techical data on the material

  • Min Wall Supported: 0.8mm (will expand to…

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Austin Again! Round Rock Mini Maker Faire Preview

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Round Rock_MMF_logos_GooglePlusTechShop was born at Maker Faire Bay Area (so the legend goes), and the membership makerspace chain has long been a participant and sponsor at Maker Faire. So it’s no real surprise that one branch has stepped up to organize their own Mini Maker Faire.

Round Rock Mini Maker Faire will take place this Saturday, June 8th, at TechShop Austin/Round Rock.  Here’s a preview of some of the cool makers that will be showing their stuff:

The Type 40 Mark III console is an interactive sound sculpture. It is modeled after the control panel in Dr. Who’s Tardis. The console surface is covered interactive controls that trigger samples, loops, and other sounds. You can also modify tempo, tone, pitch, and apply different sound filters to create your own dynamic soundscape! Watch:

The Nerdy Derby, a no-rules miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby…

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Circuit Bending Bacteria with the Fuel Cell Symphony

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What I’m doing now is looking for sonic richness with bacterial activity

Mexico City-based artist and nomadic plants maker Gilberto Esparza is back at it again. In collaboration with the Lincoln Reimagine Project, the video below debuted at TEDActive in Palm Springs last month. Developed in order to have conversations about polluted rivers in Mexico, Esparza will collect water samples, with each sample’s contents producing unique audio attributes. Environmental monitoring disc jockeying, if you will.

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