The Walking Gyro relies on a spinning flywheel and centrifugal forces to take tiny, but steady, steps. Now that the patent has expired, there’s a free 3D-printable version that anyone can make themselves.
Michael Sng’s Machination Studio has created the ultimate example of what 3D-printed toys can be with the HMC Boudicca; a 20-inch tall walking mechanised tank with more detailed animated features than even R2-D2 has.
A generation ago, getting a prosthetic limb fitted usually amounted to a having a heavy, nearly useless hunk of plastic and metal tacked onto your body. But bionic hands such as this one illustrate just how quickly that’s all changing.
Almost every new innovation that involves 3D printing has a moment of “wtf am I looking at” wonder. Take for example, this “computational hydrographic printing” process, which uses PVA film, linear motors, and a 3D vision system (read: Xbox Kinect) to accurately paint patterns onto objects. Mental. See more >>