UK-based supermaker Colin Furze uses 3D printing.
The YouTube star has been making astonishing projects for several years, placing videos of the making-of and using-of incredible objects online for viewers worldwide. His projects are ingenious, sometimes dangerous and always completely outrageous.
How outrageous do we mean? Take a look at him riding an actual, fully operational hoverbike he built from basic components:
Be sure to watch to the end, where you’ll see he’s equipped the hoverbike with rocket-powered weaponry. Yes, he really did. And launched at night.
Furze has produced other insane projects, including:
An ejector bed (yes, really)
And many, many more ridiculous items.
He produces all of these contraptions in his modest workshop in Stamford, UK. He uses a variety of tools to build them, mostly conventional tooling you’d find in any basic workshop.
But does he use 3D printing? It turns out, yes, he does.
Take a look at this shot of a part for his Machine Gun Briefcase (yes, that’s a thing and it actually worked):
It turns out that Furze, like many popular social media stars, is supplied with equipment by generous manufacturers hoping to see their machines portrayed by the star. Furze is no exception here, having been supplied with various CNC equipment and supplies. But also he’s obtained a 3D printer.
Last year Furze announced:
“Colin furze has entered the 21st century!
I have used the 3D printer given to me by LulzBot on many inventions, what a fab piece of technology. Big thanks LulzBot.
It’s odd doing something else knowing that a part is being made.”
Furze uses the popular LulzBot TAZ 6, which might be due for an upgrade given the company’s recent updates. He’s been using the equipment for over a year, and evidently has quite a supply of filament:
While he doesn’t specifically mention the 3D printing equipment in his videos, you do see evidence of it from time to time, just as he shows other making gear in his workshop. To Furze, 3D printing is not magic; it’s just another tool in the workshop.
And that’s how it should be.