So You Aren't A 3D Modeler?

This is indeed an issue for the emerging 3D print services: people want to make things, but few are experienced 3D modelers capable of designing anything, let alone something terrific.

Some companies have gone about solving this problem by having a wide selection of different professionally designed items, such as Ponoko or more recently Shapeways. But today we bumped into a rather unique solution: boxing gloves!

No, we're definitely not kidding. Fluid-forms provides a real punching bag, presumably fitted with a ton of sensors. The "designer", wearing actual boxing gloves, simply hits the bag in any manner desired - or even kicks it with their feet if a certified Karate master. The bag's sensor results are then transferred to a sophisticated computer model that gradually accumulates the effects of the punches on a digital model. Eventually a unique shape is created, and this 3D model can then be printed into reality.

How does the punching bag get into your living room? Well, it doesn't actually. Fluid-Forms provides a mouse-click interface to simulate the boxing match. Not quite as fun as doing it live, but still interesting.

One wonders what other haptic design solutions might emerge.

Via Fluid-Forms

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!