Ok, you may have been fooled by Freedom of Creation's amazing wooden 3D printing post yesterday, but it wasn't the only fib told in the 3D printing blogosphere on this year's April Fool's day. Here's a compendium of notable tall tales:
- Freedom of Creation described a quite elaborate secret project to 3D print using sawdust. We wrote our opinion here and went along with the gag. Be sure to read not only their original post, but also their "making of" follow up post. They said: "Hundreds, if not thousands, fell for it!"
- Makerbot apparently introduced a method of printing "listenable vinyl records" (see image above). "Chief Audio Engineer Isaac Dietz" is currently ripping his entire MP3 collection to vinyl. Their video is very funny and obviously took a lot of work to produce. There's even some downloadable geode, but we're too afraid to print it lest Rick Astley emerge from our MakerBot.
- Shapeways introduced a new material (well, that isn't surprising) that is a modern miracle! It has no minimum wall thickness, no minimum level of detail and is highly transparent. The mysterious new material even has a typical Shapeways-style name: "Spring Aeros Uber-Transparent Detail & Flexible". The giveaway is it's composition: "This material is made with 78% N2, 21% O2, .93% Ar, .03% CO2, .001% He, and .0001% CO".
- Open3DP didn't run a gag post, but instead accidentally discovered a way to create a glass-ceramic composite material - by April fools, indeed!
- Thingiverse user MakeALot posted news of a unique supply of Tartan-colored ABS filament. The filament is apparently only available in 3mm size because "the spots are too big to fit on the 1.75 mm and the stripes slide off".
There are certainly more funny posts out there, but we really enjoyed these.