3D-print your face in chocolate for that special Valentines Day gift

3D-print your face in chocolate for that special Valentines Day gift

Tokyos FabCafe launches service to make your face edible but are the results more sinister than romantic?

Fri 25 Jan 201315.06 GMTFirst published on Fri 25 Jan 201315.06 GMT

Stuck for aValentines Daygift with that special personal touch? A Japanese 3D-printing company may well have the answer providing the opportunity for you to print your own face in chocolate.

ShibuyasFabCafeis offering a two-day workshop for budding techno-chocolatiers to learn how to transform their face into a sinister edible treat. For 6,000 Yen (40), you can have your head scanned and turned into a 3D digital model, which is then printed in plastic in high definition on aProjetHD printer. A silicon mould is made from this positive form and filled with melted chocolate and the final product can be secreted in a box of chocolates and presented to your unsuspecting loved one.

Its the result of an increasingly elaborate market in chocolate Valentines gifts inJapan, driven by pressure for ever more original, personalised presents. Tradition states that women give chocolate gifts to men on Valentines Day with special emphasis on bespoke, handmade items. Men are expected to return the favour one month later on White Day for which FabCafe is planning a follow-up workshop.

The brainchild of digital production company,Loftwork, the FabCafe is a high-tech evolution of the internet cafe, equipped with a range of digital fabrication tools so you can enjoy a spot of laser-cutting with your latte. It joins a growing trend for niche coffee shops in Japan, includingcat cafes, where you can have a drink surrounded by feline friends, and cafes where you can eat with your favouritereal live anime character.

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downloaded, built and flown, amazing work, and attention to the physics of flight. I used the included slicer settings and have to tweak it to get it right, I recommend using the included Gcode files, if you can, I had to figure out the Z axis compensation for my ROBO 3D but once I knew the trick I just printed the STLs and fine tuned it during print. had lifting of the wing sections so I lowered the bed and HE temps to ease the stress of contracting PLA. If anything the fuse is a little squishy behind the cockpit so I added some 1mm carbon rod bracing and it stiffened up nicely. Love my new plane

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I dont know about you guys, but I have a basement full of impractical things and my printer is one of them. I spend hours printing things I could easily buy from the dollar store. That EFX is one of my favorite speed planes and is blistering fast with my rare bear motor in it. But I have more satisfaction with this P-51 and I havent even flown it yet. Why? Because no one else in my area has one! Its unique, cutting edge and other than buying the file…I made it.

I just wish I had half the CAD talent of Stepan so I could design more of my own stuff.

placed my order for the mustang! going to print it in clear PLA. cannot wait to get it started!

Well, I printed the very first piece last night, I didnt want to print the entire right wing without doing a test print first so I picked the smallest wing section and followed the video instruction exactly. I dont have a .40 nozzle but I did set my extrusion width to .42 (from the usual .40) and the wing came out just about perfect except one tiny bump in the skin that is hardly noticeable. I measured the skin thickness and it varies from .42 down to .37 in some spots so I am going to do a thin wall calibration later today to make sure everything is calibrated correctly. The clear (natural) PLA looks amazing, I cannot wait until it is finished, I bet lights inside this would look awesome! Will get some pics up when I get time.

3DLabPrint, your Mustang was the star of the show at our local makergroup meeting! It blew people away that something like that was even possible! I got all of my electronics in yesterday, hoping to maiden it this weekend. I also designed a wall hanger for it! I will upload the files if anyone is interested.

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Protocol on how to 3D print protein structures?

We have bought a Makerbot 3D printer and would greatly appreciate it if someone send me a protocol on how to print 3D protein structures (e.g. from Molecular Modeling Database/Structure, Protein Databank, etc.)

I routinely print molecules on my Makerbot using the following protocol:

2a. If rendering as a cartoon, thicken the model so as to convey structural rigidity onto the final print. Choose an aspect ratio of about 2, thickness of about 1.

2b. If rendering van der Waals surfaces, set the atomic radii to be about 1.4.

3. Turn off the XYZ Axes, otherwise they will be rendered too.

5. Use a program such as netfabb to repair the stl (the ones from VMD are often not manifold or orientable).

7. When printing, I recommend using rafts. Supports are compulsory as there are invariably overhangs.

I have produced a number of protein models available on the thingiverse:

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Here is the step-by-step procedure I used:

1. search for the molecule of interest in Protein Data Bank then export in pdb format

3. Prepare the molecule as you wish to see it printed (I use ribbons only but you could try solid structure, thats no problem)

4. Directly export in .stl format (most 3D printers recognize this format)

5. Open the stl file in your 3D-printer software: it is often necessary to repair the molecule. There if you want me to be more specific I can only do it for the UP and MakerBot printers.

6. Print: it takes hours and its a nightmare to remove the support material but once its done the result is beautiful!

I hope it helps! Dont hsitate to ask me for more details!

Here is a link to a tutorial I prepared:

Thank you Tobias, I will look at those.

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Here is the step-by-step procedure I used:

1. search for the molecule of interest in Protein Data Bank then export in pdb format

3. Prepare the molecule as you wish to see it printed (I use ribbons only but you could try solid structure, thats no problem)

4. Directly export in .stl format (most 3D printers recognize this format)

5. Open the stl file in your 3D-printer software: it is often necessary to repair the molecule. There if you want me to be more specific I can only do it for the UP and MakerBot printers.

6. Print: it takes hours and its a nightmare to remove the support material but once its done the result is beautiful!

I hope it helps! Dont hsitate to ask me for more details!

Here is a link to a tutorial I prepared:

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MakerBot is not ideal for printing protein models unless they are very simple, so Ill recommend using coarse molecular surfaces and then finding an orientation that minimizes the number of concavities/overhangs along the vertical axis.

For more general printing advice, Ive pasted some discussion we recently had on the Chimera group list serve at the bottom (not specific to maker bot).

First a very general recommendation about 3D printing for people without a printer:

If you want to do full color models, you can hire a service to do it for you, e.g., the lab where I got my PhD: will take care of all of the support and struts etc.) or you can export a VRML file (Ive not tried Chimeras VRML files, but Im sure it would work fine), and upload that to an online service to print in a huge variety of materials, including metal, such as The website will give you instant feedback about the printability of your model, followed a couple days later by some human input.

NIH plans to support 3D printing very soon. Here is a placeholder for their future website (nothing clickable for the public yet, but the movie will inspire) and you can request to join the beta testers group to gain full access to the website:


Heres a link to the 3-D models we make using Chimera and our uPrint

Just a few more details from the Chimera end. You can use File… Export Scene and choose the STL format.

There are some things to consider, such as structural integrity and whether the exported triangles are well-behaved. The link Tom sent has some discussion of these issues. Also, there is a relatively new struts command (not in 1.8, you need a daily build) to add reinforcing bars to a structure for 3D printing:

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Very interesting comment Graham and thanks for the links!

Regarding the printing of complex molecular models, I love the idea of using water soluble support material ( Can be done by using two extruders on a Makerbot and use HIPS as material for support.

The most amazing models in my view:

Check out the new NIH 3D Print Exchange. We do a lot of the compute for you so that all you have to do is send the file to the printer.

I routinely print molecules on my Makerbot using the following protocol:

2a. If rendering as a cartoon, thicken the model so as to convey structural rigidity onto the final print. Choose an aspect ratio of about 2, thickness of about 1.

2b. If rendering van der Waals surfaces, set the atomic radii to be about 1.4.

3. Turn off the XYZ Axes, otherwise they will be rendered too.

5. Use a program such as netfabb to repair the stl (the ones from VMD are often not manifold or orientable).

7. When printing, I recommend using rafts. Supports are compulsory as there are invariably overhangs.

I have produced a number of protein models available on the thingiverse:

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For your interest, please find a list of protein models printed by some of my students.

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I have written a detailed guide explaining every step for rending and printing molecular models:

You can also use the NIH 3D print exchange ( it works really well. You just load upload the .pdb file and it will convert it for you and give you a the files you need. See See

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A team of researchers from HRL Laboratories have devised a method that finally allows for the 3D printing of high-strength metals and alloys. These materials, commonly used in heavy-duty industrial parts, can now be manufactured faster and cheaper than ever before.

For the longest time, metal-based manufacturing has been difficult and costly. High-strength aluminum alloys are difficult materials to work with for additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Now, researchers fromHRL Laboratorieshave developed a new method that allowed them to 3D print high-strength aluminum and weld previously unweldable material.

Were using a 70-year-old nucleation theory to solve a 100-year-old problem with a 21st century machine, Hunter Martin, a PhD student at theUniversity of California, Santa Barbaraand engineer at HRLs Sensors and Materials Laboratory, said ina press release.

The HRL researchers came up with a method theyve called nanofunctionalization, where nano-functionalized powders are fed to a 3D printer. This is applied in thin layers which are heated by a laser to solidify into a three-dimensional object. During melting and solidification, the structures produced using this method dont crack and are able to maintain their full alloy strength, thanks to the nanoparticles acting as nucleation sites for the intended alloy microstructure.

Our first goal was figuring out how to eliminate the hot cracking altogether. We sought to control microstructure and the solution should be something that naturally happens with the way this material solidifies, Martin said.

High-strength alloys like aluminum including types like Al7075 and Al6061  are currently used in engineering aircraft and automobile parts, like in airplane fuselages. However, current methods are largely expensive and are unable to allow finer manipulation of these materials.Click to View Full Infographic

Now, with this HRLs new nanofunctionalization technique thats easily scalable, its possible to 3D print these high-strength alloys in all shapes and sizes. This allows faster, cheaper, and more detailed manufacturing using high-strength materials. Furthermore, because melting and solidification in 3D printing is akin to welding, their technique makes it possible to weld previously unweldable alloys.

To determine which particles had the properties they needed, the HRL team asked help fromCitrine Informatics. The point of using informatics software was to do a selective approach to the nucleation theory we knew to find the materials with the exact properties we needed, HRLs Brennan Yahata explained. Once we told them what to look for, their big data analysis narrowed the field of available materials from hundreds of thousands to a select few. We went from a haystack to a handful of possible needles.

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