Boombotix x Fathom 3D Printed Cast

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3d printed cast empowers patients with analytics and audio

Once upon a time when I first moved to San Francisco, a guy by the name of Mike North (aka Dr. North) helped me out by offering me a desk in the corner of his Mission SF loft. North is always on the bleeding edge of technology which is one of the reasons I was excited to work alongside him. After giving a speech recently, he broke a leg. Rather than succumbing to sedentary life and adjusting his busy travel schedule, he turned it into a project.

Fathom Studios in Oakland helped out with the scanning and printing of the cast. Intel helped supply some of the electronic test boards. We just donated some Boombots to amp up the awesome. Check out the video below for more on the project. CNET recently covered the project and North plans on open sourcing the project with info on Instructables.

3D printed music box plays custom-composed songs

Yesterday’s music machinery given modern-day technology facelift

When we talk about awesome portable speakers, a hand-cranked music box isn’t the first thing that normally comes to mind, but the folks over at Left Field Labs have come out of, well, left field and really surprised us with their latest endeavor.


Referred to as “Music Drop”, the device you see above is a modern-day approach to yesterday’s music machinery; that is, the hand-cranked music box. The Left Field team explains their thinking, saying “. . . since the 18th century, people have embraced the charm of the music box – a compact music player originally built on the mechanics and tradition of artisan watchmaking. We wanted to create a modern day adaptation to put tech and cheer right in your hand.”


Outside of the design of the box itself, the buyer has complete control over their music box. They can customize it first by naming it, then they can choose the colors and music that they want the box to play by uploading it via the group’s site.

Once all of the data’s in, the Left Field team will assemble the Music Drop by hand and ship it over to your home.


Left Field Labs is “excited to see what we could do with 3D printing capabilities and with learnings from some of our more recent projects and experiments, we were attracted to the idea of tapping into the recent shift towards personalized, small-scale fabrication.”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!

Technology gets gnarly: world’s first 3D printed skateboard hits the streets

Art piece shows potential for expanding technology into sports and beyond

The photos below might look like a skateboard concept piece, but what you’re actually looking at is the world’s first 3D-printed, twin-tip skateboard:

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3D printer pen lets users create objects just by drawing them

New device eliminates need for bulky printers


Wow — I haven’t seen a Kickstarter campaign off take off like this since, well, we put our newest portable speaker on the site a few months ago.

The device below is called the 3Doodler and it was created by WobbleWorks. Basically, it’s a pen that allows users to create objects simply by drawing them, whether it’s on paper on in the air.

That’s right – it’s the world’s first 3D printing pen.

3Doodler pen

What’s great about the 3Doodler is the fact that it does away with the need for a bulky printer. It uses ABS plastic to build the object and it draws in the air or on most surfaces. The device simply extrudes heated plastic which quickly cools and solidifies into a stable object.

3Doodler objects

As you can see, it’s pretty easy to use and doesn’t require any computers / software / additional hardware. The user just plugs it in and the pen’s ready to start drawing. It can be drawn in the air or on flat forms and peeled off paper in separate parts to later be joined together.

3Doodler on paper

A 3Doodler stencil kit will be made available online to help first time users with getting started out and familiar with using the pen.

The original goal for 3Doodler on Kickstarter was $30,000. Today — February 21st, it’s already surpassed that goal (with 31 days left).

By a lot.

In fact, it’s already achieved $1.38 million.

Cool stuff. Check out the group’s campaign video below:

Infographic Essentials to Electronic Hardware Design

A lot of people have ideas of things they want to build but sometimes it can be daunting to get started.  Electronic hardware design in particular is something that scares most people.  Naturally, not everyone has every skill set required to make electronics, so most people dismiss it as the impossible.  They concede that only large companies with deep engineering resources can make electronics.  Fortunately, the rules have changed.  Technology has leveled the playing field and ODMs have opened their doors for business to entrepreneurs with a smaller wallet.

When we started building Boombots, we were working out of a garage (like most startups).  With less than $12k invested, we managed to get a finished production quality prototype and a completed injection mold.  Get in business gentlemen.