Posts Tagged ‘Printing’

A Valentine’s Day to Remember: Paper Flowers

We’re taking a quick break from 3D printing, ink thieves and Petabytes to bring you a series on handcrafted, unique Valentine’s Day ideas that’ll make her (or his!) heart swoon. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and we encourage you to dispense with the old standbys like chocolate and roses this year, and put together a gift from the heart and your own hands your significant other will never forget.

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A Crafty and Creative Valentine’s Day Guide

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People talk about getting fed up with the commercialization of Valentine’s Day, but the truth is that no one can resist a heartfelt expression of love, especially if time and effort was put into the gift. These printable projects are a clever way to show loved ones that you care, without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for something to give to a long-time paramour or you’re on course to reveal a secret crush, you’ll be amazed at the type of things you can create with ink and some ingenuity. Ink Technologies is pleased to bring you this free guide to get you started. Continue reading “A Crafty and Creative Valentine’s Day Guide” »

3D Printers Take Over The World!

MakerBot Replicator 2XWhat?…it could happen! 

In the meantime, however, these printers may very well be printing the future:

“If you are a MacGyver, a Doc Brown or have a little mad scientist in you, and want to experiment with one of the fullest-featured desktop 3D printers and see where it can take you, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer is for you,” said Makerbot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis.

We blogged about the merger between Objet and Stratasys back in December and how part of the stated reason  was that 3D Printing was going mainstream. Well, 40 days ago MakerBot’s Replicator 2 was retailing for $2,200.00, a cost we thought was still a tad prohibitive for the “mainstream.” Continue reading “3D Printers Take Over The World!” »

Printing on Fabric

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We all like to express our individuality through the clothes we wear, and one of the quickest and least expensive ways to create unique and original clothing is using an ordinary inkjet printer. The techniques we are about to discuss work brilliantly for making personalized t-shirts, but there’s no reason that you can’t apply the same ideas to decorating other items of clothing.

There are a couple of techniques that are frequently used to print designs onto fabric: the freezer paper method, and using transfer paper. We’ve found that the latter method is more reliable and results in images that last longer, so that’s what we’re going to focus on here, but we’ll give a brief explanation of the freezer paper printing method for those of you who want to try it out.

Whichever method you choose, you’re going to need a design. You can use any graphics applications you like to create the design. If you haven’t got the appropriate software, take a look at this list of great online art applications to get you started.

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Will You Be Printing Your Prescription Medication One Day?

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As we’ve discussed in previous articles, the basic concepts behind inkjet printing can be applied to many areas outside of document printing. You’ll already be familiar with the concept of 3D printing, where small amounts of material are laid down in layers to form three dimensional objects. This technology is already available for consumers to buy, and many hobbyist 3D printing kits are on the market. In a recent development, scientists in Glasgow, Scotland have devised a method that, in the future, will allow drugs to be printed in the same way.

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