3Dea’s Top Five: A 3D Printed Blossoming Lamp, A Conversation with Shapeways’ CEO And A Lamp That You Can Hang Out With

Makerbot Removes Printable Guns from Thingiverse
Days after one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States’ history, Makerbot has removed many user-uploaded designs for gun parts from its website Thingiverse. The company did not mention the recent Newtown shootings but instead told Forbes that in a review of its website, it was removing items that violated its terms of service. Thingiverse’s ToS states that users may not upload content that “promotes illegal activities or contributes to the creation of weapons.” Forbes – Andy Greenberg

A Blossoming Lamp
Thingiverse user Emmett Lalish has designed a stunning 3D-printed lamp that could easily serve as the centerpiece for a holiday dinner. The lampshade, which consists of 14 interlocking pieces, can be opened or closed depending on how much light you need. When open, the lamp resembles a blooming flower. 3Ders

A Conversation with Shapeways
If you know 3D printing, you probably know Shapeways. The company allows users to sell their own 3D printed items by setting a production cost and allowing you to mark it up, even printing and distributing your items for you. Business Insider sat down with Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen, who noted (among other things) that in 2013 the company will make more 3D printing materials available to its customers. Business Insider – Kevin Smith

3D Printing Could Eliminate Assembly Process
The most straightforward way to 3D print anything with multiple parts is to first print each part individually and then do the assembling yourself. An app has even been developed (3Do It Yourself) that would allow individuals to partition objects too large to be printed in one go into smaller, more manageable pieces. Objet has recently released a video that shows their Connex500 3D printer printing a three-color, fully working model of a Ferris wheel. No assembly required. 3D Printer РMark Fleming

Pinokio: The Little Lamp That Could
Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror and Joss Dogget, students at Victoria University-Wellington, have created a moving desk lamp with the help of 3D printing. The lamp, which has a camera where a lightbulb should be, can find and follow human faces’ movement. Clapping your hands will attract the the lamp’s attention. Freaky or really, really cool? Probably a little bit of both. Ars Technica – Casey Johnston

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