Nick [Pyenson]’s excavation of one of the largest fossil finds in Chile, which uncovered the skeletal remains of dozens of whales, has lead to the largest 3D printed joint-venture between 3D Systems and the Smithsonian to date. Indeed, the end of last week saw the first major 3D printed piece for the Smithsonian Institution installed and on display at the National Museum of Natural History along with a showcasing of different 3D printing and scanning technologies. The installation is a 3D printed replica a prehistoric whale fossil that is 20 feet in length, which, according to both parties, means that the prints are the largest existing of their kind. The whale fossils have been finished and mounted to replicate the way they were discovered in the desert….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!