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October 2, 2014 AT 12:37 pm

3DxMechanicals – A Collection of 3DP Automata and Mechanical Toys! #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Today, our Community Spotlight focuses on designer Greg Zumwalt, who has shared a series of striking automata and mechanical toys online. Here is a round-up of some other 3D printed 3DxMechanicals that caught our attention as well!


Propeller for Animaris Geneticus Gracilis by Theo Jansen


Hula Hoop automaton made with a 3D printer, by kinetic sculptor Jim Watt


One of the prime resources on bring automata into the 3D printed era! Computational Design of Mechanical Characters, by DisneyResearch (read more)


Automaton Dragon by MakerBot Thingiverse

Automaton Dragon! by Jason Bakutis, MakerBot


Dancing Baby Groot by LDIbarra Thingiverse

Dancing Baby Groot by LDIbarra


Marble Run by Adam Fontenault and Chris Byonton, MakerBot


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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!

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