3D Printing Gun Out of Lego

What do you do if you want to 3D print in any direction, but can’t buy a pre-made pen like the 3Doodler? If you’re Vimal Patel, you build your own. He melded a hot glue gun with a powered Lego mechanism (really, Technic) to extrude filament in any axis. To call it bulky would be an understatement, but it works — as you’ll see in the video below, it can produce fairly complex objects as long as you have a keen eye and a steady hand. And if you want to try it, you can. Patel has posted his Lego Digital Designer file for the 3D printing gun, so it shouldn’t be too hard to replicate the invention at home.




Lego Key Holder

I think this is an ingenius idea. It is a key plaque out of Lego. The keys can be connected depending on use.


“Build” Brings Legos to the Browser

Google Chrome’s “Build” gives users a chunk of virtual property using the company’s Maps technology, and allows them to build it out with digital Legos.

Build is an experiment by Google that gives users the tools for bringing anything in their mind’s eye to digital life on the Chrome browser. Upon signing in, you’re allotted a small plot of land (or sea) on which to build a foundation with digital Legos. The bricks were made with WebGL for a 3-D effect, and the space they inhabit is located on virtual Google Map coordinates. Since the space is finite, Lego engineers are encouraged to make it count. Medieval castles have already been erected.

Google worked on this project in its Sydney offices, which explains why all the available real estate is in Australia and New Zealand. (Other countries will open up soon.) According to Google Australia’s official blog, the site has 8 trillion bricks, easily making it the largest Lego collection the world has known.