Gaming experience with 3D printing

Check Out LyteShot: An Outdoor Gaming Experience Which Allows Players to Interact With Each Other in the Real World

http://goo.gl/GXFdQE

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Video games are fun. There are no questions about it, and they will only continue to improve as time goes by. The one problem with video games, however, is the fact that more and more kids are passing up physical outdoor activities and instead spending hours on end in front of their television sets, smartphones and tablets.
Thanks to one father, named Mark Ladd, and his company, LyteShot, this may be about to change. Ladd was tired of seeing his kids stuck to their phones and tablets, and wanted to conceive of a way that he could get them out of the house and also connect with them in a fun way.
“I wanted to come up with a way to integrate the digital gaming experience, to get them to head outside and once again engage their imagination,” says Ladd.
So he and co-founder Tom Ketola came up with a new type of mobile gaming system which also happens to utilize 3D printing for the customization of peripherals, and they are currently trying to raise funding via Kickstarter. LyteShot provides for a real-world gaming experience, where gamers actually interact with one another on a physical level.
The LyteGun
Gamers are equipped with two devices, a Lyter (the weapon), and the LytePuck, which is a sensor. The sensor acts as a target of sorts, receiving a signal from the Lyter when a player is hit, and alerting the players via a light and vibration mechanism. The Lyter acts as the base for adding on peripherals to turn it into a gun, knife, sword, or virtually anything you can think of. The company is also making it so that these peripherals can be 3D printed on virtually any 3D printer. Backers of the Kickstarter campaign may choose a backer level that comes with the .STL files for 3 of these 3D printable peripherals, and developers and gamers themselves may also design and 3D print their very own.
The LyteDagger

Currently LyteShot is working on completing a game called Assassin, but they are also welcoming other developers to join in and develop more games. It should be interesting to see what comes about with LyteShot, and what types of other games are developed for it, if successfully funded on Kickstarter. Conceivably the possibilities are endless. Other than games that involve weapons, there could even be sports games, where developers create some sort of 3D printable accessory that could turn the Lyter into a hockey stick or baseball bat, or virtually anything else that they can think up.

The idea of 3D printing could make this mobile gaming application quite unique, allowing gamers to modify their weapons and fully customize them for their own unique gaming experience.

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What do you think about LyteShot? Have you backed them on Kickstarter? Discuss in the LyteShot forum thread on 3DPB.com.

3DPRINT.COM
by  | JANUARY 8, 2015
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From cosplay to cartoonists…

From Cosplay to Cartoonists, Malta 3D Printing’s Blog brings you all the Madness and Mayhem that was the Malta Comic Con 2014!

http://malta3dprinting.blogspot.com/…/malta-comic-con-2014-…

Malta Comic Con 2014 Recap

For the fantastic fans who attended the 6th installment of the Malta Comic Con, and those unlucky enough to have missed it – here’s a heartfelt review by Malta 3D Printing to echo the great vibes we felt over the weekend.

The well-organized staff knew they had their work cut out for them, but they really outdid themselves. We’re ecstatic to have contributed to this magnificent two-day journey, which ran smoothly throughout.

It came and went in one bright flash, but the memories and experience we’ve gained will not be forgotten.

Every fascinating nook and cranny at St.James Cavalier had an alluring exhibition. World-renowned sketch artists and comic book creators like Dave Taylor (Batman, Judge Dredd etc.), Andrew Wildman (Thundercats, Transformers) and Mike Collins(Spiderman, Doctor Who), amongst others, reached out to their Maltese fans.

Budding local illustrators also contributed pop-culture mash up, alongside heated gaming competitions, workshops for parents and children and a Fantasy Showgirls performance.

Now that the local public is getting a slice of the Malta 3D Printing pie, many know what to expect from us. We encountered a lot familiar faces, but plenty of fresh ones too.

We anticipated hordes of cosplaying crusaders, and as we predicted the turnout was excellent. The incredible level of detail put into the costumes was inspiring to us.

As a company that prides itself on customization, we were impressed.

A young Darth Vader, Big Boss and Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, Mercury from Sailor Moon, Captain America and an assortment of Batman characters like Poison Ivy all made cameo appearances.

Our pair of ‘Ultimaker 2’ printers and colourful array of products attracted interest from a terrific assortment of people.

Similar to the Comics Expo, this event was the first time many people came face-to-face with 3D printing, a hot topic in the ever-expanding world of technology. Therefore, we received a flurry of questions from wide-eyed children to those young at heart, and the Malta 3D Printing trio answered every and any question.

Droves of passersby were once again lured into our puzzle competition.

Ten lucky individuals solved the enigma and were rewarded with a translucent Pokémon of their choice. Those unfortunate enough not to have completed the puzzle, although feeling slightly frustrated, still left with a smile on their face.

As we promised in our previous blog post, we conducted printing sessions on the spot for customers. Puzzle cubes in various colours were a popular request, while other creations included a pair of monsters from the popular League of Legends game.

The prospect of winning one of our products on display had attendees with a twinkle in their eye.

The three products available to those who chanced their hand at our rafflewere a blue glow-in-the-dark Aztec warrior, a red ‘hell-skull’ and a crowd favourite, the Terminator T-800 skull in grey.

The lucky winner, Axel Scicluna, took home the menacing ‘hell-skull’ as a reward.

At one point, members of our team invaded the hallways of St.James, armed with an assortment of 3D printed weapons, spreading knowledge and wisdom.We sincerely look forward to working with some of the bright minds we met at this event.

As we slowly regain consciousness after this 2-day spectacle, we can only hope that similar events in the future can maintain the same intensity. Malta Comic Con 2014, we salute you.

MALTA3DPRINTING.BLOGSPOT.COM

by  | 3 December 2014

Malta Comic Con raffle

Congratulations to Axel Scicluna! The Winner of the Malta 3D Printing Comic Con Raffle!

A big thanks to all the people that took part in the event! We had a great time speaking to all of you and hearing your feedback. Photos will be uploaded within the next few days so watch this space.

"Congratulations to Axel Scicluna! The Winner of the Malta 3D Printing Comic Con Raffle!   A big thanks to all the people that took part in the event! We had a great time speaking to all of you and hearing your feedback. Photos will be uploaded within the next few days so watch this space :)"

The Malta Comic Con!

Our latest blog post tells you exactly why you should be heading to the Malta Comic Con this weekend at St James’ Cavalier and more importantly, which stand to check out once you’re there 🙂

http://malta3dprinting.blogspot.com/…/5-reasons-to-visit-ou…

This weekend on the 29th and 30th of November, at the Malta Comic Con, Malta 3D Printing is back and better than ever. We’ve learned a great deal from the amazing customers we met at the last event.

Organized by Wicked Comics, the event is the 6th installment of its kind, hosted at St.James Cavalier, Valletta. Both days will be choc-a-bloc with foreign and local artist exhibitions, gaming competitions, workshops, discussion panels, lectures and plenty more!

We’ll be there before the first person arrives and after the last one leaves. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit our stand.

1) Bigger and Better Products
For an event of this magnitude,we’re bringing out the big guns. And swords. In fact, we’ve got a picturesque Hellboy Gun and a 2-foot long Adventure Time sword to scare off the competition.

We’ve got tricks up our sleeves and aces in the hole. A re-imagined army of Pokemon and a life-sized Master Chief helmet(from the Halo series) will be at the front of our stall.

Find out what the rest of the exclusive products are by dropping by this weekend!

2) Win FREE products!

Every attendee has an equal chance to win a prize with Malta 3D Printing. Enter our raffle for a chance to win one of three products.

Reckon you’re great at solving puzzles? Try your hands at our super-popular 3D cube puzzle. Form a 3×3 cube within 20 minutes and win a free Pokemon. It looks simple, but looks can be deceiving.

3) Learn about 3D Printing
If you’re confused about how a printer morphs material into a fine plastic model, we’ve got the answers.

Take this unique opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand. Whether you’re clueless about the entire process or you’re familiar with fusion deposition modelling, we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have.

4) Live Printing Sessions
Witness first-hand the creation of a product from the first layer of plastic to the final touches. We’ll start out by printing simple products like business card holders or badges, but we’re fully equipped to take orders on the spot.

Select a 3D model of a character from your favourite series, and within a few hours or less it will be ready.Talk about efficiency!

If you’re not 100% certain on what you’d like, we’ll happily recommend something. Observe our technician fine tuning our machines, or stand back as he carefully detaches a fresh, hot product from our Ultimaker 2 build plate.

5) Buy An Original Christmas Present

Best friend an X-men fanatic? Check out our Wolverine Claws or Wolverine bust.

Our stand will be overflowing with eye-catching products from your favourite pop-culture universes. Now is the time to purchase a Christmas gift which your loved one will never forget. Remember, you won’t find our products in any other stores.

Alternatively, add a little spice to your cosplay outfit with one of our products. If there’s nothing on display that matches your costume, inquire with us and we can print it as soon as you’d like. You can also place a personalized order and have it ready for the Christmas period.

MALTA3DPRINTING.BLOGSPOT.COM
by  | 28 November 2014

The Malta Comics Pop Culture Expo 2014!

Our latest blog post takes a look at the great adventure we had at the end of October; The MaltaComics Pop Culture Expo 2014!!!

Follow the link below to read all about this amazing experience! 🙂

http://malta3dprinting.blogspot.com/…/malta-comics-expo-rec…

Malta 3D Printing would like to take a special moment in its blogging history to share our terrific experience at the local Comics Expo that blew us away between the 31st October and 2nd November. Jam-packed with interesting vendors, panels with celebrity guests, gaming competitions and artists displaying their work, this event symbolized pop culture at its finest.

Taking centre stage in the main hallway at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, our stand attracted countless curious expo guests. The mechanical sounds of our printers churning away were drowned out by the expo’s array of interesting noises – whether the host was announcing the arrival of Bane, or Paul Eiding was shouting out “SNAAAKE!” at the top of his lungs.

Our stand was flanked by two stalls which captured the essence of the event – a graphic novel and comic book stall to our left and right respectively. On the opening day, the celebrities were stationed right in front of us, and only a stone’s throw away from our printers, one could find a splendid collection of vintage automobiles.

These included the A-Team van, KITT from Knightrider and Starsky and Hutch’s Gran Torino, amongst others.

Our three-man team met a number of different, interesting people from all walks of life – artists, cosplayers and comic book fans from America, France, Italy and beyond. Participants did not take the cosplay competition lightly – one cosplayer claimed to havespent 900 euros on his Assassin’s Creed outfit! Jack Sparrow and Catwoman were the weekend’s odd couple, while Batman costumes seemed to be the most popular.

We were elated to receive positive feedback during and after the event, and interest in our merchandise did not wane throughout the weekend.

People particularly appreciated the level of detail in our products, from the finely chiseled chin on Batman’s face to the intricacy of our Terminator T-800 Exoskull. Most people seemed to be taken aback, amazed at 3D printing technology in general.

Attendees loved our Wolverine claws and Dr.Doom mask. Our Hell Boy gun was pointed at many a head, and Adventure Time sword carried around with pride. Other fan favourites included our Portal book ends, Batman bust and of course, the translucent Pokemon.

To highlight 3D printing’s ability to provide quick, on-demand products, we conductedlive printing sessions, pumping out business card holders for ourselves and nearby vendors, who appreciated our kind gesture.

As friendly lightsaber battles raged on in front of our stand, we continued to produce and sell items including a glow-in-the-dark gyroscope and a hidden-blade from the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

While this technology may have been around for decades, most people have never seen a 3D printer in action. After getting an eyeful, most did not hesitate to inquire, and we happily discussed the basic principles as well as the technical aspects.

The majority of people were unfamiliar with printing procedures, so we elaborated on the process of creating a three-dimensional shape from a 3D file. Others were curious as to what materials are most commonly used (PLA, ABS, Rubber etc.), and how long the average product takes to be printed.

Hordes of people lined up to attempt our challenging cube puzzle, but surprisingly, less than a dozen managed to complete it.

A highlight of the weekend was being fortunate enough to spend some time with the down-to-earth celebrities that attended. As a token of appreciation for the countless hours of entertainment they’ve provided us with over the years, we donated some 3D printed products to them.

Things came full circle for ex-Star Trek star Robert Picardo. He may be used to the ‘Replicator’ device, dreamt up by inspirational Star Trek writers, but our 3D printers are the real deal. We gave the doctor his first dose of 3D printing. He left with a big smile on his face and glow-in-the-dark letters spelling out ‘N-E-R-D’.

Joseph Gatt, the God of War and Game of Thrones star received a free door-stop in the shape of a slice of cheese, courtesy of Malta 3D Printing. Popular voice-actor Paul Eiding(voice actor for Metal Gear Solid & Ben 10, etc.) was kind enough to sign two ‘Fox Hound’ badges printed on the spot, and even took another home as a souvenir.

In the end, we were sad to see the event come to a close, but this has only served to strengthen our resolve.

Now, we’re fully focused on future events of a similar nature. Expect us to return with a passion – more puzzles, bigger and better products and the chance to win free 3D printed items.

A big thanks to all those who showed interest in what we’re passionate about. Witnessing the smiles on people’s faces is just as rewarding as removing a freshly printed product from the build plate!

MALTA3DPRINTING.BLOGSPOT.COM
by  | 11 November 2014

3D printed AR 15 lower gun

This goes to show everyone that 3D printed guns are not as straightforward and simple as everybody thinks they are. However, does the concept still frighten you?

http://3dprint.com/22948/3d-printed-ar-15-lower-gun/

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Shots have been fired! And with great interest, hobbyists who are not only 3D printing enthusiasts but 3D printing gun enthusiasts, are taking note of the latest news on the WarFairy 3D printable AR-15 lower, with video and explanation of the process provided by Reddit user schlauncha.

Talk began when WarFairy released a 3D printable gun design on Reddit, which still required some refinement, as well as a conversion kit. Known as the Hanuman AR-15 Bullpup, it does not have a safety, and requires the user to operate at his own risk. The specs state that it should work without issue, but that was not the case for schlauncha.

In using the open source design for the WarFairy Charon, schlauncha added some of his own modifications, to include:

  • Different and larger buttpad for his desired length of pull.gun
    • Beefed up front takedown pin area and bolt release pin area.
    • 3D printing with ABS using his Da Vinci XYZPrinter 1.0, consuming approximately 1 spool of 600g.

Due to the amount of backlash in recent press over 3D printing of guns, it is important to note that schlauncha lives in an area where it is legal for him to 3D print the gun, as well as to possess it.

“This firearm conforms to all ATF rules like any other AR15 lower,” points out schlauncha.

Schlauncha encounters some challenges, but optimism reigns with his project as he employs the ‘try, try again’ mission statement and keeps refining and fixing the 3D printed gun with each issue that crops up. His first challenge was in trying to open the binder tube which he speculated must have been pushed wrong or perhaps he ‘thumped it’ as he ‘split it in half through the trigger pin.’ In need of actetone to make a fix, schlauncha had to hold off on firing the gun until the next day.

after six shots it split vertically through the rear takedown pin as shown here

All in all, the 3D printed gun held out better than schlauncha had expected; however, once the gun was glued back together, he noted some continuing problems: “The gun still has some issues with failure to feed due to drag in the buffer tube, and after six shots it split vertically through the rear takedown pin. But, being 3D printed ABS, I believe I can just get some acetone down into that split and have it re-bond successfully.”

His final conclusion was that it was probably time to retire this initial model and move on to a new 3D printed revision. Discuss the process–and the issues Schlauncha encountered with his 3D printed gun in the Modified Warfairy Charon forum at 3DPB.com.

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3DPRINT.COM
by  | NOVEMBER 10, 2014

Malta Comic Expo

Another day at the Malta Comic Expo has kicked off and we’re having a great time with the crowd here! Will somebody manage to solve our 3D puzzle and win the competition today? Who knows!

"Another day at the Malta Comic Expo has kicked off and we're having a great time with the crowd here! Will somebody manage to solve our 3D puzzle and win the competition today? Who knows!"

3D printed iron man hand

This could very well be the coolest sounding prosthetic hand that you will have ever laid your eyes on (for now!)

There isn’t anything we can say that does it justice. The title says it all! 🙂

http://3dprint.com/19219/3d-printed-iron-man-hand/

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One of the up-and-coming technological advancements that we have seen, thanks to 3D printing, has been the huge influx of 3D printable prosthetic hands for children and adults in need. Traditionally, prosthetic hands have cost around $50,000, and typically are not available to children due to the fact that insurance companies refuse to pick up the tab on devices which a child will outgrow in less than two years. 3D printing allows for the creation and sharing of 3-dimensional design files, followed by the quick and very affordable fabrication of the designed object. The average 3D printed prosthetic hand costs under $50, and can be completely customized and fabricated in a single day.

Because the vast majority of these hands are made for children, we have seen several designers make some fun, creative designs targeted toward these youngsters. We’ve seen hands that light up, Wolverine hands, card-playing hands, and even commando style hands created for people of all ages and interests. All of these are 3D printed and made specifically to fit the person that they are printed for.

A little over a month ago, we heard about a 3D printed Iron Man prosthetic hand. It was printed in the colors of Iron Man and had a few additional features. With this said, a man named Pat Starace has taken the idea of creating an Iron Man themed prosthetic hand and made it, quite frankly, cooler than any prosthetic device that I have ever seen. Not only is Starace’s hand colored in the theme of Iron Man, but it actually incorporates much of the same technology and appearances that the superhero actually has on his hand.

“The hand is a container for all modern technology,” Starace tells 3DPrint.com. “It can incorporate microcontrollers, wireless devices, smart watches, sensors, accelerometers, NFC, RFID, and almost any technology. This hand is configured with an Arduino Microcontroller, Low Power Bluetooth, Lipo Battery, Lipo Charger, LED’s, and RGB LED’s. It can also be Voice Controlled.”

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Like the hand of Iron Man, Starace’s prosthetic incorporates a working laser, and working thruster (OK maybe it doesn’t actually thrust, but it looks cool). It has the option for adding a gyro, magnetometer, and more, as mentioned by Starace above. The shield is another key characteristic of the hand, and it houses cool weapons like the laser, which can be fired along side red LED lights that light up when the hand is tilted down. The thrusters are activated when tilting the hand back, like seen in the many Iron Man movies. Also when this happens, a ring light of bright RGB LED’s begin cycling through animated patterns.

“I had a vision that a 3D printed hand could be both functional and fun,” Starace tells us. “My main goal is to help a child that is going through life with a disability, and facing everyday challenges in their lives, by making them the COOLEST KID in their school. I can only think this will make a great impact on a child during their early years by raising their self-esteem to Super Hero Levels.”

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Unlike other prosthetic hands that we have seen created in the past, which utilized open source designs that are already out there, available for free, Starace designed his hand from the ground up. He started out by working from photographs that he found on the internet. He then started to model the hand in MAYA.

“I started modeling the palm and the fingers with polygons until I had the right shape. There’s a sort of organic mechanical shape to these parts, the goal was to replicate them as close as I could and retain the same look and feel. After I had the right shape in polygons it was time to import the model into Solidworks and start the mechanical design. Converting the polygons to a format that Solidworks could import, while still retaining the integrity of the model was going to be difficult. Knowing I’d be performing Solidworks procedure and features on the parts, it had to be done. I achieved this by creating an IGES Curve network on top my polygon model in MAYA.”

Assembling the Iron Man hand

All in all, it took Starace over 48 total hours of print time to fabricate the many different parts of the hand, including several iterations of some parts. He printed the parts on his Deezemaker Bukobot in ABS plastic. Once printing was complete, he had to remove all of the support material (there was a lot!). “It was with great excitement to see the model assembled and perform EXACTLY as I had designed it,” he tells us. “I can only attribute this to the over 20+ years I have creating animatronics. I added the electronics, switches, lights, and this brings to to where we’re at now… looking for a child to empower with Super Hero Powers.”

Without a doubt, this is the most interesting, interactive, fun, and mesmerizing prosthetic hand that I have ever seen. Starace thinks that it has a lot of potential, not only for cheering up kids with missing hands, but also for teaching them how to program the microcontrollers that operate the cool features of their device.

While Starace didn’t use any of the e-NABLE designs for his hand, he has recently joined up with the volunteer 3D printing prosthetic organization, and will be cooperating with them to bring the best open source prosthetic hands to those in need.  Starace currently makes himself available for all kinds of work.

What do you think about this incredibly feature rich prosthetic hand? Discuss in the 3D Printed Prosthetic Iron Man Hand forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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3DPRINT.COM
by  | OCTOBER 15, 2014

3D printed paper airplane machine gun

The sort of 3D printed gun we can all enjoy shooting 🙂

http://www.businessinsider.com/3d-printed-paper-airplane-ma…

paper airplane machine gun gun

Amid concerns about 3D printed guns, one man has made a prototype of a weapon everyone can agree on: a 3D printed machine gun that shoots paper airplanes.

YouTube user Papierfliegerei fabricated most of the parts for the whimsical weapon using the German 3D printing website fabberhouse.de, and acquired the rest from the Internet and his local hardware store.

The gun feeds paper into it in a flat sheet and folds the paper airplanes itself.

BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
by  | Oct 8, 2014, 12:31 PM

3D printed hands

Adding a superhero’s touch to prosthetic hands 🙂

http://techcrunch.com/…/3d-printed-hands-just-got-better-t…/

What could be better than giving disabled kids a new pair of hands? How about slapping a set of claws on those hands!

Aaron Brown, a maker and volunteer for the group Enabling The Future, has been building 3D printed prosthetic hands for kids who are missing fingers. These hands are given away for free and the group has made countless children quite happy.

Now they can be happier. Brown built a set of Wolverine claws that are compatible with the free prosthetic hand plans available on Thingiverse.

“The Comic loving nerd inside of me (along with some Facebook friends) said there is no way I can make a Wolverine hand without CLAWS…so I modeled some in Sketchup the morning before the makerfaire, printed ‘em, spray painted ‘em silver and velcro’d ‘em on there. Turned out pretty darn cool!” said Brown.

“I worked for about 7 years in nightclub security, with a few less exciting factory jobs before that.
Playing around with technology has always been a passion and hobby on the side and when my grandfather passed away unexpectedly last year, I was left with a small amount of funds in his will – just enough to start building my own business,” he said. Now he is working on a small 3D print shop and has been building Wolverine-themed hands for kids since he showed the first hand at the Grand Rapids Maker Faire.

It’s great to see 3D printing become truly useful and it’s even more exciting to see folks who can move from part-time nightclub bouncer to full time maker with a little time and effort.

TECHCRUNCH.COM
by  | Sep 6, 2014