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Making a maker: How to turn a 2D image into a 3D printable object

on November 23, 2013

Gigaom

We’ve all heard the “computer guy” cliché: One person has special computer knowledge, and suddenly they are asked to fix every single problem with their extended social circle’s computers.

Soon after I started tinkering with the NoisebridgeUltimaker, I sort of became that person, but for 3D printing. Luckily, no one I know has a 3D printer yet, so it’s more been people asking me to print them things. I don’t mind it. I like hearing the interesting applications people come up with (best so far: a cup-like instrument), and it’s great knowing more people are being exposed to the technology.

It also gives me a good excuse to practice making unexpected things. Recently, a family member made a special request for a District 12 badge for part of a “Hunger Games” costume. This was ahead of the debut of the latest movie in the trilogy, which came out…

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