DIY Animatronic Terminator T-800 Endo Skull Build (ALL METAL)

Hi all T-800 fans, I’m starting to seriously plan my Model 101 scratch skull build! The idea will be to 3D-print the skull and then fix up the print’s imperfections with bondo/plaster/clay and spent a lot of time fixing the details by hand. I acquired this 3D model where the author claims it’s base is … Read more

Possibly the greatest VR motion simulator rig of all time

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics have developed a new kind of motion simulator that may rival even the best of gimbaled configurations out there. The revolutionary motion simulator is based on a system of high speed winches and cables and requires a large room (essentially a warehouse) to operate. The user … Read more

How The Empire Strikes Back perfected the art of the blue screen in the 80s

Mark Vargo is a pioneer of cinematography and a huge contributor to the special effects industry. Watch in the video below how Mark explains step-by-step how ILM processed their blue-screen footage in The Empire Strikes Back. Vargo mentions they used rear-lit blue screens that emit light in a very specific range of 500 nanometers. Captured … Read more

Incredible all-in-one Hybrid Metal Laser 3D Printer and 5-Axis CNC

DMG MORI has succeeded in building one of the most amazing rapid prototyping machines that any maker will have the pleasure of admiring. This machine is effectively a 3D metal-printer with a built in automatic 5-axis CNC lathe/milling machine.

Shown here in concept drawings, the slick looking industrial machine efficiently houses everything you need to make your polished metal part in a single session.

Photos and Concept Art by DMG MORI

The first process in building this part is building it up using a powerful laser and a metal substrate:

Video by DMG MORI

Notice that when the laser has finished bonding the metal the resulting finish is rough and imperfect almost appearing like a casting.

Video by DMG MORI
Video by DMG MORI

Once a section of metal layers is completed, the laser print head is automatically put to the side and the subtractive CNC mill is activated.

Any holes and drilled/tapped and rough surfaces are cleaned up to a polish.

Video by DMG MORI
Video by DMG MORI
Industrial Turbine Part
Industrial Turbine Part

The finalized part shown here is nothing short of a miracle.

While this industrial machine is going to be cost prohibitive for the average maker at home, hopefully it’s a sign that the technology is here and is only a matter of time until it shows up in the consumer market or DIY solutions become available as high powered lasers become cheaper.

We hope you have as much fun we did watching this part materialize in the video below!




Spacex Falcon 9 Reusable Rocket Sticks Its Landing

SpaceX has put together this awesome video which represents the culmination of their efforts to achieve an impossible dream – to land a reusable rocket back on earth as a means to save money and resources for future launches.

You can feel the tension build up as mission control carefully monitors the launch sequence:

Courtesy of SpaceX

As the rocket comes hurdling back to earth, a brief flash from its thrusters releases a plume of smoke that reveals the Falcon 9 standing upright on the LZ-1 launchpad.

Courtesy of SpaceX
Cheers and tears erupt as the SpaceX team celebrates their achievement.
Courtesy of SpaceX

The used-up rocket lands dead center in the “X” of the launchpad – demonstrating the absolute precision engineering that went into this project.

Mission control erupts with cheers and tears of joy as they realize the extent of what they just accomplished.

A truly momentous occasion not only for SpaceX, but for all of mankind.

Falcon 9 standing upright on the LZ-1 launchpad.
Courtesy of SpaceX

Early in June 2015, SpaceX met many challenges and experienced a major blow when it’s previous Falcon 9 rocket broke up shortly after launch. The success of this mission only makes it that much sweeter.