Here’s a fun one that appeared in our inbox yesterday, from the makers over at MakerBot. They’ve used their MakerBot plastic 3D printing machines to “pimp out” a bike in a video spoof of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” (one of my tv guilty pleasures…shh, don’t tell anyone):
[Here’s] the latest episode of MakerBot TV, which focuses entirely on ways to make your bike even more awesome with unique accessories! What makes these accessories different is that every item featured in MakerBot TV Season 1 Episode 7 was printed on the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, an affordable open source printer that can make just about any object in plastic.
I thought this might be something you’d be interested in posting on your blog as a new way that you and your readers can design and print personalized accessories for your bike! Check out the video [below] for a hilarious spoof on “Pimp My Ride,” called “Bot My Bike” hosted by Xzibot (Xzibit’s robot cousin)!
Here are just some MakerBotted objects featured in the episode:
– Valve cap
– Tire levers
– Handlebar plug
– Light assemblies
– Cup holders
– Phone holder
– openVolver light kit (grid of 36 diffused LEDs with 255 levels of brightness and built-in light strobe animations)
– Multi-colored spoke beads
You can download all of these accessories on Thingiverse.com, MakerBot’s online community where users can post digital design files, document their designs, and collaborate on open source hardware.
The Thing-O-Matic works like a robotic hot glue gun: ABS (the same plastic used to make Lego) or biodegradable PLA thermoplastic goes into the MakerBot as filament and is heated to a controlled temperature. The melted plastic is then pushed through the nozzle in a thin stream, building an object layer by layer.
MakerBot Industries was named one of the top 20 startups in NYC, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, The Colbert Report, The Wall Street Journal, Engadget, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Economist and others.