MOYUPINote: Just a few hours before publishing this we heard that the funding for this project had been cancelled. As I thought it was such a cool idea and my author expressed that so well in this article I decided to publish it anyway. I also contacted the project owner to ask if he had anything to say which he would like us to publish and to say how sorry I was that he couldn’t see this great project through to completion…

Imagine what you would feel like if you could turn any monster drawing your kid does into a physical three-dimensional toy. In their eyes you would be like the comical Wizard of Oz, waving a magic wand turning drawings into toys. The only thing is your magic wand will simply be MOYUPI.

Moyupi is a Spain-based startup that provides a unique service, which turns kids’ 2D Drawings Into Custom 3D Printed Toys. All you need to do is send freshly drawn artwork of monsters or your kid’s imaginary friends and you’ll soon have colorfully painted 3D models of them to give back to your child. Doesn’t matter if it’s cute, funny, crazy or something straight from a fiction movie – the main point is it has to come out fresh from your child’s imagination.

Moyupi will take that drawing and give it life by creating a 3D printed toy, which is specially hand-painted to produce an exact match of the artwork you’d sent. The toys will come in three different sizes: small, medium and large ranging from 7-15cm tall.

The toys have excellent qualities to make them just ideal for children. For example, they are waterproof and made out of durable ABS plastic. As a result, no contact with water will destroy them and they can handle whatever rough games your child puts them up to without getting easily ruined. They are also incredibly light to make it easier for kids to carry around anywhere they go. More importantly the toys conform to CE requirements, are non-toxic and absolutely safe for children to play with.

Juan Angel Medina, an engineering student, got the idea of starting this Kickstarter campaign while living with a warm loving family in the Black Forest Region of Germany. After just a short while of staying with the family, Medina had developed a deep bond with the kids, who he noticed loved drawing funny pictures of monsters and their imaginary heroic friends. It soon became apparent to him that unlike adults, Smartphones and tablets had no place in a child’s life. He observed that what kids loved most was to use their imaginations and take their play outside. For a moment, it felt like his own childhood memories were coming back to him.

This is when it dawned on him, what if it could be possible to turn children’s drawings into toys they can go out and play with especially those that were inspired by their own imaginations. The drawings can be of anything from a ninja princess to a double-headed zombie or a monster with Robot-Like Arms.

Medina describes ‘Moyupi’ as any imaginary creature that your child can think of. It is the first toy in the world to be inspired, designed and created by your very own toddler.

How a Custom Moyupi is Created

There are many ways to document your kid’s childhood life, but what better way is there than to keep tangible evidences of their crazy imaginations growing up. Thanks to the cartoons kids watch and just the fresh unexplored mind of a child, their imaginations usually know no limits. Now through Moyupi, your child’s imaginations can be given life.

Moyupi works hard to make sure that each artwork is turned into a masterpiece. Every 2D drawing passes through various levels before the 3D printed toy of the imagery is fabricated. Any sketch you send will first be taken to a designer. It is the designer who creates a 3D model of the drawing ensuring that it looks just like the monster your kid had drawn in every way. Zbrush is a common digital sculpting software that these designers use to convert drawings into the perfect 3D model.

The 3D model is then sent to a High Resolution 3D Printer to be created using durable and non-toxic plastic. Once out of the printer, as the final finishing process; the Moyupi is sanded and primed. Finally, it is hand-painted and varnished to protect its colors. However, parents also have the option of buying the toys uncolored to prompt their child to use their creativity in trying to use the same colors on the drawing to paint the 3D printed toy.

Most of the steps in the entire process are done by hand because the aim is to bring to life drawings from children, hence it is very important for the authenticity of the drawing to be maintained and left uncorrupted.

Labor of Love

Medina is looking for a funding of 10,000 euros on Kickstarter by end of the month. He has since been joined by five other enthusiasts of the idea, who are positive that Moyupi will touch kids and families across the world. If they meet their funding target, the team is going to ship out the first batch of Moyupi toys beginning September. Backers who’ve pledged 30 euros will receive a small-sized Moyupi, whereas 50 euros will earn you a medium one and 70 euros the large one.

So is the Moyupi project all about money? Actually, this project has more than meets the eye. The company has already declared itself as a ‘social project’ and has created links with several associations focused on helping children.

They have even announced their intentions to dedicate a percentage of their earnings to funding these associations. It is quite evident that Moyupi is a labor of love. The team is formed of tech gurus who are in love with Art and Artists have a soft spot for technology. One would easily come to the conclusion that Medina has just the perfect team behind him.

When asked what more do they have in store as far as Moyupi is concerned, the engineer and his team explain that they have plans to come up with an app that would make the process of designing Moyupi much easier. Besides, they are putting measures in place to enable them easily design more complex Moyupi models to provide better 3D Printed Toys for children. Their end game is to have as many points of sale as possible in Spanish stores across the country.

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3D Printed Bridge AmsterdamSince its introduction in 1985, 3D printing has largely been considered a technology suitable for printing small objects like Plastic Toys and Spare Parts. In some ways this view is justified.

While there are some printers capable of printing huge objects, such as the amazing House 3D Printer in China about which we told you a year ago, the majority of the printers available today in the market are no more than a foot or two in size and can’t produce objects larger than their own size.

A Dutch company plans to catapult 3D printing beyond the world of small objects by its 3D Metal Printer which can print “out of thin air” and intends to demonstrate the capabilities of its printer by building a bridge in the middle of Amsterdam.

Earlier this month, Dutch startup company, MX3D announced its plans to build a 3D Printed Bridge in the middle of Amsterdam. According to the company, the bridge will be made from steel and will be strong enough for public to use as a normal bridge. MX3D is collaborating with software company Autodesk, a construction company Heijmans and several other organizations for the construction of the bridge.

The company is currently in negotiations with Amsterdam’s city council about the exact location of the bridge. The project is set to begin in September 2015 and will finish by the middle of 2017. The chief designer of the bridge is Joris Laarman who has worked with MX3D in the past to develop the material used in the company’s robotic 3D printer. Explaining the symbolic importance of the bridge, Laarman says:

“This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form. The symbolism of the bridge is a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city, in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.”

You’re probably wondering how MX3D will be able to build a bridge when no 3D printer in existence is larger than a bridge. The printer will even have to print against gravity at times! All this has been made possible by the revolutionary 3D printer created by MX3D. The printer basically consists of a robotic arm that extrudes a metal powder and heats it at the same time. The metallic powder is specially made for the printer and can be cured within seconds.

3D Printed Steel BridgeBecause of this, the powder coming out of the nozzle of the robotic arm melts and fuses with the rest of the printed structure immediately, allowing the printer to bypass the effect of gravity.

Thus, MX3D’s printer can be thought of as a combination of a 3D printer and a welding machine in one robotic arm!

This combination is controlled by the capable 3D printing software Autodesk that ensures that the actual printing goes exactly according to the computer design.

Because it is not confined in a box, the robotic arm is able to print objects much larger than itself, which is simply not possible with the conventional “box” 3D printers. The robotic arm is, thus, said to print “outside the box” or “out of thin air”. Another feature of MX3D’s robotic printer is that it doesn’t require any Support Material. Support materials and structures are one of the primary considerations when working with conventional FFF 3D printers.

The support materials are then removed by hand or dissolved by special chemicals. The robotic arm in MX3D’s printer uses the already printed structure to support and move itself which enables it to work without any support material saving both time and material. The robotic arm is almost completely self-sufficient in building a 3D object and requires little human intervention other than the initial design. This means that it is safer. Construction accidents can be minimized to a large degree by using MX3D’s printer. Tim Geurtjens, CTO MX3D, explains the company’s technology in the following words:

“What distinguishes our technology from traditional 3D printing methods is that we work according to the ‘Printing Outside the box’ principle. By printing with 6-axis industrial robots, we are no longer limited to a square box in which everything happens.”

The project is aptly explained in a video on MX3D’s YouTube channel:

The MX3D’s robotic printer is not without limitations however. The fact that it can only print metal and that it is probably slower than simply using pre-manufactured steel rods while constructing buildings, limits its immediate use in the construction industry. It will probably find use in high-risk construction projects such as in building skyscrapers where the robotic printer would be able to save human workers from accidents.

The long-term prospects of MX3D’s printers are enormous. Once these printers are able to print different types of materials at a faster pace, they may revolutionize construction completely, while Helping the Environment too. Robotic 3D printers may then take over all other methods of construction.

Bridge Building 3D PrinterArchitects would be delighted at the opportunity to design entire buildings on computers and then have them printed exactly as designed down to the minute details.

Huge buildings may be built in matters of days by several of these printers. Consumer versions of these printers may allow people to print their own homes economically and homeless people throughout the world may finally get homes to live in!

Such printers would also be invaluable in war-zones where temporary buildings made by these printers could provide shelter and lodging for soldiers in foreign lands. Thus, as recognized by 3D software giant Autodesk’s Director Strategic Innovation Maurice Conti, MX3D’s invention is a total game changer:

“The MX3D platform is a potential game changer. Breaking free of the traditional limitations of additive manufacturing – small size prints and poor material performance – this technology opens up possibilities for architectural-scale, relatively low-cost, metal structures that are as complex as the designer’s imagination.”

In conclusion, MX3D’s innovative machine has the attention of the entire technology world. Building the bridge in the middle of Amsterdam is its first test. If it is successful, we would surely see a lot more of this machine in the future.

What’re your thoughts about MX3D’s printer? Do you think it would really be able to successfully print the bridge in Amsterdam, or might it be one of the most spectacular Failed 3D Prints we have ever seen? Do you know of any other equally innovative 3D printing projects? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments.

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