3. Enthusiastic gamer creates a printable version of Archon
We’ve never heard of Archon: The Light and The Dark but, apparently, it was all the rage back in the days when video games came on floppy disks and cassette tapes. A chess-like strategy game involving dragons, golems and goblins, it kept the kids of 1983 glued to their Ataris, Commodores, Amigas and Macintoshes.
One man who definitely has heard of Archon, however, is Jimmy Wilhelmsson, who goes by the name of Spelpappon over at Thingiverse. Armed with Qubicle Constructor software and a Replicator 2X, he’s designed and printed off his own real-life army of Archon figures that can be played as a board game in the real world.
What we do know is that the pieces are really remarkable. Made to exactly replicate the original 2D models when viewed from the side but with the depth and complexity to look impressive from every angle, they are an outstanding piece of 3D design.
With the blessing of the games’ original designer Jon Freeman, the models are available to download from Thingiverse here.
2. Bloc Party front man to release first properly released 3D printed record
One industry to which 3D printing has not made many inroads is music, though that may be about to change thanks to Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke’s upcoming single. A charity record in aid of music therapy organisation Nordoff Robins, it will be available in limited edition 3D printed vinyl throughout December.
A duet with Bobbie Gordon entitled Down Boy, it will be the first time a 3D printed record has been made generally available.
You can pick up what is most certainly likely to be a collector’s item in years to come at one of the Barcardi pop-up shop that will open in a, thus far, undisclosed London location in the final month of the year.
1. Shapify.me: the easiest way to get yourself printed
As 3D printing becomes more widespread, one service that appears to be getting more and more popular is the self-portrait figurine and Shapify.me, the new process launched by 3D scanner company Artec Group this week, is one of the most accessible yet.
Anybody with a Kinect for either the Xbox 360 or a Microsoft computer can follow a very quick process to make a scan of themselves or their mates. You just position your Kinect correctly and follow the straightforward voice instructions. Once the scan is made, you upload it to Shapify.me and click the 3D print button. Your very own figurine will soon be on its way to your home.
The cost is $59 (about 36 quid) and shipping is free to the US or Europe. Those hoping to scan themselves using Kinect and print a figurine on their own device will be disappointed, however. Scans only work when upload and printed through Shapify.
Check out the tutorial video below for more info.