Viral Super Bowl 'MVP' Left Shark is Now Available in 3D Printed Form #LeftShark

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Keep an eye on Left Shark

For those of you who watched Super Bowl XLIX this past Sunday and happened to stay in front of your TV during the halftime show to watch Katy Perry’s much talked about performance, you certainly would have noticed the dancing sharks. What you may not have noticed, however, was that one of these sharks seemed to be a little bit off with his dance moves.

Within minutes, “Left Shark” (#LeftShark), who has also been referred to as “Drunk Shark” (#drunkshark), began going viral on the internet, for his rather inept ability to dance. As you can see in the animation to the left, his moves just were not on par with “Right Shark”. Immediately people began creating various Left Shark memes, and Katy Perry even went as far as declaring him, not Tom Brady, the MVP of the Super Bowl via her Twitter account.

It turns out that Left Shark was played by a dancer named Bryan Gaw, and his inept dance moves were actually part of the act.

“The sharks were given two main objectives. One, perform Katy’s trademark moves to the ‘Teenage Dream’ chorus, which they both did perfectly; and two, to have loads of fun and bring to life these characters in a cartoon manner, giving them a Tweedledee/Tweedledum-type persona,” explained Katy Perry’s choreographer RJ Durell to The Hollywood Reporter after the show.

If you follow the 3D printing space at all, you probably have seen the emergence of 3D printed memes. These are famous memes that have been taken off of the two-dimensional internet, modeled in three dimensions and than printed out on 3D printers. One notable designer has been at the forefront of creating these unique, entertaining 3D memes, and his name is Fernando Sosa (AKA Political Sculptor).

Using Shapeways as his platform for selling these memes, Sosa has made quite a name for himself. Now, he has created a 3D printed Left Shark meme, which is currently available for purchase on the site for just $24.95.  The miniature shark measures 2.096″ w x 2.36″ d x 2.696″ h, and is printed in full color sandstone.

3D Printed Left Shark

3D Printed Left Shark

“As soon as I saw him on reddit, going viral as the MVP, I knew I had to make him,” Sosa tells 3DPrint.com. “I must say that this is my quickest piece that I have ever made. Thankfully the simplicity of the costume saved me some time modeling, which is normally the hardest part besides the hollowing aspect.”

leftshark2Sosa woke up at 4:40 AM this morning to get started on his model, and by 10:00 AM he had finished it. The model went live on Shapeways at 11:00 AM, and Sosa made his very first sale at 11:07. The only question we have for Sosa is how exactly do we know this is Left Shark and not Right Shark? Sosa’s only explanation was as follows:

“This is definitely Left Shark for sure because I consider myself a #leftshark kind of guy, which according to Twitter is someone who doesn’t give a crap about what other people think. Team #leftshark all the way!”

This goes to show that there is some profit to be made within the 3D printing space, creating popular viral memes. Who or what will be the next meme to go viral? What do you think of Sosa’s Left Shark 3D printed meme? Discuss in the Left Shark forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out the video of both Left Shark and Right Shark dancing behind Perry below.

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Brandon library 3D printer available to; workshop required

11:01 p.m. CDT September 19, 2014

It’s no secret that technology is causing libraries to adapt – from the use of eReaders and libraries offering digital books for download, to the use of computers and the World Wide Web, to now 3D printing.

The Brandon Public Library has a 3D Printer available for public use. 3D Printers let you print a wide variety of three-dimensional (3D) objects, such as jewelry, home appliance parts, toys, phone accessories and anything else you can imagine. Design your own or download ready-to-print designs from websites such as Thingiverse.

With its recent increase in popularity, you may have read somewhere or heard about 3D printing on TV. This new technology is already being incorporated in industry and in the medical field for prosthetics or for knee and hip replacements. “For about five bucks of plastic and another five bucks of wire and screws, you can actually build a functional hand using 3D technology” states Dan Freedman, the dean of the science and engineering department at the state University of New York at New Paltz. 3D printing is described as “endless and can be life changing.” To fully understand its potential, we need to know and learn about the technology. And what better place to do that than the library.

To help people who are interested in learning about 3D printing, the Brandon Public Library is offering workshops you must first attend. The workshop will teach the basics in design and getting started. Upcoming workshops are on Fridays including at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, with more to come as needed.

The workshops are limited to 15 persons maximum, and registration is required. To sign up, stop in at the library located at 117 E. Main St., Brandon or call them at (920) 346-2350 or email them at ross@brandonlibrary.net or Like them on Facebook ‘Brandon Library.’ Following the workshop, attendees will be able to start designing, creating, downloading and signing up for a time to print their creations.

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Evolve 3D Printed Character Models Now Available

As a promotion for the upcoming co-op shooter Evolve, where four hunters take on one of the game’s monsters, developer Turtle Rock and publisher 2K have made 3D files of the game’s characters available online.

The idea is a simple one: those with access to a 3D printer — or those willing to pay a company to print them on their behalf — can input the files and create their own Evolve action figures, free of charge. The game’s official site explains how to do this, which basically involves finding access to a 3D printer and then printing them.

Evolve is scheduled to release October 21st for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Looking to know more about Evolve? Check out our recent hands-on preview with the newest monster addition, The Kraken.

Theo Jansen's Walking 'Strandbeest' Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys | Colossal

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

Theo Jansens Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys kinetic sculpture 3d printing

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Artist Theo Jansen has created several 3D printed models of his famous walking sculptures called Strandbeests. There are currently four different models and two alternate propeller attachments for added Strandbeest goodness. Available over at Shapeways.

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