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Kelsey Kronmiller is a gamer who also happens to love her pet fish. So, she took it upon herself to construct an epic, gaming-themed fish tank that we first spotted in 2014.

Now we have a lot more information about how it was made.

Check out more pictures in the gallery after the break…

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This isn’t your mama’s crafting tool any longer. This is a super MacGyvered 3D doodler created by Industrial design student Vimal Patel.

The idea started from a university project where he was challenged to use biodegradable 3D printing filament (monomateriality) to replace the functionality of multimaterial products. Products like helmets, for example, use multiple materials like foam, plastic, adhesives, and paint which cannot be recycled easily. A helmet made of a single material would go a long way in overcoming this problem. Plus, it would be a lot cheaper to produce.

Experimenting with traditional 3D printers, Patel printed layer upon layer to resolve the hardness issue of the filament, but then the flexibility became compromised. Realizing the answer to both issues would be to “extrude material along a path in multiple axes”, he took the next, uh…logical step and fabricated a handheld printer out of LEGO and attached it to a glue gun. Viola, a handheld printer that layers on all axes.

This is just pure genius. Check out the video below showing the build and the printing in action.

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Imagine that you’re a squirrel, browsing a terrace garden for a snack when when suddenly this frighteningly disfigured owl from hell shoots you in the face with water. You’ve just been served by the Squirrelinator 2000.

After several unsuccessful attempts to rid his garden of the furry buggers, Redditor metroSFVogange decided to go nuclear. He installed an old IP camera in a garden owl (discounted because of the nightmarish exposed eye socket. He plans on adding a Terminator red eye soon) and wired an electric squirt gun to it. So when the squirrels sneak in, the motion detection on the camera triggers the squirt gun to fire. There’s even a solar-powered spinning prop to make it more menacing. But the best part is that the device takes pictures of its victims.

Check out the photos from the build and a recent squirrel encounter after the break…

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These little crocheted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might even be better than action figures (they’re certainly cuter). Plus, the pattern you need to make them yourself is available as a free download.

See more pictures after the break.

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Imagine having a secret door in your home that only appears with the touch of your hand. Redditor Eclipse_007 built a secret entrance to his home movie theater inspired by the Door of Durin from Lord of the Rings. Although the famous doorway to the Mines of Moria opened with a spoken word, he’s working on that.

First he built a box out of plywood to fit the doorway and lined the inside with a string of super bright LED lights. Then using plexi-glass covered in vinyl, he hand-drew and cut out the designs to replicate the markings from the LotR door. After painting, the installed door looks more like something from the side of a rock, which ultimately gives a much more desirable look.

And finally, he hand-carved the most important part, the incantation which reads,  “Ennyn Durin Aran Moria. Pedo Mellon a Minno. Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin.” Translated it means “The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter. I, Narvi, made them. Celebrimbor of Hollin drew these signs.”

Check out the incredible work and completed door in action after the break.

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The rebels got their RC Millennium Falcon, and now the Empire has a version based on the TIE Interceptor.

Both were created by hobbyist Oliver C who notes that the TIE version took about 15 hours to design and “at least as many” to get it flying properly. There was also a mishap or two along the way, with shattered propellers embedding splinters of carbon in the walls of his garage.

Check out a video of the RC TIE Interceptor in action after the break…

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Last year, Kat and Cam of Our Nerd Home posted instructions for a wonderful DIY multi-fandom wreath for the holidays. They made another wreath this year, and they were inspired by ThinkGeek’s Batman wreath t-shirt. Behold, the Bat-Wreath! The relatively simple build was made from garland (it’s going to be on sale at this point in the year), a cardboard Batman symbol template, glue, and a few other basics. The finished wreath looks awesome and might scare away anyone with ill intentions.

Get complete instructions at Our Nerd Home.

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We’ve been sharing regular updates about Jen and John’s Harry Potter tree, because they just can’t stop making it more and more awesome. This is shaping up to be the ultimate tree for Potterheads, and I can’t wait until it’s completely finished and Jen shows off all the beautiful details. In the meantime though, she’s shared another tutorial. This one explains how to turn a plastic bucket into a witchy cauldron with cardboard, paper mache, and patience.

Jen and John used a tutorial from the Halloween Forum as inspiration, and I have to say that I can’t think of a better bottom for a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree.

See some making-of photos after the break.

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Jen of EPBOT and her husband John are continuing work on their glorious Harry Potter Christmas tree. Seriously, they’re getting so creative that they should be providing tips to Wizarding World at Universal Orlando. The newest addition is Quidditch broom ornaments in different sizes. You’ll need twigs, wire, metal foil tape, and a couple more basics to make these beauties take flight.

See more photos of the ornaments after the break.

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The list of things you can 3D print now includes a working stargate thanks to Cara who has made this stunning example. The center has been Photoshopped but the rest of it is all the real deal. Cara said in her comment on io9:

The entire thing was made on my Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer with Gray ( and some transparent ) PLA material. It also has a NEMA 17 stepper motor to drive the inner ring, and 5mm NeoPixels to light up the chevrons. The whole thing is driven by an Arduino Uno with an Adafruit motor shield using an Arduino sketch I wrote ( and am still tweaking )

She plans to mimic the center look with some blue paper to complete the effect.

See the video after the break to see it in action.

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