21st Century 3D Printed Version of the Pet Rock

Remember the wild success of the Pet Rock?  Ok, maybe, that was before your time.
But back in the hip days of the 1970’s an advertising executive named Gary Dahl in Los Gatos, CA, came up with the idea to sell Pet Rocks and a craze was born.  The Pet Rock, was just that, a rock, that didn’t do ANY of the things a pet did.  Which made it, of course, a great pet!  Millions were sold and the rest is history.

The Original Pet Rock with its Carrying Case

The Original Pet Rock with its Carrying Case

Fast forward to the 21st century and the brainchild of two wild and crazy “Double Dutch” designers, Ben Langeveld and Ingmar Larsen.  Working with Hyper Island and Silver + Partners NY creatives Mariana Oliveira, Alanna Watson and Van Gould, the 3D Printed noPhone was born to help us poor smartphone addicts.  According to the sparse noPhone website, the user can “fulfill all smartphone-holding needs without preventing the user to engage in real life interactions.” It appears there is a  “compulsory need in humans to continuously engage in physical contact with a piece of plastic” evidenced by the fact that the average smartphone user checks their device 150 times per day.

Ben&Ingmar

Ben & Ingmar

The noPhone website is hilarious.  Special features are listed that include being Battery free, requiring no upgrades, and best of all for those who sleep with their phones, it is shatterproof.  You can also take it in the shower as it is completely waterproof! Go to the website for the Testimonials alone that include how it helped one addict stop drunk-texting their ex-lover.

noPhone_3d-printed-1

It doesn’t look like it’s on the market yet but we hear they are looking into manufacturing.  One idea would be to make the files available on Cubify or Thingiverse for DIY 3D Printing addicts to fabricate their own noPhone.  So while anyone could theoretically 3D Print a noPhone, these guys have the exact dimensions nailed.   Again according to the website, “The noPhone simulates the exact weight and dimensions of your most beloved gadget in order to alleviate any feelings of inadequacy generated by the absence of a real smartphone.” 

Whether or not the noPhone can actually help smartphone addicts remains to be seen, but I do hope the noPhone will follow in the footsteps of the Pet Rock and become a worldwide craze!

 

 

 

 

  • Simon Jonson

    This ‘3D print phone’ is a great, interesting and user friendly invention for people like us, who are phone addicts, fulfilling all smartphone needs.

    • Iván José Areinamo Martinez

      HELLO, I AM WORKING IN THIS PROJECT ON INDIEGOGO:

      LOW COST PET FILAMENT FOR 3D PRINTING

      It has the following features:

      3d printing @ 230°C

      You can print at 90mm​​/s. Similar to print with PLA

      Light color. It has properties of transparency (Glass-Like)

      Price 5$/Kg (shipping not included)

      Quality guaranteed filament. We use virgin PET pellets.

      You can use it in any 3d printer as Makerbot, Reprap, PrintrBot, etc.

      This project is about to start manufacturing PET Filament on a larger
      scale to reduce production costs and offer low cost filament to
      consumers. We also want to have a test lab to check the quality of the
      filament.

      I want to develop this project, not to get rich, i want to build a
      small company where you and me will get a low cost filament and we can
      apply our knowledge of engineering and 3d print.

      You can select these options:

      – PET FILAMENT SPOOL 1 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $15
      – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 2 KG (1.75mm or 3 mm) = $25
      – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 5 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $55

      and if you have a store or you are a Reseller:

      – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 10 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $110
      – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 20 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $220
      – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 45 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $495

      more info:

      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/low-cost-pet-filament-for-3d-printing/x/7421134

      Twitter @PETFilament3DP

  • Iván José Areinamo Martinez

    LOW COST PET FILAMENT FOR 3D PRINTING

    It has the following features:

    3d printing @ 230°C

    You can print at 90mm​​/s. Similar to print with PLA

    Light color. It has properties of transparency (Glass-Like)

    Price 5$/Kg (shipping not included)

    Quality guaranteed filament. We use virgin PET pellets.

    You can use it in any 3d printer as Makerbot, Reprap, PrintrBot, etc.

    This project is about to start manufacturing PET Filament on a larger
    scale to reduce production costs and offer low cost filament to
    consumers. We also want to have a test lab to check the quality of the
    filament.

    I want to develop this project, not to get rich, i want to build a
    small company where you and me will get a low cost filament and we can
    apply our knowledge of engineering and 3d print.

    You can select these options:

    – PET FILAMENT SPOOL 1 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $15
    – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 2 KG (1.75mm or 3 mm) = $25
    – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 5 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $55

    and if you have a store or you are a Reseller:

    – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 10 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $110
    – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 20 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $220
    – PET FILAMENT SPOOL(s) 45 KG (1.75mm or 3mm) = $495

    more info:

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/low-cost-pet-filament-for-3d-printing/x/7421134

    Twitter @PETFilament3DP