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DIY 3D Printed Branding Irons from Shapeways

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: • References: shapeways & boingboing.net
Shapeways, the 3D printing company, has a new co-creator for making mini-branding irons that work with a lighter. Users type in text or provide a logo and the Shapeways folks model and 3D print the information into a mini branding iron. It’s designed to click into a disposable lighter which heats it to branding temperature in about half a minute.

Using a plastic lighter for the heat and branding handle sounds a little dangerous, but it seems that putting an actual metal handle with a heat-safe grip on the little branding iron then heating it over an open flame might solve the safety concern. Stats for Hot Customized Branding Trending: Older & Mild
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