Tying the knot with MakerBot

makerbot-ring

De Beers would have you believe that only diamonds will do, but hackers are hardly ones to follow convention. How better to say “I love you” than with a MakerBot-extruded black ABS engagement ring? [Adam Elkins] did just that, creating the design with a combination of GIMP, SketchUp and Blender, then producing the final output on a MakerBot at Philadelpha hacker space Hive.

From the steampunk wedding at the 2008 Maker Faire, to the science-meets-romance web comic xkcd, hackers certainly have some unique ways of expressing their devotion. What are some of the wildest or most charming that you’ve seen? Comments are open…speak now or forever hold your peace.

Oh, and the engagement ring? She accepted. Congratulations to the lucky couple!

[via MakerBot blog]

Comments

  1. kirov says:

    hurf durf guys look at me i have a 3d printer am i cool now

    common whats next in the line of “omg guys look what i can print out” line of stories. We get it you can use photoshop and CAD you don’t need to post a story about this

  2. Rob says:

    Holy crap, Hive 76 looks amazing, anyone know if there is a place like that in Boston?

  3. babble says:

    @kirov

    You missed the point of the story.

    Congratulations :D

  4. BitBot says:

    @Rob

    http://willoughbybaltic.ning.com/

    http://midnightresearch.com/

    Are the above ground ones, other than those, join Dorkbot, meet some people, start a space.

  5. Skitchin says:

    What about the RJ45 socket rings?

    Or the PC re-purposed into an urn with a Star Trek quote on the front(I know you all read gizmodo no need for linking[besides, they banned me from commenting for calling them Apple Fanboys]).

    Support your local hackerspace! http://archreactor.org/ – St. Louis hackerspace

  6. Skitchin says:
  7. Clyde Cash says:

    ..hackers certainly have some stupid ways of expressing their devotion.

    *fixed*

  8. Bob Slim says:

    What kind of stupid bitch would accept a shitty plastic ring? Fail.

    • n0lkk says:

      Interestingly the term bitch is often leveled against women who demand what the diamond cartel created social conditioning as to what is an acceptable engagement ring. No problem if the money is at hand, but too many couple start their lives in debt try to conform to such conditioning. While the ring itself may not be financed, but many of the new household’s durable goods may be, if the cash went to the ring first.

  9. owl says:

    My two cents on this, the ring doesn’t matter is the effort that he went thru to come up with something original that she will appreciate. For all what I know, he may get her a diamond ring later.

    Another way of expressing your geeky love: My friend married during defcon wearing a white baseball hat saying white hacker and she wore the black one. This was years ago when defcon was still in alexis park, and they still happily married.

  10. tratto says:

    @Bob

    i think the plastic is supposed to be symbolic of the durability of their relationship…

  11. Peter says:

    Takes more effort to do this than just go out to a jewelry store and spend some money on a ring.

  12. sneakypoo says:

    @Bob Slim: If the woman in question bases her decision regarding whether or not the relationship should continue on a bloody ring she can go on her merry way.

  13. Ian says:

    Hack a Day really needs to do something about the trolling in their comments (and lately their posts). Holy crap.

    Next time I make a video for one of my projects it’s ending with a statement on this.

    It seems like the worst of it is composed of those who can’t (or won’t) build things, but instead like to put down the work of others. I’m sick of it.

  14. babble says:

    *sick of it too*

  15. babble says:

    I would happily authorize comments on a volunteer basis.

  16. Caleb Kraft says:

    We don’t censor stupid. We delete stuff that is spam, or extremely offensive.

    Leaving someone’s stupid comment there is almost better punishment.

    I think we all agree that “bob”‘s comment has no value, but it will remain.

  17. stinkymonkey says:

    @Skitchin and RJ45 socket rings “nice” had to google…

    those make one think – why didnt I think of that.

    great idea

  18. John Berube says:

    This is very nice. Congratulations! I like the comment by Lenore on the thing universe page

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1097

    That way when it comes time to tie the knot they can truly design there own rings and have a jeweller cast them.

  19. Ayush says:

    This is just plain awesome!

  20. vash says:

    I think the whole point of this is he actually got off his ass and MADE something. unlike some of us here :-/

    (only speak for myself)

  21. fynflood says:

    Thanks everyone! (most of you anyway)
    There’s more info about how it went down here: http://www.obscurereality.org/2009/10/14/im-engaged/

    Also, who ever shopped the photo to add the sparkle, well played ;)

  22. mrasmus says:

    Friend of mine a few years back spent a couple months straight working and re-working a ring design for an engagement ring in wax — he had never done any sort of carving/shaping. He ended up coming up with a design. After coming up with probably 12 different decent-looking designs (some to fit a stone, some just a band), he decided on one and presented a plastic (I think, I may be wrong) positive to his girlfriend (he didn’t have the money to afford to get it casted, yet, as a poor grad student). It wasn’t perfect (it was made by hand by a dedicated but inexperienced individual, after all), and it actually didn’t quite fit right. She accepted before he even told her that he was saving to get an actual casting of it made (which she ended up telling him not to do, ’cause he really didn’t have the money). They ended up getting married about a year after, and last time I saw her she was still wearing that prototype on a chain. Her wedding ring actually ended up being a jeweler’s cast of one of the other designs he had come up with, slightly modified so it actually fit.

  23. napalm says:

    The way he went about it (with making the ring and all) is what really matters. Although, if it were me, I would have used a different medium, like a small block of precious metal, a CNC machine, and a rock I hounded and cut/polished myself.

  24. /Life2Death/ says:

    Thats awesome! I wish I had the free time to hack a gameboy game or make my woman a ring, though in the near future perhaps I will. I love working with stones and perhaps I can come up with something.

    Hack away!

  25. cavingchick says:

    The idea is romantic and lovely! Time and effort well spent! Glad the crazy lady said yes. Can’t wait to see what u do next. Grats!!! ;)

  26. pedant says:

    “science-meets-romance web comic xkcd”

    xkcd is namedropping-latest-internet-meme-meets-awkward-sexual-reference. Don’t associate the hacker community with that crap.

  27. t0astbandit says:

    @bob you’ve clearly missed the point, it was something he made for me. It was very sweet and I loved it! Anyone who would turn down their love because the ring wasn’t a giant diamond doesn’t deserve the commitment. I’m guessing you don’t have your own ‘stupid bitch’ so you’re bitter. Turns out you’re the stupid bitch.

  28. Sam says:

    @pedant- I don’t think you should think of communities as a closed circle that people are either in or out. I think they are more of a venn diagram, as it is perfectly possible that someone finds both xkcd funny and be a hacker/maker/whatever…

  29. redleader36 says:

    I showed this to my girl. She says “thats cool, but its not a diamond.”

  30. roens says:

    heh. that’s my photo you’ve got linked there. (yay)

  31. lazy says:

    “My two cents on this, the ring doesn’t matter is the effort that he went thru to come up with something original that she will appreciate”

    Um…he couldn’t even be bothered to make the 3D model himself. He had to have a friend do it for him, after he “sketched” the design in Gimp. When I read the description, I thought “oh, must be some intricate design, I wonder how they made an intricate design from those crappy-res FIY 3D printers”…and then I get a closer look and I see it’s about the ugliest, simplest design you could possibly come up with. How long did it take him to sketch that? 5 minutes?

  32. ChalkBored says:

    What type of stone is is mounted in it?

  33. grovenstien says:

    $10 Dollar ring married for life $1000 Dollar ring heading for strife!

    People need to be more supportive of one another round here, wheres the love? Hmm bad troll!

  34. sly says:

    Showed this to my wife. She thought it was a great idea.

  35. cantido says:

    @pedant

    agreed. xkcd just isn’t funny.

  36. strider_mt2k says:

    Is that the sound of dishes and silverware clanking together?

    -because I think Bob just got served.

    The ring is a unique and creative effort borne of love, dude.
    Don’t dis ‘em for finding their thing. So few do.

    Congrats to the happy couple!
    I hope your marriage is filled with wonderful things for you both! :D

  37. strider_mt2k says:

    Darnit I didn’t mean Bob. I meant kirov.

    Still though….served.

  38. DeusExInfernus says:

    @redleader36: get a new “girl”…..

  39. Shekhar says:

    looks good

  40. g-rigga says:

    now that’s funny! earlier today i thought of this creative artifact of eternal union:
    An adjustable hose clamp, instead of a ring. But made of gold/gold plated. And then for the little fastener that adjusts the size of the clamp, normally a hex bolt+phillips slot head, it would be a wing-nut-ish pin head, made of diamond.

  41. Potterda42 says:

    This is a very good idea, I find it romantic, and it seems to show more about the dedication on his part. Seriously if a guy or girl just goes to a jeweler that’s just money, putting you heart into something you build yourself that’s commitment.

  42. Daryl says:

    Very nice piece. It shows that you don’t have to buy a woman with a ring. The ring I gave my fiancee was actually re-made from an old ring her grandmother had given her. I had the chance to work with the jeweler and get a custom design, while not as far off the norm that everyone expects.

    Custom work takes time, even if it’s just the design. It shows you care. Who cares what material it’s made of? My fiancee wants me to buy her a cheap ring she can wear when we go rock climbing/camping/whatever. If it were PVC, she could ruin it and I’d just make her another, bigger, more intricate design.

    Congrats to the couple and may you have many years of happiness together.

    Oh, and XKCD rules!!! Guess you have to be smart enough to enjoy it :-).

  43. bothersaidpooh says:

    but.. will it blend?

    j/k, excellent idea :)

  44. Hackerbabe says:

    Sorry boys – as interesting as this might be – DIAMONDS and PLATINUM are STILL a girls best friends… (my man certainly knows that) nice try though! :)

  45. spacecoyote says:

    Back in my day we called this a washer…

  46. Mike Szczys says:

    If only I had thought of this. I could have paid the same price but ended up with a wife AND and 3D printer.

  47. I made the engagement ring for my fiance by carving it out of wax then having a mold made from the wax which was then used to cast the ring in white gold.

    The whole process took a little over 100 hours of work (including failures) but the quality is high.

    http://mechanicallyinclined.net/blog/?p=201

  48. Morquan says:

    @Hackerbabe

    I don’t recall to well, but are the marriage vows “… for richer or poorer…” or “… so long as your wallet is fat and stocks high…”

  49. Clive says:

    Nice way to gett off with a nerd:

    the moment of a friend of me and his girlfriend was on an train stion platform at a candy automat,
    he pay’d for 1 thing and got 2 his comment “whow, how crazy” was answerd with “just a luckshot” from his current girlfriend ^^

  50. Jaxxta10 says:

    LOVE IT!

    AM a fitter so i decided to get my “last” engagement ring tattoed on because i don’t wear jewellery while using/working on machinery….now it’s just another tattoo…

    Ended up he was the one to spend ALL my cash when i was away and he was just a tight loser so not all gals are after money and the expensive bling…if the right thoughts were there and he wasn’t simply being a tighty, “yes” would be the answer to a ring like that!

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