This post is sponsored by HP.
I will confess to being a huge sentimentalist. I will save just about anything if it has a special memory attached to it. And while that’s no problem with vacation souvenirs or concert tickets, it is a little trickier with natural items.
It’s our first Fall in our new house, a house we’ve dreamed of owning for 10 years. Experiencing the seasons is something we’ve always talked about, having lived out west all our lives. You don’t get a lot of Fall color in the desert. So being in our own home and watching the trees change and decorating for Fall has been so fun.
While I’ve picked up leaves here and there and I’ve decorated with pumpkins and mums, they don’t really last long. But I’ve found a fun new way to save some tangible things for memories!
I was contacted by HP recently about their new HP Sprout all in one desktop. Let me tell you – if anything makes me feel like we’re living out science fiction, it’s this computer. The HP Sprout is designed with amazing scanner that you can use for almost anything – and it has a 3D scanner as well! It’s been so great for my patterns and other projects – converting designs to the computer has never been so easy.
It’s also become a fun way to preserve memories! Not too long ago we visited the pumpkin patch down the street and picked out all sorts of pretty pumpkins for decorating. The HP Sprout makes it super easy to print a copy of one of my cute little pumpkins – and it will last for years, not just a few weeks!
Isn’t that amazing? It still kind of blows my mind. I was able to scan this little pumpkin and print out a version in plastic, with the Dremel 3D printer. You can even adjust the size and make all sorts of other edits!
In this photo you can see some of the layers of the plastic. I don’t mind that, but you can also sand the items to smooth them out if you want.
The little pumpkins are really light and they were easy to paint too! I wanted to keep them simple so I could use them with any display so I just painted the stems with a gold paint pen.
I put together a video so you could see how it all works. The round scanner is a 3D Capture Stage. It makes it super simple to scan something – it turns the design as it scans and the software tells you exactly what to do. There are lots of videos that help you through the scanning and edits as well.
There are so many options with this! Can you imagine preserving something special, like baby shoes? Or letting your kids scan toys and being able to make cards or posters?
You can find out lots more information here about the HP Sprout and you can find retailers here.
There are tons of great ideas and inspiration at the Sprout Creator Gallery too!
Isn’t this so fun? What would you create?
I love this! It’s so sci-fi! I want one. We love our gadgets here at home, and I am going to put this computer/3D printer on the top of the wish list. I like the idea that I can make 3D copies that I can use over and over again, in different (decorated) versions. You could even make little decorated gifts with this machine!
This pumpkin decor idea is beautiful, Bev. The demo dvd didn’t show the completed plastic pumpkin, before you decorated it, but the end result is awesome. So simple, in white, and yet so effective, with the little golden stem.
My immediate thought was that, if I had this computer/printer now, I could have used it to make copies of a Halloween decor skull, so I could make a skull wreath which I saw on Pinterest, because I could not find the right size one anywhere and I scoured all the shops I could think of. The skulls I saw were either too big or too small. This 3D printer would be perfect since I could print in any size, you say, and I would have been able to make a perfect skull wreath. Alas, not in time for this Halloween. I will have to wait until we have saved enough for our new next gadget, hopefully, by next Halloween :-)
Lisa Kennedy says
I certainly hope Santa’s elves have made one for Santa to put under my tree!
Kim @ seven thirty three says
I need this in my life! So neat.
Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me says
Bizarre-O World!! And SO cool! That opens up this whole new world of decorating and memory preservation! Love it!
[email protected] Made. Interest. says
Can you imagine what crafters are going to be able to do with 3D printers?! Well, I guess you can…but you know what I mean. Amazing!
Stacy Risenmay says
What a cute idea! Would you say that it was easy to use right out of the box?
I’ve known about the 3D scanning technology for a long time, but seeing it used in home environment is just a trip!! The little pumpkin is darling, but again.. can’t wrap my head around it that you made that in your house, like no big deal… WOW!!
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says
Ok – that is so cool! I want to play with one.
Katie @ The Casual Craftlete says
Oh my…wow! This is the best thing I have ever seen. Just think of the the possibilities. Love it, Bev! xo
Amy Anderson says
WHaaaaa?? I want to make a pumpkin! That is super cool!
Claire @ A Little Claireification says
That is just so cool to see this technology now avail. for at home use! Love this and grat video. Pinned!
marissa | rae gun ramblings says
oh my gosh this is crazy magic!!!
That is so amazing! I’m in awe, it really is the future right now. My boys would go crazy for this.
Now that’s way kool!
Mind blown! This is so awesome I can’t believe a 3D printer made those! I’m definitely going to have to check that out.
Deb- It's me, debcb! says
Very cool. I hadn’t heard of this before and I’m super impressed.Thanks for sharing at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party this week!
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
Oh my gosh, that is SO cool!! We would be scanning Legos for sure. ALL the Legos!!! ;)
Elizabeth @Plant Based Bride says
Too cool! I want one! (Also, I love the white pumpkins with gold stems. So pretty!) #FromDreamToRealityLinkParty
Karren Haller says
I think your idea of preserving something of the kids is a great idea, but the sky is the limit as to how this could be used. Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGFF this week!!
Have a great weekend!
Holy cow that is so crazy and incredibly awesome. It truly just seems surreal.