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Weekly Staff Picks, April 15, 2012

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Apr 15, 2012 10:09:39 AM

Here are our Weekly Staff Picks for April 15, 2012

Thoughts on Code and Art   Interesting commentary about algorithms in art and architecture from Marius Watz. - Stephanie

The Power Pot   A kickstarter project selling a pot which produces electricity while boiling water/tea/etc. - Alex

The Flat Clock   Great web interface that allows you to design and order a customized wall clock.   Based on the options you have control over, it looks like the geometry for the clock face is being generated in the background by some sort of automated Grasshopper script running in Rhino.   When I showed this to Evan, he mentioned that it’s quite similar to Nervous System’s Cell Cycle 3D web application, which does something similar for 3D printable jewelry. - Alex

Sound you can Touch   3D print a custom iPhone case with your favorite sound from SoundCloud.   $25 for one. - WanTing

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats   A well thought out and thorough video guide to cats for engineers, by engineers. - Seth

Topics: iphone, nfs, algorithum, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, clock, engineer, cats, nextfab, power-generation

Weekly Staff Picks, April 1, 2012

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Apr 1, 2012 10:30:00 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this April Fool’s Day.   We hope you enjoy them.

Heavy Equipment Playground   Hey, kinda reminds me of us. - Carter

NoLab Super 8 Digital Video Cartridge      “The Kodak Super 8 system is a brilliant film format that inspired thousands of wonderfully well made Super 8 cinema cameras.   Unfortunately, the proprietary film cartridges are no longer in production and existing supplies are quickly diminishing…Give new life to your Super 8 camera with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge.   Shoot 720p HD video with any Super 8 camera.” - Alex

Shake Shack Philly Unveils Wall of Green   “…the Union Square Hospitality Group has erected a living “wall of green” filled with planters containing lush foliage until the construction ends later this summer” - Alex

Motorcycle drifting vs Automobile Drifting Video   Lots of tire smoke.   Pretty amazing vehicular control. - Adam

Two Photon Polymerisation   Miniature, High Speed 3D printing. - Brandon

Urban Nomads   Portable emergency housing, cooking, camping, medical and event structures, trailers and cases.   Very interesting. In German, though the info section has an English translation. - Rachel

Topics: emergency-housing, 3d-printing, heavy-equipment, gardening, Uncategorized, motorcycling, super-8, temporary-housing, nextfab, drifting, cnc

Weekly Staff Picks, March 18, 2012

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Mar 18, 2012 12:08:00 PM

Plastic-Eating-Fungi - A fungus was recently discovered in the amazon which can anaerobically break down polyurethane. -Alex

Mini CNC Drawing Platform -Hopefully we can get one of these little guys soon. Workshop, anyone? -Seth

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonzai Tree Castles - This is an incredible fusion of Bonsai and model making. These are beautiful. -Gregg

100% Recyclable Air-Free Tires - Recyclable non pneumatic tire/wheel combination. -Brandon

3D Printed Alphabet ProjectFor each of the letters ‘A’ through ‘Z’, the designers selected a typeface beginning with that character, which is used in the sculptural work. Each piece encapsulates a bit of the history of the typeface: the ‘J’ adopts the form of a metro system map, because its fontface ‘johnston’ was originally designed for the london underground; the ‘C’ is composed of ‘courier’ typewriter keys, used in 1950s typewriters. For the project we used two of our in house printers to complete the project which include a dimensions Uprint and a ZCorp 450. Both machines have similar build volumes with the UPrint creating the parts in ABS and the ZCorp in their powder-based material.” -Alex

Topics: 3d-printing, sustainability, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, product-design, design, fungi, bonzai-tree-art, nextfab, digital-fabrication, cnc, sculpture

Weekly Staff Picks, March 11, 2012

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Mar 11, 2012 10:27:24 AM

Here are out Picks for this week. Open Source, CNC, 3D Printing and Music are our topics this week. We hope you enjoy them!

Ceramic Rapid Prototyping at BGSU   This may be old news to everyone else, but I’d never seen 3-D printing of ceramic material and was really impressed.- Diana

24/192 Music Downloads   “A great article on sampling and digital music for the newbie to established audiophile, and even those who do any sort of analogue to digital data acquisition.” - Seth

Firewire Surfboards   From Jim Wright: “They have an interactive website where a user can input their personal desired board dimensions.   The website then designs the board (using Siemens NX). With credit card info, the order passes to a CNC machine, where the board is shaped with automatically-created tool paths.   It’s seriously cool stuff.     ShapeLogic created the custom interface for the website and API for NX.”- Alex

Haas Automation produces its 125,000th CNC machine.   “Today’s VF-1 is easily 10 times the machine as its 1988 namesake, yet its base price is only $45,995, or about $24,190 in 1988 dollars.   The VF-1 still has travels of 20” x 16” x 20”, but now features a 30-hp (peak) spindle with a high-performance vector drive, speeds to 8100 rpm standard, brushless servos on all axes, 1000-ipm rapids, a 20-tool ATC, and the Haas control, which now features 1 MB of program memory (8 times the 1988 figure) and provides processing speeds up to 1000 blocks per second (or 50 times faster than in 1988).   And that’s the base model machine.” - Alex

Open3PD   Open Source not so open? - Brandon

Topics: ceramics, nfs, surfing, 3d-printing, music, open-source, Uncategorized, cnc

NextFab on Philly Daily News!

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Feb 29, 2012 5:07:00 PM


An article featuring NextFab was published on Philly Daily News today!

"Stoking the creative fires: NextFab & its kind give the communal-workshop a high-tech makeover"

Topics: philly, hacker, jon-takiff, 3d-printing, maker, Uncategorized, science-center, news, nextfab, daily-news, tech

Weekly Staff Picks, February 26th, 2012

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Feb 26, 2012 10:07:00 AM

Here we are again.   We’ve got some interesting new links for you this week.   

Maya Pedal   Simple and beautiful, a developing county teaches us something with fresh perspective. - Seth

New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries   A cool project about urban hacking made by a student in Columbia University. - Wan Ting

The Drip Table   This is a cool idea about wood furniture that takes advantage of smaller, younger trees. - Gregg

Artificial Blood Vessels Created on a 3D Printer   3D printing blood vessels…I’m pumped! - Matt

The World’s Thinnest Pane of Glass   Scientists making graphene accidentally made the worlds thinnest pane of glass.   According to materials science, this is the thinnest that glass can be, making the glass “2-dimensional”. - Alex

Aquarium   An Aquarium inside a Phone Booth. - Brandon

Topics: alternative-energy, libraries, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, aquarium, furniture, nextfab, science, renewable-resources, pedal-power

Weekly Staff Picks, December 11, 2011

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Dec 11, 2011 1:26:00 PM

Here are our staff favorite links from this week.   Once again we have articles from art and science sources.   We hope you enjoy them.

Solidsmack   Little robot figurines printed on Z-Corp printers.   The coolest part is the Web interface they have for building and customizing your own robot. - Alex

Endless Forms allows you to design shapes using artificial evolution.  The shapes are supposedly 3d printable from a downloaded file.   Note that the display works best with WebGL installed.   Try using the Google Chrome browser. - Evan

Miniature V12 engine at and   This is the smallest working V12 engine in the world according to this article.  Very cool video shows the engine being assembled and then running. - Gregg   Very interesting skateboard art made from the laminated fragments of skateboard decks. - Brandon

Spray On Fabric Think of the possibilities.   (Looks a bit like Tyvec to me. - ed.) - Brandon

Topics: engine-model, z-corp, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, v12, spray-on-fabric, nextfab, textiles, models, skateboard

Weekly Staff Picks, November 27, 2011

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Nov 27, 2011 2:45:00 PM

Here are this week’s picks.   You could probably spend weeks just on the Science Hobbyist page!

jbaredesign   3D printed coffee cup with an eye-catching design.   More interesting is seeing the original concept here and the refinement that took place before the final design was printed. - Alex

Spooky sci-fi sounds as giant Theramin lands in Melbourne   A giant Theramin has appeared in Melbourne!   A Theramin is a musical instrument that uses no direct contact, just magnetic fields to produce sounds such as those in 1950’s sci-fi movies.   Think “Forbidden Planet”. - Gregg 

Time lapse video of a Photoshop image being created.   The power of Photoshop demonstrated by a true expert in the software.   This is what all Adobe Photoshop users should aspire towards.   I hope I can come close to half as good as this guy is. - Ross

Science Hobbyist   A trove of ideas for inventors and innovators- thought experiments and attempts to conceive of scientifically plausible explanations for rare (and possibly non-existent) phenomena (like force fields, ball lightening, etc).   These are the sorts of ideas that could spawn awesome inventions and many are relatively simple experiments to try.   Check out the author’s ABOUT ME.   Thanks Bill Beaty! - Evan 

Festively Rendered Snowman from Tweets Engineered Exactly    3d printed Twitter snowmen.   Aren’t they cool?   Maybe it is time to order one and get it delivered in time for Christmas! - Yulia

Bionic Contact Lenses with Heads Up Display   Contact lenses that can project images in front of your eyes, there are plans for email applications.   Its silly that they tested them on rabbits though, rabbits can’t use computers. - Matt

Topics: bill-beaty, contact-lenses, twitter, art-installation, photoshop, 3d-printing, fringe-science, Uncategorized, phenomena, theramin, nextfab, science, heads-up-display, hud

Weekly Staff Picks, November 13, 2011

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Nov 13, 2011 11:40:00 AM

Here are this week’s Staff Picks.   We hope you enjoy them. 

Rapid Manufacturing   Not everyone has access to a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) machine (a type of 3D printer that uses a laser to melt plastic or metal powder to create a solid 3D object), but if you do, here is a guide published by 3D Systems (inventors and pioneers of SLS and Stereolithography [SLA]) on “Design for SLS” - basically how to design to take advantage of the capabilities of SLS relative to traditional processes (machining or molding).   Offers great Design for Manufacturability (DFM) guidance that is applicable (with a grain of salt) to other additive processes. - Evan
Plastic Bottle House   What really surprised me and made me want to share this is the fact that “Compacted sand inside a bottle is nearly 20 times stronger than bricks.”   Maybe we should start saving our bottles at NextFab instead of recycling them… - Matt

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation   Interesting talk in the theme of TED about motivation and incentives. Science knows one thing and businesses do another and that’s not good. - Ross

MIT Leg Lab is still some of the most awesome robotics work I’ve ever seen - check out the “Planar Biped” doing a running forward flip! - Evan

Topics: third-world-construction, 3d-printing, robotics, motivation, Uncategorized, alternative-materials, nextfab, selective-laser-sintering, stereolithography, prosthetics

Weekly Staff Picks, October 22, 2011

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Oct 23, 2011 3:14:42 PM

Our Staff Picks for this week include woodworking, CNC, PhotoShop instruction and fashion.   We hope you enjoy them.

When to use Opacity versus Fill in PhotoShop   For all you photoshop geeks I must share this one, because for many years, I just couldn’t tell the difference. Why would they even put it there? Now I know!!! - Yulia

Scintillating CNC Zonahedral Structures: The Zome from Robert Bell   “The Zome is a creation of Rob Bell…and is one of the most ingenious structures of modern geometric times.   The complex, fluid shapes are designed in SketchUp, cut out flat [on a ShopBot], and put together with nothing but time, sweat, sandwich breaks and large mallets.” - Alex

Expanding Round Table   This is a video of a round table that expands.   This is extremely creative woodworking. - Brandon

Master hat designer Elvis Pompilio goes 3D printing   3D printed high fashion hat.   This is something that could not have been made with traditional methods.   Yes, it is THAT awesome. - Alex

Carbon Fiber Porsche 911   This maker takes a modern car and improves upon it by replacing the steel body with a carbon fiber one. - Gregg

Topics: porsche, carbon-fiber, photoshop, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, woodworking, shopbot, nextfab, cnc


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