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
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
- A fungus was recently discovered in the amazon which can anaerobically break down polyurethane. -Alex
3D Printed Alphabet Project “For 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
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
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"
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
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 MAKEzine.com and nerdstink.com 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
toxel.com 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
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
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
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