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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

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

Weekly Staff Picks, February 19th, 2012

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Feb 19, 2012 10:01:00 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week. We hope you enjoy them!


The Iron Giant, the “50”   Alcoa restores the largest forging press in the world- built in 1955, still functional, and the only machine that can make the large structural forged parts needed by the aerospace industry and the space program. - Lewis


A washing machine self destructs, pretty self explanatory. “Will it blend” on steroids!” - Seth


Extreme Sheep LED Art   This one is just for fun, though it does have LEDs. - Brandon


The World’s Oldest Science Experiment   Billed as the world’s oldest running science experiment, live via webcam - “In 1927 Professor Parnell heated a sample of pitch and poured it into a glass funnel with a sealed stem. Three years were allowed for the pitch to settle, and in 1930 the sealed stem was cut. From that date on the pitch has slowly dripped out of the funnel - so slowly that now, 80 years later, the ninth drop is only just forming.” - Alex


The Center City Jazz Festival   “On April 28, the Center City Jazz Festival is set to showcase great new jazz in an exciting, youthful, energetic environment, and introduce a new crop of the Philadelphia area’s best up-and-coming artists to both jazz aficionados and the jazz curious…The music will range from hard-bop to groove and from sultry songstresses to hot Latin jazz — so organize a group of your friends, catch a show or two or three, have a drink, and enjoy some of the best music you haven’t yet heard.” - Alex

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Topics: forge-press, music, Uncategorized, nextfab, led, science-experiment

    

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