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Weekly Staff Picks, November 4, 2012

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Nov 4, 2012 1:24:19 PM

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Topics: simulation, nfs, solar-power, alternative-fuel, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, audio, super-computer, augmented-reality, nextfab, microcontroller, disney

Weekly Staff Picks, September 23, 2012

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Sep 23, 2012 1:18:46 PM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   Aviation, Art, Crocheting, 3D Printing and Woodworking are what we have for today.   We hope you enjoy them!




Reuters   Jet aircraft running on sawdust or straw?   Sustainable fuel for Turbine and Jet powered vehicles. - Gregg

treehugger   A crocheted playground! - Brandon

Cargocollective   Lots of cool concept art by Scott Robertson (see also: Design Studio Press). - Alex

core77   CNC milled and 3D printed Fisher Price records. - Christine

Inspir3d   Is it melting wood? - Brandon

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Topics: nfs, crochet, sustainable-fuel, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, woodworking, cnc-milling, nextfab, art, aviation

Weekly Staff Picks September 16, 2012

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Sep 16, 2012 2:05:42 PM

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Topics: motion-control, nfs, awards, Uncategorized, machining, nextfab, medical, aviation

Weekly Staff Picks, September 2, 2012

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Sep 2, 2012 10:00:07 AM

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Topics: electronics, human-powered-flight, nfs, sustainability, Uncategorized, optics, nextfab, quadrotor, cnc, resistors, wood-pulp

Weekly Staff Picks, July 22, 2012

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Jul 22, 2012 9:44:42 AM

Here are our staff picks for this week. We have Science and the Arts covered with 3D printing, green automotive, Maker Movement, Arduino and general electronics. We hope you enjoy them!



The Roopod   A home made vehicle that’s street legal and gets 78 mpg. - Gregg



Friction welding   Very hot stuff.   This shows the power of friction. - Matt



CNN Idea Series   What if you could make anything you wanted? - Gregg



The Diyode Board is designed to assist beginners to the Arduino platform. - Gregg



buildinggadets.com   This is a good site for electronics hobbyists. - Gregg  

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Topics: electronics, nfs, alternative-engery, arduino, maker, Uncategorized, automotive, nextfab, welding, microcontroller

Weekly Staff Picks, July 8, 2012

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Jul 11, 2012 11:06:57 AM


Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   CNC woodworking, art and robotics merge, 3D printing, metal casting and laser cutting fill this week’s picks.   We hope you’ll enjoy them.



Wood Joinery Notebook   Very interesting article about CNC wood joinery. - Gregg



The Art of Curve Folding and Robotic Manufacturing   Two robot arms working together to fold sheet metal to make a very cool wall facade. - Alex



Portable 3D Printer   This kickstarter is for a 3D printer with a 100mm ^3 build envelope.   The designer has proved that he can successfully print 10 micron thick layers in PLA, although the machine can increment its z-height in 0.4 micron steps.   Another useful feature is the fast print head motion (it’s capable of 300mm/sec). - Alex



Metal Molding in the South of Brazil   Interesting story about various types of metal casting in the southern region of Brazil. - Yulia



The Lasersaur is an open source laser cutter. - Alex

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Topics: nfs, 3d-printing, robotics, open-source, Uncategorized, woodworking, metal-casting, laser-cutting, nextfab, metal-folding, joinery, cnc

Weekly Staff Picks June 10, 2012

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Jun 10, 2012 10:11:44 AM


Here are our Weekly Staff Picks for this week.




3D Scan Your Head and use it as a Chess Piece   An example of using the new technology for 3D scanning by Autodesk 123D. - WanTing



Tim Cook’s US Manufacturing Reality Distortion Field   Interesting article discussing whether Apple can’t (or won’t) do more manufacturing in the US. Normally, people cite China’s subsidized labor wages and favorable tax policies are cited as the major reasons, but the author make some convincing counter-examples:


I’ll leave the subject with one last counter-argument to this tale of how woefully inadequate US manufacturing is to the task.   Take a look at Germany.   By all accounts it should be far less competitive than the US in manufacturing.   Taxes are worse.  Regulations are worse.  Wages are higher.  Yet, Germany’s manufacturing economy thrives.” - Alex



Mechanical Principles (1930) by Ralph Steiner   It’s like the movie Metropolis, but with gears! - Seth



Roominate: Make It Yours   Customizable dollhouse toy for lil’ gals. - Christine



Tron News   Listen to two full albums of Draft Punk songs, remixed as Nintendo soundtracks. - Brandon

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Topics: nfs, mechanical-principles, 3d-scanning, apple, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, nintendo, dollhouse, nextfab, tim-cook, mechanisms, chess

Weekly Staff Picks June 3, 2012

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Jun 3, 2012 10:20:15 AM

Tiny Chip Inserted in the Sole of a Shoe Can Charge the Wearer’s Cell Phone   Say what?   Charge your cell phone as you walk?   It’s the future, indeed. - Christine



Paradoxical gears have a complex shape with multiple lobes that exert pressure on the lobes of meshing gears, allowing for some interesting behavior.   These gears are often called “paradoxical gears” due to the fact that in some configurations, all of the gears rotate in the same direction (it’s easier to see in the videos than to explain in words).   The original design is credited to a Renault engineer named Mercier (the gears were needed for the torque-limiting Mercier differential).   Perhaps the most impressive thing is that such complex shapes were designed before the advent of modern CAD/CAM, most likely through the solving of some very complex equations.   [Bonus link - print your own paradoxical gears!] - Alex



Progressive Cavity Pump   An interesting wikipedia article about a type of pump most people may not have heard of.   The design uses two fairly complex shapes, one which rotates eccentrically inside of the other one.   This particular design is useful for applications which require either a consistent flow rate, or liquids/slurries that require low levels of shear stress. - Alex



The Return of the Vacuum Tube   The New Vacuum Tubes. - Gregg



Colossal   A cathedral made of lights - Brandon

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Topics: gears, nfs, alternative-energy, vacuum-tube, Uncategorized, cell-phone, nextfab, pump, led

Weekly Staff Picks May 27, 2012

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May 27, 2012 10:20:00 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   Sciences and art converge again.   


Bio Computer   Using a PC’s waist heat to help wheatgrass germinate.   Thinking inside the box. - Gregg


Superplastic Forming Aluminum   Short video showing a process called superplastic forming - in this case of aluminum.   Essentially, the material is heated to a high temperature, allowing it to be formed with methods typically used on plastics.   In the video, the aluminum sheet is heated to about 900F before being formed over a tooling die.   The pressure is applied from above with a bladder filled with compressed nitrogen. - Alex


FreshFiber   Really cool iPhone/iPad cases. All the products are 3D printed in Nylon, allowing for personalizations like including your name. - Alex


f.lux   Software to help you feel comfortable in front of your computer. - Brandon

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Topics: horticulture, nfs, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, superplastic, software, nextfab, metal-forming

Weekly Staff Picks May 20, 2012

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May 23, 2012 10:19:00 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   


Descriptive Camera   The descriptive camera is a project created by Matt Richardson. When a photo is taken, the image is sent via the internet to someone on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, where a person then describes the image in words. The text description is sent back to the camera, where it is then printed on a thermal receipt printer. - Alex


Cows & Cows & Cows   Ever wondered what a giant spider made of cows would look like? Check out this goofy animation called “Cows & cows & cows”. - Alex


Sunbeam Tiger   An Electric Car Concept. - Brandon


How a Carbon Fiber Cello is Made   A great “How It’s Made” detailing composite cello construction. Keep an eye out for their open cavity and two piece molds. Well made! - Seth


UPCYCLE SHUTTERS – 10 IDEAS   How to reuse Shutters artistically - Brandon

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Topics: nfs, luthier, cello, Uncategorized, nextfab, electric-car, photography

    

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