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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, November 6, 2011

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Nov 6, 2011 11:11:36 AM

Here are our Staff’s prime picks for this week.   These range from intelligent prosthetics to not being able to believe what you see.   Please enjoy.   

iWalk   Cutting edge prosthetic leg company founded by double amputee and MIT professor, Dr. Hugh Herr, who lost both legs to frostbite in a mountaineering accident. Still an active climber, Dr Herr related how with certain customized limbs, he has been able to climb better than a 100% natural human. - Evan

Zen and the Art of Making   This is a great newsletter post from MAKE: Magazine about the journey from beginner to expert maker. - Gregg

Pantorouter   This is about 3D Routing the hard way, without CNC. - Carter

Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs on Vimeo   Cool video showing a software interface which allows for 3D objects to be inserted into 2D pictures with realistic lighting and other effects.   “A method to realistically insert synthetic objects into existing photographs without requiring access to the scene or any additional scene measurements.”   There is also an interview with Kevin Karsch, who is the guy responsible for it. - Alex

Topics: solidworks, 3d-modeling, Uncategorized, woodworking, nextfab, kevin-karsch, 3d-routing, photography, learning, prosthetics


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