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How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware A modular system unites the advantages of standardisation (as parts can be produced cheaply in large amounts) with the advantages of customisation (since a large diversity of unique objects can be made with relatively few parts). Modularity can be found to a greater or lesser extent in many products (like bicycles and computers) and systems (like trains and logistics), but the best examples of modular systems are toys: LEGO, Meccano, and Erector (which is now the brand name of Meccano in the US). LEGO, Meccano and Erector are composed of relatively few elementary building blocks, which can be used to build various objects. The parts can then be disassembled and re-used to build something completely different. Tech Biz Chinese Scientists Are 3D Printing Ears and Livers – With Living Tissue Specially modified 3D printers use live cells that could theoretically be transplanted. Researchers in China have been able to successfully print human organs using specialized 3D printers that use living cells instead of plastic. Researchers at Hangzhou Dianzi University actually went as far as inventing their own 3D printer for the complex task, dubbed the “Regenovo.” “Xu Mingen, Regenovo's developer, said that it takes the printer under an hour to produce either a mini liver sample or a four to five inch ear cartilage sample. Xu also predicted that fully functional printed organs may be possible within the next ten to twenty years,” stated 3D Printer World. According to Xu, the Regenovo can print in a sterilized environment with temperatures ranging between 23 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chocolate 3D Printing The project is funded as part of the Research Council UK Cross-Research Council Programme – Digital Economy and is managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of ESRC, AHRC and MRC. It is being led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of Brunel and software developer Delcam. The research has presented many challenges. Chocolate is not an easy material to work with because it requires accurate heating and cooling cycles. Processing+Ponoko: A programmer's approach to designing for a laser cutter - lucsmall.com Update 21 November 2012: My Ponoko order arrived yesterday. It is proof that the technique works - all lines were cut perfectly, the engraving looks great, and the text is raster engraved beautifully. See below for the ocular proof. I really like Ponoko’s laser-cutting service. It’s a breeze to use and the customer support is excellent. With it, I can now create custom enclosures for my electronics projects, bringing a new level of professionalism to their finish.

Sugar solution turns embryos and brains see-through, allows for high-res imaging A team of neuroscientists at the RIKEN institute in Japan have created a liquid, primarily fashioned out of fructose sugar, that turns flesh transparent. This aqueous solution, called SeeDB, has been successfully used by the researchers to make mouse embryos and brains transparent without damaging any of the fine structures within the samples. The researchers were then able to visualize the entire neuronal circuitry of a mouse brain on a whole-brain scale, without having to first cut it into slices — an important first for neuroscience. In technical terms, the RIKEN researchers have created an optical clearing agent.

3D Printer Success: University of California San Francisco (UCSF) As unhealthy as it may sound, Joe Derisi has a passion for viruses. DeRisi is a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). At his lab, he and his team focus on the cause of malaria and investigate other viruses such as SARS, Avian Flu and others. Winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant, DeRisi is known for his enthusiastic pursuit of new techniques and is responsible for designing and constructing the “ViroChip”, a groundbreaking tool for detecting the presence of all known viruses in only one step.

Syllabus / Designing-For-Digital-Fabrication-S11 Description: The ability to digitally fabricate parts and whole pieces directly from our computers or design files used to be an exotic and expensive option not really suitable for student or designer projects, but changes in this field in the past 5 years have brought these capabilities much closer to our means, especially as ITP students. ITP and NYU now offer us access to laser cutting, CNC routing, and 3D stereolithography. In this class we will learn how to design for and operate these machines. Emphasis will be put on designing functional parts that can fit into a larger project or support other components as well as being successful on a conceptual and aesthetic level. Class No. 1 Jan 26- Introduction

Riding the open hardware wave with ladyada If you haven’t already, check out ladyada’s website. She’s something of a veteran of open sourcing hardware, having developed several (mainly electronic) projects while at MIT and, indeed, since. My favourite is the Spoke POV, a persistence of vision toy for your bicycle wheel. I have made up a couple and found her various source documents incredibly well written and helpful (she provides detailed assembly instructions, links to places to source components, schematics of the circuitry, circuit board layouts, source code for software elements. And of course you can download the latest version of the firmware and software and she’ll sell you a hardware kit at her commercial arm, Adafruit Industries (having limited interest in building electronic hardware, but an inexplicable urge to solder, this is what I did). It’s really exciting to think of what’s possible, developing a product for an already successful opens source software/hardware project.

Wohlers Associates - Terry Wohlers Terry WohlersShort Biography Industry consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers is president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 27 years ago. The company provides technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing. Through this company, Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more than 240 organizations in 24 countries. Also, he has provided advice to 150+ companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors that represent mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity valued at billions of dollars.

BOS academic : The Miura-Ori map The Miura-Ori map by Ian Bain Folded maps are merciless to the user who makes the slightest error in returning them to their compact form. Pt the Tokyo ICA meeting Koryo Miura and Masamori Sakamaki from Tokyo University's Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science demonstrated an application, of space science, combined with a little Origami, which transforms the ergonomics of map folding. Books on Mass Customization - A curated list of recommendations R ecent Studies & Publications The Market for Open Innovation 2013: Completely new study on open innovation providers and platforms. Praxishandbuch Technologietransfer: Innovative Methoden zum Transfer wissenschaftlicher Ergebnisse in die industrielle Anewndung The Customization 500: Benchmarking 500 Co-Design Toolkits in MC BtoC eCommerce

Home Automation with Arduino (digital version) Home Automation with Arduino is a complete resource to start building your own home automation systems based on the Arduino platform. By using this product, you will learn how to automate your home using DIY home automation systems. I also designed the book so it will inspire you to get your own ideas and start designing & building your own home automation systems. In this product, I will show you how to use the Arduino platform for home automation. Beehive Beehive has been using 3D printing to make eyewear for a long time. Now we want you to do it too. We’re developing an online interface for you to create glasses frames with some really simple tools. We mean really simple.

Voronoi Bookshelf Prototype, an experiment in interactive, generative design Posted by Hero on Mar 22, 2012 in Configurable Design, Creative Code, Custom Design, Generative Design, Mass Customization What is this? This is a prototype. An experiment in generative, collaborative design. The prototype consists of two parts: a generator and an object.

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