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Nervous System – explorations in generative design and natural phenomena Have you ever done a puzzle that has no beginning or end? Where you don’t know up from down? Get lost in the infinite galaxy puzzle. The infinity puzzles are […] Read Article → Ever wanted to get a closer look at what goes into making one of our 3D-printed Kinematics dresses? Read Article → The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney, Australia commissioned Nervous System to create a new Kinematics Dress for their exhibit, Out of Hand: Materializing the Digital, which runs […] Read Article → Our Cell Cycle and Kinematics apps don’t only give you the ability to design your own Nervous System jewelry–they also allow you to order those designs in a variety of […] Read Article → We’ve continued to enjoy collaborating with clients on custom engagement rings during the first half of 2016. Read Article → This winter, we found out about a kickstarter for new 3D-printable ceramic called Porcelite by Tethon3D. Read Article →

3D-Printed Biologically-Inspired Robotics I have been spending the last few months doing research into biologically inspired robotic structures. While my approach may seem formalistic in nature, these devices were simply a means for ultimately conducting social research. This desire stems from my experience building Simple Bots, and their subsequent display at multiple Maker Faires. While displaying these robots, I observed that the thousands of people who interacted with them, projected their own social realities upon these devices which were little more than motors zip tied to plastic household utensils. The obvious shortcoming of the Simple Bots approach was that no matter what personalities people projected upon these creations, they ultimately implicitly understood that these creatures were robotic. This led me to wonder what would happen if I built robots that were more intentionally organic-like and fluid in motion.

Printer produces personalised 3D chocolate 5 July 2011Last updated at 15:08 By Katia Moskvitch Technology reporter, BBC News The printer uses chocolate instead of ink Chocolate lovers may soon be able to print their own 3D creations thanks to work by UK scientists. A 3D printer that uses chocolate has been developed by University of Exeter researchers - and it prints layers of chocolate instead of ink or plastic. Although still a prototype, several retailers have already expressed interest in taking on the device. 3D printing using plastic and metal is already widely used in industry to speed up design work. Lead scientist Dr Liang Hao told BBC News that chocolate printing, just like any other 3D printing technique, starts with a flat cross-section image - similar to that produced by ordinary printers turning out images. "Then you do a 3D shape - layer by layer, printing chocolate instead of ink, like if you were layering 2D paper to form a 3D shape," he said. Shape and taste The machine builds up objects layer by layer Social networks

Hyphae | Hyphae Lamp The Hyphae lamp is a series of organic table lamps based on how veins form in leaves. Each lamp is a completely one-of-a-kind design 3D-printed in nylon plastic. The lamps are lit by eco-friendly LED's and cast dramatic branching shadows on the wall and ceiling. About Hyphae Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed artifacts constructed of rhizome-like networks. Lighting Specifications The lamp comes with an eco-friendly 3-watt 200 lumen LED light fixture with three bright Cree LED's that will last for 6 years of continuous use. What’s Your Better Life Index? Your Better Life Index is designed to let you visualise and compare some of the key factors – like education, housing, environment, and so on – that contribute to well-being in OECD countries. It’s an interactive tool that allows you to see how countries perform according to the importance you give to each of 11 topics that make for a better life. What’s the point of Your Better Life Index? There’s been a lot of debate lately on measuring the well-being of societies – is wealth all that matters, or should we be looking at other things, like the balance between work and the rest of our lives? The Index aims to involve citizens in this debate, and to empower them to become more informed and engaged in the policy-making process that shapes all our lives. Return to top Why choose 11 topics of well-being? Since it was founded in 1961, the OECD has helped governments design better policies for better lives for their citizens. What countries does the Index cover? Which country is #1? Lots! Credits

Beginning Addition and Subtraction Manipulatives by happycamper This is a set of math manipulatives I created for my daughter. They are commonly used in special education programs. (Popular in the UK, I believe.) For best results, print each number out in a different color (See example.) There are many commercial and freely available activities that can be used with this type of manipulative. Commercial examples at: Free to download activities at: Oxford University Press Good for use as practice 3D printing objects the parts do not require any structural support. (The base is 5x5 since that is the maximum size for my printer...) **5x5 base now has pegs slightly smaller to allow a bit more "give" to placement of the manipulatives.

Formlabs - High Resolution Desktop 3D Printer Round 2" Mini Mirror Can Be Used in Many Craft Projects & Mosaics (60 Pcs): Arts, Crafts & Sewing Making Music Visual: Interact with music history, taxonomy and anatomy. Nov 22, 2011 Music doesn’t have to be invisible. The intangible nature of music drives people to add visual and now interactive layers on top of it. We’ll examine how three projects visualize different aspects of musical data. Simple interactions turn static timelines into informative media experiences, maps into a means of dissecting the time and place of musical diversification and graphs into representations of the music itself. Produced by the Adobe Experience Design team, 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony is a detailed visualization of the institution’s history all wrapped up in an attractive spiral-shaped timeline. This simple exploratory tool adds a lot of visual interest to an otherwise dry history of the San Francisco Symphony. Hovering on blocks reveals a preview in the center of the spiral which when clicked opens up to a modal window with that piece of media. The end-state piece is quite visually complex but that complexity is representative of the subject involved.

Digital Designs for Physical Objects by wcm49, last updated Things to Make by wcm49 Feb 2, 2013 View More Acrylic Edge Lit LED Sign by markp Jul 26, 2012 Collection Cover Remove Jevelery box by geminni Aug 7, 2012 Pinned Box by RobH Aug 13, 2012 Printable protractor and ruler by ssd Jan 27, 2010 Laser Friction Fitting Gauge by toenolla Jan 13, 2013 Stacking Pi Case by CongoJoe Aug 14, 2012 Notch Width Test Pattern for 1/8 by syvwlch Dec 1, 2008 StackBox by habo Oct 5, 2011 Hex Connector Toy by 4volt Dec 12, 2008 Parametric Flexbox by bdahlem Feb 8, 2012 Top

Ceramic 3D Printing at Unfold~fab clay goes digital It’s been just over a year since Belgian design studio Unfold 3D printed their first successful ceramic vessel on a RepRap. Since then, their blog Unfold~fab has chronicled their experiments with 3D printed ceramics including clay materials, printing methods, and a personal fabrication interface the studio developed for last year’s L’Artisan Electronique installation. Unfold~fab is a wealth of practical information and intriguing visual documentation of one of history’s oldest crafts meeting today’s technological potential. Below is a video of the Virtual Pottery Wheel interface which allows a user to virtually shape a virtual pot on a virtual wheel. Earlier this year, ceramic artist Jonathan Keep contributed an informative post on the qualities of various ceramic materials for 3D printing — extremely useful for anyone wanting to try ceramic 3D printing out for themselves. Make your own stuff using: 3D Printing

Data Visualization: 4 Swingin’ Infographics | Graphic Swing Data Visualization: 4 Swingin’ Infographics Data visualization has become an active area of research, teaching, and development. In this series, I will showcase every week some of the most creative infographics and data visualization examples. This first installment will feature four beautiful and creative infographics that we found very inspiring. The Socially Optimized Business The anatomy of an agency The Lifecycle of a Web Page on StumbleUpon You may have heard the stat that StumbleUpon drives more traffic referrals than any other social media site. SPAM: More than an Annoyance? You may also check out: Amazing Infographics by Oliver MundayAmazing Infographics by James WestInfographic: The Internet In 2015 Is the Dawn Of Zettabyte EraThe Periodic Table of TypefacesInfographic: The 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords