A Desktop Machine To Turn Your Old Plastic Into 3-D Printing Fodder In that not-too-far-off day in the future when we’re all using 3-D printers to make new organs, bones, pieces of food, and so on, we may look back and thank Tyler McNaney, a second-year mechanical engineering major at Vermont Technical College who created the Filabot--a "3-D plastic extrusion system" that takes recyclable plastic and turns it into filament for 3-D printers. If you want to buy a kilogram of 3-D printer filament today--usable in 3-D printers like the MakerBot--it will cost you about $50. But all those plastic soda bottles, detergent bottles, and other pieces of product packaging that you recycle every week? Those are basically free. McNaney’s machine takes any recyclable plastic and grinds, melts, and extrudes it so that it can be rolled onto a spool for 3-D printing. According to McNaney’s Kickstarter video, the machine can make eight feet of filament from a milk jug and detergent bottle. Plastic recycling and extrusion have been around since plastic was invented.
Raise Crops on the Moon with Plant-Growing Jelly In dry areas like the desert, on mountain tops or on the moon it’s impossible to grow anything. Or is it? A rain in the desert sparks extreme plant growth from the moment the raindrops hit the ground. As long as the ground is irrigated and fertilized, plants will grow during the warm periods of the day. Conceived of by industrial design students Ruud van Reijmersdal, Tom Slijkhuis, Joppe Spaans and Jeroen Rood, this speculative project consists of a gel which serves as an ideal growing environment for food crops. Want to learn more about the inspiration and specifics for this project?
Anonymous Confessions As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – but what if we could share with full discretion? Everyone of us has his own little secrets and ‘Confessions’, a public art project by american artist Candy Chang, invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Chang lived in Las Vegas for a month and turned her P3 Studio gallery into a contemplative place for people to share their confessions and being fascinated by the secrets others hide inside themselves. Inspired by Post Secret, Shinto shrine prayer walls, and Catholicism, people could write and submit their confessions on wooden plaques in the privacy of confession booths. By the end of the exhibition, over 1500 confessions were displayed on the walls. All images © Candy Chang | Via: My Modern Met
L’imprimante 3D fait son cinéma Amateurs du cinéma d’animation – et du cinéma tout court – sachez que L’étrange pouvoir de Norman sort mercredi 22 août en salles… et c’est un petit chef-d’œuvre ! Il s’agit d’un film tourné en stop-motion : les « acteurs » ne sont pas des images de synthèse moulinées par ordinateurs, mais de petites poupées ultra-perfectionnées, bourrées de détails et évoluant dans des décors eux aussi réels. MAGIE. Un film étant composé de 24 images par seconde, les animateurs doivent manipuler minutieusement leurs « acteurs » sur un vrai plateau, photographier chaque plan puis juxtaposer les images afin de restituer un mouvement fluide. Un travail de Romains ! On peut aussi dire que c’est un travail de Romains. "RAPID PROTOTYPING". Impossible de fabriquer les milliers de « masques » nécessaires à la main. RÉSINE. Le département de Rapid Prototyping comptait 45 animateurs, assembleurs et modélistes. L'impression 3D, descendante de la stéréolithographie PROTOTYPES.
The Bottle of The Future is an Edible Blob Like in a microcosm, what if we could drink from a giant drop of water? The bottle of the future has the shape of a soft, hygienic, biodegradable and edible blob, where the liquid is kept together by a solution of brown algae and calcium chloride. Ooho is a project from the Spanish trio Skipping Rocks Lab that represents a brilliant solution to the major international issue of plastic bottle waste. Inspired by the consistency of an egg yolk and applying a method used in molecular gastronomy, Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche made an edible gel that encase water via spherification. Designers explain: “We do this process with the water frozen and we do it with a double membrane.” Production costs? “It’s is very easy to make, that’s one of the things we’re trying to push forward. Are you ready to cook your own sphere of water? Source: Wired
White room + kids with stickers This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Ar, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. How great is this? Given the opportunity my son could probably cover the entire piano alone in about fifteen minutes. The installation, entitled The Obliteration Room, is part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever exhibition that runs through March 12. If you liked this you’ll also enjoy Roman Ondak’s Room of Heights and Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s helium-filled kinetic drawing sculpture.
A new twist for animated movies--3D printed characters (Photo credit: Chris Mueller, Wired) Generally, traditional stop-motion animation uses clay figures or other types of figurines as the “puppets,” which are photographed for one frame, then moved and manipulated a bit, and then photographed again for the next frame. The series of these frames, of course, becomes the movie. For a sophisticated film, it’s not just the moving of the figures, but the manipulation of their expressions, that is most time-consuming. With clay, it’s a bit easier, but think about hard surface figures, where you have to create hundreds of facial features for a human figurine’s head. That’s a lot of manual work. But as with so many other industries, everything has changed now that 3D printing is here. Here’s how Wired magazine describes the process: Thanks to interchangeable 3-D-printed facial components, Norman is capable of 1.5 million expressions. Another industry disrupted by 3D printing. Now, sit back and enjoy the trailer for ParaNorman. Source: Wired Related
First 3D-printed Skull implanted Almost one year ago we reported about the first full-face transplant using 3D-printed bones in Belgium. Now the first 3D-printed skull has been implanted on a 22 years old Dutch women, affected by a rare bone disease. The skull of the patient never stopped growing, so the surgeons at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, led by neurologist Dr. Bon Verweij, replaced her skull bone with a 3D-printed implant mede out of PEEK (polyetherketoneketone). It’s a thermoplastic, extremely strong and temperature resistant. And it’s almost transparent. “Implants used to be made by hand in the operating theatre using a sort of cement which was far from ideal. Source: Dutch NewsRelated Post: 3D Printing a New Face
Sketch artist - Paolo Zagreb When I'm bored, I browse through my friends' Facebook images, choose my favorites, and draw them. Sometimes I take... liberties. Let's just call it artistic license. R.I.P. when I drew you looking like a corpse. I occasionally wonder why I still have friends at all. GitHub Codes Up Computer-Less 3-D Printer Software | Wired Design “Make Me” frees users from using dedicated computers with their 3-D printers. Photo: Courtesy GitHub GitHub, the popular and well-funded version-control company, is entering the 3-D printing market. They aren’t jumping into the world of hardware (not yet at least), but instead are automating tedious workflow issues, namely printing parts without leaving a laptop tethered to the 3-D printer for hours at a time. Their solution, called Make Me, allows users to push files to the MakerBot via HTTP and monitor the build process via webcam. It’s a small feature, but valuable for environments where multiple users are keen to make use of a shared resource. The tool itself is a handy utility, but it also helps illuminate GitHub’s corporate culture. What have they printed? Some have asked if a 3-D printer is “necessary” or anything more than a toy at a company like GitHub, to which Holman responded on Hacker News:
15 Awesome Chemistry GIFs You don’t need to watch Breaking Bad to know that chemistry is pretty awesome. Below, we explore our favorite 15 chemistry GIFs and the science behind them (when we could figure it out): Melting Metal With Magnets The Science: The copper wire has a significant amount of AC electricity running through it, causing it to act like a really strong electromagnet. In the metal slug, eddy currents form due to the magnetic field the copper wire is causing while the copper wire has high frequency AC flowing through it. Orange LED Light In Liquid Nitrogen The Science: When an LED is immersed in liquid nitrogen, the electrons lose a lot of thermal energy, even when the light isn’t turned on. Awesome Chemistry GIFs: Heating Mercury Thiocyanate Hydrogen Peroxide Catalyzed By Potassium Iodide