Printing tiny batteries A research team from Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has demonstrated the ability to 3D print a battery. This image shows the interlaced stack of electrodes that were printed layer by layer to create the working anode and cathode of a microbattery. (SEM image courtesy of Jennifer A. Lewis.) Cambridge, Mass. – June 18, 2013 – 3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. To make the microbatteries, a team based at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign printed precisely interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, each less than the width of a human hair. “Not only did we demonstrate for the first time that we can 3D-print a battery; we demonstrated it in the most rigorous way,” said Jennifer A. The results have been published online in the journal Advanced Materials. To print 3D electrodes, Lewis’ group first created and tested several specialized inks.
Metro Makeovers for the Abandoned Stations of Paris Anyone who wants to make a swimming pool out of an abandoned metro station neglected for 75 years, has definitely got my attention. The ghosts of the Parisian underground could soon be resurrected if city voters play their cards right in the upcoming mayoral elections. Promising candidate, Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet, who would become the first female to ever hold the post in the capital, has released the first sketches of her plans to reclaim the city of light’s abandoned stations. (Update: Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet did not win the election, but this is still pretty cool anyway). Up on the candidate’s drawing board we have several proposals to revive the stations from their solitude, including my personal favourite, the swimming pool (just imagine doing laps down an old subway track), a theatre (think of the acoustics), a restaurant, an art gallery and a nightclub. This is what the station used as a model in the architect’s sketches currently looks like today… From the Vault
Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in 2014. Janjaap Ruijssenaars’s twisty, loopy 3D-printed building. Another group quickly piped up, declaring that a similar project they were working on would be done even faster and cheaper. Softkill Design’s web-like confection of a building. This month, another Dutch company jumped into the fray. DUS Architects plan to use non-traditional 3D printing methods to build a traditional house along a canal in Amsterdam. 3d house-printing—it certainly sounds like a brilliant idea. But what does this 3d house-printing actually mean? How it works A cast concrete sample detailing the resolution of the combined additive (3D printing) and subtractive (robotic milling) fabrication process being developed.
Company develops new fiber-reinforced wood, concrete ink for 3D printing Even though 3D printing is an emerging market and technology, aside from Defense Distributed’s gun, it seems like it has hit a plateau. You can make little or somewhat-bigger-than-little figurines, teacups and mugs that often have leaks, or fragile parts — such as gears — that you can include in a working item, but might quickly wear down. One of the things holding 3D printing back is the material used to print objects. A San Francisco-based company, Emerging Objects, has created new printing materials that aren’t just plastic, but composed of wood, concrete, and even salt. For the uninitiated, normal 3D printing is additive. Emerging Objects has developed a wealth of new materials, such as paper (made from recycled newsprint) as well as a printable salt material. Along with giving a new look to 3D-printed objects, Emerging Objects’ new materials are more environmentally friendly than plastics. As for what Emerging Objects envisions its new materials creating?
Neri Oxman who plans to ‘3D print’ buildings wins Vilcek Prize Feb.1, 2014 Neri Oxman, a designer, architect, artist and head of the MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter research group has been named the 2014 recipient of the Vilcek Prize in Design. Oxman resides in Boston, where she is the Sony Corporation Career Development professor and assistant professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab. She is the founder and director of the Mediated Matter design research group. Neri Oxman was raised in Israel and relocated to the United States in 2005. Acknowledged for coining the phrase "material ecology" to define her work, Oxman is often referred to as the leader of the biological revolution in design. Through her work, she challenges traditional design principles across architecture, product design, and fashion by juxtaposing material properties and environmental constraints to generate breathtaking new forms. "In the future we will print 3D bone tissue, grow living breathing chairs and construct buildings by hatching swarms of tiny robots.
NASA Fires Up Rocket Engine Made of 3-D Printed Parts | Autopia A lab test of the printed injector performed earlier this summer. Photo: NASA NASA hot-fired a rocket engine using an injector fabricated from layers of a nickel-chromium alloy powder. That’s cool. What’s cooler? They used 3-D printing to create it. The injector component is part of the rocket engine that allows the hydrogen fuel and liquid oxygen to pass through to the combustion chamber, where the thrust is produced. “We took the design of an existing injector that we already tested and modified the design so the injector could be made with a 3-D printer,” Brad Bullard, the propulsion engineer responsible for the injector design, explained in a statement from NASA. Using selective laser melting, layers of the nickel-chromium alloy were printed by Directed Manufacturing Inc. of Texas. NASA has big plans for 3-D printing.
Sensing Spaces: siete arquitectos en la Royal Academy of Arts Jornadas sobre diseño Del 28.04.2014 al 30.04.2014 En 2006, la Escuela de Diseño de Aragón celebró las primeras Jornadas Sobre la Práctica del Diseño ESDA. Del 23.05.2014 al 25.05.2014 REPLIC_AGE 2014 es un multievento organizado por DIMAD en colaboración con Makespace, en el que se podrán conocer en primera persona los últimos adelantos en el mundo de la manufactura digital y el diseño. Feria editorial independiente Del 25.04.2014 al 27.04.2014 Libros Mutantes vuelve a La Casa Encendida, en Madrid, para celebrar una nueva edición de su Feria Editorial Independiente dedicada a las publicaciones experimentales, autoeditadas y artísticas. Editoriales de diseño y arte Exposición de Arquitectura y Diseño Del 09.02.2014 al 04.05.2014 Pionero del diseño orgánico y figura emblemática de la arquitectura y el diseño escandinavos, Alvar Aalto es una fuente inagotable de inspiración para las generaciones actuales. Galería de arquitectura Jornada de puertas abiertas Del 26.03.2014 al 28.03.2014 Cargando...
A 3D-printed Moon base baked from lunar dust A possible lunar station near the Moon’s south pole (credit: SinterHab Design Team) Space architects have unveiled a concept for a 3D-printed Moon base called SinterHab near the lunar south pole. Modules would be constructed from lunar dust by microwave sintering and contour crafting, built by a large NASA spider robot. Unlike an earlier, more bulky concept using a mobile printing array of nozzles on a 6 meter frame to spray a binding solution (glue) onto a sand-like building material, the new concept uses microwave sintering to create a solid building material similar to ceramics — no glue requiired. The iron nanoparticles in the lunar dust (produced by space weathering) make it possible to heat the dust up to 1200–1500 degrees C and melt it, even in a domestic microwave oven. When the lunar dust (regolith) is heated and the temperature is maintained below the melting point, particles bond together and the building blocks for the lunar habitat can be created.