Incredible: 3D Printed Lightbulbs From Disney Research 3D printing clearly has a ton of potential when it comes to revolutionizing home manufacturing for both creators and consumers, but there’s also no denying that we’re still a ways from mainstream penetration — where the average person is able to print everything from dinnerware to working electronic devices on the fly (…damn you, future people). Luckily for us, today’s experiments gradually take us closer to future practicality and provide a glimpse at what’s coming. This is the case with Disney Research and its new experiments with printed optics. As you’ll see in the video and pictures below, 3D printing has the potential to enable functional and interactive objects to be built on the fly — instead of just interesting models and prototypes. As NOTCOT notes, the projects featured below require the creator to interrupt the printing process to insert electronics. Take a peek at some of the bulbs below: ➤ Printed Optics via NOTCOT
domekit.cc — domes for all by EFFALO We need your help in launching domekit.cc, a web-based collection of parametric software tools and self-adjusting connector systems for making geodesic structures of human-scale proportion. domekit.cc will feature a generator tool that greatly simplifies the difficult-to-approach geodesic math equations needed to build a dome. The generator helps you visualize the structure you want to make and adapt the geometry to fit your needs. Once you have it just right, click a button and get a download of all the necessary parts and a map of how they go together. Here's a mockup of the interface: Another difficult aspect of domebuilding is getting the angles exactly right. We want to make it easier for everyone (both kids and adults) to visualize, play with, and create their own geodesic structures. Domeraisings require folks to collaborate effectively. Domes are an engaging way to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Beautiful web-based timeline software Formlabs creates low-cost 3D printer Desktop 3D printing has largely been the domain of extrusion-based machines like MakerBot's Replicator and homebrew RepRap designs. While this process's print size, speed and quality have improved over time, it still lags behind the capabilities of pricier, professional stereolithography devices, where UV light cures incredibly thin layers of resin to create objects on par with manufactured goods. Developing this type of printer at a consumer price point has thus far been an elusive goal, but a today trio of MIT grads with impressive backers announced a new machine, called the Form 1, that can potentially bring professional-grade 3D prints to the home workshop. Formlabs, the group's company, comprises David Cranor, an electrical engineer with a passion for digital media; Maxim Lobovsky, an engineer and former project lead on the Fab@Home project; and Natan Linder, who previously co-founded an R&D centre for Samsung in Israel. Source: Wired.com
‘Anti-Gravity’ 3D Printer Uses Strands to Sculpt Shapes on Any Surface 3D printers build objects by cross-section, one layer at a time from the ground up—gravity is a limiting factor. But what if it wasn’t? Using proprietary 3D printing materials, Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić say their Mataerial 3D printing system is gravity independent. The duo’s method allows a robotic arm to print objects on floors, walls, ceilings—smooth and uneven surfaces. Novikov and Jokić invented their system (patent pending) in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. In contrast to the 3Doodler, Novikov and Jokić’s system is a software-controlled 3D printer. Why is this an improvement on current tech? Novikov and Jokić say, "This method gives us a flexibility to create truly natural objects by making 3D curves instead of 2D layers. Whether the system can print a wide variety of shapes isn't shown in the video. But the concept is cool, and the tech will likely improve. Image Credit: Mataerial
3D printer to carve out world's first full-size building | Cutting Edge Sure, we've heard of 3D-printed iPhone cases , dinosaur bones , and even a human fetus -- but something massive, like a building? This is exactly what architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has been working on. The Dutch native is planning to build what he calls a "Landscape House." This structure is two-stories and is laid out in a figure-eight shape. Ruijssenaars describes it on his Web site as "one surface folded in an endless mobius band," where "floors transform into ceilings, inside into outside." The production of the building will be done on a 3D printer called the D-Shape, which was invented by Enrico Dini. According to the Los Angeles Times, the printer will lay down thousands of layers of sand to create 20 by 30-foot sections. The "Landscape House" will be the first 3D-printed building and is estimated to cost between $5 million and $6 million, according to the BBC.
Amazing 3D Printed Mobile Home Created by 3M futureLAB We have been hearing a lot lately about 3D printing homes. In fact a Chinese company claims they will begin printing out hundreds of concrete homes within the nxt year or two, and researchers in Amsterdam are working on a 3D printed plastic canal house. That's not all though.Peter Ebner, and students at the 3M futureLAB have created a tiny mobile home, which they say could be used by the 25-35 age group. The homes, are almost entirely 3D printed, down to the electricity, heating, water, and sewage systems, as well as the thermal insulation.The Body of the home is printed out of a sand and glue mixture. The size of these homes are a claustrophobic 50 square feet, but the designers claim that these are more than big enough to support one individual.
THE TABLE OF THE NATIONS On the seeming springing forth of both the Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations from nowhere, Dr. Walter Emery, prof. Of Egyptology at the University of London, said: "At a period approximately 3400 before Christ, a great change took place in Egypt, and the country passed rapidly from a state of Neolithic culture with a complex tribal character to one of well organized monarchy..... At the same time the art of writing appears, monumental architecture and the arts and crafts develop to an astonishing degree, and all the evidence points to the existence of a luxurious civilization. The impression we get is of indirect connection, and perhaps the existence of a third party, whose influence spread to both the Euphrates and the Nile.... These quotes could take in the civilizations of meso-america as well, with the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations charging ahead and the meso-american falling into barbarism and human sacrifice. Temples, Sphinx and Pyraminds Sphinx temple and valley temple
Project Will Use 3D Printer, Waste Plastic to Make Composting Toilets, Rainwater Harvesting Systems siftnz/CC BY 3.0One man's trash is another man's treasure, they say, and while it may be difficult to find something good to say about the vast amount of plastic waste we're creating, it may be that some of that waste plastic will get turned into new and useful products, thanks to the magic of 3D printing. A team of students at the University of Washington just won $100,000 in funding for their project, which will transform plastic waste into pieces for rainwater harvesting systems and composting toilets in the developing world. © Mary Levin, UW PhotographyThe team, Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF), took top honors in the 3D4D Challenge, an international contest to leverage 3D printing technologies to deliver real social benefits in the developing world. The next step will be working with Water for Humans (WFH) to build the 3D printing machines to address local issues in water and sanitation in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Silkworms work with robot to make 3D-printed dome | Crave - CNET A dome has been created by teaming up a 3D-printing head on a robotic arm — and a swarm of 6500 silkworms. Animals can do some amazing things, and their behaviours or physical properties have inspired some ground-breaking tech. But what if we could do more with what animals make? But by far one of the most productive animals we use is the silkworm. In order to explore the potential relationship between digital and biological fabrication, MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter research group has created a project called Silk Pavilion — a 3.65-metre diameter dome that is a collaboration between human designers, machines and grubs. The robotic arm, onto which was attached a 3D printer head, created the primary structure. When the dome's skeleton was completed, 6500 silkworms were positioned on the bottom rim of the scaffolding, filling in the empty spaces with a raw silk canopy. Tiny magnets were placed on the silkworms' heads in order to motion-track their movement as they built their cocoons.
Step into the world of 3D-printed tech couture | Crave Before too long, techy women may just print out that little black dress instead of buying it at a store. Don't believe me? Take a look at some of the 3D-printed gems strolling down the catwalk at the Paris Fashion Show this week. Dutch designer Iris van Herpen's haute couture show Voltage tapped the prowess of 3D-printing companies Stratasys and Materialise to create two pieces that look out of this world. The stunning black number (seen above) came from the minds of Herpen and Austrian architect Julia Koerner. Materialise created the black dress with its 3D-printing technology. Herpen created another ensemble (below) with assistance from MIT Media Lab professor Neri Oxman. "The ability to vary softness and elasticity inspired us to design a 'second skin' for the body acting as armor-in-motion; in this way we were able to design not only the garment's form but also its motion," Oxman explains.