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
‘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
The Standard 2.1 | Living Future The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure. For more information, Download the Living Building Challenge Standard 3.0 (PDF) Learn about prior versions of the Standard.
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.
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.
Living Building Challenge The Living Building Challenge is an international sustainable building certification program created in 2006 by the non-profit International Living Future Institute. It is described by the Institute as a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment. It can be applied to development at all scales, from buildings – both new construction and renovation - to infrastructure, landscapes and neighborhoods, and is more rigorous than green certification schemes such as LEED or BREEAM. History The Living Building Challenge was launched by the Cascadia Green Building Council (a chapter of both the U.S. Green Building Council and Canada Green Building Council). It was created by Jason F. International Living Future Institute The International Living Future Institute is a non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to catalyzing a global transformation toward true sustainability.
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.
New flexible materials pave the way for 3D-printed clothing Most 3D-printed objects are made out of rigid plastic or resin materials that aren't necessarily ideal for every project. Now, for a limited time online shops like i.materialise are offering designers the chance to play with experimental materials that have properties akin to rubber. Currently these materials are only being offered on a limited basis, but they're already paving the way for new ideas, including one haute couture dress that paraded down the catwalk at Spring Fashion Week 2013 earlier this year. The new material, which is dyed black and called Rubber-like, is priced at €2 (US$2.60) per cubic centimeter, which is more expensive than other options. The 3D-printed dress, created by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen with Julia Koerner, was fabricated by i.materialise on its Mammoth Stereolithography machines. The company will offer Rubber-like until September 1st. Sources: i.materialise, Shapeways via 3ders
Underground housing (wofati and earth berm forum at permies) Paul invited me here, due to a beating I was taking at another forum. Closed minds simply couldn't get around the idea that I was bringing forth and the original purpose of my post turned into an argument, which I chose to stay out of. Paul stepped into the middle of it and argued in my favor, then sent me a PM to email him later. I did so, and was invited here to tell my story.... SO here goes. I have posted parts of this on other forums, and have gotten a few answers here and there. I have been looking into a (relatively) cheap way to produce a home for the last few months and I have most recently been looking into the Post-Shoring-Polyethylene method pioneered by Mike Oehler (of the $50 dollars and Up Underground House fame. www.undergroundhousing.com). Underground housing appeals to a lot of us for a lot of reasons. For those of you who aren’t in the know, I’ll summarize a bit. I'm in an area that receives about 36 inches of rainfall annually. Mike has lived in his for over 30.
3D printed moon building designs revealed 1 February 2013Last updated at 12:21 GMT The protective shell of the building is designed to be constructed on site by 3D printers Architects Fosters and Partners have revealed designs for a building on the Moon that could be constructed from material already on its surface. An inflatable structure would be transported from Earth, then covered with a shell built by 3D printers. The printers, operated by robots, would use soil from the Moon, known as regolith, to build the layered cover. The proposed site for the building is the southern pole of the Moon. It is designed to house four people and could be extended, the firm said. In 2010 a team of researchers from Washington State University found that artificial regolith containing silicon, aluminium, calcium, iron and magnesium oxide could be used by 3D printers to create solid objects. The latest plans are the result of a collaboration between a number of organisations including the European Space Agency. 'Fascinating and unique'
Além da impressão 3D: Microfábrica imprime, fresa e corta Mecânica Com informações da New Scientist - 18/09/2013 A "fábrica doméstica" portátil também ganhou em precisão, permitindo fabricar objetos com maior nível de detalhamento. Microfábrica Nem bem começaram a fazer sucesso, as impressoras 3D estão prestes a receber o primeiro upgrade significativo. Agora elas não apenas são capazes de imprimir objetos, como também podem cortar, entalhar e fresar, ampliando muito o conceito de hardware livre. O melhoramento é tão significativo que Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, que está lançando sua inovação, chamou seu equipamento de Microfábrica. A Microfábrica é uma máquina portátil completa, pouco maior do que uma impressora 3D doméstica. Além do equipamento padrão de impressão 3D, ela incorpora uma série de cabeças de corte e desbaste que podem imprimir, cortar e fresar plásticos, madeiras e alguns metais leves. A máquina pode ser carregada com plásticos de até quatro cores ou dois materiais diferentes. A demonstração do protótipo impressionou.