San Francisco as You’ve Never Seen it Before… 3D Printed Possibly the world’s largest 3D printed cityscape has been unveiled in San Francisco, showing the potential that 3D printed models offer city planners, architects, and real estate developers. The model of San Francisco was built by Autodesk, the 3D design and engineering company, using a digital model from design company Steelblue. It shows San Francisco circa 2017, revealing how the city will look with the completion of several projects already under construction. The model, which covers over 115 blocks and encompasses the Financial and ‘South of the Market’ Districts, was built for real estate developer Tishman Speyer, who wanted to tell the story of urban development in the rapidly changing SOMA neighborhood. However, 3D printed cityscapes such as this, offer new opportunities for developers and town planners as it allows them to explore new buildings, highway routes, and even sunlight patterns. “We’ve been creating digital 3D models of cities around the world.
brandon martella: Live Share Grow Food as a resource is limited. Supply will soon not meet demand. With population growth, food production in the United States is reaching maximum capacity. Current trends in development create a struggle between farming and living. Utilizing vertical farming, a new model of living can be tested and resolved in a dense vertical community. The farm tower located in a vertical community of tourist resources and developer condos will provide fresh produce daily to celebrate a direct injection of goods from farm to market. This new form of residential high-rise can be plugged into the existing city grid injected with the by products of its traditional equivalents to produce something responsible, something different from its otherwise insular counterparts. The open air market will become a place for local vendors to sell an assortment of products along with fresh produce grown in the farm tower and direct vicinity of San Diego's urban center.
Filabot, le robot ménager qui recycle vos plastiques pour l’impression 3D L’impression 3D, c’est LE truc en vogue depuis plusieurs mois. Révolution des Makers oblige, les garages modernes appelé « Fab Lab » se multiplient un peu partout dans le monde, et les plus geeks travaillent sur les améliorations à apporter à cet outil encore un peu venu du futur que sont les imprimantes 3D. Oui mais voilà, ces imprimantes, pour imprimer, consomment du plastique. Et alors que je me demandais l’autre jour si ces outils ne permettraient pas de créer un univers d’économie circulaire à la maison, je suis tombée nez à nez avec Filabot. Magie ! Le concept est le même que si nous pouvions recycler le papier à la maison pour nos imprimantes traditionnelles. Pour cause, ces imprimantes d’un nouveau genre permettent de réaliser des objets à la demande, de réaliser des prototypes à moindre coût et les industriels commencent à imaginer le potentiel des débouchés ouvert par cette « fabrication additive ».
The Free Universal Construction Kit Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can — and much more. Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit: a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys. Fig. 1. Overview Video by Riley Harmon for F.A.T. F.A.T. The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Motivation Our kids are already doing it! Opening doors to new creative worlds is one major reason we created the Free Universal Construction Kit. The Kit offers a “best of all worlds” approach to play and learning that combines the advantages of each toy system. Finally, in producing the Free Universal Construction Kit, we hope to demonstrate a model of reverse engineering as a civic activity: a creative process in which anyone can develop the necessary pieces to bridge the limitations presented by mass-produced commercial artifacts. Download Figure 2. We (F.A.T. Implementation Figure 3. Figure 4. Fig. 9. Keywords
Interactive Fabrication » Fabricate Yourself Fabricate Yourself is a project that documented the Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction Conference. Usually we think of documentation in terms of text, photography and video, but given the tangible theme of the conference we decided to engage the community by capturing and fabricating small 3D models of attendees. This enabled us to build a tangible model of the event and fabricate it piece by piece during the conference. Attendees firstly capture their favorite pose using a Microsoft Kinect. Dovetail joints are automatically added to the side of the models so they can be snapped together. The STL files were printed using a Dimension uPrint 3D printer kindly provided by Stratasys. Below you can see the models packed on to the 3D printing base. As we wanted to be able to fabricate a large number of models, we kept the size of the pieces down to approximately 3x3cm. To print at the 3x3cm size we only needed to use one quarter of the full Kinect resolution. Created by Karl D.D.
Researchers Develop Minibuilders, Tiny Robots Capable of 3D Printing Large Buildings It is amazing how quickly the technologies around 3D printing have been developing over the last couple of years. Not only are we seeing Moore’s Law-like increases in the speeds of these prints, all the while prices are dropping substantially, but entirely new innovative approaches seem to emerge each day. For instance, we have already seen 3D printing drones, combo 3D printer/CNC machines, a 3D printing assembly line, and all sorts of crazy new ways to print with food. Today a unique, but quite innovative approach to 3D printing has been unveiled by a team of researchers at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), based in Barcelona, Spain. One problem with 3D printers today, is that their build envelopes are limited by the size of the actual printer. “Within the construction industry we haven’t seen any disruptive technologies being introduced for almost a century,” stated the IAAC research team. Grab Robot Attaches Itself To A Print to begin printing.
Four African Girls Create Urine-Powered Generator 7 November '12, 04:58pm Follow What have you built lately? 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have created a urine powered generator. All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria. All they want to do is show off what they have made. These four girls may not end up doing that either, but their efforts definitely stand more of a chance than yet another hyper local social cloud app. Here’s how it works: Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into nitrogen, water, and hydrogen.The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity. More great finds from around the Web: TNW Shareables
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