InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model-maker, is developing a design for an open-source humanoid robot that you can make with your own 3D printer. Langevin calls his robot InMoov, and he is making plans and digital files publicly available as portions of the design come to completion. InMoov is an ongoing project, and so far it is possible to build the robot’s arms and shoulders and to connect them with a torso unit. The body parts can be printed, but you’ll have to add mechanical and electronic components such as cables, servos, and Arduinos to make the machine work. See a video of InMoov in action after the jump! Files for InMoov can be downloaded in STL (STereoLithography) format from MakerBot’s Thingiverse design-sharing site. Langevin is a sculptor at Factices Ateliers, his own commercial design firm in Paris. + InMoov
Mataerial: a 3D printer that seemingly defies gravity You might think that 3D printing is a mature technology , the way guns and pizzas and pieces of jet engines are popping out these days, but you haven't seen it all: a company called Mataerial has built a contraption that can print gravity-defying strands of material right onto a wall. Where existing 3D printers deposit tiny beads of melted plastic ( FDM ), solidify resin with ultraviolet light ( stereolithography ), or fuse powered material with laser beams ( SLS ) to form a part, these technologies typically require a flat tray where the work is done. Not Metaerial: because the robot arm deposits a mix of thermoset polymers (the company's not saying which ones) that harden at the exact same time they're pushed out the tip of the extruder, it can appear to generate threads right out of thin air.
3D Printed Food Could End World Hunger, Says 'Universal Food Synthesizer's' Anjan Contractor NASA has funded the development of a 3d food printer to feed astronauts in space. But the developer thinks the machine could also have a purpose closer to home: ending world hunger. The engineer of the so-called "universal food synthesizer," Anjan Contractor of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, told business news blog Quartz that he envisions every kitchen having a 3d food printer to keep the planet fed . People could buy the nutritionally complete cartridges of powder and oils at the store and keep them for up to 30 years, he said. “I think, and many economists think, that current food systems can’t supply 12 billion people sufficiently,” Contractor told Quartz. Visit Quartz for more on Contractor's hunger-zapping solution. Ending hunger is a giant task. Other mass-produced food has been hailed as a possible hunger cure. As of September 2012, UNICEF planned to buy 32,000 metric tons of Plumpy'Nut in 2013, an increase of 4,000 tons over 2012, according to CNBC. Related on HuffPost:
3-D printing takes shape 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has come a long way from its roots in the production of simple plastic prototypes. Today, 3-D printers can not only handle materials ranging from titanium to human cartilage but also produce fully functional components, including complex mechanisms, batteries, transistors, and LEDs. The capabilities of 3-D printing hardware are evolving rapidly, too. They can build larger components and achieve greater precision and finer resolution at higher speeds and lower costs. Together, these advances have brought the technology to a tipping point—it appears ready to emerge from its niche status and become a viable alternative to conventional manufacturing processes in an increasing number of applications. The advantages of 3-D printing over other manufacturing technologies could lead to profound changes in the way many things are designed, developed, produced, and supported. 1. 2. 3. 4. Design is inherently linked to methods of fabrication. 5.
This Mind-Controlled 3-D Printer Generates Creatures From Your Kid's Brainwaves When Bryan Salt, a creative director from the U.K., was a kid, he would dream "of a machine that could create real objects from thought alone: to imagine a thing and it would appear in front of me ready made." Salt is working to make that dream a reality with his Chile-based startup Thinker Thing, which is in the process of creating a system called the Monster Dreamer that can generate 3-D models of creatures built from children’s brainwave data via a sensor-equipped headset. From there, those objects are easily realized in plastic with a MakerBot. I caught up with Salt over Facebook chat, and he explained how exactly Thinker Thing is able to create 3-D models by reading brain waves. "It’s not that you imagine an object and it appears," he explains. Instead, children put on a headset and are presented with a variety of creatures with different characteristics. Let’s say you like a creature with four arms and two eyes and is long and thin. It’s a complicated system.
Mini Mushroom Farms: Gardenista Older Mini Mushroom Farms by Michelle Slatalla Issue 71 · Kitchen Gardens · May 10, 2013 Newer Issue 71 · Kitchen Gardens · May 10, 2013 After a childhood spent being warned against wild and possibly poisonous mushrooms, it's no wonder I still have an arm's-length relationship with fungi. But mini mushroom farms could change that: Above: Kits from specialty growers, such as California-based Far West Fungi, will grow indoors and are capable of producing multiple crops of shitake or oyster mushrooms. Above: Far West Fungi, which has a retail store in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, offers a Pre-Activated Shiitake Mushroom Farm for $25. Above: A Back to the Roots Mushroom Garden is $19.95; grown in recycled coffee grounds, the yield can be as great as 1.5 pounds. Above: Oyster mushrooms, via Hunger and Thirst. EXPLORE MORE: Issue 71: Kitchen Gardens, Indoor Gardens, Urban Gardener, Kitchen Gardens, Plants, Urban Gardens Woodland Plants That Bloom in Dappled Light Under Trees By Kendra Wilson
Evgeny Morozov: Hackers, Makers, and the Next Industrial Revolution In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement was in deep crisis. The movement was concerned with promoting good taste and self-fulfillment through the creation and the appreciation of beautiful objects; its more radical wing also sought to advance worker autonomy. The problem was that no one in America seemed to need its products. The solution, according to Ross, was to provide technical education to the critics and the consumers of art alike. This would stimulate demand for high-quality objects and encourage more workers to take up craftsmanship. In a long rebuttal, Mary Dennett, who later became an important advocate for women’s rights, pointed out that the roots of the problem were economic and moral. Dennett’s tireless social activism bore fruit in other realms, but she lost this fight to aesthetes like Ross. Inevitably, hacking itself had to get hacked.
Stereolithography: The Science behind 3D Printing Recreating entire 3D objects directly from the virtual space of a computer to real life is a reality made possible by a number of different technologies. This article will focus on the one 3D printing technology that enjoys the upsides of speed, precision, and thanks to breakthroughs in design, affordability. Stereolithography, or SLA in shorthand, is essentially what the industry calls an “additive manufacturing process” as opposed to traditional methods of “subtractive manufacturing”. The former creates products through adding layers of a material, while the latter creates products through removing parts of a material. Like other additive manufacturing processes, SLA uses only the barest of resources and produces items at a quick rate. The idea was invented and patented in 1986 by Charles W. SLA at Work The process of SLA differs from other 3D printing technologies by using an ultraviolet laser directed at a thick pool of photopolymer resin. Results of SLA The Future of SLA
Paula Deen Releases Delicious New Butter Product Made From Her Breast Milk SAVANNAH, GA—Expanding a retail line that already includes kitchen supplies, bakeware, and cookbooks, television personality and restaurateur Paula Deen today introduced Deen Farms Butter, a delicious dairy product concocted from her own breast milk. “My new butter’s so sweet and creamy, it’s just like a lil’ slice of heaven, y’all,” Deen said in this week’s episode of Paula’s Home Cooking while applying a generous pat of the tangy mammary butter to a freshly baked blueberry muffin. “Now, what I like to do is melt a stick of it in with my macaroni and cheese, and you know it’s just perfect drizzled over of a big ol’ pot of mashed potatoes, too. Dig in, y’all!" Though Deen’s new lactation spread represents her first foray into the food products realm, the chef indicated that she has several other tasty edibles in the pipeline, including Paula’s Perfect Pasta Topper, a rich bolognese sauce made from her own menstrual blood.
UK Home Office adds formal ban on 3D-printed guns to firearms rules The UK Home Office has added language to its firearms rules, making clear that it's generally illegal to make, own, or sell 3D-printed guns. A revised version of its licensing policies says that guns like the Liberator, designed by Defense Distributed and released to the world in May, are covered under and forbidden by the Firearms Act 1968 — manufacturing 3D-printed guns or parts is effectively already banned because of rules against manufacturing guns or gun parts except under certain exemptions, but the guidance now includes explicit text to that effect. "3D printed weapons are potentially lethal barreled weapons and must be viewed as such in law," it reads. "The method of manufacture is not material to this consideration." In a section of frequently asked questions, regulators say they're still working through the wider implications.