Gilles Retsin of Softkill Design on 3D printed houses Interview: earlier today, London studio Softkill Design unveiled plans for a 3D printed house. We spoke to Softkill's Gilles Retsin about the viability of printed architecture and how he intends to print a plastic dwelling in just three weeks. "When we started this research, it was a kind of science fiction," he says. "It's not actually that far off any more." Amy Frearson: Tell us how the project came about. Gilles Retsin: The prototype, ProtoHouse 1.0, started as academic research at the AA Design Research Lab. So the ProtoHouse 1.0 was the first prototype for a 3D printed building. We [Softkill Design] have been working for the past few months on making a market-friendly version. Amy Frearson: So this will be the first 3D printed house? Gilles Retsin: I mean, we call it a house for marketing purposes but it's only 8 by 5 metres. Above: the Radiolaria pavilion by Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio was printed on Enrico Dini's D-Shape printer in 2009. Gilles Retsin: It's around eight pieces.
Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Curve-Crease Sculptures of Erik Demaine Erik Demaine is a Professor of Electronic Engineering and Comp Sci at MI, but he is also an origami folder who has had work displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. He makes some beautiful models and intricate puzzles, but in my opinion the really inspirational work is the curved creased models. In Erik's own words describing the above models: "Each piece in this series connects together multiple circular pieces of paper (between two and three full circles) to make a large circular ramp of total turning angle much larger than 360° (between 720° and 1080°). Each sculpture is also turned a different amount before joining the sliced circles into one big (topological) circle." These pieces are strange and beautiful, but they are also quite reproducible. I will see if I can put together a "how to" for a simple variation. H also makes amazingly complex and organic looking models like the following: Three Waves Meeting His set of models, Pushing Curves to the Limit
3D-Printed Skull Implanted in American Patient’s Head : D-brief There is no shortage of new and interesting uses for 3D printing technology. This week one more has been added to the list, and it’s pretty darn impressive: replacing 75 percent of a patient’s skull with a 3D-printed implant. The skull implant was approved by the FDA last month, and the surgery itself took place on March 4, as reported by Tech News Daily. As with all 3D printing, the process begins with a digital scan to use as a blueprint. Patients who have suffered car accidents or head trauma would benefit from this technology, as well as those with cancerous bone tissue in the skull. The 3D-printed implant was manufactured by a Connecticut-based company called Oxford Performance Materials. Image courtesy of Oxford Performance Material
Atelier Allibert, Luminaires décoratifs, objets décoratifs en fil de fil, carcasses d'abat jour, kit main libre pour repas debout et cocktails, à Aulanay sous Bois, 93600, decoration et lampes decoratives pour abat jour en fil de fer Working gun made with 3D printer 6 May 2013Last updated at 06:38 GMT By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC World Service, Texas The BBC's Rebecca Morelle saw the 3D-printed gun's first test in Austin, Texas The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US. The controversial group which created the firearm, Defense Distributed, plans to make the blueprints available online. The group has spent a year trying to create the firearm, which was successfully tested on Saturday at a firing range south of Austin, Texas. Anti-gun campaigners have criticised the project. Europe's law enforcement agency said it was monitoring developments. Victoria Baines, from Europol's cybercrime centre, said that at present criminals were more likely to pursue traditional routes to obtain firearms. She added, however: "But as time goes on and as this technology becomes more user friendly and more cost effective, it is possible that some of these risks will emerge." Personal liberties Gun control
Artful Home | Original Artwork by North American Artists 3D-printed baby fetus is more impressive than an ultrasound Maybe you could wear it as a pendant. (Credit: Fasotec) Congratulations, you're expecting! It comes in this attractive gift box. Japanese company Fasotec will make a miniature 3D replica of your fetus and hand it off to you in a lovely jewelry box for about $1,280. Fasotec calls the custom product "Shape of the Angel," an optimistic view that precedes the reality of the tantrums and eventual teenage angst you'll have to contend with as a parent. Of course, you can't just pop down to the local 7-Eleven and pick one of these up. White resin replicates the shape and position of your baby and clear resin represents the womb. If you thought baby stories were embarrassing, just wait til mom and dad whip out your fetus model to show your date when he comes to pick you up for prom. (Via New Launches )
Origami Science: origami-like techniques used in advanced tecnologies. You will be surprised to know that paper folding ideas are used in technically advanced science projects. Some projects use bona fide origami folding techniques in the their work. However, in some cases, the term "origami" is used even when their is minimal folding involved. Origami-Inspired Deployable Solar Array As we approach 2014, we revisit the 50-year-old space problem of transporting large-objects in narrow-rockets. Here comes origami to the rescue. Researchers at Brigham Young University, National Science Foundation, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and origami expert Robert Lang designed a space array which can be folded compactly and then deployed while in outer space. Not so fast. This solar array is similar to the origami Flasher by Jeremy Shafer but it's not the first time that origami has been used in space technology. Foldable Paper Lithium-Ion Battery Easy to read article here or abstract ACS Publications. How is this going to help us in the future? Origami DNA Nanorobot
Baby's life saved with groundbreaking 3-D printed device that restored his breathing Every day, their baby stopped breathing, his collapsed bronchus blocking the crucial flow of air to his lungs. April and Bryan Gionfriddo watched helplessly, just praying that somehow the dire predictions weren't true. "Quite a few doctors said he had a good chance of not leaving the hospital alive," says April Gionfriddo, about her now 20-month-old son, Kaiba. "At that point, we were desperate. Anything that would work, we would take it and run with it." They found hope at the University of Michigan, where a new, bioresorbable device that could help Kaiba was under development. Green and his colleague, Scott Hollister, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and associate professor of surgery at U-M, went right into action, obtaining emergency clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to create and implant a tracheal splint for Kaiba made from a biopolymer called polycaprolactone. "It was amazing. "The material we used is a nice choice for this.
Kris Henning | Industrial Design, Research and Product Development Formlabs Form 1 Teardown I got a Form 1 3D printer! It’s the first 3D printer I’ve purchased (technically, I “backed” it). I managed to acquire a pre-release beta unit, as I’m affiliated with Neoteny Labs, one of Formlabs’ investors. What’s the first thing I do with any shiny new gadget? Unboxing The complete Form 1 kit consists of three boxes: the printer (shown above), bottles of liquid photocurable resin, and a cleaning station. The packing method, at least for the beta, is styrofoam-free. The printer box also contains the power supply, cables, and the requisite quickstart guides. The serial number scheme, at least for the beta units, is “AdjectiveAnimalname”, so mine is simply “ChiefCat” — hurray for easy-to-read serial numbers! Undressing You need exactly one tool to disassemble the printer: a 2.5mm hex key (or, if you’re a fan of Torx, a T-10 bit). Two screws release the orange-colored light shield from its hinge, and four screws release the top of the base unit from the frame. The print is a success!
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