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Blueprint Magazine - Architecture & Design

Blueprint Magazine - Architecture & Design

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Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: Contemporary Plotter Rita A collection of examples from the Prosthetic Knowledge Tumblr archive on the modern adoption of an older computer output technology - the plotter. Invented in 1953, the plotter was a vectorial drawing output device developed by Remington-Rand for the UNIVAC computer for technical drawing. As other forms of printers nor monitors were as ubiquitous as they are now, the plotter drawing became the main format for early computer art, which can be seen by the many examples produced by the Algorists. As new approaches and availability to technical means, plotter or vector drawing has over the last ten years had a renaissance, with various projects utilizing this method for 'live' drawings. High-end 3D printer art - Boing Boing 3D printers are great for complex engineering projects, but what happens when you try to get creative with it? Most artists obsessed with digital fabrication opt for milling machines or laser etching–which are cheaper and easier to access–but some have stuck with rapid prototyping (aka rapid manufacturing) because building ultra-precise objects out of nothing is undeniably awesome. Can you imagine if Torolf Sauermann tried to make this snail shell-esque math art using a pottery kiln? (He actually designed it using TopMod, an open source 3D topological mesh modeling system, and then sent the image to a printer for conception.)

3-D Printer Creates Entire Buildings From Solid Rock Imagine a 3-d printer so large that it can spit out entire buildings made from stone. Sounds science fiction-y, right? But that’s exactly what designer Enrico Dini created with his prototype D-Shape printer. Dini hopes to use the printer to create buildings made of stone and eventually, moon dust. Build your own Bamboo Domes This is page 95 of "Domebook Two", a book that was published in the 70's and is very hard to find. It was written by Pacific Domes (not the same as Pacific Domes), and I was able to find it at the local library. Bamboo grows fast, is free material for a dome framework. It might be possible to suspend a tent skin or mosquito netting inside, or pull a stretch cloth over the outside and shoot foam. Tools: a pocket knife and string.

Architecture architecture Renzo Piano piece by piece The “Barbara Cappochin” International Architecture Biennale mounts an exhibition on the Genoese architect in Padua The Pritzker Prize to Shigeru Ban "I see this prize as encouragement for me to grow" 3D Printing's Rule 34 - Fabbaloo Blog - Fabbaloo Charles Stross's latest science fiction novel, Rule 34, includes a whole lot of deep thinking on the implications of widespread 3D printing. We've discussed some of these issues before, but Stross's novel proposes another more aggressive solution: forbidden shapes. In other words, 3D printers could be rigged to detect and prevent the production of certain objects deemed illegal. The printers may even report you for attempting such, too. This isn't without precedent; for many years common office photocopiers have had secret built-in code to detect the copying of currency.

Viterbi School of Engineering - Caterpillar Inc. Funds Viterbi 'Print-a-House' Construction Technology Eric Mankin August 28, 2008 — Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment, is starting to support research on the "Contour Crafting" automated construction system that its creator believes will one day be able to build full-scale houses in hours. Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, says the system is a scale-up of the rapid prototyping machines now widely used in industry to "print out" three-dimensional objects designed with CAD/CAM software, usually by building up successive layers of plastic. "Instead of plastic, Contour Crafting will use concrete," said Khoshnevis; actually, it's a special concrete formulation provided by USG, the multi-national construction materials company that has been contributing to Khoshnevis' research for some years as a member of an industry coalition backing the USC Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT), home of the initiative. More information about CRAFT is available at

Architecture Wallpaper* newsletter Register for our bi-weekly bulletin of the stuff that refines you By submitting your details, you'll also receive emails from Time Inc. mosques on the banknotes [25 piasters from 1977 with Mahmoud Mukhtar’s Nahdet Masr sculpture] As the value of the Egyptian pound continues to fall, it maybe a good time to take a close look at those one pound bills as they may disappear soon. Not long ago bills for fifty and twenty-five piasters were common in daily use, today such bills, if encountered, are kept for souvenir. All the current bills from the 25 Piaster to the 200 pound have mosques from Cairo on one side. All these monuments are located within walking distance in the heart of historic Cairo, makes for a nice day out.

Home, Sweet Home Backed by a German materials company, a USC engineer intends to build a 2,000-square-foot house in 24 hours. The automated process, which can build full-scale walls, may be tested next year. Behrokh Khoshnevis has been developing his automated house-building process, called “Contour Crafting,” for more than a year.

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