We Love Lean – Lean startups, design, happiness and everything in between For those of you that don’t know I’m co-founder of Spook Studio. We’re a startup consultancy and design studio by the sea that helps startups get started. We’ve worked with many startups over the years and have learnt a bit along the way. No Time for Car Shopping? Click ‘Print’ to Make Your Own - NYTimes.com The sign’s message was clear enough: Please Do Not Touch. For some visitors, however, the temptation was too great. Here at the recent Maker Faire, a traveling festival for technology enthusiasts, people ran their fingers over the car’s ribbed exterior. The bolder ones took a more brazen approach, knocking their fists against the surfaces to see how the material would respond. One eager young boy, all of about three feet tall, went further, licking a front fender to learn how it tasted.
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One-Off Construction Using Fiberglass Over Foam The automotive application of FRP/foam composite was pioneered in the 1970's by the author's former design firm, Quincy-Lynn Enterprises, Inc. We used polyester resin and glass cloth laminations over a core of rigid urethane foam boardstock (fiberglass over foam). Modern variations sometimes use an epoxy resin or vinyl-ester resin and carbon-fiber-cloth over urethane foam, like the composite used to build GM's Ultralite experimental passenger car. Carbon fiber materials are far more costly, and it's questionable as to whether the value matches the extra expense. Despite the strength-to-weight advantage of newer materials, nothing matches the original polyester-resin/glass-cloth/urethane-foam composite for quickly producing a tough, lightweight product at rock-bottom costs.
Invención por diseño: Cómo Obtener Ingenieros del pensamiento a la cosa - Henry Petroski Henry Petroski's previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us, from the lowly pencil to the soaring suspension bridge. In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks can reveal about the way engineers solve problems. Engineering entails more than knowing the way things work. What do economics and ecology, aesthetics and ethics, have to do with the shape of a paper clip, the tab of a beverage can, the cabin design of a turbojet, or the course of a river?
The Most Innovative UX Of The Year, In 18 Projects What's the recipe for a great product? That's the billion dollar question that designers may spend their whole lives chasing. And the most nebulous ingredient, user experience, is also the most important. UX extends to a remarkably diverse range of products. It might involve a prosthetic arm for kids that also lets them tinker and learn, all while turning themselves into superheroes. Or an augmented reality changing mirror that makes a typically awful experience a little more fun. Local Motors Rally Fighter Announcing the 2013 Rally Fighter Head Turning Rally Fighter design by Sangho Kim, limited to 2,000 carsTubular steel space frame hand built by Local Motors6.2 Liter, V8 Engine, 430 Horsepower, 424 lbft TorqueAutomatic TransmissionFront Suspension: 18” travel, independent double A-armRear Suspension: 20” travel, 4-Link solid axleSolid vinyl wrap And the Local Motors Build Experience 6 days in the Factory constructing your car with a friend and an expert Builder Trainer(Two three day Sessions) (Start on a Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday Return the following Thursday, Friday, Saturday)Local Motors Trainers are with you for every step of the build process, no prior experience requiredBuild space and all toolsCatered Lunch, snacks, drinksTraining on how to drive your Rally Fighter Plus, this All-Inclusive Hospitality Package is complimentary 6 nights stay at a nearby hotel (Fairfield Inn & Suites / Chandler Fashion Center)Airport pick-up and drop-offDaily shuttle services to & from the micro-factory