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3-D Printed Plastic Fabric That Flows: New Software Is Making 3-D Technology Wearable

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Many designers have created 3-D printed pieces for futuristic fashions, but until now the process has produced stiff pieces that wouldn’t make much sense off the runway. Aside from the overwhelming discomfort, the pieces required additional piecing together after each print, which takes away the convenience of printing your wardrobe. But the design studio Nervous System is changing the future of fashion with their new innovation to create movable, wearable plastic fabric that prints in a single piece. Using a software program called Kinematics, the team created a folded model of this dress, designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz, with hinging triangles, so that it could be printed in one piece then unfolded to reveal the full form. The result is a beautiful flowing design that moves and breathes. [Read more…]

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How Obama’s 3D Printed Bust was Created

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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There has been a presidential portrait for every US president, but never before has their exact likeness been recreated in 3D. As part of the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire, the President sat for a moment surrounded by 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners which captured every one of his details – from textures to skin tones. The White House video below details the process, but begins with an explanation of an old-time (and far less fun) counterpart for presidential replication – the death mask. [Read more…]

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3D Sculpt in Virtual Reality With an Oculus Rift, Then 3D Print It

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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The ultimate dream for many designers is to quickly make objects with their hands, but the real world has some real limits. Enter VRClay, an application that lets you sculpt in the air using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Razer Hydra gaming controllers. Just like building something with tools, this software would allow intuitive 3D model creation in a building space, almost like real life. It’s a fantastic leap into the future of creativity. [Read more…]

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Shane Hope Creates 3D Printed Art from Biological Molecular Models

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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What do get when you put molecular models and DNA structures into 3D visualization software and then bring it to life with homemade 3D printers? The artwork of Shane Hope. Drawing from information in protein data bank files, he creates complex collage-like visualizations and subsequently prints them to create complex and colorful arrangements. Or as Hope tells Wired “To fractalize aminos off forms to perform generative crystallography, code for crazy carbon chaining.” [Read more…]

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Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so. [Read more…]

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Half-Solid, Half-Shadow: Moto Waganari 3D Prints Wireframe Sculptures

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I wanted to create something that never existed before. Something that will amaze us because it is not feasible by human hands,” says German artist Moto Waganari. From the realm of 3D printing a new genre of art is emerging, and Waganari’s work is a prime example. Creating wireframe-like sculptures of humans and animals, his final piece is both solid and intangible – designed to interact with light and create a partnering shadow. [Read more…]

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A Film Without Film: Behold The Magic of 3D Printing Animation

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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Who says you need film to make a film? A French artist named Julien Maire has combined the modern technology of 3D printing with the classic art of animation to create unique light motion on a wall. The final result, composed of 85 miniature figurines in various micro-movement poses, looks like a motion picture of a man digging a hole. Like a flashy, crackly, silent film reel from the early 1900s, the project uses new ideas to create something old school. [Read more…]

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Geometrically Sweet: 3D Printed Sugar Cubes are Here

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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If you are tired of putting normal sugar cubes in your morning cup of coffee, there’s a new alternative to make your experience that much more exciting: 3D printed sugar cubes. Yes, they are super sweat. Created by the Sugar Lab team at 3D Systems, the cubes come is a variety of unusual shapes, sizes and tasty colors. [Read more…]

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Beautifully Repeating Skeletal Sculptures

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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Czech artist Monika Horčicová creates sculptures using the repeating forms of the human skeleton. Far from being creepy, her works are beautifully complex studies of a familiar form, revealed through the use of unusual orientations and numbers. [Read more…]

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This 3D Printed Flower Bouquet on Kickstarter Will Blow Your Mind

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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Launched recently on Kickstarter, Joshua Harker has created the most astounding 3D printed flower bouquet. Made up of 12 different re-arrangeable flowers, a lotus lilly pad and a vase that beautifully imitates ripping water, the combined shapes are composed of a massive 1,918,416 different triangles. The wild thing is, these are just his Kickstarter “thank you” gifts. [Read more…]

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