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PrintSnap: A Home-Built Camera That Prints on Receipt Paper (and Almost for Free)

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Holding a physical photograph is a rarity in this age of digital photography, but Seattle-based electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo has come up with an unusual way to put lots of images on paper for very, very little cash. He’s using an ordinary roll of receipt paper as his instant film. [Read more…]

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Now Derby the Dog Can Run With 3D Printed Legs

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Derby the dog was born with significantly deformed front legs, but that never stopped him from having a happy attitude or the tenacity to move around in the world. Until recently, that meant uncomfortably hobbling around on his short front legs, or using an awkward cart that limited his mobility. That was until Tara Anderson, director of 3D Systems came to the rescue. Using their ProJet 5500X, the team has created a set of custom tailored prosthetic legs perfectly suited to Derby’s condition. Just look how he gets around now [Read more…]

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This Platform Can Balance Things Way Better Than You Can

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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As part of their senior project, two Mechanical Engineering students at San Jose State University designed a platform that is more than a little good at balancing a steel ball bearing… even when someone tries to push it off. Tyler Kroymann and Robert Dee built the platform as a proof-of-concept for their impressive 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) platform to simulate driving motions in racing games. Using a 6 DOF platform controlled by model airplane servos and topped with a resistive touch panel mounted on the platform as input, they used PID control algorithms to teach the system to balance. Yes, it’s quite complex, but the way this machine behaves looks deceptively simple: [Read more…]

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Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, making complex data easy to understand at a glance. [Read more…]

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A Donated Bus is Transformed Into a Mobile Healthy Food Market for Toronto

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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Most old-school food trucks are known for their artery clogging foods, but this new truck is decidedly healthy. The smart looking vehicle has been converted into a mobile market with the purpose of bringing healthy food choices to underserved neighborhoods where good eating choices are often difficult to obtain. It’s being called the Mobile Good Food Market. [Read more…]

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An Insanely Detailed Boeing 777 Airliner Made from Only Manilla Folders

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ever since he was a junior in high school, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has dreamed of owning a Boeing 777… only his will be made out of cut manilla folders. Most paper models are pretty simple, but Luca is creating something so complex it boggles the mind. The jets body opens to reveal what you’d expect – seating for business through coach replicated down to the tiniest detail. But that’s just the start of the realism. Landing gear retracts, pivots and has all the hydraulic pistons you’d see on the real thing. Jet engines have realistically shaped fan blades and transform for reverse thrust on landing. Unbelievably, that’s all on a model built to 1:60 scale. [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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It’s Official: London Is Getting Thomas Heatherwick’s £175 Million Garden Bridge

Tuesday 12.02.2014 , Posted by
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London has no shortage of iconic bridges, but it’s now getting one that could top them all. Approved this morning by Westminster Council, Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the fantastic £175 million ‘Garden Bridge’ will cross the River Thames between Temple Station and the South Bank. After construction it will provide a lush green escape from the bustling city, suspended high above the river’s waters. It will also earn the distinction of being the “most expensive footbridge in the world.” [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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This Sauna Takes the Edge Off the Cold, and Conventional Sauna Design

Tuesday 11.25.2014 , Posted by
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Conventional sauna design has been using angular shapes for a long time, and that’s something a bit at odds with lounging comfortably in the heat. What if that warm wood interior could be curvaceous, soft to the touch, and even the eyes? The people at design firm Partisans have created just that with their recent project called Grotto. It might be the most beautiful sauna we’ve ever seen. [Read more…]

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