Happy Friday all! As Fall quickly approaches, we figured we'd give one last shout out to Summer. For this week's Friday Finds, we have a selection of Summer-esque items that are already making us miss warmer weather.
DUS, a Dutch architecture firm, unveiled their KamerMaker ("RoomBuilder"). It is the first mobile 3D printer with the capacity to print inhabitable pavilions. The technology is based on the Ultimaker printer (essentially RepRap) but can print as large as 2.2 x 2.2 x 3.5 meters. It is housed in a giant chrome box that looks as if aliens had plopped down & begun building homes for themselves. Although arguably not quite large enough yet to build a pavilion in a single go, it could certainly fabricate the pieces for onsite assembly. The idea is to implement a more local & adaptable design approach, reuse available materials, & offer mobile construction of emergency & temporary shelter.
Arts collective panGenerator has created an interesting piece entitled FLOAT. It has surrounded a fish tank (that has a fish in it) with cameras. They plot the fish's movements, compile that & turn it into a 3D Printed sculpture. Exceptionally interesting shapes & patterns made by the random wandering of a fish in it's prison. Always wonderful to see information in a form we can study & appreciate. Would like to see this done with a colony of ants, a flock of starlings...or us in Times Square.
We talk about the future a lot at Shapeways. But we
don't often get to have a conversation about it in the context of other
innovations, including those in food, fashion, product
design, technology, trend forecasting, hospitality, architecture
So we're excited to share
that our CEO Peter Weijmarshausen will be speaking at next week's
Inventours conference. It's a whirlwind one-day experiential innovation
conference on September 28th with New York's leading innovators. Peter
will be joined by leaders from Louis Vuitton, The Whitney, Smart Design, Union Square Hospitality
Group, Pantone, The City Bakery, and others. It's a NY dream team.
Cutlery refers to any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and
especially eating food.
Aside of the functional aspect of tableware, silverware has always been
and will perpetually be an ornamental figure. Conceived to pleasure the
eye while fulfilling one of our most primary needs of food consumption
and or squander. Cutlery is unique in its ability to sustain time and
carries a remarkable family heritage. Sets of knifes, spoons, forks have
been passed on from generation to generation all over the globe,
traveling the whole world as a piece of personal history. Key elements
while designing this set was the notion of decay/processing, ornamental
and aesthetic excess as in former rococo and barock times, moments of
collapse/disequilibrium and a balance in between etiquette dining and
painful torture tools. By subverting the logic of perfection and beauty,
non-perfect images coming from controlled methodologies were generated.
What used to be about mastering the result of a non-perfect process is
now about the production of monstrosity and the grotesque throughout
very accurate mechanisms, like 3d printing. Which creates an unlimited
range of possibilities concerning material usage, design
approaches/aesthetics and form production.
Only once a technology becomes boring does it truly start to make fundamental changes to the way we live our lives.
The internet is amazing at connecting people around the globe, social media gives us all voice to simultaneously broadcast to many and have intimate conversations in both real time and asynchronous fashion, but it only becomes powerful and life changing when (almost) everyone has access to it. So to with 3D Printing, we have had around 20 years of 3D Printing being available to a privileged few who have had access to the design tools and digital fabrication machines. Now that everyone can get access through online 3D printing services such as shapeways we can start to see it used in commonplace, everyday scenarios, like the toilet.
This week's Designer Spotlight focuses on Andrew Walker of UniquePlastique, a self proclaimed tech guru who turns his love of technology and typography into unique plastic designs.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I'm a tech geek working in London, living in Suffolk. I've always been a passionate early adopter of digital tech - I started out as a web designer and online game developer back in the early 90's, spent 12 years building up an award winning digital agency called www.thinmartian.com and then in 2008 set up Tweetminster.co.uk - the first UK news feed company on Twitter. I'm now a data mining, social media self-proclaimed tech guru .
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I like using typography, symbols, chemical formulas and stuff like that in my designs. They're the universal elements of human life. We take them for granted because they're everywhere but they're magical, they express emotions, deliver information and affect our lives in such an important way we should celebrate them more. When I see words as 3D objects like jewelry they seem to take on a whole new meaning, I love that. It's like literally printing the meaning of life.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
A friend of mine had this awesome keyring he'd designed and printed via Shapeways. As soon as he explained how he'd turned a flat black and white image into something he could actually hold in his hand I knew I had to try it out for myself. 3D printing is seriously addictive, the first time I got my designs in the mail it was like birthday, Christmas and winning an Oscar all at the same time. I love it!
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I did a postgraduate degree in digital design back in 1995 and got into using Specular Infini D on the Mac. After that I'd moved much more into interface design and graphics, so I got pretty rusty. When I wanted to try 3D printing I went on some forums and got recommended to use Blender. I use that for the modelling and Adobe Illustrator to make the raw artwork. There's a lot to learn, you need to drink lots of coffee and shut yourself in a cupboard until you get your head around it.
How do you promote your work?
I've mostly been testing out designs as gifts for friends and family - they're in my shop but I haven't promoted them yet. I'm launching a new collection of typographic jewelry and vases, and also experimenting with articulating chains and joints which I think will be my first set of promoted stuff. I'm a social media geek so I'll be hitting Twitter and Facebook when I do.
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
I love typographers like Saul Bass and David Carson, architectural designers like Eames, Panton, Le Corbusier and the like. I'm a huge fan of Marc Newson. I'm a massive comic book fan too. There's so much cool stuff on Shapeways it's hard to pick my favorite designers but Colleen Jordan's wearable planters and Hi Lobster's elephants were the first ones to really capture my attention.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing? What do you think the future holds for 3D printing?
The possibilities are pretty limitless, so that's a tough question, but I'd like to build the night sky in 3D, so you can move it around in your hands, like a 3D star map. I'm currently trying to work that one out but it's harder than it sounds! I hope that in the future, 3D printing technology will change our dependency on logistics and resource consumption - we won't need to ship stuff around the world or fill warehouses full of unused stuff. The environment needs tech like this to survive.
All the elements from the level are there: every mushroom, turtle, cloud
and star. They are all carved out of the surface at different heights,
which looks fantastic when you have a light coming from the side, and
each block casts a shadow.
It's a great piece to have on your desk, or to hang from a string to let it spin around.
We announced the contest to win $500 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing last week and have already seen a few designs for the iPhone 5 trickle in but we wanted to make it a little easier for you with a few 3D files to download that might help.
Please note we are waiting for the 3D Prints to come back and of course we have not yet tested them on an iPhone 5 yet.....
You can download the STL files to modify in your 3D software of choice as long as it supports STL import, we have also uploaded the case to TinkerCad along with the bumper and the dummy iPhone 5 so you can start customizing the design even if you do not have any 3D CAD skills, yet...
The first video shows the surface of a Nylon laser sintered part, which shows the varying grain shapes and sizes, some partially sintered powder and a couple of random particles bonded to the surface.
The second video shows the 3D Printed Nylon part with super glue applied.
"I don't have pure cyanoacrylate, my glue also has polymethyl
methacrylate. The glue doesn't seem to change the macro structure of
the surface at all. It soaks down into the cracks and coats the grains
which makes them reflective and refractive but doesn't do much else."
The third video shows the Nylon Powder next to a single human hair so you can get an idea of scale.
This is a 3D Printed brake or gear cable stop designed for use on a bamboo, wooden
or carbon fibre bicycle where fittings such as these need to be glued
and screwed on, rather than welded.
This cable stop has two countersunk
screw holes with 3mm diameter to allow for a M3 screw to be used to
affix to the bicycle frame. The bottom of this cable stop is curved for
tubing 35mm in diameter, so it's suitable for use on down, top and
seat-tubes. See my other smaller diameter design for use on seat and
The iPhone 5 has now been announced and about go on sale on in the U.S. so we want to see what innovative new designs you come up with to 3D Print for the latest iteration of the iPhone to hit the market.
Walter Schreppers has configured his Raspberry Pi with a web interface to control his RepRap 3D Printer, perhaps this could be used for Zach Hoeken's BotQueue to scale up DIY manufacturing to control an army of 3D Printers.