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I have some shoulder planes made by modern makers. I have a vintage Stanley model too. I bought them early on in my conversion to hand tools because it seemed that all the pundits of the time were telling me I needed to have one. They got used--but rarely
With a staggering 18 passenger decks, an onboard artificial beach, a "lazy river" ride and the world's longest cruise ship waterslide, the 3,300-passenger AIDAprima is the flagship of AIDA Cruises (a subsidiary of Carnival). The AIDAprima was constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at their Koyagi shipyards in Nagasaki, and
Our most successful video of all time, with some 17-million-plus views, is of the transforming furniture at Resource Furniture's Manhattan showroom. Being seven years old the resolution is terrible, which we realize, but we at least showed the furniture doing its thing with minimal fluff and fuss. Here are three
Drop by drop is a water filtration system for home that uses plants to filter out contaminants. Recommended plants to be used in the filtration system are herbs as they can be easily grown indoors for consumption and the water procured has a scent that is pleasant to taste. The
A Core77 staffer recently recounted how she had been talking about a particular product with a friend. Not Googling it, just discussing it verbally. In subsequent days she noticed ads popping up on her feed for that particular product. Coincidence? As it turns out, if you have the Facebook Messenger
IXDS is a design studio based in Berlin and Munich. We work across the physical and digital to prototype meaningful products, services and experiences that have an enduring impact on organizations and people. Every day we are getting our heads around how people will live their lives in the future: in smart homes, managing their health intelligently, getting around in a seamless way, collaborating and living together in totally new formats.
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
I am too darned depressed to write a cheerful blog today. My wife got a copy of Ellen Ruppel Shell's book "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture" from the library for me to read and well so far it's a real downer. We all know about the drive for
Ikea's getting ready to release their 2018 catalog. While it won't be available until August, we got a look at a pre-release version, and went through it to see if anything jumped out at us. We found the new furniture offerings to be standard fare, but there are four new
NASA collects an incredible amount of data every year from over 50 satellites and other sensors focused on our planet from space. All the data collected is free for the public to use, and most importantly for scientists around the world who are working to advance all aspects of Earth science.
Even though marble is commonly associated with luxury goods, its waste is affordable and plentiful. This lamp finds a possible function for this waste and uses marble's proprieties to create an organic light shade. By leaving the dust free to move, the user is encouraged to interact with this product.
Umpire George Sosnak was good at his chosen profession but he was better as a folk artist, chronicling the history of the sport by inking highly detailed drawings and text onto baseballs. George Sosnak (courtesy Chrysler Museum of Art)Baseball people knew and valued his art during his lifetime and
In our popular post "Reference: Common Dimensions, Angles and Heights for Seating Designers," I lamented that one of the human factors bibles of the 20th Century is no longer available. Niels Diffrient's set of Humanscale books, which contain some 60,000 human factors data points, went out of print in 1981.
C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism from around the world of chemistry, including recent advances in research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one
This is some fantastically up-close footage of a Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series being assembled. The quarter-of-a-million-dollar car is assembled largely by hand with machine assistance, and it's fun watching the various parts come together, and seeing anal touches like the testing guy checking the hood tolerance with a
Brian Way is a cabinet and millwork installer in Connecticut who specializes in commercial projects. The work is frequently spread out over large areas—as it was on the hospital project that inspired him to hack his miter saw stand. The crew was installing trim in long corridors and faced the
Quartz has got a great article up called "There's a trillion-dollar global black market for fake 'designer' chairs." Anyone interested in the problem of design piracy, and how to combat it, should give it a full read. (Kartell, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen, Knoll, Carl Hansen & Søn / Graphic
Cabin is the latest release by DesignByThem founders Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis—otherwise known as GibsonKarlo. The new collection of armchairs, lounges, ottomans and booth style structures utilize a series of upholstered log modules, exploring geometric forms to create playful and personable pieces for the office or home. The inspiration
We're always thrilled to see, for one, how active the Core77 discussion boards can get and secondly, how creative and insightful some of the conversations going on can truly be. There are also always great sketches and challenges to get inspiration from, which is precisely what arose a couple weeks
Children who visit The Warther Museum in Dover, Ohio each get a special gift on their way out: A working pair of wooden pliers, carved from a single block of basswood. The gift is appropriate since the museum houses the work of Ernest "Mooney" Warther, an American master woodcarver.
We all know flexible LED screens are possible, and that someone will eventually come out with a folding smartphone/tablet. The question is, who? Apple? The newly-resurgent, design-focused Microsoft? Judging by the video below, it looks like it may be none other than Lenovo. Take a look at the prototype they
The responsibility of the CAD sculptor lies in translating and defining the design intent of the industrial designer using the CAD software while working with mechanical engineering, manufacturing and tooling requirements. 3D CAD data is used to develop product concepts, detailed appearance models, and renderings as well as production level surfaces used for engineering and tooling.
Over thousands of years, the building science of timber framing developed independently in both Northern Europe and China. But one big difference between the regions is that China, by virtue of its size and geological traits, is prone to devastating earthquakes. Ancient Chinese builders thus needed a way to create
We receive a lot of questions about how to reduce the cost of 3D printing. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure your model fits on a smaller build bed to ensure the fastest build time on the cheapest machine available to produce your part. In
[Mild spoilers ahead.] We've once again gone through last night's "Game of Thrones," lightening shots to catch invisible details. The show is broadcast to be so visually dark that it's often impossible to see what's happening on-screen. As an example, when Euron Greyjoy's ship finally shows up, what I
We've seen "car vending machines" before in the U.S. and China, but now a dealership in moneyed Singapore has one-upped both of them. Autobahn Motors, which sells Porsches, Bentleys, Ferraris, Mercedeses, Lamborghinis, McLarens, etc., stores their inventory in this rather ostentatious automated structure: "We needed to meet our requirement
The Octaspring, a European patented innovation, developed out of the necessity to create a better sleeping surface, is the first and only of its kind, foam spring technologies with the support capabilities of a traditional spring, but made entirely of pressure-relieving foam. Pressure-relieving and open to air flow, each Octaspring features eight reinforcements
Vatn was my senior design project at SCAD that was extended after graduation in order to build functional proof of concept prototypes. Early in the project, I learned that amputees have to add and remove socks throughout the day to maintain the fit of their sockets. There are market solutions that address this problem.
We modern-day consumers have inconsistent aesthetic choices that affect certain factory lines in odd ways. For instance, we want our cars, smartphones and appliances to look brand new, but a subset of us want our jeans and furniture to look old and beat-up. This latter preference has resulted in some
Looking for a gift for the tool user who has everything—and I mean everything—how about an Urushi Ratchet Handle? For a mere $2,000-$4,000 you can get one of the handful of these things made each year. Urushi is obtained from the sap of the lacquer tree and is so central
New Jersey based studio is growing and we are looking for an exceptional full-time, Junior Packaging Graphic Designer. As a part of our team, you will collaborate on all phases of the design process. We are a leader in consumer electronics with over 60 years experience. We need a Graphic Designer with BA, BS or BFA in Graphic Design/Visual Communication who would be responsible for creating packaging concepts, comps and artwork
This small Danish Modern mid century cupboard Measures 27.5" wide x 15.5" deep x 28" tall. This piece features two teak sliding doors which open to two bays- one with an adjustable shelf. The mahogany case is mounted on tall base with a canted bookshelf. The model
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