Remember the clever, transforming "open/closed" sign invented by Japanese mime (you read that right) Yosuke Ikeda? To refresh your memory, here's what it looked like: The design of the sign was such that Ikeda needed to leave out the "d" in "closed." But now designer Matt Harrison, inspired by
The process of prototype fabrication is really a series of problem-solving exercises. Slot A suddenly refuses to accept Tab B, the beautiful CAD model reveals monstrous qualities when it emerges from the 3D printer, the Arduino code refuses to compile. We always find ourselves doing lots of just-in-time self-education, reading
One of the general fears with digital fabrication and robotics is that they will wipe away human artistry. But that will never happen as long as people like Stefanie Pender exist. Pender, who has degrees from both RISD and Cornell, gained proficiency in glassmaking through traditional apprenticeships; she's also well-versed
The business of making and selling clothes has waste built right into the process: Rolls of fabric have patterns cut out of them, creating unusable scraps; retailers must guess what will be popular and how many units will sell, and whatever doesn't move becomes clearance. That results in slashed price
Here at Design that Matters we do a lot of 3D printing, so we've built up this collection of handy but inexpensive tools for supporting our 3D printers. They live in IKEA silverware caddies mounted next to the machines and they just make the work go easier. 1. Super
My life is a constant battle with clutter. On a daily basis I try and fail to organize the plethora of objects required for working and living. I spend way more time searching for things than finding things. The card catalogs I've acquired over the years have helped tremendously. Confining
You wouldn't suspect a comedian and former talk show host would be an early adopter of 3D printing. But regular viewers of "Jay Leno's Garage" know that for years, Leno has been using a 3D printer to help keep his collection of 286 rare vehicles up and running. While he
Are you one of those people that tastes every single beer offered at the bar before ordering? Do you make sure to hit every local brewery within a 20 mile radius while on vacation? Here's a real test of your beer loyalty—would you or someone you know go this far?
This week, adidas is releasing their 3D Runners to the market, meaning they're right in the thick of 3D printed footwear madness, along with Reebok, Nike and Under Armour. What sets adidas' take on the manufacturing trend apart from the rest is the contrast between their soft knit upper and their rigid, lattice sole.
Footwear designer, Jayda Hany, started off aspiring to be a womenswear designer, but her aspirations changed while studying architectural engineering The American University in Cairo. It was in school that she started to realize the close connection between footwear design and architecture—she had, "always viewed the shoe as a moveable,
3D printing was initially used as a method of building prototype parts, but it has now become a more popular fabrication method used to create final stages of products, ranging from medical and dental implants to jet engine parts. In the near future, many products will be produced entirely by
It's been a while since we looked at EDM, or electrical discharge machining, which essentially cuts through metal with sparks. In the variant of this production method known as wire EDM, the cutting is done with a thin brass wire and the fun combination of electricity and water. Wire EDM
For those of you that do FDM 3D printing: Wouldn't it be awesome if you could recycle your mis-prints, old prints and discarded designs into new filament? Well, now you can. Dutch company 3devo Technology has developed not one, but two industrial-grade filament extruders in a nifty desktop size. At
The folks over at the Waterjet Channel turn their 60,000 PSI waterjet cutter onto jack o' lantern carving duty. They've got the cut time down to just 30 seconds: Well, not counting the set-up and CAD time that's hands-down the fastest, though I wish they'd gone with a more intricate
Before making it to Maker fame, Taekyeom Lee was researching unconventional methods of creating three-dimensional type. It was part of his work as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Appalachian State University, where he tinkered with techniques for developing three dimensional type design using unusual materials. That's where things got
A lot of you were interested in the Wazer, the affordable desktop waterjet cutter we showed you a couple weeks ago. Well, the developers brought one down to Jimmy DiResta's shop in Manhattan to let him try it out: Pretty cool. I did want to see a bit more, but
Sly Lee doesn't just want to save the oceans; through the technology non-profit The Hydrous, he is recruiting an army of citizen scientists from across the globe to join forces with him, collaborating on a mission to revitalize the coral reefs.
When is an ambitious concept bike more than a concept bike? When it's made by aerospace engineers. Innovation giant that it is, Airbus has a lot of side projects and one such project is the Light Rider. They call the Light Rider the first* 3D printed motorcycle, and its design
"Metamaterial Mechanisms" is a research project out of Germany's Hasso Plattner Institute. What they're doing is 3D-printing grids of cells, having used modeling software beforehand to determine how those cells will deform when particular forces are applied to them. By doing this, they can create singular objects that are both
We live in incredible times for fabrication, where everything from CNC mills to 3D printers to laser cutters have been shrunk to desktop size and made affordable. But one machine I never expected to see added to this category was waterjet cutters. Well, here it is: The Wazer. Now you
When we first started thinking about the 2016 Core77 Conference we asked ourselves: What are the most interesting ideas and challenges in contemporary design practice? From this starting place, we made a list of interesting topics and people who are shaping design—through ideas big and small—in their daily work. One
For shops that need to cut complicated shapes out of wood, there are two popular options: Use a gantry-style CNC mill or a handheld router. The former requires lots of space and can be pricey. The latter is much more affordable, but requires making templates for repeatability. A company called
When you need to get a complicated pattern onto a 3D surface, dip coating is a good way to go, provided your object is submersible. You can do some pretty complicated shapes, even those with undercuts. And in our "Texture Mapping in Real Life" post, we saw a rather stunning
Not a single day goes by that I don't see or hear something about how 3D printing is the future of technology and the future of making. While almost any material can be 3D printed now—ceramics, glass, metal—plastic remains by far the most popular. Plastic filament is most commonly made
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