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
Can you think of any 3D-printed objects that could be deemed design classics yet? Thus far we cannot, but Philippe Malouin may be the designer who drags the production method into MoMA territory. Malouin's Connection line of tabletop objects for design collective Othr are unabashedly 3D-printed, wearing their production method
We used to be limited by drafting technology and production technology. There was a point where if you couldn't sketch something and/or make it with human hands, it would never see the light of day. And those limitations provided a convenient boundary between designing for reality and designing for IDGAF*.
Imagine that you've got a piece of material you'd like to put a rounded edge on, but you're not sure of the exact radius. You can stick it into a CNC machine and program the toolpath, or run it across a router table; both of these take time to set
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! There are plenty of discussions taking place surrounding 3D printing and its role in our lives in the future—will digital fabrication be implemented universally for more sustainable, localized manufacturing? Will people actually be
Here's a strong statement: One of the chairs that made its debut at Clerkenwell Design Week in London might actually change lives. Unveiled alongside abstract panel discussions and amorphous pavilions, experience design agency Layer announced the world's first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair. The GO wheelchair was presented as a prototype, and
This week in stuff-you-could-make-yourself-but-won't news: the FormBox tabletop vacuum former just went supernova on Kickstarter by spelling out its potentially hip and profitable uses. Vacuum forming isn't new, it isn't hard, and it isn't expensive, but it is a path into small scale manufacture that many new entrepreneurs haven't encountered.
The Dutch are internationally famous for their cycling culture. But while the country was at the forefront of bike tech and production 100 years ago, Dutch bikes nowadays aren’t known for being light, modern or domestically produced. Designer Bob Schiller is hoping to change that with Mokumono. Mokumono is a
Last week, the World Retail Congress brought together leading industry figures for the annual conference and awards program. On this occasion, we're taking a moment to remember an interesting design that was a centerpiece of last year's event—the REUTPALA trophy designed by the team at iGNITIATE. The trophy was
With laser sintering, lasers are aimed at various points of a bed covered in powder, fusing the powder solid at the point of contact. Once a layer is completed, the bed drops, a new layer of powder is added, and the laser fuses the next layer. Rinse and repeat. The
Now in its fifth year, Develop3D Live has cemented its claim as the UK's leading one-day conference on design, engineering and manufacturing technology. Over 30 world-class speakers and a wide variety of exhibitors showcasing their latest products (we finally got our hands on some of the latest VR design tech!)
FABrics are open source chairs designed to be manufactured locally by the user. The chairs consist of CNC routed plywood and laser-cut leather. They are assembled together using 3D printed connectors. The aim of this project was to create a collection of lounge furniture that can be made anywhere in
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