A student team from TU Delft in the Netherlands has designed and produced a fully functional 3D printed stainless steel bicycle. The students designed the frame of the bicycle to demonstrate the potential of a new method for 3D printing metal. The students achieved the goal of their
3D Scanning is an emerging field in technology. From scanning ants to scanning cities, the possibilities seem endless. However, body parts are still very hard to scan due to their agile nature. A prior graduate designed a 3D printed brace, and during her process she experienced the frustrating process of
Seeking an experienced knitwear technician with programming and hands on knowledge on flat knitting machines. High level of competency in fully-fashioned programming and knitwear machines is required. Ideal candidates can manage large and complex 3D knit development projects. Extensive knowledge of yarn selection, gauges, stitch techniques, patterns and layouts required.
When Tom Blake was designing his revolutionary surfboard in the 1920s, I'm sure he had no notion that it would change surfing. Nor could he have any idea that his design would eventually be usurped by foam and plastic. Nor could he have possibly envisioned that nearly a century later,
MakerBot made 3D printers affordable by going with FDM (fused deposition modeling). But now a college professor has created a far less expensive printer—albeit with a tiny print area--by going the stereolithography/photopolymerization route, whereby resin is cured in place with light. The crazy part is, he figured out how to
There has been an awakening in the force…that is, in the force of people developing digital fabrication machines. It's seriously crazy. Earlier in the year there was a down-note when it was announced that MakerBot Closes Their Stores, Downsizes Staff, but that was a minor hiccup compared to the rash
In my weekly In the Details column, I take a deep-dive into the making of a new product or project, always with the goal of figuring out how exactly the thing was made and why it was made that way. In 2015, I encountered all manner of innovative design and
The will and the enthusiasm that we put in mechanical planning within the realm of design have encouraged us to study, develop and give life to a new project: a powerful, compact, and easy CNC Mill, different from all the other problematic, heavy and expensive machines. Evo-One CNC can
The Finnish-born, Los Angeles–based designer Janne Kyttanen has been pushing the limits of 3D printing for the past 20 years, creating everything from a print-on-demand luggage kit to an ultralightweight mesh sofa. Kyttanen sees these works as prototypes for a not-so-distant future where combining seemingly incongruous technologies and materials is
Hermit crabs are the hobo recyclers of the crustacean world. Because they are born with soft, long abdomens, they must wander around and find a discarded seashell to stick it into for protection, then they wear the shell around and essentially live out of it. Japanese artist Aki Inomata started
When the Optimal Bow Teknika first made its way into my inbox, I was skeptical. Featuring belly-baring women and a twisted piece of metal weaponry, the promotional materials looked like something out of an apocalyptic video game (and one that's a bit objectifying of women). Nonetheless, I was intrigued. Described
This 3D printed model is based on a flat two-cylinder internal combustion engine. Engines using this geometry are commonly found in motorcycles and small aircraft. The model is not based on any specific engine design. The design is intended for the specific process and materials used in 3D printing.
Just when you thought that sneaker technology could be advanced no further, Adidas has launched its Futurecraft Leather Superstar, an ultra-limited-edition version of its classic sneaker crafted from one seamless piece of leather. The FLS is the result of a collaboration between Adidas, the London industrial designer Alexander Taylor
Industrial designer Arthur Sacek has an unusual blend of specialities: Product design, LEGO, computer graphics and digital fabrication. A current project of his, the Lego Pinpoint Animator, is a good example of how this cocktail of skills manifests itself in the form of an innovative tool. Sacek's device is
The prevailing form factor for consumer-level 3D printers and CNC mills is a box, dictated by the axial/gantry-style mechanisms of these machines. But entrepreneur Zaib Husain and engineer Azam Shahani were thinking outside of the box, literally, when they devised their Makerarm prototype. An articulated arm is cantilevered off of
Artist Derek Hugger has "a passion for mechanisms and an insatiable urge to solve mechanical puzzles." He's also apparently got a woodworking shop, judging by what he's created: A series of intricate, complex kinetic sculptures dreamt up with a Wacom and then crafted primarily out of wood. Hugger's pieces are
Atelier Robotiq employs Aerospace fiber winding technology to make intricate designs for their lightweight lamps made by an industrial robot. Lamps are produced using 100-meter long fiber cord, which is then woven around a shape using robotic technology.
As we saw a few years ago with Chuck Stover's work, Shapeways and 3D printing have become a go-to source for unusual dice designs. Here are some eye-catching stainless steel pieces on Shapeways by Ceramic Wombat: I'm guessing you roll this one to get better Wi-Fi: Steampunk Dice also has
For many would-be makers, there are barriers aplenty that can keep one from realizing one's dreams. One of the first barriers is not having access to the right tools--the welding rig, 3D printer, laser cutter etc. that you need for your project--or the know-how to work one. But thankfully companies
As hype cycles go, the interest in 3D printing has been waxing and waning since, say, Martha Stewart got her hands on a MakerBot. As other manufacturers have been struggling to find their footing, the upstarts at Formlabs have been expanding on all fronts—settling their legal issues, launching a handful
MIT's Mediated Matter Group develops novel production methods that allow us to shape material in new ways. As part of their Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass project, they've developed a 3D printer that can actually handle molten glass. GLASS from Mediated Matter Group on Vimeo. The FDM-style printer
My assortment of drill bits is a mess, scattered throughout several different manufacturer's containers, and I'm getting sick of fishing through them all to find the one I'm looking for. So I wanted to make a compact object that would store the ones I use most and keep them neatly
Designed to mimic a delicate natural environment, the Grow Pod's unique shape and material qualities are only made possible through 3D printing. The pod creates a safe microenvironment for the growth of a vegetable seedling. The lower portion of the container has pockets that hold a small amount of soil
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