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
In this episode of DiResta's Cut, Jimmy creates a hinged-panel room divider for a friend's apartment, getting an assist from shopmate David Waelder. DiResta shows us how he gets around the limitations of a CNC machine that only has an 18"x24" bed, creating large panels with a repeating pattern. Also
Stratasys is trying to knock it out of the park with their new J750 3D printer. Billing it as "the world's only full-color multi-material 3D printer," the company says it can produce more than 360,000 different colors—in gradients, no less—in six different materials at once, enabling one to use flexible,
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-controlled discussion boards! Our Core77 readers recently caught wind of a crowd funding campaign for a new 3D printer that could revolutionize the democratization of the craft. The OLO 3D Printer is a Kickstarter project that's
Bamboo Bicycle Club's own Autumn Yard Design Collective is hoping to pioneer the "Bike of the Future" with it's live 3D printing demonstration taking place at Design Museum London. Brought together by their shared passion for sustainable design, technology and education, the Autumn Yard Collective's goal is to pioneer an
Open sourcing as a result of the proliferation of digital fabrication may be a big part of the near future, but there are still some possibilities that seem out of reach—that is until someone proves you wrong. One such example? New Jersey Institute of Technology student Amos Dudley. You
What is it with maps and design entrepreneurship? Two weeks ago we spotted a firm making their bones with digitally fabricated bathymetric maps, and last week we looked at a woman creating objects emblazoned with maps related to the end users' personal experiences. Now we've come across a firm doing
In a nutshell, you need two main things to become a successful design entrepreneur: 1) The ability to design unique things that people want to buy, and 2) The means to produce those things. A small family-run business called Lake Art in Harbor Springs, Michigan has nailed both.
Jason Smith and Weston Downs knew each other in high school. They had to; there were only five people in their entire class. Both raised on farms in small-town Montana, they parted ways after graduation, with Smith attending Harvard to study engineering, while Downs attended Montana State U. to study
Combining an ancient technology with a new one has yielded surprising dividends here. A French inventor going by the handle "Julldozer" has invented a 3D-printed sundial that actually "projects" the time in digital form. Calculating the angles at which the sunlight would land on the device throughout the day, then
2VR is the thinnest mobile hands free headset available. As a VR designer and photographer, I understood the need for having VR available at any moment. Not only to view amazing immersive content, but to show potential clients my previous work. Most headsets are bulky, but 2VR will
As you're waiting for your prototype to print, log onto Twitter and join this month's Eastman Innovation Lab Twitter Chat about the future of 3D printing. We have a panel of international experts representing material innovations, hardware development and the maker community joining us for today's dialogue. Dive right in
We know you have opinions about the future for 3D printing so here's the chance to tell us how you really feel. Join the Core77 editors and Eastman Innovation Lab for a lively discussion about how rapid prototyping, materials innovation and 3D printing at different scales for everyone from
We all know that sound travels in waves, which we can't see—but can certainly feel, given enough bass. Sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven and Eindhoven I.D. grad Olivier van Herpt have exploited this phenomena by connecting a speaker rig to a 3D printer; by playing music during the printing process,
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.
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