A discussion taking place on the boards strikes an interesting material challenge for Core77 readers. Discussion board member mrcry asks, how do you find cheap alternative materials for compression molded products with a similar visual effect and level of reliability? I've been making our products with compression molded EVA for
I once had a certain famous designer as a tirade-prone ID professor. One time, a student presented an object that was typically made of wood, but instead he'd fabricated it out of metal. He accompanied the design with a flowery description as to why he made the material change. The
A Japanese company called YP System has developed a new type of surface processing technology for metal. Called Color CB, this proprietary plating technique adds a thin layer of ceramic to the surface of the part and can be imbued with color. Once the part is placed under stress, the
Altor Locks launched earlier this year on a wave of crowdfunding, and after an unusually fast turnaround on early production, they're finally out and about in the real world. The surprisingly light design clocks in at just 560 grams (1.2lbs), utilizing a blend of solid grade 5 titanium bars and
My main profession is forecasting the future, and from that vantage I do everything else. When I curate an exhibition, it's like a 3D trend forecast. When I work with students, I think about their future and how I should educate them accordingly. When I write, I write with a historic perspective but always about what will be the implementations in the future.
As the Northwest is menaced by a drippy attempt at a hurricane, I'm finally starting to understand sauna culture. Who cares that nature wants to drown or freeze you if you have a hot box to sit in? But Oregon isn't a sauna culture, so we're doing other things storm-tossed
3M is looking for a Lead Industrial Designer for our Consumer Business Group to enhance the design function at the 3M Design Center, located in St. Paul, MN.? At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter. 3M is driving creativity and design as a competitive platform for innovation and brand globally to enhance design-driven solutions for people and the world. We are looking for a Lead Industrial Designer for our Consumer Business Group to enhance the design function at the 3M Design
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
The medical device space is a slow-moving behemoth bogged down by regulation and in need of disruptive ideas and design innovation. In recent years, we've seen a number of interesting ideas emerge in the space from designing handwashing to the ways that rapid prototyping has transformed prosthetics. As the medical
As a Plastics Fabricator at Studio Next, you will perform all tasks involved in the production of Party City point of purchase products. This includes bending, cutting, molding, sanding, assembling, packaging, machine set up, running and applying graphics or plastic graphic channels. Creating Vac Form Patterns and molds from solid models.
The UK's new, polymer £5 note is touted as being wrinkle-proof, waterproof and more durable than the paper one it's replaced. A Briton named Michael Ridge observed that the new bill's corners are crisply sharp, and tried using it as a record needle: Crazy, no? The bill is not producing
I don't consider myself much of a designer, I'm more a student of history. I look at a lot of furniture and I stopped buying "how to" woodworking books years ago in favor of coffee table books and museum collection books filled with images of furniture from every style. This
FOIL is a 20 meter long undulating ribbon of 50,000 independently articulating metallic elements that scatter light in a constant rippling motion, transforming and responding to the traditional gallery space. It was commissioned by Braun as one of the London Design Festival Installations for the Tapestry Gallery at the V&A.
In Europe, a trio of companies with different specialties have collectively developed a new molding capability. Germany's Bond Laminates (laminates) and Kurz (stamping) partnered with Engel Austria (injection molding) to create an as-yet-unnamed production method that combines hybrid molding, a/k/a overmolding, with the application of foil and lacquer--all in a
It's every pizza lover's dream to have a wood-fired brick oven in their kitchen. So far Jimmy Kimmel's the only guy I've heard of to install one. He's got the money to do that. Most of us don't. A team of designers in Slovenia looked at pizza-making as a problem
I can't figure out why Pinuccio Sciola isn't a well-known name. If you find inspiration in organic sculpture, interactive installations, material exploration, or unusual musicality, his work likely offers something to learn from. Sciola was an innovative and prolific Italian sculptor who passed away this March at the age
As one of the oldest craft techniques, ceramics nevertheless endures as [an area] for design experimentation. During this year's London Design Festival, a pair of independent design studios joined forces to stage Particle Particular at Studio 1.1 in Shoreditch. While Prin London and Studio Furthermore share a mutual interest in
Designers and consumers have an urgent challenge to confront in the current discussion around sustainability. How can we distinguish between goods which seem eco-friendly, but actually contribute to a culture of waste, and those that are truly green? Designer Danielle Trofe had to challenge herself to look at every aspect
A lot of the chemicals we use in woodworking, especially in finishing, are toxic. Now there is toxic and TOXIC. There is long term exposure toxicity and one-whiff-drop-dead toxicity. If you want to work safely, you need to know. Not only do woodworkers need to know, everyone needs to know.
We first encountered the work of SWINE at the RCA graduate show Paradise for a Better Future in 2012 where their first work, the Sea Chair, was on show in Milan. A peculiar looking stool crafted from salvaged marine plastics, the project looked towards a future where fishermen would trawl
Brass and walnut are two great tastes that taste great together. But I've never seen the two materials integrated in such a beautiful way as this: That's the Nola Dining Table by Brooklyn-based Wüd Furniture Design. The description states that the table is constructed from "bronze encased in resin," and
We're already familiar with Danielle Trofe's Mush-Lume lighting collection and the concept of growing objects with mushroom mycelium. So why am I revisiting such a familiar process? Thanks to Trofe and Ecovative Design, I was able to learn the mushroom mycelium growth process myself. Here's what happened:
A San-Francisco-based company called MycoWorks has made an incredible advance in materials: They can now grow leather from the mycelium in mushrooms, using a process that's renewable, CO2-negative and customizable. That latter part means they can predetermine what the leather looks like--cow, elephant skin, snakeskin--and most intriguingly, can grow it
If you tuned in to the Olympics, you might have learned about cupping, blood doping, or any of the numerous techniques employed to give athletes that much sought after edge on the competition. But what if I told you that the next big thing to help athletes increase speed, agility
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