A very cool material is Hylite, which is comprised of sheets of aluminum bonded to a polypropylene core. Why bond metal to plastic? Because once you mill off a thin strip of aluminum from either side, boom, you've got a metal sheet with a living hinge.
Hylite is being used to excellent effect by California-based computer accessories maker AviiQ, whose folding Portable Laptop Stand has been named a CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award honoree. Check out how it works, simple and sweet:
Greg Koenig's play-by-play reveals the company's profound mastery of manufacturing
When your average consumer watches any of Apple's "how it's made" videos, they likely have no idea what they're seeing. But even first-year ID students, when shown a cutting head pivoting precisely around material, understand that this machine is not controlled by a guy named Joe turning a bunch of
In this YouTube channel, a Master Shipwright shares his knowledge and skillset--and shows you his massive 42" bandsaw
To some, four years of design school sounds like a long time. But in the story of "The Accidental Designer," we learned that Tom Sullivan became a successful designer/builder after spending eight years as a shipbuilder's apprentice. Shipbuilding is something like woodworking or furniture design on a massive scale. The
Melting your own HDPE would probably make OSHA say Oh Sh*t
Maker Peter Brown wanted a plastic mallet, but rather than buy one, decided to make one himself—using whatever he had lying around, no plastic-handling equipment in sight. Which means, maniac that Brown is, he used a toaster oven to melt down milk jugs to get that delicious, creamy HDPE into
Royal College of Art grad James Shaw crafts extruded-plastic furniture with a historical bent.
Looking around your home or office—or anywhere, really—it's extraordinarily likely that you posses something constructed of a plastic polymer. This item was most likely pumped out by the hundreds of thousands in a factory overseas, along with billions of other mundane objects that have come to completely surround us in