If you're a product designer, a desktop 3D scanner would be worth its weight in gold. But that's the problem--the things are friggin' expensive.
Having an affordable way to scan something in 3D is inching closer to reality due to the efforts of one Qi Pan, a PhD candidate at the Engineering Department of Cambridge University. Pan has developed software, called PROforma, that enables a run-of-the-mill webcam to create a 3D model of what's in front of it--as he rotates it by hand. Don't believe it? Check it out:
We'd love to see the introduction of a television program about industrial design that isn't an annoying reality show, but until that day comes, we'll happily settle for National Geographic's awesome "Ultimate Factories." Check out this excerpt from their inside look at an Ikea factory, where we can see what...
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Simlab's 3D PDF exporter plug-in.
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We've been waiting for this: French designer Mathieu Lehanneur's lecture at Ted Global this past July has finally been posted. In the lecture, he discusses the role of science and scientists in his design process and demystifies a selection of related projects, including db, the noise-neutralizing ball of...
Check that thing out. That's a Thorny Devil Lizard. The nasty spikes all over its body have grooves in them, and when dew collects on its body, the dew is actually drawn towards its mouth through capillary action, providing it with something to drink.That's a piece of bamboo. Despite being...