Remember that early design school assignment where you're given a block of material (at my school, wood, at another school I'd heard about, aluminum) and asked to transform it into something using whatever means you choose? The assignment is purposely kept vague, as students are encouraged to be as creative
Building a retaining wall in the conventional ways is not a trivial matter. So DIYers have come up with an interesting trick: Rather than messing around with mortar, they lay the walls down like Lego pieces, using concrete while it's still in the bag. That's right, the idea is that
Whether you're an ID student or an independent designer/builder, at some point you might want to create something using marble. But while that material is beautiful, it's pricey, tricky to transport and difficult to work. It would be ideal if you could create your own marble, in whatever form or
Norway's Sapa, owned by Norsk Hydro, is one of the world's leading aluminum extrusion suppliers. In this look at their facility in Oslo, you'll learn about the entire extrusion process, from mixing up the delicious blend of alloys, to casting them into "logs," to forcing the billets through different types
Core77 may not be the biggest design blog in the world, but I believe we have the best readership of well-informed, practicing designers and/or folks who are savvy about the built environment through direct experience. So it's no surprise that we got some great reader feedback and recommendations on Part
Chitin is a fibrous substance found in crab and shrimp shells, and the last time we looked at the stuff, Chinese scientists were using it to make an eco-friendly adhesive. Now researchers at Georgia Tech's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are using chitin, along with cellulose from tree fibers,
"Buildings are one of the largest consumers of global resources and all energy produced," writes a group of researchers and designers at MIT Architecture, "and are primary contributors to greenhouse gases and solid wastes. At moment when the built environment is faced with dramatic shifts, the need for energy-intelligent building
Jeff Edwards was thrilled when his Golden State Warriors won the NBA title this past summer. But the Fox Racing executive seems almost as excited by something seemingly more mundane—a new polyester fabric. That's important to Edwards since, in his role as global director of hard goods for the
Young designers starting a career tend to think big and often dream of creating the next cool sports car, cell phone or iconic piece of furniture. Not many, notes Sam O'Donahue, picture themselves designing cosmetics packaging or lipstick cases. O'Donahue, a Brit who earned an industrial design degree from
Laminated glass panels made with layers of colored films create panels with a wide range of structural properties. Tens of thousands of transparent, translucent, or solid color options are now available to help make architectural dreams reality.
Innovation is taking many forms in the 3D printing industry. Companies are furiously working to develop new materials and processes that leverage the amazing capabilities of this technology. A few years ago, the hype around 3D printing became overheated, with promises of it triggering a new industrial revolution, and obsoleting
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
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