An awesome walk-in kaleidoscope!
From Kobe (I needed to translate the blog page), this is built as a giant origami, made of folded mirrors, inside a shipping container. The folds are fabricated by laser cutting perforations into mirrors.
(I don't think the Epilog has sufficient power to replicate this, but I'm not sure.)
Google translate says "awesome" translates to: 素晴らしい
Yet more awesomeness out of UIUC Bioengineering. Tiny Robots! Powered by muscle tissue!
Fabbers will be interested that the structures were made using 3D printing techniques, to print out "hydrogel".
See the paper for details.
Well done, all.
C. Cvetkovic*, R. Raman*, V. Chan, B. J. Williams, M. Tolish, P. Bajaj, M. L. Sakar, H. H. Asada, M. T. A. Saif, R. Bashir, "Three-dimensionally printed biological machines powered by skeletal muscle" PNAS, 2014. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401577111. - (download PDF)
A piece last week aggregated some recent art works that use 3D printing. These projects may be inspirational for Fabbers.
14 Ways 3D Printing Has Changed The Art World by Katherine Brook.
Possibly of interest: Autodesk Labs is investigating 4D printing among other things
Wild and crazy stuff and totally for real.
(And I'm glad to see software people deeply involved: it'll never fly until there are good tools to do it.)
Printable circuit fans: IEEE Spectrum reports on progress--non volatile RAM printed on paper!
The report by Rachel Courtland has pointers to details and some background information.
An interesting 'wearable scupture' from NYU graduate project. This uses technology familiar to Fabbers, and could be recreated in the CUCFL: 3D printing, smart fabric, an arduino, and data feeds from mobile devices were employed to create a provocative garment that amplifies the wearer's "exposure":
as she eimits metadata that reveals her personal activities, the garmet becomes transparent to reveal more of her personal person.
Drone fans: here's a remarkable performance. Really cool.
In the current location, CUCFL has all the ingredients to create such a performance, incuding dancers.
Yet another kind of "printing"--print your own makeup.
From the presentation, this seems to be pretty far along toward reality.
One thing that is interesting is that they will have to solve the problem of supplying the input materials (which in this case are strictly regulated by the FDA, for good measure).
If successful, this could be a paradigm example that inspires print-it-yourself consumer goods.
OK, here's something I've always wanted, but never could have: an atomic force microscope! What would I do with it? Who knows? It's been academic, anyway, up to now.
Any Fabbers interested in such a project?
Interesting article in the NYT about Shapeways and creative designers who have been able to realize ideas because of Shapeways. (Shapeways has a new, so far small, retail outlet.)
Tons of ideas and inspirations in this short article:
"Ashley Zelinskie, 26, a sculptor who works with 3-D printing, tried using a desktop machine to print a full-size chair whose structure was embedded with hexadecimal code readable by a computer. Influenced by “One and Three Chairs,” a conceptual art piece by Joseph Kosuth, the project was an exercise in high-tech frustration.
I'm forwarding this email from UI OPE:
The University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting the Illinois Science Olympiad
State Tournament on April 12, 2014. We are looking for volunteers to
help make possible this competition involving more than 2,000 middle and
high school students and 40+ events in the disciplines of biology,
chemistry, earth science, physics, technology and more. No experience
needed to volunteer. Sign up at the link below or contact Val Goldstein
Instructables has a cool project posted by 'ihart':
A DIY 'segway' scooter:
Anyone want to try to build one?
Anyone interested in wearable computing? Have you got great ideas you want to try to build?
Maybe you would be intereted in the Intel "Make It Wearable" challenge.
The CUCFL would be a perfect place to find collaborators and tools to do such a project.
Possibly of interest to some, a lovingly constructed little web site with a lot of "paper toys": The Toymaker.
These simple projects are pretty cool, and meant to be cut out with scissors. But there are a lot of ideas that could easily be adapted to laser or paper cutting machines. (E.g., The Heart Butterfly).
Anyone ready to prototype a new product or service?
The Knight Foundation is particularly interested in funding ideas in open govenment, media, and similar topics. Information on recently funded initiatives here.
More info at: