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Shizuku by SOFTlab

The Bicycle Animation (by TheManimation)

by katy beveridge, 2011

Drapery (2009) by Daniel Widrig

Polystyrene, CNC machined
1.80m x 0.90m x 0.10m
Private commission

(via flurbizoids)


Title: 3D Printed Hovering Ornithopters

Author: Charlie Richter, Floris van Breugel, William Regan, Zhi Ern Teoh

Year: 2010

Url: http://creativemachines.cornell.edu/ornithopter

Description: This project currently focuses on developing a flapping-wing hovering insect using 3D printed wings and mechanical parts.  The use of 3D printing technology has greatly expanded the possibilities for wing design, allowing wing shapes to replicate those of real insects or virtually any other shape. It has also reduced the time of a wing design cycle to a matter of minutes.  An ornithopter with a mass of 3.89g has been constructed using the 3D printing technique and has demonstrated an 85-second passively stable untethered hovering flight. This flight exhibits the functional utility of printed materials for flapping wing experimentation and ornithopter construction and for understanding the mechanical principles underlying insect flight and control.

<h5> FABRICATE conference </h5>

london; 15-16 april 2011

Excited to say I think its going to be a great event. If you’re in London in April do please try and make it.


Seats limited edition, designed by architect Maya master Daniel Widrig, constructed of laminated sheets of plywood through 5-axis CNC router. Digital simulation prototyped through digital dynamics. “Realization of this design proves that the human imagination and skills have no limits.”

(via architecturemas-deactivated2011)


Title: Dynamic Terrain

Category: #dynamicsurface #responsivearchitecture

Author: Janis Pönisch


Url: http://www.janisland.com/index.php?/projects/dynamic-terrain/

Description: Dynamic Terrain is an interactive surface that can be controlled by its users via a software interface. It functions as a modular interior landscape that can be adjusted to fit spatial or physical requirements in real time. Dynamic Terrain is representing a flexible morphing space that you can program and play with like you can with a creature. It is a body of data responding to your actions. The surface Dynamic Terrain is an attempt in redefining the possibilities of three dimensional space by linking digital data to physical space. Architectural surfaces with variables, that can be adjusted in realtime, give people the freedom to design their surrounding instantly. Architecture can be dynamic and fluid as an organism that understands human needs and transforms accordingly to the body or other circumstances.

(Source: responsivesarchitectures)

One small slice of bread, one giant leap for toasters.
A few weeks ago, we rounded up a bunch of high tech toasters and wrote about about using a hot-air gun to draw designs, by hand, on fancy toast. We’ve now mounted the hot air gun to a computer-controlled X-Y control system so that we can use it to print arbitrary images on toast.

The hot air gun that we’ve used is actually intended to be the printing head of our 3D sugar printer, where it serves to selectively fuse the printing media together.

Recently we succeeded in mounting the hot air gun to the carriage of the printer. The next step was testing the XY motion control system without the Z axis installed.

It turns out that you can actually do some interesting things with just the print head and the X-Y gantry. Especially since, as one of our astute readers noted in a comment, “(3D printer - Z axis) + hot air rework station=completely digital toast imaging technology.” Our thoughts exactly.

We certainly aren’t the first ones to aim for true CNC toast— A group of students at Olin College apparently were working towards that goal a few years ago, but may have given up in favor of their laser cutter— which is (we think) cheating on building a CNC toaster. (Don’t get us wrong— We are of course very fond of laser cutters— they can be used to cut cake, or engrave matza, or just about anything else. Whether merely ablating away part of your bread with a high power CO2 laser should count as toasting is perhaps debatable, but it’s certainly an expensive way to make breakfast.)