Our team took turns to head a few blocks away to check out the 3D Print expo at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. The print show highlighted the emerging industry of 3D Printing and showcased many up and coming companies and organizations who are pushing the boundaries of creativity and functionality. Check out a few of our favorite items at the Expo.
It was destined to happen... someone had to eventually make the leap in laser cutting that MakerBot made for 3d printing and DIYLILCNC made for CNC Milling: bring laser cutters into people's homes by making them affordable and open source. It seems that nortd labs - a research and development studio founded in New York City - has set out to do just that with their open source laser cutting project "Lasersaur". The project became a reality on July 8th, 2010, when it was successfully (over)funded on Kickstarter.
The project idea is described on the their Kickstarter site as simply being: "Design a laser cutter and make the building process repeatable for others".
Their mission statement is outlined at www.lasersaur.com as being: "Within one year we hope to provide a cheap, safe, and highly-capable machine that will increase the proliferation of laser cutters and make a significant contribution to the personal fabrication movement. As part of this movement we hope to simplify the creation and sharing (building instructions thereof) of tangible objects. We hope to help make open source hardware mainstream."
FABberz wishes nortd labs the best of luck with Lasersaur - the project will indeed be a major contribution to the world of personal and distributed fabrication!
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This desktop DIY machine allows people to establish a new level of design communication by making 3d printing affordable and accessible to all.
The possibility of making ideas come true and transforming digital designs into physical ones, gives designers and other interested parties a great tool to start making things.
MakerBot is completly open source - all plans and software. Check out more at www.makerbot.com.
We are really happy to see that there are initiatives like this. Thanks guys for your contribution and congratulations!
The Gaudi stool designed by Dutch designer Bram Geenen is based on the catenary curve that when reversed a strong form for taking compression forces emerges. The stool consists of a thin shell structure and a beam-grid substructure that resists the bending of the shell, made of carbon fiber. Using the technique of rapid prototyping the complexity was achieved creating a lightweight stool weighing only 1 kg. Stool is made of carbon composite and polyamide.
Fractal Table by Platform- Wertel, Oberfell
This Fractal table is based on fractal growth patterns found in nature that can be created through mathematics algorithms. The bottom base of the table starts off as large branches that splits into branches that create a fairly regular ornate pattern forming the surface of the table. The table is produced by Materialise with Matthias Bär as a single piece SLA in epoxy resin, and was first introduced in Milan 2008.
Images from www.platform-net.com/
Cocoon Chair by Raquel Gallego and Nathaniel Velez
The Cocoon Chair is a place for getting involved in the work that needs to be done while getting ergonomic support for the body, creating a very comfortable place to seat and use a laptop computer. The person using the Cocoon Chair will be enclosed in a spherical surface with inner cuts designed parametrically to be customized to the dimensions and preferences of the user. The upper cut provide an inclined surface to ergonomically position a laptop in such a way that the keyboard is easily accessible and the screen will reside in front of the user.
Rhino provides an interface for the designer to represent the position in which the user will be seating while working on the desk using simple lines, and then evoke the Rhinoscript to generate the geometry around it. The final geometry, customized for each user, is intended to be manufactured in layers using the tools available at the FABLab BCN. Each version of the Coocon Chair can be manufactured using different materials, for example Foam, which can be milled in sections using a CNC. The assembled sections produce the final object which can be further customized by applying different colors and fabrics.
Softbones by Raquel Gallego and Pablo Rica
Softbones is an envelope for 4 pencils produced in 3D Printing (Rapid Prototyping). The envelope can be placed vertical or horizontal, laying like a soft bag. An Voronoi grid is the structure on the outside skin. The inner rings -placing the four pencils- are attached to the envelope. The pencils fall into the bag until they hit the cross structure in the bottom.
The horizontal sections are produce by rotating one inicial geometry.Those sections have been lofted and the result of that is the geometry that it is shown in the left corner on bottom. The net is a voronoi grid made of a gradient field of points, more dense in the bottom and lighter on the top.