The technology of rapid prototyping and 3D-printing already revolutionized the way of design model making and also opened up a cost-efficient way to manufacture products with small lot-sizes. Some years ago Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis at the University of Southern California in San Diego experimented with a new process he had invented called Contour Crafting to construct the world’s first 3D printed wall. This idea could totally change the building and construction industry in the future by „printing“ houses from composite concrete. Please watch the video to see how this innovative construction process looks like:
Milan 2012, showed retro orgies, glorifications of Modernism, imitations and re-editions that tend to have a knack of getting on one’s nerves – however, in recent years the design world’s obsession with its own past has been more intense than ever.
The installation in the inner courtyard of the University of Milan, realized by Amsterdam designer duo Scholten & Baijings for automotive marque Mini, seemed to implement these ideas on a larger scale, and yet constituted a return to the essence of the car as a product as well as a simultaneous look to its future.
It transforms a regular object into a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer-controlled magnetic levitation. The system relies on powerful moving magnets that allow the sphere to move „freely“ in a 3D Space, record and reproduce users’ inputs or interact with other elements.
When I came to Munich I got to know the automatic escalators at the subway stations, which can go in both directions. They are a good example of machines which do not require the active participation of humans to do their job, even though humans are an integral part in what they are doing. To find out more, read the whole article.
Massachusetts-based Metabolix Inc. has created a variety of switchgrass that produces plastic in their leaf tissues.
Metabolix recently completed greenhouse trials showing that not only they can produce plastic out of plants,
but they can also use the biomass remains to produce biofuels.
Produced by Aspasia Daskalopoulou of Boston University’s Center for Science and Medical Journalism.
Video of a sandbox equipped with a Kinect 3D camera and a projector to project a real-time colored topographic map with contour lines onto the sand surface. The sandbox lets virtual water flow over the surface using a GPU-based simulation of the Saint-Venant set of shallow water equations.