Posts tagged with "3D Printing":

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Featured DesignX Workshop> Skylar Tibbits To Present 4D Printing & Bio-Molecular Self Assembly

designx_4d_01 DesignX presenter Skylar Tibbits, the founder of SJET, Director of Self Assembly Lab, and Senior TED Fellow, will host a hands-on lab introducing interior designers and architects to the future of additive manufacturing and programmable matter. Discover how matter programmers design materials to self-assemble when exposed to the elements. Additional topics include 4D printing and how 3D printing technology is changing. Tibbits will utilize self-assembling structures to touch base on what these changes mean for design practices. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM and offers 1 AIA CEU. Registration is available online.
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Get AIA CES Credits At Designx/Francis Bitoni Workshop

NYCxDesignJoin us for four days of hands-on digital design and fabrication workshops and at DesignX, hosted by the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and earn your AIA CES credits! From May 18-21, you can join the industry’s leading experts at the Jacob Javits Center to get your hands dirty with the latest in web-based design apps, parametric design, and interactive modeling services. Stop by Saturday to get the lowdown on 3D printed fabrics from Francis Bitoni, the man behind Dita Von Teese’s miraculously printed gown. Learn how 3D printing is transforming the textile and fashion industries, and get started with the fundamentals of Rhino3D—the world’s leading modeling software. The workshop will cover the basics for creating your design, manipulating geometries, and preparing your textile model for 3D printing. Visit to reserve your space now, and for more information of the workshops and events.
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3D Printing Helps Visualize Harmony In New Ways

In the 1800s, a French mathematician named Jules Lissajous began using parametric equations, beams of light, mirrors, and vibrating tuning forks to investigate harmonic motion creating what is known as the Lissajous curve. More than a century later at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, students Manuela Donoso and Luisa Pereira began using the Lissajous' curve to further explore ways to visually represent musical harmony, using 3D printing technology to produce harmonic sculptures. Last fall, the pair also started using speakers, mirrors, and lasers to create devices and software that make prints and sculptures. They call their project The Harmonic Series. But they aren't the only ones 3D printing music these days. Richard Dahlstrand of Sweden hacked a Lulzbot 3D printer to play and print classical pieces of music. The Harmonic Series works by positioning two speakers with attached mirrors perpendicularly. A laser pointed at one mirror and then reflected by the other lands on a wall. When the speakers begin vibrating based on frequencies of voices, the laser moves, visualizing the frequencies on the wall. The tuning forks used in Lissajous experiment have been replaced with microphones and speakers to allow people to experiment more freely with musical notes and intervals, thus creating more or less chaotic visualizations. Watch the video below for a demonstration. Donoso and Pereira went on to solidify these laser projected sounds by representing them on paper and in 3D printed sculptures. Currently they are preparing a web application so people can experiment and create their own visualizations. The duo is also producing a mobile harmonic device snuggled into a small wooden box that users sing into. Dahlstrand's Lulzbot printer, hacked for Stockholm's Art Hack Day, works with three printing step motors moving at different speeds. The sounds are determined by the speeds of the step motors. There are microphones attached to the motors that pick up and amplify the sounds. This data produces black, wire looking pieces.   3D-printed music from Rickard Dahlstrand on Vimeo.
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Dutch Architects Join Race For World's First 3D-Printed House

Dutch firm DUS Public Architecture has switched gears from soap and water to polypropylene as they join the race (alongside British collective SoftKill Design and fellow Dutchman Janjaap Ruijssenaars) to complete the first 3D printed house. Their sights are set on a full-sized four-story canal house in Amsterdam, entirely printed and built on site by the KamerMaker, their own purpose-built 3D printer housed inside a verticle shipping container. Starting work in the next six months, DUS plan to have the entire facade and first room of the house printed and erected. With the “welcoming room” established, the architects hope to complete the rest of the house in the following three years. DUS plans to use the house as a laboratory for emerging printing technologies and a hub for related research. “We want to build a construction site as an event space,” firm principal Hedwig Heinsman told Dezeen recently, “We’ll have the printer there and every print we make will be exhibited. It’s very much about testing and learning.” Each room of the house is to be devoted to a different facet of research, from turning potato starch into building materials, to recycling plastic bottles and crafting policy. While DUS plans to stay on the site for the next three years, they are ready to move at a moments notice: “We also had the idea that if at one moment we had to relocate it, we would just shred all the pieces and build it anew somewhere,”  Heinsman told Dezeen.
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3D Printing's Newest Champion: Newt Gingrich?!

While President Obama may have called out the economic potential of 3D printing in his State of the Union, one prominent Republican is trumpeting the new technology. In an article posted on the conservative website Human Events, former Speak of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich claims, "the greatest difference in our generation may not be between liberals and conservatives, but between the pioneers of the future and prisoners of the past." Among the technologies he praises, 3D printing is nothing less than "revolutionary." Gingrich has long been a fan of futurist thinking and advanced technology. He campaigned for a colony on the Moon, another place where 3D printing would come in handy:
3D printing may revolutionize logistics and save an amazing amount of money in the Defense Department. It may also revolutionize our capacity to go into space by allowing manufacturing on asteroids and the Moon with minimum weight requirements. 3D printing may also return manufacturing to the United States by eliminating the advantages of low cost mass produced production runs.
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TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits Leads April 12 Workshop

Did you miss 3-D printing guru Skylar Tibbits at this year’s TED conference? Never fear, there’s an opportunity to hear Tibbits in New York City on April 12. And not just hear but participate in a hands-on workshop that Tibbits will lead as part of Facades + PERFORMANCE, a two-day conference on high-performance building enclosures sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper. Earlier this week at TED, Tibbits gave 3-D printing another dimension, quite literally, when he presented the possibility of "4-D printing," or programming materials to self-reassemble into new structures over time. Tibbits unveiled a 4-D printer concept developed with MIT that he argues could have far-reaching implications for not just manufacturing but also for architecture. Will architects one day be able to design structures that build and mend themselves? Here's the idea, as Tibbits told TED: "If we combine the processes that natural systems offer intrinsically—genetic instructions, energy production, error correction—with those artificial or synthetic—programmability for design and scaffold, structure, mechanisms—we can potentially have extremely large-scale quasi-biological and quasi-synthetic architectural organisms." Trained as an architect and a computer scientist,  Tibbits directs MIT's Self-Assembly Lab and teaches in the school's architecture department. He got his start working with the likes of Zaha Hadid and Asymptote Architecture, later founding SJET LLC, a multidisciplinary research based practice. Along the way, Tibbits was named a "Revolutionary Mind" by SEED Magazine in 2008, and in 2011 he was awarded a 2011 TED Fellowship, becoming TED Senior Fellow in 2012. At his April 12 workshop, Tibbits will introduce Python for Rhino, a program that has been a foundation of his work, and cover covered topics ranging from Running Scripts, Syntax, Data Types, and Variables to Flow Control, Tuples/Lists/Dictionaries, Points/Vectors, Functions, Paneling and Recursion. The training portion of the workshop will concentrate on IronPython within Rhino. To register for the workshop and for the April 11-12 conference, where experts in the industry will analyze, discuss, and dispute the development, implementation, and maintenance of facades, click here.  
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3Doodle Pen Combines Napkin Brainstorming with 3D Printing

3d-pen-01 It's as much a part of the architect's image as a drafting desk or a T-square: sitting around a table with a client when the moment of inspiration hits and the first image of a new building is hastily scrawled on a napkin. But why limit yourself to two dimensions in hatching your new idea? In the age of 3D printing, the napkin sketch could be completely transformed by a new instant-prototyper: the 3Doodler pen, which would allow you to draw your idea in real time rising up from the tabletop. And the public seems eager to give it a try, already contributing over $1.8 million to the 3D-printing pen on Kickstarter with nearly a month left to go. The concept by robotics and toy-makers, Peter Dilworth and Maxwell Bogue, uses the same fast-drying plastic strands as many commercially available 3D printers and operates much like a glue gun, allowing designers to literally lift the 3Doodler pen from a solid surface and begin prototyping in thin air. The project's Kickstarter page also suggests drawing over stencils—a series of building elevations for instance—and piecing them together to create a model in minutes. The 3Doodler could be yours by backing the Kickstarter campaign for as low as $75.
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3-D Printing Goes Big: Architect Proposes A Möbius-Strip House

It's been over three decades since the 3-D printer was invented, and to be sure, the technology has come a long way. Now, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars is putting the technology to the ultimate test by proposing to print an enormous Möbius strip house with over 10,700 square foot of house. The Landscape House, as Ruijssenaars named it, will be a two-story structure replicating the natural form of a figure eight by using “one surface folded in an endless Möbius band” he says on his website, intending for the building to effortlessly fit into the natural world. To complete the project Ruijssenaars will call upon designer Rinus Rowlofs and Enrico Dini, the inventor behind the D-Shape, a 3-D printer that will be used to print the Landscape House. It will be printed out in layers from bottom to top in roughly 20 by 30 feet sections. Each thin layer will be comprised of sand and a bonding agent to hold everything together. When the building is fully printed the loose sand will be dusted off to expose a marble-like finish on the final structure. Fiberglass and concrete reinforcements will be added to ensure durability, as 3-D printing on this scale has never been attempted. The team hopes the building will be complete by the end of 2014 with a budget between $5 and $6 million. [Via C-Net.] Check out how Dini created the D-Shape printer in the video below.
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Grow Your Own 3D Printed Protohouse


Print your next house in 30 separate snap tight pieces

While events like Maker Faire have done a lot to increase the visibility of 3D printing, the London-based generative and 3D design group Softkill has spoken openly about how they still think "3D printing is a specialized, one-off luxury, rich man's thing." But they went on to say that "there really is an interesting future for architecture and 3D printing because you have great cost savings and material efficiency, which architects are really interested in. That's where 3D printing is really pushing the discipline." Softkill recently tested the limits of the latest in Selective Laser Sintering technology with Protohouse, a ⅓ scale house completely fabricated by a 3D printer. Laser sintering is a process in which a laser sweeps across a pan of powdered nylon (or other material), fusing, or sintering, on contact. The process repeats as the product is built layer by layer from the bottom up. Laser sintering also has the unique ability to create a larger structure from many smaller interlocking pieces, lending it a flexibility not typically seen in most 3D printed objects. For Protohouse, which was on exhibit at the London 3D Printshow held last month, Softkill designed computer algorithms that test the boundaries of large scale 3D printing by micro-organizing the printed material itself.

"Matter is redistributed along principal lines of stress while structural agency is embedded through a procedural based logic of connections. What emerges is a thick layer of a porous, fibrous construct. Dissolving geometry through an abstract material articulation, resulting in a non-geometrical structure that is materially efficient, with a high degree of transparency and stiffness, while being extremely articulated, tactile, and ornate...Particles in a volume are redistributed (either added or removed) through calculating spring force on particles. Subsequently a non-mathematical method is used to trace directionality and structural flow through the structure. Agents are launched in a tension and compression vector field and seek their path between the origins of the applied forces, displaying direction in the structure, forming lines of stress."

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3-D Printer Creates a Cathedral Fit for a Flea

Or maybe a dust mite. New 3-D printing technology developed by researchers at the Vienna University of Technology can fabricate intricate objects smaller than a grain of sand. This technology is made possible by a laser directed through a series of mirrors and a liquid resin that hits the surface and leaves a polymer line that is a few hundred nanometers thick; at 200 lines per layer, the printer can print 100 layers in just four minutes. Having figured out how to keep the mirrors’ movement as precise and fast as possible, researchers are looking ahead to future possibilities. By using bio-compatible resins, replacement organs could one day be manufactured for use in transplants. Or one day we could build a sand castle out of millions of castle-shaped grains of sand. The possibilities are endless. [ via Notcot.]
London's Tower Bridge like you'll never see it. (Courtesy Vienna University of Technology)
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Video> Create a 3-D Model Out of a Series of Photographs

Imagine snapping away at a favorite building, fountain, or desktop tchotchke, then uploading your photos to that super-computer in the sky we call the cloud, and after a just few short minutes being presented with a detailed three-dimensional digital model. That future, it appears, is finally here. Core 77 tipped us off that a new product by Autodesk called 123D Catch performs that basic photo-to-3D-model conversion, and the best part (if you're running a PC) is that you can try out the beta version for free. We're on Macs here at The Architect's Newspaper HQ so we haven't had a chance to test drive the software ourselves, but if it's anything like Autodesk's slick video demonstration (after the jump), we'll be sending our photo archive cloud-side soon!