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3D Printing in Space
Posted on | May 18, 2013
‘Mataerial’ is a 3D printing robot that instead of building an object layer by layer, draws forms from any surface out into thin air. This process uses two thermosetting polymers which actually create 3D Printing in space. The team also state that CMYK colors can/could be combined in the same manner to create full color 3D printing using the same method. The same process could be used at a much smaller scale and theoretically multiple robots could 3D print different materials simultaneously onto any surface such as a conductive material and a non conductive material to create electrical pathways.
Karl’s Social Media Concept Store
Posted on | May 9, 2013
Karl Lagerfeld recently opened a social media concept store in Amsterdam. I have admired his work and his inventive personality as long as I can remember. When I read about the store online, it was a given that I would check it out during my THNK week in the posh Location Hartenstraat No. 16. The store which is designed in a slick contemporary style offers ready-to-wear for men and women, handbags, eyewear, a range of unusual accessories and photo and design books handpicked by the maestro himself. Of course it isn’t his fashion collection or the cool accessories that made me travel across town to snapshot the store. It was the eagerness to find out about his affinity to digital technology.
While I slipped into a cool black leather jacket in one of his high tech changing rooms, the renowned fashion icon had already pointed his camera in my direction. An iPad mounted on the cabin’s mirror offered me to pose in the Cabin and share the digital photos within my creative industries circles and on my Facebook, Twitter and email account. Not a bad PR tool for the retail concept of future-oriented urban hedonists.
Every shelf had an iPad mini attached, so you could flick through the collection pieces and even send an email to the master’s email address.
So, I got myself a little souvenir. An email from the store’s cabin and Karl, the doll.
Easy user Interfaces and cool design added to a pleasant experience throughout the store.
The staff, especially the store manager was extremely friendly and exhited to showing me around and explaining the tools.
Great store, go check it out.
Vienna set 3D printing world record
Posted on | May 7, 2013
Printing three dimensional objects with incredibly fine details is currently possible using “two-photon lithography”. With this technology, tiny structures on a nanometer scale can be fabricated. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) have made a major breakthrough in speeding up this printing technique: The high-precision-3D-printer at TU Vienna is orders of magnitude faster than similar devices (see video). This opens up completely new areas of application, such as in medicine.
Setting a New World Record:
The 3D printer uses a liquid resin, which is hardened at precisely the correct spots by a focused laser beam. The focal point of the laser beam is guided through the resin by movable mirrors and leaves behind a polymerized line of solid polymer, just a few hundred nanometers wide. This high resolution enables the creation of intricately structured sculptures as tiny as a grain of sand. “Until now, this technique used to be quite slow”, says Professor Jürgen Stampfl from the Institute of Materials Science and Technology at the TU Vienna. “The printing speed used to be measured in millimeters per second – our device can do five meters in one second.” In two-photon lithography, this is a world record. The 3d printer could also be used to create tailor made construction parts for biomedical technology or nanotechnology.
Vienna’s famous landmark, St. Stephansdome, 137m tall was ‘printed’ with a two-photon lithography technology in the size of the width of one single human hair and can only be discovered under a microscope.
Hollywood – welcome to Vienna!
(Photo credit: Klaus Cicha)
Jan Torgersen Additive Manufacturing Technologies Vienna University of Technology T.: +43-1-58801-30869 firstname.lastname@example.org
ONE MET. In unexpected places.
Posted on | April 24, 2013
“The Met is a place to explore. Across the world and across time, our collections are a passport to our past, and key to understanding our present and future. Travel has inspired great artists for centuries; Discover where the Met will take you today.” Yep, that message speaks to me. Even the image they advertise it with, is attractive.
But THIS …
Tags: Met > Metropolitan museum of art > must-see > New York > painted facades > unexpected > urban art > urban canvas
GREENYC – a city’s environmental icon
Posted on | April 14, 2013
GREENYC is New York City’s environmental initiative campaign. HuntherGatherer was originally asked to develop a series of animations to accompany the mayor’s launch of the campaign. Since then it has grown into a season multimedia series, encompassing print, outdoor marketing, TV, as well as retail partnerships and targeted mini-campaigns. This bird’s simple and appealing messages convey likable environmental messages.
Tags: city project > engagement > environmental campaign > interactive > sustainability