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How An Army Of MakerBot Replicators Will 3D-Print The Future

Ever seen a 3D printer in action? If not, here’s your chance.

At CES 2013, MakerBot showed off its new Replicator 2X, an “experimental” version of the company’s landmark 3D printer that offers some twists on the Replicator 2’s design. The 2X features dual extruding nozzles that allow printing in multiple colors, and it uses thermoplastic ABS instead of the material known as PLA, which tends to be the preferred material for those new to the 3D printing world.



After a long period of sitting idle I have decided to revisit these stool designs. Initially conceived as a combination of steel support brackets and HDPE plastic, I am looking at timber as an alternative. Prototyping in plywood, the final production pieces with be manufactured using locally sourced hardwood.

EXOtique | ARCH 719. Performance driven design & Prototyping

‘EXOtique’ is the result of a one week, low-budget design progress through fabrication installation at the Ball State’s College of Architecture. One day was devoted to design, one day of Modeling in Rhino / Grasshopper and materials testing, and three shared days of fabrication, assembly, and installation with help from the students of the University.

White acrylic, white polystyrene and 55 IKEA cord sockets and bulbs are used for the sculpture that hangs on the ceiling above the foyer at the west entrance of the architecture building.


‘Our intention was to create a simple, hexagonally based, component system that would act as a lit “drop ceiling” for the space, as the ceiling height would allow for quite a bit of variation in the surface. Everything was accomplished in Grasshopper other than the input surface from Rhino, this includes all unrolling for fab, label, patterning, and connections. Also, there was no hardware used for connections besides the given hangers for the lamp cords. This cut costs and allowed our materials to work to each other’s benefit. Tabs on the styrene lock into the solid acrylic connectors as a rigid sidewall, causing the material to bend within the component as apposed to its edges. This let all the components meet evenly and create a rigid shell after being connected. The lit hexagonal panels act as the hanger connection point for the piece, and a custom acrylic tab was created to hold the socket cable after being thread through the component, which attach to clips tied to the waffle grid.

Through the use of computational tools (both software and hardware) and good student help, we were able to crank out the project within 6 days. The installation will remain at the entrance for the time being and will then migrate to another permanent home within the building.’

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Infographic: How a 3D printer works (by YOUMAGAZINETV)


the last two days spent designing and 3D printing hexagonal plates for fashion design. here are a few of the mount prototypes with the forefront three being the final type. 

though a few of the prototypes (background) were “print in place” that process is impractical unless you have a 1.5m (5ft) print bed. 

i’ve got anchor designs to work out but eventually this will include magnets as fasteners and an enamel or smooth plate and an adhesive fabric liner.

the pattern is inspired by the acronym ss cp-1 cloak.

Madrid next week, working on Madrid Urban Laboratory (Medialab-Prado)

Madrid Urban Laboratory seeks to explore the relationships between the city, digital culture and the common good through a programme that includes a collaborative production workshop and a series of conferences and debates, in which international and local experts will be invited to examine the meaning of the common good and digital culture within the context of the evolving city.

I will be involved as a tutor in the area of ​​public space and open infrastructures along with Alberto Corsin, supporting the development of projects in the two phases of the workshop. So I’ll be in Madrid from 28 May to 1 June with the first phase of the workshop.



From Conceptualization to Realization

Arriving at our final design for Opus took many iterations of prototypes. A few years ago, with typical methods like CNC milling and injection molding this process was more expensive and more time consuming. However, now that the masses have access to 3D printing technology  designers are allowed an amazing amount of freedom when it comes to testing out new forms & creations. 3D printing has really become revolutionary in the product design cycle.

Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, offers a quicker and at times cheaper method of manufacturing as there is less wastage of raw material. This is especially telling when talking about the prodution of airplane parts. Instead of wasting material in traditional manufacturing methods, only 10% of the once needed material can be used with additive manufacturing. Interestingly, researcher Terry Wohlers predicts that 50% of 3D printer outputs will be final products rather than prototypes by 2020.

Innovation Factory helps entrepreneurs and local businesses create samples of the ideas to improve and iterate upon with low risk and expense.  At Innovation Factory, we are able to expedite the prototyping process. We were able to create a number of iterations within a few weeks rather than a few months. Having access to this technology allowed for a lot more flexibility and a shorter R&D periods.

Find out more about Opus here:

Win A Custom-Made Prott Stamp For UI Sketching!

With Prott we are building a tool to help you prototype mobile apps faster. 

Our team really loves to sketch apps first. 

One idea we came across lately is an iPhone stamp. We used stencils in the past, but this is much faster.

We want to share our stamp with you too. 

During the next two weeks all people who sign up for the early invite on (or by the form above) have a chance to win one of our Custom-Made Prott stamps. Handmade in Tokyo.

Sign up by Valentine’s Day (14. Feb).










Our designer Koba misused his stamp for body art purposes. 


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Interaction designers develop our digital everyday life. They concept, sketch and create new possibilities of interaction, which are evaluated with functional and technical prototypes.

The book “Prototyping Interfaces – Interactive Sketches with VVVV” covers within 280 pages the applied handling of interactive sketches with the visual programming language VVVV. It is divided into two main chapters, a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part concerns the definition and the meaning of the term “prototype” in the designprocess. The practical part of the book branches the basics of the visual programming language VVVV and how to control different electronic components with Arduino and VVVV. Beginning from the use of different sensors and actuators to modern tracking technologies like the xBox Kinect, different examples are explained within a wide range of tutorials.

Additional to the book a website is launched within the user finds the patches for every single example described in the book. Also the website provides technical support and a playground which can be used to upload and share private projects.

"Prototyping Interfaces" is addressed to designstudents, interactiondesigners and media artists.