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Neri OxmanMediated Matter research group at MIT Media LabChristoph Bader and Dominik Kolb, ‘Wanderers: An Astrobiological Exploration’ series, 2014

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Making a great leap forward for mankind, the series Wanderers, introduces a set of fashionable wearable biological pieces that circulate materials that theoretically could enable humans to sustain themselves in inhospitable environments in space.  

Wanderers is an ongoing collaboration between Neri Oxman and Mediated Matter research group at MIT Media Lab and Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb. The four artworks are part of a design collection that Stratasys Ltd. - a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions - unveiled as a part of a curated showcase for the opportunities that triple-jetting 3D printing brings to the creative design industry.

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1. MUSHTARI (مشتري): Jupiter’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series.   Designed by Neri Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Production System. Photo credit: Yoram Reshef. Courtesy of Neri Oxman., 2014

  • Mushtari, Arabic for huge or giant, is designed to interact with Jupiter’s atmosphere. This tortuous piece is designed as a single meandering strand inspired by the human gastrointestinal tract. It is a wearable that will consume and digest biomass, absorb nutrients, generate energy in the form of fuel or sucrose accumulating in the side pockets and expel waste. With triple-jetting technology, Oxman was able to 3D print the intricate, translucent tubing, as well complex layering, and produce varied degrees of flexibility for movement.

2. ZUHAL (زحل): Saturn’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System. Photo credit: Yoram Reshef. Courtesy of Neri Oxman., 2014

  • This piece was inspired by, and created to adapt to the vortex storms on Saturn. It has a hairy and fiberous large surface area designed to contain bacteria that convert the planet’s hydrocarbons into edible matter for humans. This geometrically complex, textural exterior is made possible with Stratasys 3D printing materials and triple-jetting technology that are malleable enough to vary in size, density and organization, accomodating for variations in anticipated wind speeds.

3. OTAARED (عطارد): Mercury’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System., 2014

  • For the planet Mercury, Oxman and her team have created a structure that acts as a protective exoskeleton for the head as the planet lacks any atmosphere. Here, Stratasys color, multi-material 3D printing enables highly accurate customized fittings to individual specifications. The resulting 3D printed shell is designed to contain calcifying bacteria within a wearable Caduceus, with the ultimate goal of growing true, organic bone structures.

4. AL-QAMAR (قمر): Luna’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System., 2014, images posted with permission of the artist.

  • Inspired by one of the most luminous objects in the sky, this piece embodies the surface qualities of the Moon.Akin to a wearable biodome, the exterior contains spatial spherical moon-shaped pods for algae-based air-purification and biofuel collection to produce and store oxygen. These highly detailed levels of spatial and material variation are only possible with Stratasys triple-jetting 3D printing technology due to its versatility of material properties from rubber to rigid, transparent to opaque, neutral to vibrantly colored and standard to biocompatible.

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This top turns see-through if you leave personal data exposed

Clothing reveals how much wearer is revealing.

by Liat Clark, wired.co.uk June 17 2014, 9:45am CST

A Brooklyn-based designer has created a 3D-printed sculptural boob tube to spark social commentary on the state of privacy in a data-driven world—by making the top gradually more sheer.

X.pose’s striking black webbed rubber structure was engineered using a Stratasys printer, molded to the body to ensure comfort and very much inspired by creator Xuedi Chen’s previous work, Invasive Growth (moss-grown jewelry based on the parasitic cordyceps fungus). But underneath, its layers tell another story about our lack of control and veritable vulnerability when it comes to who uses our data, what for, and how much they take.

This story originally appeared on Wired UK.

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Urbee 2, the 3D-Printed Car That Will Drive Across the Country

It may look like a bean, but the hybrid car Urbee 2 can get hundreds of miles to the gallon—and it’s made mostly via 3D printing. In two years, it could become the first such vehicle to drive across the United States.

In early 1903, physician and car enthusiast Horatio Nelson Jackson accepted a $50 bet that he could not cross the United States by car. Just a few weeks later, on May 23, he and mechanic Sewall K. Crocker climbed into a 20-hp Winton in San Francisco and headed east. Accompanied by Bud, a pit bull they picked up along the way, the two men arrived in New York 63 days, 12 hours, and 800 gallons of fuel later, completing the nation’s first cross-country drive. 

About two years from now, Cody and Tyler Kor, now 20 and 22 years old, respectively, will drive coast-to-coast in the lozenge-shaped Urbee 2, a car made mostly by 3D printing. Like Jackson and Crocker, the young men will take a dog along for the ride—Cupid, their collie and blue heeler mix. Unlike Jackson and Crocker, they will spend just 10 gallons of fuel to complete the trip from New York to San Francisco. Then they will refuel, turn around, and follow the same west-to-east route taken by Jackson, Crocker, and Bud. 

Cody and Tyler’s father, Jim Kor, beams when he talks about the trip. “The Google time estimate is 44 hours, but it will take a bit longer, I’m sure,” says Kor, president of Kor Ecologic and team leader of the Urbee 2 project. “You know, the dog has to pee and whatnot. And we could have a breakdown. But it will be a swift and efficient trip." 

Jim Kor described this ambitious endeavor at the Manufacturing the Future Summit on Wednesday. Stratasys, a global additive-manufacturing company, hosted the event at its Eden Prairie, Minn., headquarters. PopMech joined a small group of journalists at the meeting, which featured presentations by many early adopters of 3D printing. 


The terms additive manufacturing and 3D printing are synonymous. A computer-aided design (CAD) file is uploaded to a 3D printer, which reads the file and creates the object, using, for example, PolyJet or Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) systems. A PolyJet machine uses liquid resins to build an object one microscopic layer at a time, following the CAD file’s code, and then cures the material with UV lights. FDM is a similar process, but it uses molten polymers. Printers can be as small as a microwave oven (such as MakerBot’s desktop models) or as large as a minivan. The biggest Stratasys model, the Fortus 900mc, is more than 9 feet long and 6 feet tall and weighs about 6600 pounds. It can print objects up to 36 by 24 inches. 

Stratasys, which went into business in 1994, is growing fast. In August, it acquired MakerBot, the Brooklyn-based leader in desktop 3D printing, for a reported $604 million. It has 1600 employees worldwide, with offices in Israel, Asia, South America, and Europe. Its production arm, RedEye, has factories in Belgium, Turkey, and Australia, and at two other U.S. locations besides Eden Prairie. At Wednesday’s press event, RedEye vice president Jim Bartel announced that the company would build production facilities in Shanghai in 2014. 

Sratasys has clients who testified at the summit about using its technology to make prototyping and producing their wares faster and cheaper. But Jim Kor was the star of the show. He was fidgety when he started his presentation, "Sustainable Cars and the Future of Manufacturing,” in front of about 25 people in a ground-floor conference room. “I’m an introvert,” he said, nervously stroking his salt-and-pepper beard. “Actually, it’s worse than that—I’m a hermit." 

Kor got over his dislike of public speaking, and during his talk and in subsequent interviews with PopMech, he described the years-long development of the first Urbee car and the grand plan for Urbee 2’s cross-country odyssey. 


The aha moment came over lunch one day in 1996, at the Sunstone Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Kor lives and works. He and a team of seven other designers and engineers had just finished making and testing the Solos personal rapid transit vehicle (also known as a podcar), which ran on rails. It was an efficient design, propelled by a small electric motor and human power, but a rail system would have to be created to support its use. "We should take a version of that vehicle and put it on the road, because the roads are already there,” one of Kor’s colleagues said. 

Kor was intrigued by the idea, and began sketching on a paper napkin. “It was a side view of a car that looked like a more aerodynamic Smart car, a two-seater,” he says. Within days, conceptualization and design work began on a vehicle intended for urban use, powered by electric motors and a small, ethanol-fueled combustion engine. Those key words—urban, electric, ethanol—gave the Urbee its name, and Kor Ecologic spent more than a decade refining the design. 

The primary challenge was aerodynamics. In his presentation at Stratasys, Kor mentioned how a sprinting cheetah flattens its ears onto the top of its head and a falcon speeds through the air with its feet held flush with its body. “Nature is my inspiration,” he said. 

By the fall of 2008, Kor and his team had a full computer model and a partial physical model of a hybrid that would get about 300 mpg. The process was smooth—Kor has worked with the same group of designers and engineers for decades—but not without some disagreement. “There were two of us that knew the aerodynamics really well, and two industrial designers,” Kor recalls. “The industrial designers kept saying, ‘It can’t look like a jellybean.’ But I was adamant that the design must be efficient first, and then we would design for the look. Most cars are done the other way around—they start with how they want the car to look, and then they try to find ways to make it efficient." 

(via Popular Mechanics)

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3D Printers on Mars | Aavron Estep | TEDxOStateU  

“My goal is to determine if it would be a viable option to take printers to Mars and use them to manufacture parts for rovers that would be exposed to extremes in temperature and terrain,” Estep told an OSU journalist.“

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Stratasys and Jenny Wu Pair Up To Create 3D Printed Jewelry Collection

Leading 3D printing company, Stratasys, has partnered with designer and architect, Jenny Wu, on her first 3D printed jewelry collection called LACE. The collection includes necklaces and rings which are inspired by geometric patterns and organic movement which are motifs found in the art and design installations she is most known for.

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Much of the world’s future will be shaped by 3D printers and at the forefront of that industry is Israeli-American company Stratasys. Several eco-friendly companies are using Stratasys’ technology to 3D print energy sources for third-world countries.

Companies are increasingly turning to 3D printers to manufacture their goods, and it seems the eco-friendly sector is now also turning to 3D printers to help bring low-cost, green technologies to the third world, including portable solar panels and bicycle-powered generators.

Two US companies, Peppermint Energy and Design For Hope, decided to use 3D printing technology made by Israeli-American 3D printing giant Stratasys in their development of green technologies, to provide new energy sources in parts of the world where electricity is unreliable.

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Stratasys Takes Dentistry to the Next Level with Latest 3D Printer

Stratasys has launched its latest 3D printer offering and this one is aimed at your mouth. The Objet260 printer provides mid to large sized dentist and orthodontist labs with a new tool to create life-like models of teeth, nerves and gums using unique triple-jetting technology to produce ultra-realistic dental models with multiple materials and colors in a single print.

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California│Stratasys (www.stratasys.com), a company specializing in 3D printing, teamed with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects, Condé Nast Entertainment, and Wired to create a 14-foot tall creature for Comic-Con International 2014 in San Diego. More than one third of the giant creature was 3D printed, including the chest armor, shoulders, arms, and fingers, with parts as large as 36 x 24 x 36 inches. The 3D printed parts were created using ABS-M30 thermoplastic material via a variety of Stratasys’ 3D printers, including its Fortus 900mc. The creature also integrates video and sensor technologies for an interactive element.

Plus, more wide-format stories from around the globe: http://bigpicture.net/content/stratasys-3d-prints-a-14-foot-tall-creature-comic-con-international