3 d printing model

anonymous asked:

I'm about to start my 1st year what tips can you and the community give me about model making....

You can see previous responses to similar questions here.

You can also check the book by Megan Werner Model Making. It presents the nuts and bolts of model making. In 33 “concept blocks” Werner explores a wide range of possible types including laser-scored acrylic models, basswood topography models, acid-etched metal blocks, peeled paper blocks, 3-d print models, cement pour blocks and more.

You can also check the youtube channels of 30X40 Design Workshop and How to Architect for some videos on how to build a model. An inside look at architecture models and part one in a how-to guide for building your own scale models.

Selvika National Tourist Route Reiulf Ramstad Architects 

Happy National Techies Day!

October 3 is National Techies Day…and here at NASA we have quite a few people who get REALLY excited about technology. Without techies and the technology they develop, we wouldn’t be able to do the amazing things we do at NASA, or on Earth and in space.

Our Techies

We love our techies! The passionate engineers, researchers and scientists who work on our technology efforts enable us to make a difference in the world around us. They are responsible for developing the pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed to achieve our current and future missions.

Research and technology development take place within our centers, in academia and industry, and leverage partnerships with other government agencies and international partners. We work to engage and inspire thousands of technologists and innovators creating a community of our best and brightest working on the nation’s toughest challenges.

Technology Drives Exploration

Our investments in technology development enable and advance space exploration. We are continually seeking to improve our ability to access and travel through space, land more mass in more locations, enable humans to live and explore in space and accelerate the pace of discovery.

Techie Technology

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

When traveling to other planetary bodies, each and every pound of cargo matters. If we can reduce the weight by building tools once we arrive, that’s less weight we need to launch from Earth and carry through space.

Additive manufacturing is a way of printing three-dimensional (3-D) components from a digital model. If you think of a common office printer, it uses a 2-D file to print images and text on a sheet of paper. A 3-D printer uses a 3D file to deposit thin layers of material on top of each other, creating a 3-D product.

Thanks to techies, we’re already using this technology on the International Space Station to print wrenches and other tools. Our Additive Construction for Mobile Emplacement (ACME) project is investigating ways to build structures on planetary surfaces using resources available at a given site.

Discover more about how our techies are working with advanced manufacturing HERE.

Technology Demonstrations

Our techies are always innovating and developing new cutting-edge ideas. We test these ideas in extreme environments both here on Earth and in space.  

Science missions in space require spacecraft propulsion systems that are high-performance, lightweight, compact and have a short development time. The Deep Space Engine project is looking to meet those needs. Our techies are currently testing a 100lbf (pound-force) thruster to see if this compact, lightweight, low-cost chemical propulsion system can operate at very low temperatures, which allows long duration storage capabilities.

Another technology in development is PUFFER, or the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot…and it was inspired by origami! This robot’s lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can’t fit. PUFFER has been tested in a range of rugged terrains to explore areas that might be too risky for a full-fledged rover to go.

With our partners at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., we’ve also collaborated on the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), which will flight test a “green” alternative to the toxic propellant, hydrazine, in 2018. GPIM is the nation’s premier spacecraft demonstration of a new high-performance power and propulsion system — a more environmentally friendly fuel. This technology promises improved performance for future satellites and other space missions by providing for longer mission durations, increased payload mass and simplified pre-launch spacecraft processing, including safer handling and transfer of propellants.  

Find out more about our technology demonstrations HERE.

Aircraft Technology

What if you could travel from London to New York in less than 3.5 hours? Our techies’ research into supersonic flight could make that a reality! 

Currently, supersonic flight creates a disruptive, loud BOOM, but our goal is to instead create a soft “thump” so that flying at supersonic speeds could be permitted over land in the United States.

We’re conducting a series of flight tests to validate tools and models that will be used for the development of future quiet supersonic aircraft.

Did you know that with the ability to observe the location of an aircraft’s sonic booms, pilots can better keep the loud percussive sounds from disturbing communities on the ground? This display allows research pilots the ability to physically see their sonic footprint on a map as the boom occurs.

Learn more about our aircraft technology HERE.

Technology Spinoffs 

Did you know that some of the technology used in the commercial world was originally developed for NASA? For example, when we were testing parachutes for our Orion spacecraft (which will carry humans into deep space), we needed to capture every millisecond in extreme detail. This would ensure engineers saw and could fix any issues. The problem was,there didn’t exist a camera in the world that could shoot at a high enough frame rate – and store it in the camera’s memory – all while adjusting instantly from complete darkness to full daylight and withstanding the space vacuum, space radiation and water immersion after landing.

Oh…and it had to be small, lightweight, and run on low power. Luckily, techies built exactly what we needed. All these improvements have now been incorporated into the camera which is being used in a variety of non-space industries…including car crash tests, where high resolution camera memory help engineers get the most out of testing to make the cars we drive safer.

Learn about more of our spinoff technologies HERE.

Join Our Techie Team

We’re always looking for passionate and innovative techies to join the NASA team. From student opportunities to open technology competitions, see below for a list of ways to get involved:

NASA Solve is a gateway for everyone to participate in our mission through challenges, prize competition, citizen science and more! Here are a few opportunities:

Vascular Tissue Challenge 

The Vascular Tissue Challenge, a NASA Centennial Challenges competition, offers a $500,000 prize to be divided among the first three teams that successfully create thick, metabolically-functional human vascularized organ tissue in a controlled laboratory environment. More information HERE.

For open job opportunities at NASA, visit: https://nasajobs.nasa.gov

For open internship opportunities at NASA, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/stu-intern-current-opps.html

Stay tuned in to the latest NASA techie news, by following  @NASA_Technology on Twitter, NASA Technology on Facebook and visiting nasa.gov/technology.

Happy National Techies Day!

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Sorry RWBY fans, this isn’t RWBY related, but it fits my blog. My family 3D printed a container for me, that has the digits of Pi swirled up it. It’s super cool, I like Pi, and fits my blogs name, lifeofthreepointonefour.


3-D printed, movable trilobite model

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

From images to virtual reality and interactive simulations, NASA offers plenty of ways to explore our solar system – and beyond – in 3-D.

1. Step One: Get the Glasses

Many of the images and interactive features require special glasses with red and blue lenses.

2. Breaking News (Virtual Reality Edition)

Big news from 40 light-years away (235 trillion miles). Our Spitzer Space Telescope revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, all of them have the potential for water on their surfaces.

No glasses required.

This image was created by combining two images from STEREO B (Feb. 24, 2008) taken about 12 hours apart, during which the sun’s rotation provides sufficient perspective to create a nice 3-D effect.

3. Free-Range 3-D Exploration

Our Eyes on the Solar System app allows free exploration of Earth, our Solar System and thousands of worlds discovered orbiting distant stars. And, you also can explore it all in 3-D!

Under visual controls just check 3-D, pop on your glasses and explore.

4. Your Star in 3-D

The STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) mission studied the sun in 3-D with twin satellites.

5. National Parks in 3-D

The Earth-orbiting Terra satellite’s Multiangle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides 3-D views while orbiting Earth, including some great shots of our National Parks.

6. Get in the Pilot’s Seat

Take a look inside the cockpit of our high altitude ER-2 aircraft as it descends for landing at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. This month, scientists used used the aircraft to collect data on coral reef health and volcanic emissions and eruptions. Flying at 65,000 feet, above 95 percent of Earth’s atmosphere, the ER-2 has a unique ability to replicate the data a future satellite could collect. Data from this mission will help in developing a planned NASA satellite mission to study natural hazards and ecosystems called Hyperspectral Infrared Imager, or HyspIRI.

7. Moon Views

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter creates 3-D images from orbit by taking an image of the moon from one angle on one orbit and a different angle on a separate orbit.

This stereo scene looking back at where Curiosity crossed a dune at “Dingo Gap” combines several exposures taken by the Navigation Camera (Navcam) high on the rover’s mast.

8. Martian 3D

Our Mars fleet of rovers and orbiters captures the Red Planet from all angles - often in 3-D.

9. Saturn in 3-D

The Cassini spacecraft’s mission to Saturn is well-known for its stunning images of the planet and its complex system of rings and moons. Now you can see some of them in 3-D.

10. Want More? Do It Yourself!

Put a new dimension to your vacation photos. Our Mars team created this handy how-to guide to making your own eye-popping 3-D images.

BONUS: Printer-Friendly

Why stop with images? The Ames Research Center hosts a vast collection of 3-D printable models ranging from the moon craters to spacecraft.

Discover more lists of 10 things to know about our solar system HERE.

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Eight Secret Spots on Campus

Boko’s Living Room

Located on the bottom floor of the LBJ Student Center, Boko’s Living Room caters to the biggest majority on campus: Tired, overworked college students who haven’t gotten enough sleep. Boko’s Living Room features dimmed lights, couches and a checkout system for pillows and blankets. Essentially: It’s naptime. Aside from providing a nap space, there are headphones, magazines and TVs for students to take advantage of to unwind between classes or cram sessions.

Memorial Garden

Beside the Bell Tower between Lampasas and Flowers, you’ll find a still garden with wrought-iron benches and a stone memorial in the center. Memorial Garden was opened during Homecoming 2009 by the Texas State Pride & Traditions Committee, dedicated in memory of Texas State students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who have passed away. Its isolated position away from the Quad makes for a peaceful location to sit, unwind and take in a bit of solace.

LBJSC Art Gallery

Plenty of students know about the University Art Galleries in the JCM building, but lesser know is the art gallery at the LBJ Student Center. Located on the third floor in the hallway outside room 3-15.1, the LBJSC art gallery features semester-long gallery exhibitions of student- and staff-submitted artwork. The current exhibit, Experiencing War and Conflict, features 37 pieces by 22 different artists and is open until Dec. 2, 2016.

Alkek 3-D Printing Lab

As of the Spring 2016 semester, Alkek Library has been outfitted with a 3-D printing lab equipped with Makerbot-brand 3-D printers, as well as a 3-D scanner. 3-D printing is done by superheating a plastic filament and extruded layer by layer to make the form created by a digital 3-D model. The print center is available for all student use, so as long as you have a valid student ID, you can make and 3-D print anything you’d like.

Glade Theatre

Built in 1968 by Texas State Playwright-in-Residence Ramsey Yelvinton for his play series, Texian Trilogy. After that, the theatre fell into disuse, not hosting another play until a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1995. Now, the Department of Theatre and Dance produces a play each spring semester. The outdoor amphitheater features stone bench seating and shady tree cover, perfect for quiet studying when the theatre isn’t in use.

Lampasas Coffee House

In itself, the honors college in Lampasas is fairly unknown by the majority of the campus student body, but even more well-hidden than it is the coffee house inside of it. The Lampasas coffee house features warm lighting and rich wooden furniture with soft armchairs and couches for students to gather. Perhaps even more inviting than the décor is the cost of the coffee: Free. Go ahead and stop by one of these days—there are precious few students not in need of a caffeine boost.

The Hidden Hammocks

Tucked away in a garden off the beaten path of the University, two hammocks hang together in a garden. Nestled in the Pleasant Street Garden, quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of campus, these hammocks are surrounded by trees and plants to help students relax in a natural setting. Quite possibly one of Texas State’s best-kept secrets, Pleasant Street Garden and its hidden hammocks are situated between the Agriculture building and the Hines building.

The Taylor-Murphy Courtyard

This particularly picturesque spot on campus is located in the history building off of the Quad, found by navigating through the Taylor-Murphy history building. The stairs, fountains and much of the floor are decorated with artistic ceramic tiles that offer a splash of color to anyone visiting. Trees are interspersed across the yard, and along the archways, vines climb up the wall. On bright days, the courtyard is soaked in sunlight, making its benches the perfect place to sit and relax.


An international collaboration among the Art Institute of Chicago, the Palazzo Altemps Museum in Rome, and the University of Chicago uses new technologies to make an improbable discovery about two statues from the 2nd century AD. 

Antinous was very likely the lover of the Emperor Hadrian; he drowned as a young man and was deified by a grief-stricken Hadrian. The cult of Antinous spread rapidly throughout the empire; you can see why, since it’s quite a romantic story and he’s a good-looking young man.

W. Raymond Johnson, an Egyptologist with the Oriental Institute, noticed years ago that the fragment of Antinous’s head matched the fragmentary head of a bust in the Palazzo Altemps in Rome, and after a decade of investigation, this year, the two parts were united – but not assembled. Instead, a three-dimensional scan of the parts was made, then assembled and 3-D printed, and from that a plaster model was cast.

The reunited fragments and their “complete” model are on display at the Art Institute through September 5th; if you’re in Chicago, now’s the time to go see them. I’m planning to go myself this afternoon (the Art Institute is open late on Thursdays).


NASA Tests 3-D Printed Engine Components

3-D printing isn’t just for toys and plastic models of your head. Witness a hot fire of NASA’s newest design for rocket engine injectors, 3-D printed to up performance in a way that traditional manufacturing of the parts couldn’t attain.

The agency, which tested the experimental injectors last month at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., used a type of 3-D printing called direct laser melting. To make the parts, a machine fires a laser at metal powder under the direction of a computer design program. This deposits layers of the metal one on top of the other until the part is complete.

NASA says the technique is letting engineers build the injector out of just two parts instead of the 163 formerly needed using traditional manufacturing methods.

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luccidd  asked:

Hi I really enjoy your blog. I'm currently an architecture student and was wondering if you had any model making tips. Specifically, in materiality and adjustable pieces.

You can see previous responses to similar questions here.

You can also check the book by Megan Werner Model Making. It presents the nuts and bolts of model making. In 33 “concept blocks” Werner explores a wide range of possible types including laser-scored acrylic models, basswood topography models, acid-etched metal blocks, peeled paper blocks, 3-d print models, cement pour blocks and more.


Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology contains over 150 pieces, dating from the early 20th century to the present.

The Metropolitan Museum exhibit showcases outfits created by hand side-by-side with those utilizing latter day methods like 3-D printing, computer modeling, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding.

Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton’s goal is to “liberate” hand made and machine made from their confines of haute couture (once pigeonholed as hand-made) and pret a porter (once limited to machine-made). Essentially, he wants to hack the system.

MORE. You Know What Really Makes an Outfit? Ultrasonic Welding