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Voxel8

A new 3D printer with the unique feature to design and make objects and devices with electronic components - video embedded below:

Voxel8 exists to disrupt the design and manufacture of electronic devices by providing new functional materials with a novel 3D printing platform. Desktop 3D printers today are constrained to printing thermoplastics or UV resins. Using Voxel8’s 3D printer, you can co-print matrix materials such as thermoplastics and highly conductive silver inks enabling customized electronic devices like quadcopters, electromagnets and fully functional 3D electromechanical assemblies.

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Captives #B04

Documentation from artist Quayola of a stone sculpture being formed with an industrial robot to create a work combining the contemporary and the classical:

Captives is an ongoing series of digital and physical sculptures, a contemporary interpretation of Michelangelo’s unfinished series “Prigioni” (1513-1534) and his technique of “non-finito”.

The work explores the tension and equilibrium between form and matter, man-made objects of perfection and complex, chaotic forms of nature. Whilst referencing Renaissance sculptures, the focus of this series shifts from pure figurative representation to the articulation of matter itself. As in the original “Prigioni” the classic figures are left unfinished, documenting the very history of their creation and transformation.

Mathematical functions and processes describe computer-generated geological formations that evolve endlessly, morphing into classical figures. Industrial computer-controlled robots sculpt the resulting geometries into life-size “unfinished” sculptures.

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Rahkai’s replacement horns, FINALLY done.

These are made from EVA foam (carved) with surface texturing done in various dimensional glues and paints. The texturing took absolutely forever. I definitely want to offer carved foam horns as an alternative to cast resin horns, where something non-rigid and light is preferred over high detail, but I want to warn everyone right now that it won’t necessarily be the cheaper option!

And the whole xr650. We made a completely new rear sub frame, seat pan, battery tray, handmade the fender, and mounted the gas tank as well as the exhaust in the last post. #xr650 #honda #hondaxr #xrsonly #streettracker #tracker #hooligan #motorcycle #custombikes #fabrication #tigwelding #metalshaping #englishwheel #ironcobras (at Iron Cobras Fabrication)

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2015 Pier 9 Artist in Residence Exhibition

A look at artworks created at the Pier 9 workshop run by Autodesk, which offer state of the art facilities and seeks to explore the future of artmaking - video embedded below:

This exhibition celebrated the community and work created by the Autodesk Artist-in-Residence Program at Pier 9. Featured projects include work created by digital fabricators, fine artists, architects, furniture-makers, chefs, and a host of other creatives who have passed through Pier 9’s residency program over the past year. The exhibition included over 40 artists and more than 70 works, all of which were installed across the Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, including in the CNC labs, 3D printshop and test kitchen.

The Pier 9 space is currently taking applications - you can find out more here

Henri Cartier-Bresson. SOVIET UNION. Russia. Moscow. 1954. Zis factory. The bicycles production by Tatiana Gorbutovich
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SOVIET UNION. Russia. Moscow. 1954. Zis factory. The bicycles production. <a href=“http://www.magnumphotos.com/image/PAR96466.html” rel=“nofollow”>www.magnumphotos.com/image/PAR96466.html</a>

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Elastic Textures for Additive Fabrication

3D printing research into a method to design forms which change shape in a determined way when pressure is applied:

We introduce elastic textures: a set of parametric, tileable, printable, cubic patterns achieving a broad range of elastic material properties … Using a combinatorial search over topologies followed by shape optimization, we explore a wide space of wireframe-like, symmetric 3D patterns to obtain a small family. This pattern family can be printed without internal support structure on a single-material 3D printer and can be used to fabricate objects with prescribed mechanical behavior. The family can be extended easily to create families of anisotropic patterns with target orthotropic properties.

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