Fabrication prototyping tech from the HPI Human Computer Interaction Lab is a computerized tapegun that can produce 3D forms to help visualize objects in spaces:

Protopiper is a computer aided, hand-held fabrication device that allows users to sketch room-sized objects at actual scale. The key idea behind protopiper is that it forms adhesive tape into tubes as its main building material, rather than extruded plastic or photopolymer lines. Since the resulting tubes are hollow they offer excellent strength-to-weight ratio, thus scale well to large structures. 

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‘54 Chevy Bel Air at Hot Rods At Point View. Looking so fine!
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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!


Incremental Forming

Video from Robots in Architecture documents a workshop session exploring digital fabrication form using an industrial robot and sheets of plastic:

During this highly experimental workshop we explored the potential of incremental forming of plastic in an architectural context. Over a week-long workshop we went at the very limits of both material and machine, finetuning the fabrication strategies in the process. All final exhibits were designed by the participants themselves within Grasshopper and KUKA|prc. The relative high speed of the process allowed us to iterate very quickly, using parametric programming to quickly react on and improve on the result of the previous experiment. 



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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Typed while listening to: Complètement fou by Yelle

Today i’m bringing you some concrete realness at 6am; can I get an amen.


Thank you.

I’m not really sure when it happened, but i’m not upset about it. My love for dope concrete applications and technology came SOMETIME in my third year of college. I was looking for opportunities to light a space from above using a translucent material. Translucent concrete was an option, but eh, I went with an epoxy floor because it’s fucking design school.

EQUITONE is a new architectural façade material line by the company ETEX. EQUITONE is a 3D shaped, fiber cement facade material that plays with light and shadow. Each style of panel is non-combustible and has a life expectancy wayyy over 50 years. The rainscreen facades you are able to construct with EQUITONE are thin and lightweight, but still extremely durable.

ETEX developed both front-face and back fastening options have been specifically developed for EQUITONE [linea]. Fortunately all EQUITONE fiber cement materials can be perforated, printed or sanded. Fixing a panel sounds pretty simple too, some repair methods include riveting, screwing, or gluing and invisible mechanical fixing on metal or wood supporting frames.

EQUITONE [pictura] comes in a large number of standard colors and special color matched project colors. Every EQUITONE panel is a unique one, displaying the raw and untreated texture of the core fiber cement material. This product can be manufactured as pretty large panels (Maxing out at 10’x4’) and in almost any shape, plus this can be done in the workshop or on site.

The EQUITONE [Natura] material combines the visible fibre matrix texture with a smooth, matt surface finish. EQUITONE [natura] comes in a large number of through colored variations, ranging from cream white (N154) to deep anthracite (N251).

EQUITONE [tectiva] comes in 6 through colored variants, ranging from bright white (TE90) to deep anthracite (TE80).

Hope you guys found this as cool as I did! See you next week <3

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Doubts surface on North Korea’s role in Cheonan ship sinking

… U.S. academics have joined the chorus of skepticism, holding a news conference this month in Tokyo to voice their suspicions about the “smoking gun:” a piece of torpedo propeller with a handwritten mark in blue ink reading “No. 1” in Korean.

“You could put that mark on an iPhone and claim it was manufactured in North Korea,” scoffed one of the academics, Seunghun Lee, a professor of physics at the University of Virginia.

Lee called the discovery of the propeller fragment five days before the government’s news conference suspicious. The salvaged part had more corrosion than would have been expected after just 50 days in the water, yet the blue writing was surprisingly clear, he said.

“The government is lying when they said this was found underwater. I think this is something that was pulled out of a warehouse of old materials to show to the press,” Lee said. [X]

The outer surface of the torpedo propulsion unit that was found was greatly corroded, presumably because the coat of paint that would have protected the metal had been burnt off during the explosion. The paint burn-off and resulting metal corrosion are consistent with a high heat explosion commonly found in bombs and torpedoes. And yet the blue ink marking of Hangul – “1bǒn” in Korean – remains intact despite the fact that ink has a lower boiling point, typically around 150 degrees in Celsius, than paint does – typically 350 degrees Celsius – and thus the ink marking should have burnt away just like the outer paint. Our simple estimates suggest that the torpedo would have been subjected to heat of at least 350 degrees Celsius and quite likely over 1000 degrees, high enough to burn the paint and thus the ink as well. This inconsistency – the high heat tolerant paint was burnt but the low heat tolerant ink was not – cannot be explained and casts serious doubt on the integrity of the torpedo as “critical evidence.” [X]

First, if one thinks sensibly, the “No. 1” mark could be written by South Koreans as well, and thus it would not be taken as evidence by a court of a democratic society. Even the JIG have denied its evidentiary validity; their own chemical analysis concluded that the ingredient of the blue ink was “Solvent Blue 5” that had been patented by a South Korean company, Monami, and they said that it cannot be traced to North Korea. [X]

Ted Cruz Busted On Secret Tape Admitting That His Core Positions Are Fake
In a secret recording, Ted Cruz admitted that he doesn't really believe what he is trying to sell to Republican voters and that if elected president, a Cruz administration would not fight same-sex marriage. He also backed off of his positions on issues like abortion and common core.

“ … Hold on to your hats, because it turns out that Ted Cruz plays fast and loose with the truth. … “

“ … Ted Cruz’s top priority has always been advancing his own career, so it isn’t much of a surprise that the positions that he is selling Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina aren’t the same as what he is telling people behind closed doors. … “