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Update: see Joe's comment below with information about an open source filament extruder/recycler. Thanks Joe! If you haven't yet, check out this great blog post on recycling of 3D printing materials by i.materialise's ...

recycling 3D printing materials

Research

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The first edition of Botacon took place last weekend in Brooklyn. The lineup of speakers was impressive and made for one of the best conferences I've ever attended. But one materials-related presentation stood out. Mr. Kim ...

DIY printed semiconductors @ botacom

Conductive Materials, Techniques, Tools

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What is LumiNet? [caption id="attachment_4227" align="alignnone" width="270" caption="The LumiNet used in a wearable project for Girls' Day 2010"][/caption] LumiNet is a distributed physical computing framework, ...

LumiNet – an organic, interactive illumination network

Circuits

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Interesting article at The Japan Times :) TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science have found that an iron compound becomes superconductive — where electrical ...

wine is good for your superconductors

Conductive Materials, Organic Materials

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ghost dress grown from a vat of green tea Treehugger recently reported on BioCouture, a fashion research project based at Central Saint Martin's College in London and led by Suzanna Lee, which seeks to grow textiles ...

bio-couture :: green tea leather

Organic Materials, Textiles

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This is from quite some time ago, but a beautiful artwork from Philip Beesley called Hylozoic Soil which I saw at VIDA 11.0 last year. I just love the way he's used nitinol in the ...

hylozoic soil

Conductive Materials, Metal

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Here's an introductory video about polymorph- How to bend sheets of polymorph- How to add colour to ...

a few videos about polymorph..

Polymers, Techniques

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I keep thinking that even though we tend to use conductive fabric and other soft circuits materials mostly for wearables and such, there has to be much more to it than that. Ayman's drumsticks are a great of example of ...

conductive fabric drumsticks for capacitive devices

Conductive Materials, Techniques, Textiles

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I've learned that there are 3 main challenges in working with soft circuits. The first one is to create circuitry with materials that are almost always completely exposed: a lot of thought goes into the layout of the ...

connecting hardware & softwear on soft(er) circuits

Materials 101, Techniques, Textiles

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OSLOOM is is a project led by Margarita Benitez aimed at creating an open source electromechanical thread-controlled loom that will be computer controlled. It will include basic software allowing anyone to simply weave a ...

osloom :: an open source computer controlled loom

Textiles, Tools

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A great new service has just been launched called BioTorrents, which allows scientists to rapidly share their results, datasets, and software using the popular BitTorrent file sharing technology. Here's the abstract from ...

BioTorrents

Tools

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D-Shape, whose 3d printers are capable of fabricating amazing mega scale free-form building size models, are now working with the European Space Agency to create a 3d printer that can extrude within the moon's vacuum ...

3d printing with lunar dust

Ceramics & Glass