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growth modeling device is an artwork by David Bowen which involves a system using lasers to scan an onion plant from one of three angles, which then creates a plastic model based on the information collected. The ...

growth modeling device

Tools

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Photo via My Public Domain Pictures Here are some great online resources, many in the public domain, for woodworkers. A favorite of mine is the classic Machinery's Handbook For Machine Shop and Drafting Room: "a ...

woodworkers resources

Resources

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Inspired by the paperduino, the cardboarduino is a physically larger version (with space for a 9V battery), designed by Allegheny College's faculty member Matt Jadud, as way to introduce students to the fundamentals of ...

the cardboarduino

Circuits, Paper, Techniques

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foldschool is website with free templates for making cardboard furniture for kids. The template patterns can be printed out with any printer. The designs are not only stable and extremely useful, but pretty cool looking ...

foldschool

Paper, Techniques

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bionic yarn is a 'new fabric made of recycled plastic bottles' (PET). I'm loving the great 'process' section on the website, explaining the extrusion process and how the fibers are spun together to make the ...

bionicyarn

Polymers, Textiles

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The OpenStructures project is an open and modular construction system where everyone designs for everyone on the basis of one shared geometrical grid: It is an ongoing experiment that wants to find out what happens if ...

OpenStructures :: everyone designs for everyone

Tools

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Open3DP's Recipes are a really nice resource for those interested in experimenting with different materials for 3D printing. There's a little bit of everything in there, from glass to porcelain to sugar. Open3dp is a ...

open3DP’s 3D printing recipes

Ceramics & Glass, Tools

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More interesting news from Stanford University's research on carbon nanotubes, via a Printed Electronics World article: Ordinary textiles could be transformed into batteries that hold up to three times more energy ...

cloth + ink + carbon nanotubes = battery

Conductive Materials, Textiles

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There's been a lot of buzz lately about homemade biodegradable plastic. I haven't tried it myself, but thought it would be useful to gather here some resources relating to these experiments: :: Above is a video by ...

resources for homemade bioplastic

Organic Materials, Polymers, Techniques

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Unfold has started printing with ceramics on a modified rapman. First results look amazing: We took some time to play around and get used to the dynamics of the clay print process. It was also time to step up (or ...

claystruder :: printing ceramics

Ceramics & Glass, Tools

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Pa++tern, created by Daito Manabe + Motoi Ishibashi, is a combination of an installation and an esoteric programming language for embroidery in which a series of industrial sewing machines are controlled by twiterers. ...

pa++ern :: an esoteric language for embroidery

Textiles, Tools

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Over at the Torvalds family blog, Linus has just written a really interesting post about helping his wife with a new computerised embroidery machine she got for Christmas. He talks about the problems with the ...

hacking embroidery machines

Textiles, Tools