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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

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Here's a very interesting article from physorg.com on spray-on liquid glass: Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as ...

spray-on liquid glass

Ceramics & Glass

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I just found an interesting 'Technical Note' authored by Western Research Laboratory (WRL), a research group that was founded by Digital Equipment Corporation in 1982. 'Characterization of Organic Illumination ...

electroluminescence in pickles

Organic Materials, Techniques

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I just had a delivery of some Electroactive Polymer (EAP) to experiment with. EAP changes shape when voltage is applied, making it a great material for actuators or sensors. I found a great reference which lists ...

diy eap

Polymers, Techniques

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This happened back in 2008, but Daniel Burd, a 16-year-old school student, developed a way to make plastic bags degrade faster, achieving 43 per cent degradation within six weeks. Using ordinary household chemicals, yeast ...

plastic not fantastic

Polymers

Tinkercell is a computer-aided design (CAD) tool for synthetic biology. According to New Scientist, the package has a library of the components of life, from which users can pick different cells, membrane proteins, ...

TinkerCell

Tools