The Future is Now: Here’s what caught our eye at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

National, Product, Technology
Monday, January 18, 2016
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CES

(Courtesy CES)

This month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brought more than 170,000 attendees to visit over 3,600 exhibitors. Navigating a sea of similar tech products may seem overwhelming, but there are a few products to note within the realms of smart home technology, 3D printing, and electronics to improve one’s health.

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A giant 3D printer will replicate an ancient temple destroyed by ISIS

International, News, Preservation
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer. (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

Replicas of the entrance arch of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, will be recreated using a giant 3D printer for World Heritage Week in London and New York. Read More

Dreams bend into furniture with this Inception-style coffee table

(Courtesy Mousarris)

(Courtesy Mousarris)

The frontier-era drama The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, may have won best picture at last night’s Golden Globes, but it’s the actors’ 2010 mind-bending film Inception that has inspired some seriously cool (yet questionably practical) furniture.

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Learning from AMIE: a look into the future of 3d printing and sustainable energy management

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(image courtesy SOM)

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A high-performance building prototype which shares energy with a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle.

A cross-disciplinary team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have designed an innovative single-room building module to demonstrate new manufacturing and building technology pathways. The research project, named Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE), leverages rapid innovation through additive manufacturing, commonly known as ‘3d printing,’ to connect a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle to a high-performance building designed to produce, consume, and store renewable energy.
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On View> The Detroit Design Festival kicks off today

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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(Detroit Design Festival)

(Detroit Design Festival)

The Detroit Design Festival returns this year with 30 events and exhibits put together with contributions from dozens of architects and designers. The festival, which runs September 22–26, kicks off with “industry day,” featuring 3D printing demonstrations and a lecture by Stephen Hobbs titled “Defensive Architecture.” You can view a full schedule of the events here.

Two Words: 3D Chocolate

National, Technology
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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3d-hershey-kiss

(Courtesy The Hershey Company)

Chocolate purveyor Hershey has jumped onto the 3D printing bandwagon. While not as aesthetically ambitious as Nendo’s venture into custom sweets, there’s something to be said for remaining true to the iconic, albeit simple, kiss-shaped treat. Initial ventures took from a few minutes to more than an hour to print; if you’re really hankering for a chocolate fix, you might be better off grabbing a bag of the pre-fab variety.

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MIT’s new ‘MultiFab’ 3D printer breakthrough capable of molding 10 materials at once

Design, Technology
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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The Printer (left) and its productions (right) Courtesy MIT

The Printer (left) and its productions (right). (Courtesy MIT)

Soon, we might have 3D copy machines. Using powerful new technology, MIT’s latest 3D printer boasts, according to Russia Today, almost “human-free usability” which allows it to print “ready to use” objects comprising of up to ten different materials.

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Israeli fashion student Danit Peleg creates the world’s first 3D-printed ready-to-wear collection

Design, International, Technology
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Danit Peleg)

(Courtesy Danit Peleg)

Genius starts small: The world’s first 3D-printed fashion collection was created in the bedroom of a soon-to-be college grad. Starting with a less than rudimentary grasp of 3D printing, Israeli fashion student Danit Peleg rendered an entire ready-to-wear collection, initially feeding polyactic acid plastics (PLA) into a desktop 3D printer. However, the material proved brittle and inflexible, and for the next nine months Peleg cast around for an alternative.

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London skyline as battleground: Designers render 3D-printed chess pieces in the shape of iconic architecture

(Courtesy Skyline Chess)

(Courtesy Skyline Chess)

City skylines can seem at times like battlegrounds, with architects vying for superlatives of tallest, grandest, and bizarrest. Skyline Chess, founded by London-based designers Chris Prosser and Ian Flood, reimagines chess pieces as miniature models of the city’s landmark buildings.

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New robot technology by Dutch designer can 3D-print a steel bridge in mid-air over a canal

(Courtesy MX3D)

(Courtesy MX3D)

New to the list of job functions up for replacement by technology: bridge construction. Dutch designer Joris Laarman has founded MX3D, a research and development company currently tinkering with a never-before-seen 3D printer that can weld steel objects in mid-air.

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Florida International University to be the first arts and design college to launch a Makerbot Innovation Lab

(Courtesy MakerBot)

(Courtesy MakerBot)

With 3D printing becoming a major impetus in cultivating startup culture, Florida International University (FIU) is launching a MakerBot Innovation Lab, a 3,000-square-foot makerspace for students and community members to develop product ideas and conduct research. Set to be equipped with 30 state-of-the-art 3D printers and four 3D scanners, the space can serve up to 60 students at a time, with one 3D printer between every two work stations. The school bagged a $185,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build the facility.

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American Standard makes a splash with 3D-printed sculptural faucets as the brand turns 150

Design, International, Product
Thursday, July 2, 2015
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(Courtesy American Standard)

(Courtesy American Standard)

American Standard has debuted a series of high-end 3D-printed faucets evoking sculptural artwork. Formed by selective laser sintering, each design presents a creative play on the way water cascades from it. While faucets have long been prototyped using 3D deposition modeling, the plumbing and building product manufacturer claims that this series of luxury faucets is the first ready-for-market faucet wrought using powerful lasers.

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