NitroCision : Cut Anything, Including TNT

March 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials, Technology | No Comments »

NitroJetâ„¢, originally created to cut radioactive materials, is now available through NitroCisionâ„¢. Although similar water jets (ex. Flow Int.), this method involves directing cold liquid nitrogen at high pressures which evaporates upon contact, leaving the slice without any secondary residue. Even unstable materials like TNT can be cut with CNC precision without having it blow up in your face. Alternatively, the same non-residual method could be used to remove surface materials by switching the liquid nitrogen to high temperatures and low pressures.

via SA

Nature's Origami

March 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | 1 Comment »

Dr. Koryo Miura’s extremely efficient folding pattern, the Miura-Ori, has been used widely for applications in need of folding with efficiency. A recent report from Dr. Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan of Harvard shows it’s something nature has been doing all along.

via NY Times
Thanks, Neil.

Reversacol : Photochromic Dye

March 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Fabrication Tech, Materials, Products | No Comments »

Reversacol, the latest in photochromic dyes comes from James Robinson, offering a line of vibrant colors and possible combinations with other sensitive dyes such as thermochromics.

Inflatable Concrete Shelter

March 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Design, Fabrication Tech | 5 Comments »

William Crawford and Peter Brewin, inventors of Inflatable Concrete, an inflatable pouch of cement-impregnated cloth, have been picking up a considerable amount of press for their ‘building in a bag’ concept. The idea has enormous potential for disaster relief situations. Let’s just hope their patent doesn’t impede it’s widespread implementation.

via Wired

Ned Kahn : Revealing Nature

March 13th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Fabrication Tech | No Comments »

Ned Kahn‘s work captures and reveals the beautiful patterns of nature all around us. Brilliant!

‘My artworks frequently incorporate flowing water, fog, sand and light to create complex and continually changing systems. Many of these works can be seen as “observatories” in that they frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena.’

Nanosolar : Printing Photovoltaic Sheets

March 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Nanotech, Products, Sustainability | 7 Comments »


Nanosolar Inc. claims to have broken several barriers to ubiquitous solar energy.  Their manufacturing process consists of printing nano-scaled solar-cell layers, bypassing the traditionally expensive vacuum methods yet meeting and in some cases, exceeding industry standards.  Major claims include a 3 week payback time and lightweight flexible panels.

Corrugated Cardboard Mania

March 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Building Tech, Fabrication Tech, Materials, Products, Sustainability | 1 Comment »

Recycling cardboard is so 90’s. Reuse it! Make some furniture, a boat, a robot or a house!

Cardboard Folders | Designboom’s cardboard folding chairs competition

Recycle Robot
| Dan Paluska’s 90% recycled cardboard robot.

Box Doodle | Cardboard art

[retur] Design Sweden | cardboard furniture

The Cardboard House | A $35,000 house by Stutchbury + Pape and Col James

Paper Loghouse |
Shigeru Ban’s cardboard emergency shelter (more on Shigeru Ban)

Everything Corrugated
| A collection of links to more cardboard projects.

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Chicken Feather Composites

February 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Materials, Products, Sustainability | No Comments »

Richard Wool, at the University of Delaware, has a proposal to use the yearly 5 billion pounds of wasted chicken feathers in the United States to make an assortment of commercial materials from circuit boards to light weight carbon fiber.

The Forest Products Laboratory is also looking into using chicken feathers as an alternative to MDF (medium density fiberboard), which is currently made by a process of mixing wood fiber (wood cells), resin, and heat. (EcoComp report pdf)

via Washington Post | Wired

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Origami Mathematics

February 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | No Comments »

Erik Demaine’s explorations into folding and mathematics have produces some astounding results that may inform future fabrication techniques. The majority of today’s fabrication industry has been streamlined into production from flat stock. Demaine’s methods of folding to produce intricately curved, non-deformational surfaces could provide answers to fabricators seeking to move beyond flat sheets without having to invent a completely new mode of fabrication.

More from Dermaine’s site.

via NY Times

Related : Morphogenomics

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Universal machines : Computational Architecture

February 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Computing, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | No Comments »

Pratt Institute is holding an all day symposium on Thursday, 02/17/2005, exploring the future of computing and architecture. If you are in the New York area and have the slightest interest in the future of architecture technologies (built and unbuilt), you should get your ass on the G-train and attend! The speakers include some of the most cutting edge thinkers in the fields of architecture and mathematics covering topics ranging from algorithmic fabrication, biomimicry to genomic, genetic and quantam issues in architecture. (Image from Dazzle Topologies / RE.ptile, Evan Douglis)

Description : Exploring the relationship between architecture and computing with a focus on universality.

Universality implies the ability of computers to emulate divergent and multivalent processes that are not possible given the fixed parameters of classical machines. The symposium will attempt to open up futures in computing and architecture that have been stalled by the singular proliferation of narrow formalist tropes. Computing offers architecture an unprecedented opportunity to invent new forms and practices.

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