Been tinkering with some science fiction-inspired car designs in your spare time? Local Motors has just announced their 3D Printed Car Design Challenge with $10,000 in prize money if you think you might have the next great 3D printed car idea. Also known as the Direct Digital Manufactured Vehicle (DDMV), the challenge aims to eliminate the expensive tooling process in bringing a car from a napkin sketch to the road. If you’ve been waiting to let your inner-Daniel Simon out, this just might be the perfect opportunity to put those crazy ideas out there.
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Released in 1950–and still just as relevant today as it was nearly 65 years ago–the classic Eames Shell chair was the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair. While the original design has gone through countless iterations (an example of Charles and Ray’s ode to constantly refining details), the general gist of the original design still stands with us today. Herman Miller ceased production of the fiberglass-reinforced models in the 1990′s due to sustainability reasons, however the company went back in time recently for an Instagram campaign to show us just how Charles and Ray managed to produce ‘the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair’.
This week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new face-smack of great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days. This week we’ve put together some music discussed by former Talking Heads frontman and overall smart-guy David Byrne in his book How Music Works–certainly a book worth checking out if you care about music. We’ll start with ‘Wenlega – a Mossi Dance’ and work our way through a wide variety of iconic music ranging from The Sugarhill Gang and U2 to Nancy Sinatra and of course…Talking Heads.
Brought to you this week by two cyclops mamas fighting over an ancient bowl of frost dragon soup, be sure to check out the all new episode of Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff! By the way, we love our SolidSmack readers! Have something cool you’ve come across and want to share it on SolidSmack? Don’t hide it in your neck skin! Send it on in to email@example.com. Kick it!
We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where DIY means creating smartphone apps and connected devices, a world where building robots can be as easy as copying and pasting, how do we find the next big thing? MakerGalaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making.
This week we talked with Ms. Ti Chang, founder of the upcoming Women in Industrial Design Show 2014 coming up this June in San Francisco. The show aims to highlight some of the best designs that female industrial designers are doing today ranging from seasoned professionals to talented up and comers. We’ll talk with Ti about everything from how she went from designing consumer goods to creating her own company, how females might approach the design process differently than men, as well as everything you need to know about the upcoming Women in ID show.
By now a lot of people have had ‘great ideas’ for connected devices that up until now would have required weeks of research and development and a healthy dose of perseverance. While one could certainly test their ideas on a Raspberry Pi or other development board, the overall physical size prohibited creating anything wearable. New company MetaWear aims to change all of that and rapidly speed up development time with their newly-released ARM+Bluetooth LE platform that is barely the size of a quarter. Currently on Kickstarter for $30, it just might be the perfect weekend project kit to pair with your 3D printer.
Ever since the original GoPro hit the extreme sports world in 2007 (2004 if you include 35mm), the footage of adrenaline junkies going faster, higher and getting more creative has been a whirlwind of fun for those of us who might not have the cajones to surf 50 foot waves or do triple backflips on a mountain bike over a canyon. Thanks to advancements in video quality in the past few years, the amount of creative uses for the compact GoPro has been seemingly endless and the latest viral GoPro-filmed hit takes us on a ride around the popular spherical panoramas (aka ‘Tiny Planets’)…all thanks to a little help from a 3D printer.
This week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new face-smack of great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days. This week we’re sitting down and having cherry pie with David Lynch (okay maybe not literally, but we can pretend) with some Twin Peaks-inspired music. We’ll start with ‘Bridge’ from Amon Tobin and work our way through some Bobby Vinton, Chris Isaak, Dirty Beaches and others before wrapping up with ‘Summer Wine’ from Nancy Sinatra.
Since they came on the scene around a year ago, botObjects and their ProDesk3D 3D printer have been criticized, ridiculed and threatened due to controversial product renderings, failed shipments, and lackluster customer service. There was even a Twitter account created for those who pre-ordered a ProDesk3D to vent their frustrations. Well, in an effort to make good with the design and making community, founders Martin Warren and Mike Duma are back on the scene with the ProDesk3D and it’s ready to ship. They even came out to show off the printer at last week’s Inside 3D Printing event in New York City. We had a quick talk with them to see where they’re at with the printer, how they’ve been dealing with the frustrations and negative feedback, as well as what we can expect from the company in the next year.
With an impressive portfolio consisting of objects ranging from furniture and lighting to watches and even ‘laptop luggage’, the team of industrial designers, researchers and engineers over at Benjamin Hubert Ltd. are regularly nominated for design awards both in their native Britain as well as internationally. Working specifically with the goal of creating a sustainable alternative to traditional large upholstered furniture, their Pod chair is designed to create acoustical privacy in large shared spaces including offices and hotel lobbies. Using just a thin sheet of molded recycled PET-coated felt and a wood base, the team has created a unique chair design that’s not only comfortable but also functional. In this video from the award-winning product design firm, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how they made it all happen.