Few items can be found in a clothes closet that really do last forever–and the items that do last forever regularly end up being some of the most prized possessions in an individual’s closet–whether it’s a pair of boots that get resoled every year or a first business suit straight out of college. Barbour jackets rank up there as something that are still worn decades after their initial purchase. The Made in England brand recently released this ‘Making Of’ video that gives a sneak peak of what goes in to creating their timeless jackets.
We’ve seen some pretty unique desktop speaker designs come and go over the past few years ranging from Joey Roth’s Ceramic Speakers to the custom upcycled designs over at Soundpauli. However none of these designs use a 30,000 volt arc to ionize and compress thin air to play your sweet tunes…which is what the new ARC Plasma speaker kit from ExcelPhysics is all about!
Among one of the most iconic costumes in the history of Hollywood, the Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper costume has also been a significant inspiration for a variety of CMF directions. But how did the original and memorable design come to be? After being hired by George Lucas to help visualize the world of Star Wars back in 1975, concept designer Ralph McQuarrie took to his drawing and painting boards to create the very first Imperial Stormtrooper. In this product evolution from insane Star Wars memorabilia site StarWarsHelmets.com, we get a behind the scenes look of how one of film’s most memorable costumes went from a sketch to a final product.
If you’ve ever been to a sushi restaurant, chances are you’ve come in contact with the all-natural decorative and protective coating known as Urushi. Sourced from Urushi trees, this ‘natural wonder’ material was first used as an adhesive when making spears and arrows back in the stone age. Today, the liquid is applied to everything from wood and metal to cloth and ceramics. Once dry, the liquid becomes a hard and durable coating that waterproofs and protects objects from mold, mildew, and weathering. In this inspiring video from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kishida, we get a look behind the scenes of the incredible amount of detail and patience that goes into the craft.
Where the soft calls of ocean mammals meet carefully extruded polycarbonate plastic, high-performing and beautiful surfboard fins are born. Boardshaper Roy Stuart has combined two things that will save the world: biomimicry and 3D printing.
Most surfers these days ride with three fin, or ‘thruster,’ setups. Thruster fins offer a good balance of performance and stability. Some use two fins, which is less stable and more maneuverable and typically used only in small water. Beginners, long boarders, and folks that like retro equipment use single fin setups. Offering much greater stability, single fins also limit performance significantly. To get a sense of the difference between thruster and single-fin performance, imagine a ‘70s surf video of riders smoothly flowing along a wave, and then contrast that with modern surfers shredding the heck out of it. That difference is due, in part, to the better performance of thruster fins.
Having received nearly 11 million views, the popular ‘Dipping my Hand in Carbon Fiber Film’ YouTube video from El Paso Powder Coating has surely inspired many to take a deeper look into the mesmerizing process of water transfer printing. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before the process worked its way over to the 3D printing circuit and French 3D printing company Le Fab Shop is the first to post on it. In their video, Le Fab Shop president Bertier Luyt uses a DIY hydropgraphic kit that he found online to add a pattern to a pair of 3D printing shoes.
Well, rock my 3D printed socks off. The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo is coming back to NYC! Who woulda thought? I mean, last year it only shook the lower foundation of the Javits Convention Center. If you were there, you know it was a great conference and if you go this year, you’ll experience the biggest show yet. They’ve got a day of workshops on April 2nd, a new Maker Summit and Pavilion, more speakers, and bigger exhibitions all jam-packed into three days of 3D printing bliss. And, we’ve got a discount code especially for SolidSmack readers.
It sounded like Santa was on his way at SolidWorks World 2014… at all times. Santa wasn’t delivering overly packed innovative tech and software, but the I.D. badges everyone wore rang out that signature sound. The way the lanyard connected to the badge holder was with two loosely fitted stamped sheet metal parts. The result – constant jingling and jangling all day long. When one would sit in a quiet room for a talk or a session, the slightest movement would set off a cacophony of clinking that was momentarily as loud as the speaker. The only place it wasn’t much of an issue was at the general assemblies, where loud music and a bellowing sound system drowned out everything, including the groans of all the middle management physiques. It was a problem that needed to be engineered away, and quick. So, I set out to create a solution–THE BADGE SILENCER.
Perhaps it’s a little too early to be expecting an onslaught of hacks made from ‘discarded 3D printer parts’, but we’ll take them as they come. Using standard RepRap 3D Printer parts, Air Hockey Robot creator/madman Jose Julio has created the ultimate Air Hockey DIY project that will certainly put to use those air hockey skills you developed at the video arcade during those breaks from Cruisin’ USA.
There are a lot of questions we can ask when contemplating the possibilities of 3D printing. Can we 3d print a giant mechanical panther suit that enhances our agility? Will we be able to 3d print small mechanical panther suits to fit on squirrels for tournament squirrel battles? Pretty much anything having to do with 3d printed panther suits is a quandary. Perhaps something more practical would be this question. How many mechanical elements can we 3d print using the FDM process in an assembled state? Are the gears turning yet? Because they’re about to be, quite literally. Danny Tasmakis turned that question into reality with a working, 3d printed, fully-assembled, old-school, way cool, windup clockwork motor featuring four gears, a ratchet element with thumb wheel and a spiral spring.