Premiering next week at SXSW in Austin, Print the Legend is set to be the first non-YouTube documentary that focuses on the rise of the 3D Printing community and the stories we’ve come to read almost weekly that go with it. Featuring in-depth footage of 3D printing newsmakers ranging from Bre Pettis to Cody Wilson and Avi Reichental, the film looks to be similar to Objectified, albeit with a focus on ‘The Next Industrial Revolution’. If you’re heading down to Austin next week for the SXSW conference, there will be three screenings starting Sunday 03/09 at the Stateside Theater. Take a sneak-peek at the trailer after the jump…
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.
In case you didn’t catch our EngineerVsDesigner episode last year that featured BotObjects founders Mike Duma and Martin Warner discussing the development of their ProDesk3D full-color 3D printer, it was one of our most popular and most-commented episodes of all time…and for good reason. At the time, affordable full-color 3D printing was a relatively new concept…and the BotObjects guys lifted the bar pretty high only to later be met with skeptics, criticism, unfulfilled orders and a mountain of bad press. Released yesterday, this video shows the ProDesk3D in action…but with other 3D printers on the market that can print multiple materials as well as multiple colors, is the ProDesk3D too little, too late?
We’ve seen concepts for modular smartphones come and go in the past few years, but a lot of information was left up in the air…such as why would you even need one and how much would it cost? Yesterday Google announced that they will be hosting the first Project Ara Developers’ Conference in April that aims to educate the first round of developers how to modify the modular phone system. The LEGO-like phone will ship with little more than an exoskeleton base featuring a screen and WiFi radio with the option of adding various add-ons per your desire…to some degree leaving the task of the industrial designer, mechanical engineer and software developer in the hands of the end user.
Brought to you this week by Smoth Mealer’s mystery corn wrapped in a moist towelette topped with green peanut brittle, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Kick it!
We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where smart cars will drive themselves in rush hour traffic, a world where 3D printing is enabling the blind to experience outer space through touch…how do we find the next ‘big thing’? Maker Galaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making.
This week we talked with Inventor and All-Around Cool Guy Greg Mark, CEO and Founder of Markforged 3D printers. Greg has brought his knowledge of working with carbon fiber to bring us the world’s first carbon fiber 3D printer. We’ll talk with Greg about everything from how he assembled a world-class team to develop the product to how he thinks it’ll be used.
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 got so dang excited about a record release that our entire playlist is in celebration of the new album from Beck titled Morning Phase. So pull out your favorite sketchbook and markers or whatever other design task is at hand and enjoy this streaming new release from the Paper Tiger.
Currently accepting entries, the first Women in Industrial Design show is the first show aimed at bringing attention to the female industrial designer. The fact that this is the first industrial design show focused on female designers is both something to celebrate as well as something that makes you think “what took so long”? Some of the most critical contributions to design have come from women starting all the way back when the Damsels of Design helped Harley Earl bring interior trim, colors and female-friendly features into post-WW2 automobile design. Today, women such as Agnete Enga of Smart Design are filling the role of design director and leading critical design decisions with their female perspectives.
If you’re a female industrial designer or know of one, the IDSA-sponsored show is offering a free Call for Entry open to all US-based female industrial design students, enthusiasts, and professionals. For the final event, 15 designers from two categories (up+coming and professionals) will present their work that is either conceptual, in production, or anything in between. Link to entry PDF after the jump.