Mini Museum project creator Hans Fex comes off like the kind of guy you might want to talk to at a party: he’s a bit on the eccentric side, knows a thing or two about history, and has spent his teenage and adult years developing a museum that you can carry in your pocket. Well, the concept has finally hit the production line in three different sizes of resin blocks that contain everything from lunar rock to dinosaur egg and pieces of the Titanic to mummy wrapping. Billed as a portable learning learning tool–and not to mention a great conversational piece for a coffee table–the museum is currently flying of the shelf with a limited quantity available starting at $99 for the small size.
Long, drawn into the side of a cheek that was five inches of skin atop 20 inches of muscles. How many hits does it take to break a capillary in a giant of that size? It would have taken years if we hadn’t made it to the green–a lush landscape of vegetation and underground beasts known as Magellan Spikes. They could penetrate the skin, and did, lured out only with the Orb of Time and these links.
Simon Scales – Oz based cg artist with a knack for absorbing the outer layer of your soul into his rich, detailed environments.
Prog fonts – A group of highly legible fonts that are easy on eyes of any programmer soaking in the long, dry dark of the computer screen.
Rivver – Every person and every eye is shown behind a surface in 25 portraits of 25 stories about 25 people in 3 minutes, 8 seconds.
Dylan Toh – I’m not much for landscape photography, but Dylan could change my mind, capturing the serene, surreal and the exotic.
Dexter/Justice – If you know Dexter’s Laboratory and Justice music, you know this is just about the perfect mash-up.
Zim & Zou – Paper art sculptures from vitamins and food to birds and monsters. The colors they use just make it even better.
Deharme – A great set of Photoshop brushes that will help you add that extra little effect to your otherwise unbrushed work.
Wild Enough – a description of your upcoming weekend and also the name of this S-VHS delivered music video from Neighbors.
Last time we talked with Daniel Simon, we were at the Autodesk CAVE conference in Las Vegas this past December where he was explaining how he finds inspiration for his futuristic vehicle concept art. Between both his own personal projects and various concept design for films such as Oblivion, Tron, and Captain America, he is far from being bored these days. His latest project however brings his signature classic car-meets-spaceship aesthetic to the real world with the C-01 Superbike for Lotus.
From DIY PVC Marshmallow Shooters to LEGO Mindstorm Kits, young makers who have a passion for making things have quite the gamut of options these days. Despite the lack of wood shop and other ‘hands-on’ classes in school that their parents and grandparents might have taken back in the day, the amount of options for creating products—either as simple as a wooden car or as complex as an Arduino robot—is growing every year. This past week we stopped by the International Toy Fair in NYC (the largest toy fair ever on record as a matter of fact) to see what is trending and/or coming out on the market later this year for the next generation of industrial designers, mechanical engineers, and Makers of all kinds.
With no signs of slowing down (and currently hiring up the wazzoo), MakerBot extended their reach further into the university system last week with the opening of the very first MakerBot Innovation Center at the SUNY campus in Upstate New York. Perhaps they couldn’t have chosen a better school either: the SUNY campus in New Paltz, NY is just a quick drive up the scenic Hudson River from the industrial Brooklyn MakerBot Factory and is one of a few schools on the East Coast that offers a program specific to Digital Design and Fabrication. We stopped by the grand opening last week to check out what exactly a ‘MakerBot Innovation Center’ is and could it possibly be a prelude to the ‘school computer lab’ of the near future?
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 our playlist is taking a more relaxed direction in the case that you need to calm some wigged-out nerves. We’ll start with some Alan Feinberg and work our way through some Maasaki Suzuki, Lara Downes, Nadia Sirota, and others before wrapping up with some Daniel Hope.
When there were two of them, that’s when it got scary. We climbed. We climbed for what seemed four or five days. Both of them, at our feet, escaping appearance beneath the fog. All of them, their growls, their fur, their tentacles we would have the opportunity to slice off when our hands were not gripping the rock face. All of them, their growls and even more unnerving, these links.
Glennray Tutor – It’s not a photo. “Of course it’s a photo.” No, no it’s not. The wonderful color and photrealism of Glennray Tutor.
The Adventurists – Possibly the third or fourth best site on the internets. The latest tells all about the mongol derby.
Torggler Doors – They’re doors. Or are they works of art? Or are they both. He makes doors that seem to defy gravity and shows how they work. via. Thanks Butch.
Wrist woes – You’re probably using your mouse all wrong. This little tidbit from 99u shows you how it’s suppose to be done for pete’s sake.
Kendama Samurai – You may hear about it here for the first time and see it as well. This is a portrait of Iijima Hiroki, Kendama Samurai.
PolyFauna – New trippy app from Radiohead. Move around to look around. You can follow the red dot. You can get it on iOS and Android.
Waste of Time – Random music video intensity of the week. Mø with lots of head bops, a chainsaw, a painted house, a boa constrictor, a chair on fire and hair. Action packed.
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.