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Whenever a YouTube channel hits certain subscription milestones, they are awarded a YouTube Play Button. You get a silver one at 100,000 subscribers, a gold one at 1,000,000, a diamond one at 10,000,000, and a customized Play Button upon reaching the seemingly unreachable 50,000,000 subscribers. The only problem with these Play Buttons is they aren’t…

Even with the massive convenience that digital fabrication technologies have afforded us, you’ve got to admire those who are actively keeping the primitive manufacturing arts alive. Sculpting, woodworking, and blacksmithing are just a few of the ancient crafts that still manage to draw the eye with their personalized, handcrafted looks — not to mention insane, mesmerizing…

Building a guitar is as much art as it is science, and chances are if you’re playing one, you’ve probably entertained the notion of making one of your own. While most all electric guitars are CNC milled (even those considered ‘handmade’), acoustics are a different story, consisting of a myriad of steps that range from…

A peek inside Prusa Research's operations should scare any wanna-be 3D printer startup [Source: 3DMN]

After watching a video of Prusa Research headquarters, it’s increasingly obvious that time is up for new 3D printer startups. The video, produced by 3D printing YouTube Channel 3DMN and appearing below, is an informal tour of the Prusa Research manufacturing site, where that company produces thousands of desktop 3D printers each and every month.…

Henry Segerman 3D Math

For many of us, math wasn’t exactly our strongest subject back in school; just as you’re beginning to grasp the concept of numbers, along come letters, symbols, and shapes to boggle your mind further. Suffice to say, we were lucky enough to pass the subject; but for the current and future generations, understanding 3D concepts…

Mokumono Bike Design

You may take it for granted (what with all the cars in your neighborhood), but a large percentage of the Netherlands population (27% to be exact) heavily rely on bikes for their day-to-day commute. So it’s pretty sad when you realize most bicycles in the country are manufactured overseas— effectively increasing their cost. Due to…

Pi Day may already be behind us (March 14th), but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the mathematical constant over the rest of the year. The Pi Bike is a fixed gear bicycle from the minds of Martijn Koomen and Tadas Maksimovas in collaboration with ideas company WE ARE Pi. Inspired by a pi…

Inspired by a phenomenon called emergence, a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties, artist Thomas Medicus recently turned his attention to creating a hand painted anamorphic sculpture that he calls the “Emergence Lab”. “On each side of the cube…

Although IKEA products have become synonymous with various levels of hackability (see here, here and here), the company has (unsurprisingly) been yet to celebrate the “IKEA Hack” movement under their own brand, at least until now. Back in 2013, the Swedish house wares giant started a project along with IDEO, Lund University’s School of Industrial…