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30 MARCH 2014

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

"At the centre of the process is the KamerMaker, or Room Builder, a scaled–up version of an open–source home 3D–printer, developed with Dutch firm Ultimaker. It uses the same principle of extruding layers of molten plastic, only enlarged about 10 times, from printing desktop trinkets to chunks of buildings up to 2x2x3.5m high.

For a machine–made material, the samples have an intriguingly hand–made finish. In places, it looks like bunches of black spaghetti. There are lumps and bumps, knots and wiggles, seams where the print head appears to have paused or slipped, spurting out more black goo than expected.

'We're still perfecting the technology,' says Heinsman. The current material is a bio–plastic mix, usually used as an industrial adhesive, containing 75% plant oil and reinforced with microfibres. They have also produced tests with a translucent plastic and a wood fibre mix, like a liquid form of MDF that can later be sawn and sanded. 'We will continue to test over the next three years, as the technology evolves,' she says. 'With a second nozzle, you could print multiple materials simultaneously, with structure and insulation side by side.'"

(Oliver Wainwright, 28 March 2014, The Guardian)

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20143D printing • 3D-printed house • Amsterdamarchitecture • biodegradable materials • black spaghetti • brickbuilding process • canal • canal house • computer-controlled gantry • contour crafting • cyberarchitecturedesign futuresdigital fabricationdigital forming • Dus Architects • dwellingfabrication • gable • honeycomb lattice • honeycomb structurehouse • housebuilding • housing • Janjaap Ruijssenaars • KamerMake • lattice • liquorice • machine-made material • made on-demandmanufacturingMDFmobius stripnew crafts • novelty technology • oozingplant oilplastic • plastic facade • print structures • printingrapid manufacturing • Room Builder • synthetic sandstone • technological developmentsThe Guardian • treacle • Ultimaker • wood fibre

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Linda Carroli
12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Phone Bloks: user customisation through modular design

"Phone components all sharing a common purpose. You may be wondering if is really possible to design and manufacture a modular blok phone cost effectively? We believe it is, and we are asking for your support so that you can be directly involved in making this project a reality. Check out the incredible ideas we're working on in the PhoneBloks video, and think about how this would change your future cell phone upgrade plans."

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2013block • blok phone • brickcell phonecomponent systemcrowdfundingcustomisable • customisation • Dave Hakken • design responsibilitydisposable consumptionflexible designs • interchangeable parts • KickstarterLEGOmodular designmodular structuremodular systemmodularity in designpartphone • Phone Bloks • phone upgrade • PhoneBloks • planned obsolescenceproduct designradical innovationrecombinantreconstructive modelreplacementsmartphonesocial enterprisespeculative designstart-up businesssustainable design principlestechnology innovationtransformable • upgrade • upgrade plans • user customisation

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Simon Perkins
19 MARCH 2010

Siftables: cookie-sized interactive computers

"Siftables are our first product: sets of cookie–sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication. ...

Siftables act in concert to form a single interface: users physically manipulate them–piling, grouping, sorting–to interact with digital information and media. Siftables provide a new platform on which to implement tangible games."

(Sifteo Inc.)

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2010applied research • Brent Fitzgerald • brickbusinesscommercialisation • David Merrill • devicedisplay deviceentertainmententrepreneurshipgestureHCIindustrial designinteractioninteraction designinteractive toyinterface • Jeevan Kalanithi • MITMIT Media LabNational Science Foundation • Siftables • Sifteo • tangibletangible computing • tangible games • technologyTED Talkstoyusabilityvisualisation

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Simon Perkins
09 NOVEMBER 2004

25 Second LittleVision

LittleVision is the Hotpants display device modified so that it can play 25–seconds of video. We record the video using a webcam and special software developed by Justin Manor. Then the video is compressed and burned directly onto the PIC microcontroller onboard the Hotpants display, making it a self–contained video brick.

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25 second • blockbrickcubedevice • Hotpants • LED • LittleVision • low-definition screenMITMIT Media Labnarrativestorytechnologytoyvisualisationwebcam
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