4D Printing: Shapeshifting Architecture

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A team at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS has developed a new micro-scale printing method to create transformable objects. These “4D-printed” objects go a step beyond 3D printing to incorporate a fourth dimension–time.
The method was inspired by the way plants change shape over time in response to environmental stimuli. This orchid-shaped structure is printed with a hydro gel composite ink containing aligned cellulose fibrils, which enable an-isotropic swelling. A proprietary mathematical model developed by the team precisely predicts how the fibrils will swell in water. Continue reading

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Barcelona Mini Maker Fair 2016

Min Maker FaireMaker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth Continue reading

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Bitcoin TicrCube presented at Barcelona Mini Maker Fair

TicrCube_500pxInteresting project can be found this year at Barcelona Mini Maker fair 2016.
The purpose of the TicrCube is to display the current Bitcoin price in a local currency. Many Bitcoin enthusiasts (including ourselves) check the Bitcoin price several times per day online or via smartphone apps, but currently no dedicated device exists to do this effortlessly. The TicrCube is wireless and intended to stay at the user’s office desk or workstation, but it could brought along outdoors. The device connects to the local WiFi network or hotspot of the user, polls the Bitcoin price Continue reading

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