Monday, December 4th, 2017
Friday, October 21st, 2016
This is a rather lovely idea—a disc with eight rings, each marked with the position of a planet, the arrangement of which corresponds to a specific date.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
dConstruct 2015 podcast: Carla Diana
The dConstruct podcast episodes are coming thick and fast. The latest episode is a thoroughly enjoyable natter I had with the brilliant Carla Diana.
We talk about robots, smart objects, prototyping, 3D printing, and the world of teaching design.
And don’t forget to use the discount code ‘ansible’ when you’re buying your dConstruct ticket …because you are coming to dConstruct, right?
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
I know have a visualisation of my public data in the form of 3D-printed snowflake, thanks to Medaler.
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
3D printing an exoskeleton for a child with arthrogryposis — technology can be so fricking awesome!
Monday, February 6th, 2012
You think that Digital Rights Management is bad? What about Physible Rights Management?
Monday, January 30th, 2012
There’s definitely something stirring in the geek zeitgeist: something three-dimensional.
Tim Maly just published an article in Technology Review called Why 3-D Printing Isn’t Like Virtual Reality:
Something interesting happens when the cost of tooling-up falls. There comes a point where your production runs are small enough that the economies of scale that justify container ships from China stop working.
Meanwhile The Atlantic interviewed Brendan for an article called Why Apple Should Start Making a 3D Printer Right Now:
3D Printing is unlikely to prove as satisfying to manual labor evangelists as an afternoon spent with a monkey wrench. But by bringing more and more people into the innovation process, 3D printers could usher in a new generation of builders and designers and tinkerers, just as Legos and erector sets turned previous generations into amateur engineers and architects.
Every 3D printer should seamlessly integrate a 3D scanner, even if it makes the device cost much more. The reason is simple: If you set the expectation that every device can both input and output 3D objects, you provide the necessary fundamentals for network effects to take off amongst creators. But no, these devices are not “3D fax machines”. What you’ve actually made, when you have an internet-connected device that can both send and receive 3D-printed objects, is a teleporter.
Anil’s frustrations and hopes echo a white paper from 2010 by Michael Weinberg called It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology:
The ability to reproduce physical objects in small workshops and at home is potentially just as revolutionary as the ability to summon information from any source onto a computer screen.
But my favourite piece of speculation on where this technology could take us comes from Russell Davies. He gave an excellent talk as part of the BBC’s Four Thought series in which he talks not so much about The Internet Of Things, but The Geocities Of Things. I like that.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Anil shares his thoughts on where there’s room for improvement in 3D printing, or as he calls it, teleporting.
Monday, October 17th, 2011
Brendan is posting pictures of everything he fabs. Fab!
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
This may be one of the best pecha kuch— I mean, Ignite presentations I’ve ever seen.