Grow, ferrofluid and robotic

A nice creative process mixing kinect motion tracking abilities, robotic, sculpting and ferrofluid, allowing creator to 3d sculpt an object in air.

Xavier MONTOY Guillaume ANDRE / FablLab-ENSCI

Le projet Grow a pour but de permettre au plus grand nombre de prendre part à la création d’un objet. Grâce à Kinect, l’utilisateur n’a plus besoin de maîtriser les outils de conception traditionnels (logiciels 3D…) et peut prendre part a la conception de son objet à travers une expérience nouvelle : modeler la matière grâce à un simple geste.

L”utilisateur modèle son objet à la manière d’un paysage, jouant sur les reliefs et les piques générés lors de ses mouvements.
Le robot réinterprète cette esquisse pour en faire une pièce rendue unique par la dichotomie existante entre la précision du robot et l’aléatoire du magnétisme.
Le procédé mis au point permet à l’objet de se mettre en forme comme par magie devant les yeux du spectateur. La matière s’élève dans les airs, semble défier la gravité et génère des arborescences minérales donnant vie à une curiosité issue d’un rapport étroit entre l’humain et la machine…

Are Audio handmade speakers

Are Audio is a handcrafted boutique speaker manufacturer based out of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Are Audio speakers are produced by the pair, allowing for the utmost attention to detail. As well, it allows for the aesthetic of speaker to be completely customized to suit your taste. You choose the hardwood, and the colour, too.
Visit for more information.

wood 3d printing, kind of ….

Kaipa has created a partially wooden filament for 3D printers. Called LAYWOO-D3, the stuff is 40% recycled wood with the rest of it being a binding polymer.Well it smells and feels like wood at least , unique ability to print with wood alike amterial with tree rings. ( thanks core 77)

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Glass Snowboard : tempering curved glass

For this month’s episode, Signal Snowboards’ Founder Dave Lee leaves the factory to travel across the sea to an Italian glass factory to create a handmade glass snowboard—the most delicate build to date! The glass snowboard is cut, pressed, tempered, and ever so carefully transported to the slopes. Signal Snowboards Italian team rider Giorgio “Iannino” Morell takes it for the all important test ride at Abetone ski resort in Tuscany. See how this glass artwork performs under pressure—will it slide or shatter?
Check back every third Thursday of the month for another custom snowboard build from Signal Snowboards.

volvo FH trucks : combining shape, function and identity

Truck design is about much more than just picking out attractive colours and shapes. Behind the new, safer, larger and more ergonomically optimised Volvo FH lies a significant design challenge. “Coming up with solutions where design and function go hand in hand was one of our most important tasks,” says Rikard Orell, Design Director at Volvo Trucks. Here you can learn more about the challenging design process behind the new Volvo FH.

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nike innovator :Mike Friton

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results.

Marc Maingard guitars: Making Trees Sing Again

“It’s like taking a magical tree that has been cut down and killed, but it lives. It still lives, the pores of the wood are still shifting, and drying, and changing. It’s almost as though the tree has a chance to sing again, with the wind blowing through its branches again.”
– Marc Maingard

A brief look into the life and profession of one of the top five luthiers in the world. Marc Maingard, a born and bread South African, shares some of his secrets and philosophies that have helped him become one of the most talented artists in his trade. With over 40 years of experience as both a musician and a guitar maker Marc has gained world-wide recognition and praise for his one of a kind guitars, tailor made to fit each individual player.

Special thanks to Marc Maingard for his time and patience.

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Music: Explosions in the Sky – Human Qualities
Produced & Directed by Katey Lee Carson

Filmed by Meekaaeel Adam, Jared Paisley
Edited by Jared Paisley


Moiré is an enquiry into material and process.

My interest lies in where craft processes lie in contemporary design. In this project I have subverted one of the oldest crafts in existence, the coiling of clay, by automating the process using an extruding machine. Once fired this uniform layered construct of ceramic produces startling results, the ceramic actually behaves like a spring.

The dip dying process is again another process not usually associated with ceramics, however I found that the porosity of the work lended itself to absorbing colour. The piece is of no practical function but demonstrates how, once put under different conditions, we can still cause a material to behave completely unexpectedly.

Creative Direction → Sam Brennan
Cinematography → Jack Tompkins

Day Glo, fluorescent pigment factory

DayGlo Color Corp. factory to learn how they make the famous fluorescent paints that light up traffic cones, black light posters, hula-hoops and so much more. In the 1950’s, DayGlo founders Bob and Joe Switzer developed a unique pigment production process that led to a boom in their fluorescent paint business and, more recently, earned their company a 2012 ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark. Check out the video to learn what makes fluorescent colors so vivid and get an inside look at how pigments and dyes are made at DayGlo’s colorful factory.

Video by Kirk Zamieroski
Produced by the American Chemical Society

Flamenca, the flamenco guitar

Pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work, condensed in a 3 minute film. The new episode from the series ‘The Art of Making’, titled ‘Alma Flamenca’, is available for you to enjoy.

The ‘Art of Making’ series of films, aspires to display and highlight certain people, which go against the spirit of today’s pessimism and desperation. They dare to dream and create with zeal and imagination. Armed with passion for knowledge and emotion, they attempt to combine the precision of science with the elegance and resourcefulness of art. We thank them wholeheartedly for their contribution.

Visit Lazarides Guitars

Multi-Axis Laser Cutting & Welding

Superior Joining Technologies, Inc. in Machesney Park, Illinois is pleased to begin offering the service of Multi-Axis, Laser Machining and Welding to our region with the recent purchase of the 5000 watt TRULASER CELL 7040 from Trumpf, Inc.

With a working range of 13 feet X, 5 feet Y, and 30 in the Z axis, and maximum simultaneous axis speeds of 98 inches per second, it is the most advanced system of its kind in the Midwest, with the ability to construct a cutting and welding program from a CAD model, greatly reducing required setup times The use of its integrated rotary axis also makes processing of tubular components highly efficient.

Visit Superior Joining Technologies on the web at for more information on processes and capabilities.

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New Balance’s 577 Farmers’ Market shoes

The film follows the step-by-step manufacturing process for a pair of New Balance’s 577 Farmers’ Market shoes. Inspired by Farmers’ markets from around the UK, these limited edition shoes live up to their name and celebrate all that is British.

New Balance is the only athletic footwear brand to manufacture in the UK and the film provides rare, behind the scenes access to the workings of a modern day footwear factory.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo – the design process

From a clay model to the world premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show: Accompany designers Michael Mauer and Mitja Borkert to our R&D center in Weissach and watch exclusive footage of the development process of the Panamera Sport Turismo in this video. More information on

recycling plastic the right way : TED talk by Mike Biddle

Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic. Read Mike’s responses to questions about this talk.

Discarded plastic, too often, ends up buried or burned, not recycled (it’s just too complicated). But Mike Biddle has found a way to close the loop.

laser cutting san francisco map by cut maps

check out a typical laser cutting video uploaded by  cut maps.

Cut Maps are laser cut street maps of the world’s most famous and recognizable cities. These maps are cut from high quality recycled mounting board and framed.