UIOWA Engineering Student Makes Solar Cook Stove

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Video first uploaded to YouTube on 9 Feb 2015.

Below are a few excerpts from the IowaNow article, “The Student Experience: Allison Kindig.” (9 Feb 2015)

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Allison Kindig did her homework before coming to the University of Iowa. Four years later, her preparation is still paying dividends.

The Cedar Rapids native and industrial engineering major recalls looking for a school that would offer her the opportunity to study a variety of subjects ranging from engineering to international business—and more.

During her first semester, she met with H.S. (Uday) Udaykumar, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering, enrolled in his class, and traveled to northwestern India. Once there, she and her classmates built a small solar cooker and demonstrated it to local villagers.

“Allison has been leading our efforts to develop low-cost, high efficiency solar cook stoves, particularly stored-energy solar cook stoves for the developing world,” Udaykumar says. “She has spent time in India and in Cameroon working on the project; in Cameroon she went on a Stanley Fellowship on her own initiative and trekked 30 miles into the bush to carry and demonstrate solar cookers in remote villages.

Kindig notes that the project requires teamwork, and no individual or profession acting alone can be effective.

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Metal Plated 3D Printing from Shapeways

On 6 February 2015, Shapeways announced metal plated 3D printing services.

“Precious Plated Metal is a great choice for all of your jewelry. The 18k Gold Plated will replace our existing Gold Plated Brass. If you were currently selling this material in your shop, we’ve gone ahead and updated the offering and carried over your markup on Shapeways. Be sure to enable your models in the new Rhodium, Rose & 14k Gold Premium Plated, too- they’re all the same price!”

“Products made in Precious Plated Metal are made the same way our Polished Brass is with a few bonus steps. Wax casts of your model are 3D printed, plaster is poured around the wax cast, and then the brass is poured in the cast. The brass cools and takes form before we carefully remove the cast. We then layer it with palladium, increasing strength and durability, before finishing your products with 0.5 microns of the precious alloy of your choice. The electroplating on our new upgraded offering is more durable and we are excited to delight even more designers and shoppers with these materials.”

Click here to read the full story.

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Precious Plated Metal 3D Printing from Shapeways: A Closer Look

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Originally Published on 6 Feb 2015 to YouTube by Savannah Peterson, Global Community Manager at Shapeways.

Synopsis. “Shapeways has introduced 14k & 18k gold, Rose Gold, and Rhodium Plated. They’re beautiful and I had to show off our launch models in this video!”

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Charles Romans – 3D Printing Services

In this video, Charles Romans discusses 3D Printing Services at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Learn more at:

http://art.uiowa.edu/3d-printing-facility

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Autodesk Meshmixer

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The latest update for Meshmixer boasts an all-in-one 3D printing suite with new features!

Now you have all of the mixing, sculpting, healing, stamping, painting tools of Meshmixer you always had with a streamlined path direct to your 3D printer.

You can choose your printer and other settings for 3D printing your creation. You will also have access to all of the mixing and sculpting tools as well to effortlessly make adjustments within Meshmixer.

The powerful and easy features of Meshmixer make it a great companion application for anyone who is 3D printing, whether you are just beginning or a seasoned Maker.

More videos from Autodesk 123D.

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3D Printed Fibonacci Zoetrope Animated Sculptures in Motion (Video)

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Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures from Pier 9 on Vimeo.

These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers.

For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.

John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University.

Visit John’s website here: web.stanford.edu/~edmark/
and Vimeo site: vimeo.com/johnedmark/videos

Learn how he made these sculptures here: instructables.com/id/Blooming-Zoetrope-Sculptures/

And more about the Pier 9 Artist in Residence program here: autodesk.com/air

Music – “Plateau” by Lee Rosevere – freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Farrago_Zabriskie/Lee_Rosevere_-_Farrago_Zabriskie_-_03_-_Plateau

Cinematography and editing by Charlie Nordstrom

Mindful Media: Easton LaChappelle’s Great Project – Brain Controlled Prosthetics

Easton LaChappelle has developed a million-dollar brain-controlled artificial limb. Now he’s giving away the technology as an open source project.

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“There’s been a fundamental shift in how we see technology. Science and engineering are no longer just industries. Technology is something we’re passionate about, whether we’re arguing over the iPhone or eagerly anticipating the next technology that will change everything. Just like every song has a story, the technology we most care about has a deeply personal journey behind it, from Steve Jobs’ decades-long obsession with changing how we use computers to Sergey Brin and Larry Page turning a fascination with the mathematics that underlie how we use the Internet into Google. Just like we care as much about the singer as we do the song, we care about the engineer behind the world-changing idea.” [More…]

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3D Systems ushers in the Home of the Now at CES 2015

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From clothes to wearables to desserts and even virtual gaming, 3DS invites you to experience how 3D printing has the power to impact everyday life. First published to YouTube by 3D Systems on Jan 7, 2015.

Zero Waste 3D Printing: 3D Print. Recycle. Remake.

Originally published to YouTube by 3D Systems on Jan 6, 2015. (source)

Synopsis. The first consumer 3D printer to print exclusively in post-consumer waste, the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer was launched in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company and will.i.am, 3DS’ Chief Creative Officer, in December 2014. The EKOCYCLE Cube challenges users to rethink how we make by transforming post-consumer waste into beautiful fashion, décor and music accessories. For more information, go to: http://cubify.com/en/EKOCYCLE

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Neri Oxman: Revolution in Art & Design using 3D Printing with the Stratasys Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer

Originally published to YouTube on May 4, 2012

For more information: http://ow.ly/oT2Lm
As seen on the Stratasys blog: http://ow.ly/qFUY8

A special thanks to MIT Media Lab’s Neri Oxman, Peter Schmitt (3D printed clock) & Amit Zoran (3D printed flute) for kindly allowing footage of their 3D printed models to be used in the making of this film. (Some of these parts were created using a variety of 3D printing technologies including Stratasys Objet 3D printers.)

In this insightful interview, Neri Oxman,architect, designer and professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Director of the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, explains the differences between ‘additive’ and ‘subtractive’ manufacturing. Inspired by things that ‘grow’ in nature, Oxman uses the world’s most advanced 3D printing technology – the Stratasys Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer to produce some incredible models which were on display at the Pompidou Center until August 6th 2012 at the ‘Multiversites Creatives’ exhibit. Neri also explains 3D printing within the wider paradigm shift in technology and manufacturing – comparing it to the Gutenberg 2D print revolution of the 1440’s.

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