Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Printing Things Book

Happy to announce that our book Printing Things, Visions and Essentials for 3D-Printing is finished, off to the printing press and available now for preorder at Gestalten.
We've worked hard over the last several months to compile this book together with Gestalten. Featuring over 100 projects from various artists, designers and makers exploring a new wave of creative 3d printing applications facilitated by the unprecedented lowering of barriers into production. Together with an understandable technical introduction into 3D-printing, we've written eight key essays that delve into the complex topics that these paradigm-shifting technologies bring up: Empowerment, The Right to Copy, Interface and Interact, Body Topology, The Aesthetics of Complexity, Building Blocks, Exploring Machines and Materials & Crafting New Industries.
Thank you Sven and Robert from Gestalten for this great opportunity to work on Printing Things, Sarah for cracking the whip and have the book finished on schedule, Floyd for the design. Thank you Tamar for going beyond 'just' editing all the submitted project texts and adding valuable insights and context. Thank you to our team at Unfold (Hugues & Penny) for assisting in compiling the long list.

You can buy the book at Amazon (or german edition), Gestalten (or german edition) or ask your favorite bookstore.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

RepRap Magazine

Update: The issue of RepRap Magazine is live, head over to reprapmagazine.com or download the PDF directly:
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wow... it's such a long time ago that I have posted something here. Like always, not a lack of fabrication activity, just a lack of spare time (and sometimes incentive...) to document. Hope to get to it again.

Coming up one of these days is the new RepRap Magazine with a cover feature written by yours truly  on paste extrusion. It recaps much of the things we've tested and learned and blogged here at Unfold ~fab over the years. The article also includes some new experiments which I will write up a bit more about here when the magazine is out. I really hope that by writing this lengthy article on the state of paste extrusion that more folks will get involved in the development of paste extrusion tool heads.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the magazine and get into contact if you enjoy getting your hands dirty in extruder development!

ps. Our two person design studio Unfold is currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA with a Franzen fellowship for Digital Craft at Colorado State University. If you based in that area and interested in discussing paste extrusion, let us know. We'll be there for two more months.