City of Bath Georgian House flat-pack model
Miniature models of local landmarks are a popular choice when it comes to souvenirs and keepsakes. In this example, the iconic Georgian terrace houses from the city of Bath in the UK are recreated with loving attention to detail.
Available as a flat-pack kit of three neatly stacked cosy homes, you can choose from either 1.5mm card or 3mm poplar ply, and the straightforward assembly process will only take a few minutes.
Laser cut architectural models are the ideal choice to make use of tab-and-slot construction techniques that allow for quick and easy construction, often holding together without the need for glues or adhesives. Basic elevations of the structure can be traced out in your preferred drawing program (inkscape is a Ponoko favorite) and prepared for laser cutting. Take the guesswork out of designing with interlocking slots using one of several freely available tools and plugins. For a landmark or object with a more sculptural form, 3D models can also be sliced up into panels or interlocking sections that are just right to send to the laser cutter.
Once you have the profiles and parts that make up your object, arrange them neatly within one of the Ponoko laser cutting templates and add useful notes or assembly tips as etched details. The Ponoko guide to keeping laser cutting costs down contains important information that will save you time and money, so be sure to read through before starting to avoid common (and costly) pitfalls.
It can also be nice to add a little something extra to the assembled model. The Georgian terrace kits by Bob Kann come supplied with a little light to install inside, so that there is a warm welcoming glow that completes the homely feel.
via Bob Kann
Algorithmic design, digital fabrication, and silkworms work together to make a pavilion.
MIT MediaLab’s Mediated Matter group used inspiration from the cocoons of silkworms for the Silk Pavilion. Silkworm cocoons are made from one long, continuous silk thread. The pavilion uses the same approach, but with some high-tech help.
Ponoko-made project by Andrea Garuti
Andrea Garuti’s engineering skills earned him the grand prize in the GrabCAD/SolidSmack laser cut toy design competition.
His castle-under-attack toy model — complete with draw bridges, trebuchet, catapult, battleram, and a basilica — blew away all the judges.
Andrea’s inspiration came from the medieval history surrounding his home near Modena, Italy. “It’s not a strict reproduction of a real castle. I wanted to include as many medieval elements as I could,” he says.
As part of the prize, Ponoko sponsored free laser cutting for the winner. Andrea’s epic design required thirty-two P3 (about 31″x15″) size sheets. Rather than ship an entire castle battle over from the US, we worked with our friends Vectorealism, a laser cutting service based in Milan, to have Andrea’s design made closer to home.
The picture below of Andrea’s son standing behind the castle walls demonstrates just how big this toy is!
The mobile 3D printer that can print a small room.
The Kamermaker, “room maker” in Dutch, is a project by DUS architects in collaboration with Ultimaker, Fablab Protospace, and Open Coop. It’s a scaled-up Ultimaker built inside of a converted shipping container standing on its end.
The shipping container was thoroughly remodeled by DUS into a beautiful, mirrored architectural pavilion. The printer has a build volume of 2 meters square and 3.5 meters high, so this particular pavilion has the capacity to print smaller pavilions.
Continue past the jump for more photos and videos.
A new video from Contour Crafting.
We’ve been following the Contour Crafting project by Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California for awhile now. If you didn’t see our posts with their early prototype or their proposal to 3D print buildings on the moon, then I suggest starting with those.
This video is of a presentation Khoshnevis gave at a TEDx conference. It includes some videos and images of their newest large-scale prototypes as well as a wealth of information about where they expect this project to go.
It’s worth watching the entire presentation, but if you’re in a hurry the footage of the prototype in action starts at 6:45.