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A robot is planning to 3D print a steel bridge in Amsterdam

Uu31atowenm5ujg9n3qm  Posted by  Robert Yuen

AUTODESK & MX3D have teamed up to attempt a large scale 3D print of a bridge in Amsterdam slated to be completed in 2017.

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Riding a Buckin' (ABB IRB 6600) Robot

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Team Section Cut has waged our share of battles with robotic arms - but none that offered this kind of ride! Industrial robots are simply not suited for such interactions with people, but these dare-devil engineers welded... Read more →

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"A Coordinator's Story"

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Aaron Willette, an SC Curator and the FabLab Coordinator at Taubman College, was recently interviewed for Archinect by Tafhim Rahman, a 1st year M.Arch student. Read here about his path into digital fabrication and its imp... Read more →

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With a new experimental space in Boston, Autodesk wants to bring manufacturin...

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

" the Boston Autodesk facility will be open to innovators. Whereas the San Francisco building hosts an artists-in-residence program, the East Coast space will have architects-in-residence and researchers-in-residence. Whil... Read more →

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Flying a drone through Crossrail tunnels - BBC News

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Explore the Tunnels Under London With This Awesome Drone Footage #unmanned view via @_saraedean

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Jürg Lehni - Hektor

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

This is beautiful work. (Found via Jason Young) "Hektor is a portable spray paint output device for computers. It was created in collaboration with engineer Uli Franke for Jürg Lehniʼs diploma project at ECAL (École can... Read more →

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'Strandbeests' Are Coming to Boston!

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Remember this first time you saw video of these incredible machines?! Screw the Olympics - bring on the mechanical animal art! "The Peabody Essex Museum is bringing Theo Jansen’s creatures to Crane Beach, City Hall Pla... Read more →

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Design Manifestos: Brandon Clifford of Matter Design

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" ...When we began as a firm we said, “Let’s stop working with sheet materials and start getting into volume.” The majority of architecture throughout history has been carved in stone — a volumetric material. So let’s get ... Read more →

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1954: The Rhino.

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

The United States military declined to purchase any, and we think that stinks. via @mashable (a consistently dope Section Cut FEED resource soon to be added to ARCH SEARCH) Read more →

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Hacking a Robot to make Louvered Facades

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Does this look familiar @ksturge? "To create the new system, the team retrofitted a custom 3D-printed “head” onto to the robot arm. The arm was then reprogrammed to apply pressure to the precut tabs, pushing each of the ... Read more →

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3D Printing a Steel Bridge.

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"The Dutch company MX3D... has invented a 3D printing tool in the form of a six-axis industrial robot with an advanced welding machine that can 3D print metals and resin in mid-air, without the need for support structures.... Read more →

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Drones!

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

First person drone racing - the new techno-sport frontier. Found by Gus Lynch.

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How a Radical 1960s Architect Inspired NASA's Next Great Space Robot

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"Meet Super Ball, NASA’s First Tensile Robot. Yesterday, the agency uploaded a new video of its Super Ball Bot, which has been under development through the NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program since 2013." Read more →

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Watch a Robot Tamer Control Industrial Machines With Simple Gestures

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This incredible video shows how "Madeline Gannon developed Quipt, a gesture-based control software that helps industrial robots interact more fluidly with their human handlers." Read more →

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When disaster strikes, it's time to fly in the 3D printers | Sam Jones

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

“It was the first time – at least that we’re aware of – that this has been done: that you 3D print a sort of proper water fitting, rather than having to make an improvised one, in an IDP camp." Read more →

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Why Martian Concrete Might Be The Best Building Material In The Solar System

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"When we finally start colonizing other planets like Mars, we're going to need concrete to make buildings and infrastructure. But concrete needs water, and Mars doesn't have any. How do we make it, then? A team of research... Read more →

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Fine print: Kwambio is an online retailer creating 3D-printed goods

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"Kwambio's overarching idea is that designers and clients can forge a new relationship by allowing customers to customise the final design, printing only the items ordered rather than keeping a set inventory. This alleviat... Read more →

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World's first robot-run farm = 11 million heads of lettuce per year

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"A Japanese company is preparing to open the world’s first robot-controlled farm. The facility is designed to produce 11 million heads of lettuce each year, and it’s expected to ship its first crop in Fall 2017. Relying on... Read more →

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This woman is getting famous for building hilariously terrible robots

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"Simone Giertz is rapidly gaining celebrity status on YouTube for building robots. What makes Simone's bots so special? They're terrible, over-the-top, and occasionally dangerous... but always hilarious." Read more →

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4 Ways Virtual and Augmented Reality Will Revolutionize the Way We Practice A...

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

" it means we need to create new interfaces and custom workflows. The keyboard and mouse take a backseat in the design process. Second—and best of all, in my opinion—these platforms for augmented reality (AR) or VR stand t... Read more →

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Rob|Arch 2016 Video Submissions

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Every two years, as part of the Rob|Arch conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, the Association for Robots in Architecture sends out a Call for Videos. The videos in this collection represent t... Read more →

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A Post-Human World Is Coming. Design Has Never Mattered More

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"The question of how to design a secure human future is complicated by the uncertainties of predicting that future. As it is practiced today, design is strategically positioned to improve the usefulness and quality of huma... Read more →

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Here's what cities will look like in 30 years

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

All the usual suspects well represented in this superficial overview.

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FarmBot, a DIY agriculture robot.

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"Precision farming has been hailed as the future of agriculture, sustainability, and the food industry. That’s why a company called FarmBot is working to bring precision agriculture technology to environmentally conscious ... Read more →

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This Robot Keeps Trying To Escape A Russian Lab

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Found by Curator Melissa Alexander. "It might sound like fodder for a sci-fi buddy comedy, but the researchers behind Promobot IR77 say they might have to "dispose of" the bad bot if it keeps making a dash for freedom, in... Read more →

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What can architects learn from No Man's Sky?

Nnjiwhxchoiwtlvvbczy  Posted by  Tom Parker

“My concern is that if randomness is taken as a design approach in architecture it would produce the same result: it would generate a lot of objects, or at best even buildings, but no meaning, and therefore, no architectur... Read more →

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The First Autonomous Machine Made With Soft Robotics

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"For years roboticists have been looking into using softer materials for parts rather than the usual metal and plastic — sometimes even building entirely soft robots. But this Octobot from Harvard is the first that not onl... Read more →

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The Dutch Police Are Training Eagles To Take Down Drones

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

And in birds’ latest bid to win us over, eagles have now teamed up with police in the Netherlands to take out rogue drones. In hopes of lowering the number of future incidents, the national police have come up with what th... Read more →