The Significance of 3D Printing

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We are living in an age obsessed with the 3-dimensional, from film and TV, to holograms, to customizable objects that consumers may design online and receive by mail. As technology advances, we desperately desire to move past the 2-dimensional limitations of the screen and make our cyber lives more tangible. Just such a marriage of the physical and the digital can be found in 3D printing–also known as additive manufacturing–a technology that may redefine every aspect of how we live and interact with the world around us.

This is by no means a brand new concept, the idea of 3D printing has been around for approximately 30 years. Though in the mid 80’s the first such process was known as stereolithography, and since then many of the precise methods and materials have changed, the fundamental aspects of the technology remain the same.

Printing a 3-dimensional object begins with a digital…

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3D Printing: Research, Types and Potentials

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The true historical roots of 3D printing can be found in most homes and offices around the world. The humble inkjet printer, which was invented back in 1976, serves as a structural basis for the majority of 3D printer designs. The inkjet works on two planes: paper is fed through in one direction, allowing for control over the X axis, while a print head moves back and forth in the other direction, depositing the ink material on the Y axis. Three dimensional printing incorporates the manipulation of a third Z axis, which moves the production plane up and down, allowing the completed parts of the product to move away from the printing site, creating successive layers. Before this process can take place, objects must first be rendered digitally on a computer, then sliced into layers of an appropriate thickness using printer-specific software.

The first true conception of such printing was…

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3D Printing: a conclusion to the Historical/ Material Travelogue

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No, this is not a glitch or broken link, it is a video of will.i.am’s song “Scream & Shout,” to be released on his new album #willpower (hashtag inclusive). It is not a particularly good video, lacking much sonic or visual substance, but the over-produced synth beats and megastar performances make it the epitome of generic pop, ideal for mass cultural analysis. Throughout the video there is a showcase of modern technologies, from cameras to tablets to robot arms, which is not entirely unusual for a video made to promote a luxury, consumerist lifestyle. One of the futuristic tech items featured is a 3D printer, printing a translucent white head throughout the video. This is the first time I have seen 3D printing appear in any pop cultural product, especially in the process of printing. The head’s appearance in mass media marks the transition of additive manufacturing from sci-fi future…

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3D Printing: a conclusion to the Historical/ Material Travelogue

New Media Research Studio

No, this is not a glitch or broken link, it is a video of will.i.am’s song “Scream & Shout,” to be released on his new album #willpower (hashtag inclusive). It is not a particularly good video, lacking much sonic or visual substance, but the over-produced synth beats and megastar performances make it the epitome of generic pop, ideal for mass cultural analysis. Throughout the video there is a showcase of modern technologies, from cameras to tablets to robot arms, which is not entirely unusual for a video made to promote a luxury, consumerist lifestyle. One of the futuristic tech items featured is a 3D printer, printing a translucent white head throughout the video. This is the first time I have seen 3D printing appear in any pop cultural product, especially in the process of printing. The head’s appearance in mass media marks the transition of additive manufacturing from sci-fi future…

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A rough week without Google

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Going into this project, I didn’t really think that going a single week without Google would be that difficult. I sometimes try to take breaks from technology for a little while by leaving my phone at home, or trying to go a day without browsing through a million useless pages. Unfortunately for me, it seems like this was the worst possible week to try a project like this, though you never know, maybe every week without google is just as inconvenient.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/03/avoid-google-how-to-elimi_n_560894.html

The above is supposed to be a video, and I tried to embed it for a solid 15  minutes. Instead, I gave up and linked to the page because it’s just not as user-friendly as YouTube.

I began by preparing myself after class: downloaded the Bing app on my iPhone (thankfully not an android), switched my default browser to firefox, forwarded my NYU email to my Yahoo account…

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A rough week without Google

New Media Research Studio

Going into this project, I didn’t really think that going a single week without Google would be that difficult. I sometimes try to take breaks from technology for a little while by leaving my phone at home, or trying to go a day without browsing through a million useless pages. Unfortunately for me, it seems like this was the worst possible week to try a project like this, though you never know, maybe every week without google is just as inconvenient.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/03/avoid-google-how-to-elimi_n_560894.html

The above is supposed to be a video, and I tried to embed it for a solid 15  minutes. Instead, I gave up and linked to the page because it’s just not as user-friendly as YouTube.

I began by preparing myself after class: downloaded the Bing app on my iPhone (thankfully not an android), switched my default browser to firefox, forwarded my NYU email to my Yahoo account…

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The 3D saga continues…

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I was just curiously browsing the Defense Distributed page to see if they had mentioned anything about objects being taken down from Thingiverse. Turns out that the ‘wikiweapons’ site didn’t miss a beat, and most of the designs are back up independently of MakerBot, on DEFCAD.

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Also, in several places, Defense Distributed asks supporters to make donations. The options are a one time donation ($10 – $2,500 or other) or a recurring donation (monthly/yearly/weekly) with the same price parameters. Interestingly enough, they have a third option: paying with Bitcoins. Thought it was an interesting connection to our discussion of darknets/Tor. Enjoy break everyone!

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