We’ve seen quite a few huge Lego undertakings over the years, including a Teardrop trailer , a Millennium Falcon and architectural wonders . But sometimes, standard bricks just won’t cut it. Such was the case for Brit tinkerer James Bruton, who opted to supersize Lego bricks using a 3D printer to build a chunky, funky electric skateboard
By Starbucks’ own admission, it goes through approximately 4 billion disposable paper coffee cups every year – and that’s just one company. If java consumers want to reduce that sort of waste, they can of course bring their own reusable cup to the coffee shop. Australian startup Huskee is taking things a step further, however.
Last year, California’s Lithium Cycles launched a 1,000-watt e-bike on Kickstarter that married funky retro styling with modern motorized tech. After a successful campaign, the Super 73 is now up for pre-order as the Scout, a slightly different beast to the crowdfunded model, and one that could be had for less than a thousand bucks ..
We’ve seen quite a few building projects recently that make use of robots or 3D printing tech, or both , but a bunch of professors from ETH Zurich are attempting to make the whole design and build process digital. Once constructed by robots, the three-storey DFAB House will be used to test smart home technologies.
It was back in 2009 that we first heard about the Copenhagen Wheel .
It was back in 2009 that we first heard about the Copenhagen Wheel . Developed by MIT’s SENSEable City team in consultation with the City of Copenhagen, it was a motor-equipped rear bicycle wheel that could turn an existing human-powered bicycle into an e-bike. The years since saw some production delays, but as of this April it finally became commercially available.
Adding a third dimension to sketches with a 3D printing pen can bring a whole new layer of fun to doodling.
Aside from trotting out a new tread pattern every year or so, you might think there’s not a lot manufacturers could do to improve the humble car tire. But advances in materials, sensors and manufacturing techniques are opening up new possibilities. Michelin is exploring this potential with its Vision concept tire that is airless, 3D printed, equipped with sensors, biodegradable, and not just a tire, but a tire and wheel in one
When most of us think of plastic waste in the ocean, we likely think of pieces of trash that can be seen floating on the surface. In fact, though, the plastic microbeads that give products like toothpaste, sunscreen and hair gel a smooth texture are also a big problem
Forget taxes on imports. If a new development from Texas A&M lives up to expectations, the real job creator for the US could lie in harnessing lignin waste