Who doesn’t cringe when they first hear the words “Portuguese man o’ war? South Florida-based fine art photographer Aaron Ansarov wants to give us a new way of looking at a species most of us avoid in the ocean.
I’ve picked some pretty patterned pillows for this week’s The Design Milk Dairy roundup. It’s Spring, so many of you might be Spring cleaning, or perhaps you’re changing out some of the Winter decor in favor of something with more color or pizazz (yes, I said pizazz). Well, here you go:
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You’ve heard of MakerBot, Cubify and Solidoodle. And if someone finds out you’re into ID and asks “Hey, what do one of those 3D printers go for?” you can spit out a ballpark figure, and maybe some basic stats.
But there are tons of other 3D printers available on the consumer market, and plenty of questions you might not have the answers handy to: Which can I most easily buy if I’m in India, the Netherlands, or Taiwan? What are the build envelopes and prices? Which use fused filament fabrication, which go with fused deposition modeling? Are there affordable ones that do stereolithography?
To answer these questions and more, the good folks over at 3Ders.org have put together a handy database listing over 100 different types of 3D printers with their relevant stats, countries of origin, current stock availability, and prices (the lowest-priced DIY machine starts at US $189, while the high end of the consumer market goes into five figures). Anyone across the globe who’s looking to get into 3D printing will find it a handy place to start narrowing options.
Here’s something we’re curious about—in a year’s time, do you reckon this list will be longer, or shorter?
Want to build a wheeled, revolving bookcase designed in 1890? Yeah you do
Tools for Working Wood is the name of a Brooklyn-based company that sells, well, guess. And in addition to their retail arm, they’ve got a website featuring articles on craft along with some very interesting information for makers—from 1889. The company somehow got their hands on several volumes of Work: An Illustrated Magazine of Practice and Theory for All Workmen, Professional and Amateur, a 19th-Century British magazine aimed at craftspeople. And the team at TWW has decided to scan every issue they’ve got, releasing new updates each Friday and making them freely downloadable.
While the information listed in Work is over 120 years old—TWW goes so far as to include the disclaimer “[some of the articles] describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today”—I’ve totally fallen down the rabbit hole. Advertisements for tools of the day, like this crazy-ass hand-powered table saw…
…share space with articles on how to build a workbench that folds into the wall, or breaking news like the then-new production method of metal spinning, or why you should make your own “callipers” rather than buy a set, and an “Our Guide to Good Things” section where they review tools and materials of the day.
One surprise is their letters section, called “Shop: A Corner for Those who Want to Talk It,” whereby craftspeople of every stripe—metalworkers, furniture builders, watchmakers, toolmakers, and even people toying around with these newfangled things called cameras and electricity—sound off with tips, techniques and criticisms. Which brings me to a second surprise: Trolls existed even in the Victorian era. One reader writes in to criticize an article from a previous issue, opening with “I would point out that the description you give of the process is evidently far from correct, nor have I any idea as to what is intended….”