The Jetsons’ world of 3D print

When I was a kid I always wondered about how cool it would be if we could live in the world of the popular American animated sitcom The Jetsons. The show aired from 1962 to 1963, but the cartoon was set 100 years in the future. As it sometimes turns out with sci-fi stories, the future becomes reality. The Jetsons featured 3D printing, tablets, holograms, smart watches, flying cars and other strange inventions. While the flying cars may not have become a reality quite yet – they are testing drones as a method of delivery – I used to love the Jetsons’ food replicator that could churn out anything from asparagus to stroganoff. This now is a reality with companies like Foodini and CojoJet making it possible to create delicious 3D-printed entrées and desserts with the press of a button.

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Markthal Rotterdam – a spectacular 36,000 sq ft architectural masterpiece


Markthal Rotterdam

The Markthal Rotterdam is an enormous new market hall that has opened its doors in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and it’s turning quite a few heads. The market hall is a curiously elongated horseshoe of a building, has a 36,000 square foot mural covering its rounded ceiling. (Photos)



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World’s first 3D building will be ready in 2014

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3D printing can be fun and cute. Products like the Makerbot and Form 1 will most certainly disrupt manufacturing, even if it’s only on a small scale. But the possibilities of 3D printing stretch far beyond DIY at-home projects. In fact, it could entirely replace the construction industry. (Pics)



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Roofus – Radio-controlled Robotic Snow Plow



Roofus is a radio-controlled snow plow designed to remove snow from roofs of buildings (thus, the name Roof-us) where it would be particularly risky for a human to do so.  Personally, I would like to employ it for my driveway during the winter and sit back with a warm coffee, directing it’s efforts. (Pics)


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Google Drops More Than $1.8 Billion On Newest New York Office

Google Pays 1.8B For New York Building

The latest Google acquisition.

Google’s next big revenue model? New York City landlord. The search engine just posted on its own blog that it has today sealed thereported >$1.8 billion dollar deal to purchase111 Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, where it already occupies 50,000 square feet. As part of the deal, Google will be leasing out the building to continuing and new tenants…

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Zero Energy Office Tower

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Zero Energy never looked so good!

Oregon is living up to its reputation as one of the greenest states in the US, this time with an office tower designed to be the first Living Building Challenge – certified in the world. The Oregon Sustainability Center certainly looks gorgeous, and it’s packing every green trick in the book…

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13 Story Building In China Toppled Over Almost Intact

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The collapsed building is one of 11 in the complex

In June of 2009 a truly bizarre news story surfaced. A nearly finished, newly constructed building in Shanghai toppled over, killing one worker. As can be seen in the photos, the 13-story apartment building collapsed with just enough room to escape what would have been a far more destructive domino effect involving other structures in the 11-building complex. (Pics)

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