Mcor Technologies improves their paper-based, full-color 3D printer


Mcor Iris 3D Printer

Most people think 3D printing involves a machine that either extrudes molten plastic, in a way similar to how a hot glue gun works, or think of one of the larger industrial level 3D printers manufactured by 3D systems or Stratasys. These huge machines print objects in a variety of materials, but come with price tags that are only affordable for a select few.



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Two students redesign the cardboard box

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At the PSFK CONFERENCE 2014, professors Alan Worf and Eric Lima of Cooper Union spoke about Invention Factory, a 6-week intensive summer program for their students. They locked their best and brightest in a room with all the tools needed for inventing and making prototypes, and let them create. Fundamentally a program about building, not entrepreneurship, the professors were looking for prototypes, not business plans. After the students had undergone rigorous critiques and revisions, they made videos of the student creations and one got 3.5 million views. (Video)



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The Guardian launches its robot newspaper in the U.S.


The U.K. paper, the Guardian, is taking a very modern strategy and applying it to an old-school format. Starting this week the paper is going to experiment with a robot-generated print edition. The paper is to be called #Open001 and will be distributed for free every month at U.S. media and ad agency offices including Mindshare, Horizon Media and Digitas. Distribution will start with 5,000 copies.



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MIT building robots out of paper


Printed robot

MIT lead researcher,  Ankur Mehta is working on a project that quite literally enables people to print robots on a standard piece of paper at home. It might sound crazy, but there’s a lot of complicated math to back up the fact that you can create nearly any shape you like by folding paper. Once you’ve created the proper shape, Mehta demonstrates that you can combine it with about $20 worth of electronics to create a fully functioning robot.



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Amazing Paper Sculptures by Jeff Nishinaka


The works are given a three-dimensional look through careful layering of the paper and clever lighting.

The stunning elegance of Jeff Nishinaka’s paper art calls for a new definition of paper. His meticulous sculptural 3D work appears to have been created from marble or extremely fine sand or vanilla ice cream or thick foam — definitely of something other than “just” paper. The Los Angeles-born artist works mainly with white, which makes the exquisite play of light and shadow a large part of the appeal of his work. (Pics)


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No Receipt, Thanks: High Doses Of Controversial Chemical BPA Discovered In Paper Receipts


Are Thermo Paper Receipts A Health Hazard?

As lawmakers and health experts wrestle over whether a controversial chemical, bisphenol-A, should be banned from food and beverage containers, a new analysis by an environmental group suggests Americans are being exposed to BPA through another, surprising route: paper receipts.

The Environmental Working Group found BPA on 40 percent of the receipts it collected from supermarkets, automated teller machines, gas stations and chain stores. In some cases, the total amount of BPA on the receipt was 1,000 times the amount found in the epoxy lining of a can of food, another controversial use of the chemical.

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Shelf Made from Recycled National Geographic Magazines



A super shelving project!

Seattle-based designer Sean Miller turned a stack of old issues of National Geographic into a functional bookshelf.

First Sean coated the magazines with a a water/starch mixture and then he placed them under pressure for about a week to harden. Next he took a band saw to the consolidated stack and carved out space for a shelf…

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Bullshit Made Into Paper By New Zealand Man

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Paper From Poo is a great deal.
While Jesus may have turned water into wine, Andrew Reilly from Rangitikei has gone for a more practical transformation – he’s figured out a way to turn bull dung into paper. During studies towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Whanganui UCOL, Mr Reilly discovered an affinity for paper-making. In his research, he found different cultures were making paper from many fibrous materials – including kangaroo poo, wombat faeces and elephant manure. Back in his hometown of Bulls, there was one logical step.

A couple of bull farmers were more than happy for Mr Reilly to clear their paddocks, and he went to work with the pooper scooper. Figuring out how to turn raw poo into paper took a bit longer – 15 months in fact, for the smooth transformation to be honed. First Mr Reilly has to rehydrate the bull patties, covering them with litres of water in plastic buckets and leaving them to soak…