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Solid freeform fabrication: DIY 3D printer, on the cheap, and made of pure sugar

In February we gave a preview of our project to construct a home-built three dimensional fabricator. Our design goals were (1) a low cost design leveraging recycled components (2) large printable volume emphasized over high resolution, and (3) ability to use low-cost printing media including granulated sugar. We are extremely pleased to be able to report that it has been a success: Our three dimensional fabricator is now fully operational and we have used it to print several large, low-resolution, objects out of pure sugar.

Furni kicks of DIY design competition with DIY clock kit

DI whY? Because we believe in you guys!! When we first started out I would have killed to be able to purchase the “guts” of an LED alarm clock so I could have made numerous prototypes without having to take apart and rewire my folks old school woodgrain alarm clock!!!

These kits have the display, breakout board with the “buttons” and the power supply (all the same features as our Gator and Alba clocks) All you need to do is make a cool case to house them in!! Think of this as a Skill Defining Kit, we will supply you with the parts and support, all you have to do is put the parts in your own pretty case!!


DIY commercials

Do-it-Yourself-commercials feed in to mainstream advertising market for KFC. Here a link to a guerilla marketing online resource (in german): Guerillamarketing

and a commercial campaign for the Chevrolet, Tahoe which went down the unwanted way:

Digital paper that talks to you


Digital paper that talks to you

Pressinformation: 04.06.2007

The large boards and store displays already exist as prototypes. They talk to you
directly, using digital information embedded in the paper. You simply touch various
parts of the display to get information to stream out of printed speakers. And this
coming technology can be used in many areas, from advertising to tourist
information at attractions.
Research teams at the Mid Sweden University forestry industry research program
Fiber Science and Communication Network (FSCN) are working on the fourth
generation of paper products that can communicate with computers. This integrates
paper with the digital world.

"We combine paper with printed graphic codes and electronically conductive ink that
is engineered to be sensitive to pressure. Then digital information is embedded in the
paper, and when it is touched, the information comes out via printed speakers," says
Mikael Gulliksson, project leader for media technology in the comprehensive
research project.

A large display board is already in use to show how the marketing of new travel
destination, for instance, can be carried out by having the recipient enter the
advertising world. When the person touches a picture or text, he or she hears the
audiovisual advertising message. Instead of a flat advertising surface, this advertising
invites people to enter into and interact with the message. Applications could be for
advertising campaigns, marketing, and events. Other possible areas are product
displays in stores.

The same technology has been used in a prototype for a 'music display board.' On this
slightly bowed board, a number of music albums are printed directly on paper. Just
as with a regular sound system, you can sample music by touching the front of the
album. The sound is then streamed right out of the paper. The board can easily be
replaced as soon as there are new recordings to be marketed. This new display
technology is inexpensive, combining images, sound, and space in a new an
environmentally friendly way. After use, the displays can be tossed into the recycle

View a video of a large display board at Paperfour

The three research teams in the project include scientists from materials physics,
media and communication science, and electronics. Paper Four is a research project
that collaborates with the paper industry in the mid-Sweden region. The aim is to
develop an entirely new paper-based product platform for marketing products and

about the Project and The "smart" diaper moisture detection system

Questions can be directed to:
Mikael Gulliksson, cell phone: +46 (0)70-514 5275;
Kristina Brink, mobiltelefon +46(0)70-521 9884;

6-pack - Arduino-based controller

"6-pack is an open-ended, highly customisable, and ultra-portable physical controller based on the Arduino board. 6-pack is an Arduino shield consisting of 6 linear potentiometer sliders that can be assigned to different variables in the user's preferred software. It can be used to control a wide array of audio/video applications, from software synthesizers to HDJ systems. All, with a minimal footprint (3,5" x 2,5") and on the cheap (just a fraction of the cost of an equivalent MIDI interface). The project is open source. Schematics and source code included." 6-pack was developed by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros and Alex Posada see link: 6-pack

Related: Arduino and todbot and Sparkfun

Jonah Peretti asked Nike

Nike's website allows visitors to create custom shoes bearing a word or slogan--a service Nike trumpets as being about freedom to choose and freedom to express who you are. Jonah Peretti took it serious and asked for "sweatshop" on the boots, read here what happened at: Snopes

Here the freedom site: users can customize a Nike iD shoe using their mobile phone.
Nike iD and Adidas has launched their own "customized" sneaker program, Mi Adidas Adidas . Every year, in the UK, 900,000 tonnes of textiles are thrown into landfills. Worn Again believes some things are just too good to go to waste... Worn again The Spring Collection is here and things couldn't be better in Worn Again world, where everything - from prison blankets, car seats, e-leather and reclaimed jeans - is given a second chance in life. New styles abound, including groovy sandals made from car seat belts and tires and accessories, handmade in the UK. For completion here the culture jammers boots Adbusters black spot shoes .

Etsy all handmade


Artisan community on line, Etsy and is becoming a serious marketplace for handmade, artisan artworks and crafts. was foundet by Rob Kalin, Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik creating a artisan online community.

"I'd like to fundamentally change the way world commerce works. Not just fair practices but encouraging people to make what they need and to value handmade items," said Kalin., founded in 2005 and is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. 200,000 registered users include 42,000 sellers, sellers join free and are charged 20 cents to list each item. takes 3.5 percent of each sale. Sellers must track their own sales and pay their own taxes. Women make up 80 percent of site users, according to