3D printing is growing up!
How a Dutch team of architects is 3D-printing a full-sized house in Amsterdam (video 4 min)
Architects in Amsterdam have started building what they say is one of the world’s first full-sized 3D-printed houses. The structure is being built using a plastic heavily based on plant oil. The team behind the house claim it is a waste-free, eco-friendly way to design and construct the cities of the future.
The right to infrastructure: a prototype for open source urbanism
Alberto Corsín Jiménez
Abstract. This paper develops an analytical framework to place the rise of open source urbanism in context, and develops the concept of the ‘right to infrastructure’ as expressive of new ecologies of urban relations that have come into being. It describes, first, a genealogy for open source technology, focusing in particular on how open source urban hardware projects may challenge urban theory. It moves then to describe in detail various dimensions and implications of an open source infrastructural project in Madrid. In all, the paper analyses three challenges that the development of open source urban infrastructures is posing to the institutions of urban governance and property: the evolving shape and composition of urban ecologies; the technical and design challenges brought about by open source urban projects; and the social organisation of the ‘right to infrastructure’ as a political, active voice in urban governance. In the last instance, the right to infrastructure, I shall argue, signals the rise of the ‘prototype’ as an emerging figure for contemporary sociotechnical designs in and for social theory.
Keywords: open source urbanism, infrastructures, urban ecologies, urban commons, right to the city, prototypes
Corsín Jiménez A, 2014, “The right to infrastructure: a prototype for open source urbanism” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32(2) 342 – 362
PDF (21 Pages): 2014 Open Source Urbanism Right to Infrastructure
Check out this next step in 3D printing! First there were plastics, then food, now carbon fiber! What will be next?
The Mark One Is World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer
A new 3D printer can print carbon fiber and other composite materials.
Created by Boston-based startup MarkForged, it’s called the Mark One.
Company founder Gregory Mark showed off the printer at the SolidWorks World design conference in San Diego, Calif. this week.
“We took the idea of 3D printing, that process of laying things down strand by strand, and we used it as a manufacturing process to make composite parts,” Mark said in an interview with Popular Mechanics. “We say it’s like regular 3D printers do the form. We do form and function.”
In addition to carbon fiber, the Mark One can print other composite materials, including nylon, fiberglass and PLA (a thermoplastic made from renewable materials).