Category Archives: For Fun

Fun stuff with 3D models

Digital vs. Analog Design – Støckel quests the limits of Representation

It’s difficult to teach young architects how to make objects (and surrounding spaces) relate to one-another in an intentional way. Intentionality requires the mastery of abstract concepts like order, harmony, contrast, proportion, scale and repetition.. not to mention enviable craft … Continue reading

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Foldify – 3D Paper Art made on your iPad

Foldify is a simple, easy-to-use app for creating papercraft art on your iPad. The concept is pretty basic: use the iPad to create digital papercraft art that can be broadly customized with colors, facial features, designs and more, and then … Continue reading

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STAPLES – Introduces 3D Printing Service in Europe

STAPLES, the office superstore, has been doing some serious shape-shifting in response to the global economic chaos. It recently laid off hundreds of workers in Europe, and closed under performing stores in the U.S.. STAPLES is also leaning out to … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Flexable Hexagons

First discovered in 1939 by a daydreaming student named Arthur H. Stone, flexagons have attracted the curiosity of great scientists for decades, including Stone’s famous friend and colleague Richard Feynman. Fig 1- Flexagons are origami-like puzzles that are simple to … Continue reading

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Temp’florescence – the temporal genius of plants

As architects, we learn how to do functional landscaping – trees for shading, and plantings as living entourage for our buildings. And this is typically the extent of our understanding and landscaping capabilities. Yet there is a much deeper metaphysical … Continue reading

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Archi’ Tech – Scaling Mars w/ Curiosity

Curiosity’s journey to Mars spanned eight months and 352 million miles (566 million kilometers). And after flawlessly executing an elaborate and untested landing routine,  the rover gently touched down on the surface of the red planet. The landing routine was … Continue reading

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The Cube – A Personal 3D Printer

If FisherPrice and 3D Printing had a love-child, it would be The Cube – an adorable 3D printer made by 3DSystems in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The Cube (so named for its 5.5” cubic print space) costs $1250, and makes … Continue reading

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FoldSchool – Corrugated Kid-Craft

It’s August and everyone is (or wants to be) on vacation, including yours truly. So how about kicking it fold’school? Here’s a post that’s easy to read, and gives you a lot of ideas for fun-times with the kids this … Continue reading

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Origami Trend’scends Interior Design

by Fred Abler I am a folding freak. I love Origami – its craft, spatial economy, and especially the conflict-of-perception between the complex finished form vs. its simple construction. And recently, Origami has become on-trend in Interior Design. Designers have … Continue reading

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