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Art means business in San Francisco

A new economic prosperity impact report, organised by the non-profit organisation Americans for the Arts, reveals that San Franciscos arts and culture sector annually brings in $1.45 billion and supports over 39,000 full-time jobs. According to the report, the City by the Bay accounts for nearly 1% of the $166.3 billion generated by the sector nationwide, and San Francisco is …Continue reading →


Art school under fire for bowing to transgender student complaints

A storm has been brewing at American universities in the past few years over what can be taught in the classroom. Critics have accused administrations of stifling faculty and overprotecting students by using a gender-discrimination law known as Title IX and by insisting on trigger warnings for potentially controversial material covered in the curriculum. The School of the Art Institute …Continue reading →


Object lessons: an unearthed Norman Rockwell, a glass flower by Chihuly and a rare work by Ursula von Rydingsvard

Dallas Heritage 19-20 August: Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Study for Tough Call, Saturday Evening Post (1948) by Norman Rockwell Est. $300,000  Dallas Heritage 19-20 August: Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Study for Tough Call, Saturday Evening Post (1948) by Norman Rockwell Est. $300,000 or more Amid the houses sale of sports-related memorabilia is a newly discovered oil on paper study for …Continue reading →


Russian spacewalking cosmonauts release world’s first 3D printed satellite from ISS

Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3D printer on Thursday. The satellites were launched manually by cosmonauts Fedor Yurchikhin and Sergei Ryazansky. One of the satellites, Tomsk TPU-120, was produced almost entirely using 3D printing technology, making it the first 3D printed satellite to be launched by Russia. Tomsk TPU-120 will be orbiting …Continue reading →


3D printed Strandbeest robot impresses with ultra-smooth gait

A maker named Nicolas Raynaud has made a 3D printed robot inspired by Theo Jansen’s incredible wind-powered Strandbeest mechanisms. The robot has wowed the internet with its ultra-smooth leg movements. via,


Build your own coilgun with 3D printed winding rig

Miros, a maker from Slovakia, has built a 3D printed coilgun “without massive capacitors.” The weapon uses battery-powered coils, and is powerful enough to (slightly) dent a piece of wood using metal ammunition. via,


3D printing could help North Korea develop WMDs, says Asia Times

A report in the Asia Times, a Hong Kong-based publication, says North Korea could use 3D printing to make weapons of mass destruction. 3D printing could purportedly reduce development cycle times and reduce the number of workers required. via,


Project Runway designer Seth Aaron to debut 3D printed shoe collection at Portland fashion week

3D printed shoes are set to take Portland’s fashion week by storm this fall, as local designer Seth Aaron is pairing his runway fashion looks with footwear 3D printed in collaboration with Feetz, a San Diego startup that specializes in custom 3D printed shoes. via,


4D printing on the rise, says Gartners 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report

As part of its 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, technology research firm Gartner has identified three “megatrends” to watch over the next five to 10 years. They are: artificial intelligence everywhere, transparently immersive experiences (including 4D printing), and digital platforms. via,


Made In Space wraps up testing on BEAMs 3D printed radiation shields

Made In Space, the company behind the International Space Station’s Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), recently announced that it has completed the third and final stage of its 3D printed Radiation Enclosure Monitor (REM) shield testing for radiation aboard the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). via,


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