We use over 15,000,000 plastic bottles a day but only 50 per cent are recycled. At the same time oil prices have pushed up the price of recycled plastic by 300 per cent over the last ten years. Is it time we should reconsider our view of plastic as a purely expendable material?
The project speculates how emerging techniques in 3D printing could investigate an architecture completely built from recycled plastic. In the built environment large-scale additive manufacturing has been largely concerned with replicating conventional architectural models, ignoring the possibilities of the material and process. Based on a modular system informed by a Voronoi geometry, Stay Plastic proposes a construction process distinct from traditional machining techniques. The design is lead by intricate sequential layering that allows for the most material efficient but spatially generous units. Through the use of mobile industrial-sized printing arms the scheme transforms the existing Western Riverside Recycling Centre on the banks of the River Thames into s series of mansion blocks entirely built from plastic.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.