Tech Weekly: Different Angles
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To be truly innovative requires a new perspective. And sometimes the best way to gain a whole new perspective is to approach things from an entirely different angle.
From a vertical record player to a five axis CNC mill, here are a few Technology projects that take that objective literally.
Vinyl is back in a big way. Maybe that's due to the aesthetic charm of the format. More likely it's because of the incomparably rich acoustics of analogue. Either way, with record sales on the upswing, companies like Mondo are adding a whole new meaning to the words album art. Perhaps that's why Gramovox, the team behind Gramophone, decided it would be cool if folks could watch their records spin. They're now back on Kickstarter with the Floating Record Vertical Turntable, a beautiful new take on the turntable that sounds as good as it looks.
Not to be reductive, but CNC milling is like subtractive 3D printing. You can mill pretty much anything you can imagine, but it often means manually moving the block of raw material in order to complete a design. The team behind Pocket NC has come up with a more efficient system in designing a five axis CNC mill. This takes the typical X, Y and Z axes (length, width, and height) of milling and adds two previously unimagined rotational angles. That means with Pocket NC you can plug in your design and complete your build with minimal interruption.
Thanks to 3D printing, the boundaries of what we can create are now limited only by our imagination. Well, that and the often pint-size print size of the printer itself. The team at Drawn is aiming to expand that footprint. They're designing furniture and other home decor using Galatea, an enormous 3D printer made from a robotic arm found in an automobile factory. The scope of these objects is incredible, and it has us thinking we can maybe even get some bigger chairs around the office.
Geodesic domes are structurally sound, beautiful, and multitudinous in their applications. Indelibly associated with Buckminster Fuller, the dome has been used all over the world for over half a century. So why don't more people have them in their backyard? Well, they're kind of hard to build. But now the team at hubs has come up with a hub and ball joint system that lets anyone build a geodesic dome in under an hour. They're early in the development process, and looking for input, so jump onboard and be a part of something truly revolutionary.