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BigRep 3D printer can print whole pieces of furniture


The problem with many 3D printers designed for consumer use is that the print bed is usually quite small. This is fine for small objects, such as, say, utensils, ornaments, toys, and parts, but anything a little bigger is going to require multiple prints and assembly.

But we’re about to see the entry of a new kind of printer. The open-source BigRep One allows for a build volume of 1,147 by 1,000 by 1,188 millimeters (45x39x47 inches) — large enough to print full-scale objects.


The printer itself, constructed with an aluminum frame, has a print resolution of 100 microns (0.1 millimeters). It can print in a variety of materials, including the usual plastics and nylons, as well as Laywood, a mix of wood fibers and polymers for a wood finish, and Laybrick, a sandstone-like filament, using the fused-deposition modeling (FDM) technique.

The printer can also have CNC components built in for milling, if you so require.

The BigRep One was developed by Berlin-based artist Lukas Oehmigen and Marcel Tasler, and has just seen its debut at the 3D PrintShow in New York. It will start shipping to customers in March/April with a suggested price of $39,000, but you can contact BigRep through its Web site to get a quote.

(Source: CNET Australia)

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Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill join Fallon in dissing hashtags


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Once something becomes a mania, you have to combat it with the biggest guns you can find.

In Jimmy Fallon’s case, the biggest gun he could find last September was Justin Timberlake.

Together, they attacked #hashtagmania with all the gusto and fearlessness of missionaries.

But now that he’s of the “Tonight Show,” Fallon needs to find greater canons for his quest to diminish the presence of hashtags in every social media post.

At first, you might imagine that he’d not succeeded. For all he could muster on Wednesday night was Jonah Hill. A fine actor, to be sure.

But if the blight of the hashtag is to be exterminated, the job needs someone with a little more loftiness than a Hill.

Yes, Hill tried hard. And yes, he’s been nominated for an Oscar. But that’s not enough.

Wait, there’s a knock on the door. Who is it? Martin Scorsese?

It is, indeed. With just one line, he tried to offer a modest perspective on this whole hashtag obsession.

It’s true that modest perspective hasn’t always been the forte of certain Scorsese movies. This time, he’s in and he’s departed.

#funny? You tell me.

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The 404 1,428: Where we see in HD (podcast)

Leaked from today’s 404 episode:

– Neuroscientist develops app that can train you to see farther.

– Exhibition “Personified” allows visitors to turn their heartbeats into music.

– A small town in Pennsylvania seeks recognition from Google Maps, Facebook, and Mapquest.

– Protip: How to keep YouTube streaming on your phone when you turn it off.

Episode 1,428


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Google to Glassholes: Stop it

Explorers need etiquette?


It’s hard being misunderstood.

Sometimes you have to ask yourself: “Is it these desperate ingrates who don’t see my genius? Or might it be me?”

Why did this thought enter my troubled day? Oh, because Google has just released a guide to help its Explorers behave.

In the past, Google has been happy to let its pioneers do their thing. Now, after one or two got a pie in the ear, Google is keen to help the nerds assimilate with the world as it sadly is.

The guide is a series of do’s and don’ts. Naturally, the don’ts are more interesting.

The first seems something of a reaction to fears that prolonged use of the device might not be wise. Last week,
Google Glass enthusiast Chris Barrett told me how he’d experienced severe headaches when he wore it for any length of time.

The first of Google’s new don’ts tells users not to “Glass-Out.” It explains: “Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love.”

And “things you love” shouldn’t include eight hours of creepy photography.

Still, this guide doesn’t mention health reasons. Rather: “If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you.”

As if you don’t already look pretty weird to the people around you.

While it’s helpful of Google’s guide to remind people not to wear Glass when playing contact sports, it’s clear the company is most concerned about social reaction.

Its third don’t reminds Explorers that they will, indeed, be stared at and begs them to be polite.

The last don’t seems like the most significant. Don’t “be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”).”

This might remind the owners of the Lost Lake Cafe in Seattle of the customer who didn’t appreciate being asked to take his device off and the fuss that ensued.

Not only was he asked to leave, but the restaurant then described him and his kind as “man children stinkin up the joint.

Google seems concerned that Glassholes are stinkin’ up the company’s hopefully addictive joint. As the guide explains: “Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.”

What next? Google Glass Finishing School For Nerds?

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Don’t blink or you’ll miss this ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ teaser

“Guardians of the Galaxy” will feature a ragtag band of heroes including Rocket, a talking raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and beautiful Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer, according to Marvel.


Remember when movie releases were a big deal? Nowadays, trailers for feature films are getting almost as much hype as the movies themselves. Case in point: Disney released a 30-second teaser for its full-length trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” during this year’s Super Bowl. Yes, you read that right. It was a teaser for a trailer. At the end of the short spot (which was pretty cool, by the way), viewers were invited to log on at a special link to see the “world premiere of the new trailer.” Not the movie. The trailer.

It must have worked for the mega movie makers, because Disney’s at it again. It just released this 15-second teaser for its longer trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And this teaser itself was preceded by the cameo appearance of a key character, The Collector, during a scene interjected in the credits of “Thor: The Dark World.”

The full trailer will air at 11:35 Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” After its debut, which will be introduced by Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord in the film, the trailer will be available on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s official YouTube channel exclusively for 24 hours.

While this type of long tease certainly builds interest in the film, it’s also clearly designed to build interest in Kimmel’s show. It’s facing new competition from Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” which airs opposite his late-night program.

Oh, and what about the premiere date for the real film? That’s due on August 1.

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Kanye West: Eric Schmidt is cool; Tim Cook, not so much

Kanye. In mask. A symbol of his reticence?

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to discuss the latest thoughts of America’s greatest artist.

If anyone knows of any just impediment to listening to his latest thoughts, please speak now or forever hold your peace.

Peace, you see, is something Kanye finds hard to hold. Sometimes, he has to let it out like a dove of aggressive thought.

I am grateful to Consequence Of Sound for telling me that on Saturday night, West performed at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and offered entirely uncorrupted (and slightly NSFW) thoughts.

He’s fond of calling himself a genius. In this monologue, he explains that he’s constantly fighting the media, who use the word “rapper” as a term of denigration to belittle his art ignore his poetic contribution to culture.

In this he may well be right.

However, he has a peculiar fascination, obsession even, with Apple. More than once, he has declared himself the “next Steve Jobs.

I am not sure he’s quite yet risen to that assertion. Still, on this night in New Jersey, he decided to target Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Firstly, he explained that the reason he speaks directly to all-eared luminaries like Cook, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Nike’s Mark Parker is that “I’ve got a microphone and I can.”

Impeccable logic, to be sure. (West has just left Nike for Adidas. Surely you knew.)

So here was his melodious, if malodorous, message to Cook: “Hey, Tim Cook, the Head of Apple, stop trying to get performers to play your festivals for free. You are rich as f***. You’re rich as f***.”

Although some media outlets have suggested he accused Cook of acting “so dumb,” to my own imperfect ears he asked Cook to quit acting like he’s down with the culture. (The relevant action starts at around the 12:52 mark.)

It may be that West thinks Schmidt is up with the culture, as he seemed to have second thoughts about Google’s eminence grise.

He said he didn’t know why he had earlier mentioned him in the same breath as Cook and described him as “my boy and s***.” This is surely a description Schmidt may not have heard very often in life.

It’s good to see that West is capable of second thoughts. Some might wonder whether he’ll one day have some second thoughts about himself.

West offered more hope to those skeptics: “I know that I can do better than what y’all seeing tonight.”

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