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The technologies collected in the Maker Commons tell a story about the exploration of emergent methods of planning, designing and building our shared future. Discover how leaders in the fields of rapid prototyping, 3D printing, digital modeling and more are pushing the envelope in their disciplines with these compelling new tools.

Mobilizing with 3D Scans

Using an Artec Eva 3D scanner, the CAMERA research team at University of Bath have done something incredible for one man: creating a previously impossible, custom-fitted liner for his prosthetic leg. This pioneering technique slashes time and cost off of the creation of prosthetic accessories by directly imaging a patient’s residuum.

Preserving History in Time of Conflict

Iranian artist and activist, Morehshin Allahyari used 3D printing to recreate artifacts destroyed by ISIS during recent fighting. Allahyari goes one step further, literally embedding each sculpture’s history within the miniature recreations via flash drive. Copies of her work were printed at the Maker Commons for a visit to University Park and originals were displayed during the Palmer Museum of Art’s Plastic Entanglements exhibition in 2018.

All Pioneering People + Projects

University of Bath

University of Bath: Mobilizing with 3D Scans Using an Artec Eva 3D scanner, the CAMERA research team at University of Bath have done something incredible for one man: creating a previously impossible, custom-fitted liner for his prosthetic leg. This...

IKEA

IKEA ThisAbles: Hacking the (Accessible) Home Starting out with an in-store hack-a-thon, IKEA Israel launched the ThisAbles project to make its most popular products more usable for customers with disabilities. From larger lamp controls to glass protecting...

MX3D

MX3D: Bridging the Virtual + Real The Times visits Dutch design firm, MX3D to learn more about the 3D printed, stainless steel pedestrian bridge they have designed to span the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in their home city, Amsterdam. While being truly...

Food Ink

Food Ink: Serving a Slice of The Future Opened in London's Shoreditch neighborhood in late 2016, the Food Ink restaurant concept invites diners to sample innovative recipes - that are 3D printed at their table, on demand. Not only that, but even the...

GM

GM: Designing Collaboratively with an Alien Mind Autodesk visits the Director of Additive Design and Manufacturing at General Motors to learn how new tools are pushing the bounds on what parts can look like by allowing human designers to reach beyond their...

Smithsonian X 3D

Smithsonian X 3D: The Collection Extended The Smithsonian's X 3D digitization program has been transforming this venerable institution's extensive collections and on-going scientific projects into a globally accessible library of wildly accurate, online 3D...

Proximity Designs

Proximity Designs: Cultivating Dignity Radio Free Asia profiles how non-profit company Proximity Designs creates highly affordable, 3D printed parts for irrigation systems that are sorely lacking for farmers in rural Myanmar. Their process relies heavily...

ICON

ICON: Affordable Homes, Layer by Layer New Story takes us on-site in Austin, Texas where their partner, ICON has just 3D printed the first of its homes intended for the developing world. The units, which take less than 24 hours to complete, are projected...

Björk

Björk: New Stories, New Realities For her "Black Lake" video from 2015's Vulnicura album, musician and consulate multi-hyphenate Björk called upon Autodesk to design the 3D printed elements of her dramatic costumes and landscapes. Get a taste of the...

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen: Re-Fashioning Couture Dutch designer, Iris van Herpen has been pushing boundaries in the world of high fashion since her eponymous label's founding in 2007. van Herpen's design process incorporates elements of rapid prototyping as she and...

Wake Forest

Wake Forest: Printing Spare (Body) Parts VICE News visits Wake Forest University's Institute for Regenerative Medicine to learn how 3D printing is being leveraged to not only create prosthetics but fully realized replacement body parts made from human...

Morehshin Allahyari

Morehshin Allahyari: Preserving History in Time of Conflict Born and raised in Iran, Morehshin Allahyari is a new-media artist and activist who has lived in the United States since 2007. Her work, which uses 3D scanners and printers as tools to investigate...

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