FINGERPRINT WEDDING BANDS

June 10th, 2011 by Stephen
Following on from our fingerprint sculptures in 2005 we exhibited a fingerprint ring at the 2008 ARS Electronica. This project was put on the back burner for a while, until a customer of ours dropped us a line asked if we could make her some fingerprint wedding bands. The idea being that, even when they are apart, they still hold one-another’s hand; a very romantic notion. The answer was, of course, “Of course!”. These first rings were in Silver and included a fingerprint that were oxidized to increase the contrast. The female fingerprint ring was also refined with a diamond.

Since then we have made a few different versions of the fingerprint rings. These fingerprint rings are made from white gold and are embossed with the markings of a frog from South America, which is the subject of the brides research.

Blacked silver is used in this case to contrast the inside of the fingerprint ring that is in contact with the finger. The blackened silver also contrast beautifully with the white of the wedding dress.

At Fluid Forms we really love working on wedding rings. We are all about the embodiment of emotions in physical objects and what could be more emotional than a wedding.

If you are looking to add something really special to your wedding rings, drop us a line. The fingerprint rings and all our custom jewelry is made in Austria and we ship all over the world. If it is an engagement ring or a special anniversary ring you are after, why not make it extra special with a Fluid Forms Fingerprint Ring.

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BE YOUR OWN SOUVENIR
April 12th, 2011 by Stephen
This is a really project by BlablabLAB that really show the fascination of seeing yourself or loved ones in another form. They scan in people bodies in real time and 3D-Print out the results.

The real time aspect enables people to be much more creative with there poses than with scanners to date.

Be Your Own Souvenir! from blablabLAB on Vimeo.

via: gizmodo

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DHUB BARCELONA :: GENERATIVE PRODUCTION, GENERATIVE DESIGN, FABLAB
November 11th, 2010 by Hannes
If you are interested in digital manufacturing methods, generative design, generative architecture and fabbing, DHUB Barcelona is the place to go. The exhibition and surrounding program is excellently curated by Carlos Ipser and Marta Alemany (and other curators?) shows the most representative examples around Additive Manufacturing Methods, Open Source Fabbers, Mass Customization and more. Beside products and concepts of rather well known labels like FOC or n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com, astonishing (fab)bots developed during workshops at the AA and IAAC are shown. The whole program is very inspiring and provides a good clue for what will be possible in the future, using digital fabrication, generative software and co-creation.

The FabBot I liked the most by Ali Basbous and Miquel Lloveras.

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FULL PRINTED
October 22nd, 2010 by Stephen
This is a short film by Neuve Ojos I found on the Ponoko site today. It is part of the Fabrication Laboratory exhibition at the DHUB in Barcelona. It really shows the romance of Fabbing and a glimpse at what the future could be. Our Cassius lamps are also part of this exhibition.

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TOPOGRAPHIC EARTH LANDSCAPE MODELS
October 19th, 2010 by Hannes
Many people think Fluid Forms is all about online-design-tools and user co-creation. Right, but beside our standard products available in our online-shop, we do lots of special editions. I’d like to show you some extraordinary examples form topographic landscape models, which are clearly based on our “Earth bowls” and explain the background a bit.

For the Jagdmuseum Stainz (Hunting Museum Stainz) we did a landscape relief of the western part of Styria. Visitors can choose points of special interest and villages on the screen. Size is about 1,5 x 2,5 meter. The position of these places are indicated by LEDs on the topographic model. (done by project-syntropy.de/) It’s a good example for the work we do for exhibitions and museums.

Earth-Landscape-Model-Jagdmuseum-Stainz

In Austria, regions with special and unique traditional foods, are marketed under the label “Genussregionen Österreichs”. A while ago the best of them got awarded for their activities. The trophy was a gold colored topographic model of Austria. The banner indicated the location of the winning regions. Concept by ipu.at Closely related to this is our Styria Pin. By this it should be clear, the basically we can make any region (even the moon) in any size and any material. It’s no problem to use region’s boundaries to make a special trophy of certain cities, states or countries. So if you have something cool and special in mind, just let us know and we’ll try our best to realize you idea.

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HUMAN LANDSCAPES IN SW FLORIDA
October 12th, 2010 by Stephen
These are two Streets Pendants/Earrings I made from some sections displayed in an article on boston.com showing the results of the residential development bust in the form of satellite images. Some of the developments are really quite attractive from a birds eye perspective.

Below are some examples. You can see more here.

Grape like Streets

A neighborhood in Port Charlotte, Florida

TIP: You can create Earrings of Pendants of these or other locations by entering the coordinates (separated by a comma) of a location into the search field on the Streets Interface. This will take you straight to that location. E.g. 26.42335,-81.779802

A section of a partially built residential project with only two houses in place, near Fort Myers, Florida.

You can see that only two houses were build here before things went pair shaped.

Circular layouts of homes near I-75, southwest of Fort Myers, Florida.

If you find other cool location please let us know by email or by posting on our Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/fluidforms

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GESCHENKTIPPS UND GEWINNSPIEL VON GESCHENKE.DE
September 16th, 2010 by Hannes
:: Sorry, this entry is available in German only ::

Viele der selbst gestalteten Fluid Forms werden ja als ganz individuelles Geschenk für den Geburtstag, einen Jahrestag und diverse andere Anlässe wie Hochzeitstag, Muttertag etc. bestellt. Für all jene, die auf Fluid-Forms.com nicht ganz fündig werden, bietet die deutsche Website geschenke.de eine Vielzahl unterschiedlichster Geschenkideen für jeden Anlass. Geschenke.de ist, gleich wie personalisiert.de, eine Tochterseite des sehr erfolgreichen Unternehmens personello.de, das sich auf die Personalisierung von Produkten mittels Photodruck spezialisiert hat.

Tipp: auf der Facebookseite von geschenke.de gibt es aktuell gerade Streets-Ohrringe zu gewinnen!

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ARS ELECTONICA 2010
September 8th, 2010 by Stephen
I visited in Linz on the weekend for the ARS Electonica; one of the world’s foremost media art festivals. Here are a few of the highlights as far as I am concerned. A the time of writing the ARS is still running. If you get a chance you should pop along to Linz and see for yourself.

Good Morning Linz
Good Morning Linz
Never Ever – Benjamin Bergmann
Never Ever – Benjamin Bergmann
Earth – Finnbogi Pétursson
Earth – Finnbogi Pétursson

Ocean of Light: Surface – Squidsoup
Ocean of Light: Surface – Squidsoup
Studiolab – Adam Zaretsky
Studiolab – Adam Zaretsky
Pinhole Projector
Pinhole Projector

Framework f5x5x5 – LAb[au]
Framework f5x5x5 – LAb[au]
The Toaster Project – Thomas Thwaites
The Toaster Project – Thomas Thwaites
The Toaster Project – Thomas Thwaites
The Toaster Project – Thomas Thwaites

Capacity for (urban eden, human error) – Allison Kudla
Capacity for (urban eden, human error) – Allison Kudla
Merrick – Dann van den Berg
Merrick – Dann van den Berg
Cycloid-E – Michel Décosterd
Cycloid-E – Michel Décosterd

Monster in the Toilet – Annonymous
Monster in the Toilet – Annonymous
Measuring Angst – Jonathan Schipper
Measuring Angst – Jonathan Schipper
Dispatchwork – jan Vormann
Dispatchwork – jan Vormann

Linz from the Tabakfabrik (The ARS Location)
Linz from the Tabakfabrik (The ARS Location)

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10 THINGS THAT WILL DEMOCRATIZE DESIGN
August 11th, 2010 by Joris
Designing things is hard. Even as 3D printing and other technologies lower barriers to manufacturing it is actually quite difficult to design. What tools could make it easier for you to draw, design or specify the unique things you need and want? Below is a list of tools and trends that will help reduce the complexity and cost of design so that you can make whatever you think of.

Online design tools: Aviary is one of the companies pioneering free, easy to use online design tools. Their accessibility and low price points make them attractive use.
Open source tools: GIMP and Blender are two examples of open source tools that are giving the commercial players a run for their money. GIMP is an image editing suite and Blender a 3D modeling tool. As well as making tools available for free GIMP, Blender and Aviary all encourage commercial players to lower prices and explore other business models.
Online Customization Tools: FluidForms for example has its Cassius Lamp. Tools such as this are stand alone, creative, fun and easy ways to customize a design. They are limited in the degree of freedom but easy to use. Large corporates will turn to these tools initially when trying to explore co-creation and the simplification of design.
Design Frameworks: In programming you have frameworks that simplify the process of creating websites. Likewise design frameworks should emerge whereby you can easily manipulate and design using many pre-made forms. Instead of having to draw from scratch you can take a few things that look like what you want and manipulate them.
Data-Based Design: Tools such as the Streets earrings turn a data set into a design. Via this way you could input anything such as your birthday, your browser history, etc. and the tool could represent this design in a set way. Fun but limited uniqueness is a constraint.
You could also use generative design whereby a program is written that has an algorithm and this produces a series of design choices. This manner of designing allows software engineers and data driven people into the design game. In a pure generative application a series of umbrellas will be produced and you can select your favorite or pick a different constraint.

A related discipline – parametric design – works by understanding the geometric relationship between all the possible outcomes of the design. This is a handy method whereby one could let people determine the size of their object for example and the end result would be created automatically. All of these categories of tools are basically “systems that use math to design things” and allow data and algorithms to automatically determine a shape based on a data point.

Haptics: Haptics are tools that give you a sensation of physical feedback as you use them. Playstation controllers and game console steering wheels are haptics. Tools such as Anarkik3D combine software and a device to make 3D modeling much easier. By “feeling” where you are on the design, the manipulation of the 3D object becomes intuitive.
Computer games: Computer games already have sophisticated 3D environments. It’s a shame that it is hard to export this data to manufacturing tools. But, the reuse of the designs in the games and the level of aptitude that millions of people develop within a game make combining a computer game with manufacturing capacity a huge potential business opportunity. Just another way in which Spore was ahead of its time.
BAD, Brain Aided Design whereby your thoughts would be transformed into an object.
Hire a designer: ‘Hire a designer’ has been around for hundreds of years. But, the dialogue between the designer and the wannabe designer (wesigner, anyone?) has always been a stumbling block. What did the architect mean when she said your house was becoming too “Calatrava-y”? And what exactly do you mean when you want it to be more romantic? New tools and platforms are emerging to smooth over that dialogue.
Quiz based design: In quiz based design a series of questions, the more abstract the better, are asked of the customer. By matching those answers with data about the person and his/her experience a software tool will then design your object. This is the ultimate incarnation of Amazon’s recommendation engine and much work is being done towards recommendation, discovery and design aid tools. A relatively intelligent combination will be needed but if you look at what is possible now by tools such as 20 Questions headway is being made.
Joris Peels has a blog about 3D printing and the future of design called Voxelfab

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KICKSTARTER STREETS EARRINGS
June 10th, 2010 by Stephen
The Kickstarter Streets Earring are on their way! In March and April we ran a campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise funds to make the first batch of Streets Earrings.

They turned out even better than we expected and we are really chuffed!

Check out what the maps, the preview images from the design interface and the final earrings themselves look like.

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