Just spotted these free downloads from Autodesk, including one that lets you stitch together photos into a 3D model; and an ipad sculpting app. Now we’re not ones to advertise products, but knowing AD these beta versions won’t be free forever so try them while you can.
We’ll post a review once we’ve tried them out!
Widow by Susie MacMurray
V&A and Crafts Council have collaborated on a fantastic new exhibition, Power of Making. Weaving our way around a jam-packed exhibition space, BCA was thrilled to see such a diverse collection of objects and machines, from craft to product design to new technologies, including our friend Adrian Bowyer’s RepRap.
The exhibition dismisses a traditional linear structure, preferring to place seemingly disparate objects side by side, rather than track the history of craft or neatly separate the different mediums. By placing unlikely objects next to each other, curator Daniel Charny is able to emphasise how techniques employed or even makers’ motivations can connect these different industries.
We were curious to hear what people had to say about this celebration of tinkering, so we asked a few visitors as they were leaving the exhibition.* Alan Simon, a Design and Technology teacher, told us that there is far too much emphasis on academic subjects at school and that the UK is not keeping up with Germany in terms of teaching design at a young age. Shareen Sange, a fashion student, felt that the exhibition pointed her to a range of inspiring new techniques.
The images are of some of our favourites, but go see for yourselves! Power of Making is at the V&A until 2nd January 2012
*in case you were wondering, um no, we didn’t stand outside the exhibition with clipboards.
Shine by Geoffrey Mann
Rotationalmouldedshoe by Marloes ten Bhomer
If you’re in London this summer then head to the Southbank Centre on August 13 & 14 for a weekend of free hands on workshops, cutting edge manufacturing, debates and film screenings on the theme of Power and Production. P&P was one of the original themes of the Festival of Britain and BCA and the SBC wanted the nation to reconnect with the idea of making, even if for just a weekend.
Soldering workshop by John Richards
The packed weekend include: workshops by John Richards Dirty Electronics teaching the art of soldering, under the bonnet sessions with the AA and hands-on advice on basic car repairs and maintenance, Mag Culture + Stack’s newsdesk publishes an independent magazine dedicated to the themes of the festival, a create your own app workshop with textextext_, our own Home Factory will open up a world of DIY design and projects; plus on display across the Southbank Centre site will be a large scale model of the Skylon Rocket by Reaction Engines, a Fuel Cell Black Cab, the original FoB bus that toured the country in 1951, the 3D printed EADS Airbike… plus other workshops and events across the site. Phewww!
If that’s not enought, one of the highlights of the weekend will be on saturday night when Evan Davies, presenter of BBC’s Made in Britain series, hosts a panel discussion on the future of production and manufacturing in Britain, alongside Brompton’s Will Butler-Adams and Vitsoe’s Mark Adams. The evening will end with a film screening of Peter Sellar’s I’m alright Jack in Magnificent Revolution’s Cycle-in-Cinema powered only by the thigh muscle and sweat of members of the audience!
What links them all? A glimpse into the factory floor of the future where people can make, mend, move things themselves. Hope to see you there and bring family and friends!
Magnificent Revolution’s Cycle-in-Cinema
As the end of the school year approached and students were choosing GSCEs for next year, Rosedale College invited us to do a show-and-tell about what it’s like to be an architect and designer. We got the kids to design their dream school (swimming pools were a firm favourite – probably because it was sweltering outside), drew their designs in Google Sketchup, and created a scale model in our 3D printer. They were so intrigued by our piece of kit we could barely keep up with all their questions! Watch out for budding architects amongst this group.
Showing the students how to turn a 3d model into a physical one.
The winning design which we drew in sketchup and printed; classrooms surround a swimming pool and tunnels leading out to playing fields.
You heard it here first! BCA is curating the Power and Production weekend at the Southbank Centre this August as part of the Festival of Britain’s 60th Anniversary. We’re turning the Royal Festival Hall into a fully functioning workshop to get people making things. There will be soldering classes, 3D printing, printmaking, bike and car repair workshops and a whole lot more to be discovered.
Most workshops will be free or cost very little – so be sure to sign up beforehand. We’ll post a link to Southbank Centre’s website to do this shortly. Pencil 13th and 14th August into your diaries and look forward to seeing you there!
Watch the full film here! Produced by BCA, in collaboration with Visitor Studio, the film features Blists Hill Iron Foundry, automated Lost Wax Casting and Dr Adrian Bowyer talking about the future of manufacturing at home. Production Line is being projected onto an external stairwell of the Hayward Gallery as part of the Festival of Britain from now until September.