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Plastic Style

These plastic products have gotten a style upgrade from designers using 3-D printers. Two lamps and a 3-D printed heart made to help surgeons visualize complicated procedures before they begin are on display at the 2014 Euroscience Open Forum being held now in Copenhagen. 

The models, built by Belgian additive manufacturing company Materialize with support from the European Commission, calls attention to advancing artistic, medical and scientific applications for 3-D printers. 

All pictures by Michael Keller.

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Going Solar
by Txchnologist staff
This graphic shows the many ways that homeowners can tap the sun to power domestic bliss. Suggestions run the gamut from modern contrivances like solar water heaters and light tubes to tried-and-true clotheslines and shade trees.
Rocky Mountain Institute, a think tank focused on resource efficiency through integrative design, includes the average payback for solar upgrades in its graphic. This is a very general measure of when cost savings through using solar energy versus conventionally purchased grid electricity pays for the cost of the system and financing. Click here for a larger version of the image. [[MORE]]

Going Solar

by Txchnologist staff

This graphic shows the many ways that homeowners can tap the sun to power domestic bliss. Suggestions run the gamut from modern contrivances like solar water heaters and light tubes to tried-and-true clotheslines and shade trees.

Rocky Mountain Institute, a think tank focused on resource efficiency through integrative design, includes the average payback for solar upgrades in its graphic. This is a very general measure of when cost savings through using solar energy versus conventionally purchased grid electricity pays for the cost of the system and financing. Click here for a larger version of the image. 

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Packing Light

by Txchnologist Staff

The job of manufacturing incandescent lightbulbs was captured in 1935 as part of an educational film series produced by GE called Excursions in Science.

The women at top were packing recently manufactured bulbs for shipment, the final stage of a long and exacting production process.

The animation below shows an earlier part of the process, when the bulbs’ flanges were made from glass tubing. Intense heat softened the bottom of the tube and a spinning mold created a beveled edge.

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Architecture Of The Night

by Txchnologist Staff

GE printed this booklet, Architecture of the Night, in February 1930. Published while the art deco style was sweeping around the world, the booklet’s articles suggested all the possibilities of architectural illumination for the growing stock of beautifully executed buildings.

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