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Airlander 10 deflated after breaking free of its mooring

The Airlander 10 suffered a setback this weekend after breaking free of its mooring and deflating

Just one day after successfully completing its sixth test flight, the Airlander 10 has suffered a major setback. According to reports, the world’s largest aircraft apparently broke free of its mooring mast on Saturday morning and was deflated as a safety precaution. An investigation is underway.

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Scandinavian-inspired teardrop trailer blurs the lines between indoors and out

Lounging in the Droplet teardrop trailer

Teardrop trailers are a nice compromise for those that want to spend a lot of time outdoors but prefer a little extra nighttime comfort while there. Simple, spartan interiors keep you motivated to get outside and stay there the whole day and tailgate galleys force you to cook under the sky. But at night, you enjoy the softness of a mattress and the security of four walls – no leaking or flapping tent fabric or poking rocks and twigs to deal with. Canadian start-up Droplet further enhances this mix of indoor-outdoor living, offering a teardrop with large, wide doors and picture windows to keep you connected with the outdoors even while you’re in bed.

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Architecture’s UX Problem

Research shows people don’t understand how to use high-performance buildings. Does architecture need a UX breakthrough?

Julia K. Day remembers the moment she got interested in understanding how people use architecture. Day, who is now an assistant professor in Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction, was a design student studying a new high-performance building in Spokane, Washington. The building had an interface designed to let people know when it was environmentally ideal to open the windows rather than use the A/C. When the conditions was right, a green light would come on–supposedly letting people know they should open their windows.

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footwear & softgoods • Re: Velcro vs. Laces

iab wrote:
For your average schlub, probably doesn’t make one whit of difference in performance.

Many cycling shoes are velcro only. The very expensive ones aren’t and tend to talk about lightness, stiffness, power transmission and a lot of other phony baloney marketing gibberish. You can put me in the “best” most-expensive shoe, a professional cyclist in flip-flops and they will drop me like a bag of wet sand. Crush my soul.

Buy whatever floats your boat.

By “performance” I mean the amount of support my feet/ankles get. Not “these are going to make me faster” performance. It’s a matter of whether or not I’m sore the next day. But I like your example, and 100% agree with you in that regard.

ralphzoontjens wrote:
I also prefer the comfort of velcro but don’t wear them because of the sound and ‘patched on top of’ look, how about Hickies?
http://www.hickies.com

Never seen those before! I might give those a shot. I wish they were a little more minimally styled though. I want just a straight band without the bulge around the fastening point.


footwear & softgoods • Re: Velcro vs. Laces

Brian_Donlin wrote:
By “performance” I mean the amount of support my feet/ankles get. Not “these are going to make me faster” performance. It’s a matter of whether or not I’m sore the next day. But I like your example, and 100% agree with you in that regard.

I certainly think that comfort is a part of performance. Kind of hard to perform when uncomfortable.

My point being is, you won’t know unless you give it a try. Those shoes may give you great support, me none, or vise-versa, or any other combination. And obviously, don’t believe the hype.


general design discussion • Re: We have $10,000 – what should we buy?

Yes, an injection molding machine seems a bit overkill. Agree with Cyberdemon on how advanced injection molding is now a days that a simple machine without a teacher would not be a good investment for the school.

Also, if injection molding is of interest why not create simple RTV molds. Teaches you the basics of molding without the expense. Back in the day we used to have to take Metals, Woods and Plastics classes separately plus Design Methodology and Production Techniques….now it is all combined into one or two model making classes.

The electronics kit may be nice but also a bit misleading and I’m afraid students may focus more on the coding or EE design that they’ll put design second. Besides, if showing how something works in real life or having an working prototype is the goal, you can probably buy a new or used XYZ, open it up and use the same components for your new XYZ. Then you can use your school’s filament 3D printer to print your beautifully designed housing.

Maybe use the 10K for a sponsored project in AI? Have the class design a robot that solves a specific need or helps somebody perform a task better. Use the 10K for materials, prints or guest speakers on AI?


Flatpack M.A.Di house pops up in a matter of hours

Italian architect Renato Vidal has created a prefabricated foldable house that takes less than a day ...

Italian architect Renato Vidal has created a prefabricated foldable house that takes less than a day to install once on site. The M.A.Di home is an economic flat-packed housing solution that is not only sustainable, but designed to last and withstand earthquakes. Manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy, the M.A.Di home is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) to create a modular and multi-functional anti-seismic family home.

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software and technology • Re: Alias modeling question

It also seems that every day surfacing is relying much more in engineering teams than design ones. Even softwares like CATIA are having new features to encourage “fast models”, “3d sketching” for developing “concept models”.

Then mudbox & zbrush are on a track to be used not only in CGI environments for Entertainment but also in product development.

And Holographic technologies are just here around the corner…


software and technology • Re: Alias modeling question

Many car class-A surfaces that get modeled for production are already based on 3d scanned clay models (basically reverse engineering the shapes by hand in the software). The workflow of converting “dirty geometry” to nice Alias surfaces is nothing new. If you create your new surfaces on top of a scanned mesh or on top of a sub-D mesh is no big difference. At the end of the day you will need your clean NURBS surfaces either way for the reasons you mentioned. But there is no need to built those earlier than really necessary.