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HP Advances Its HP Metal Jet and HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers

Design News - 4 hours 6 min ago
HP’s Metal Jet S100 Printing Solution is now equipped with new capabilities to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

Laser technology for EV battery recycling

Design News - 10 hours 37 min ago
Trumpf says its new laser process speeds the separation of EV battery materials.

Materialise and nTop Partner to Push Boundaries of Additive Manufacturing

Design News - 20 hours 41 min ago
The Materialise/nTop collaboration resulted in a high-performance 3D-printed cylinder head for Wärtsilä with enhanced cooling and weight reduction.

A Compact, Easy-to-Deploy Design for a Car Sunshade

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

It's blazing hot where I am, and I've thought about getting a sunshade for my car. But they seem bulky and like they'd be a pain to deploy.

This umbrella-like design seems it would be a lot easier to use:

That being said, I don't have much faith that the object would last long. It's part of Temu's endless product churn and runs less than $10.


The Convenience of Apron Chest Pockets, Without the Apron

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Steady Bags, a softgoods company, designed this Overall Pack:


Targeted at artists, makers and bike mechanics, the thinking is to offer the convenience of work apron chest pockets, without the bulk of the actual apron.

I can see the utility; there have been times I've worn an apron for the on-body tool storage, but didn't need the apron part, and in fact it was an impediment. (Fencing repair, when you're doing a lot of squatting.)

The black and grey units run $100. The garishly-colored "Maker's Choice" unit runs $125.

An EDC "Pop-to-Light" Keychain Flashlight

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

A company called Ysmart London is rethinking the interface for flashlights. Rather than the flashlight being something you pull out and click on, the company's tiny MQ3X flashlight is meant to be worn, and has no external switch; instead it illuminates once you pull it free from its magnetic tether.

The company calls this a "pop-to-light" design.


Ysmart London targets the EDC market (surprise), and offers the MQ3X in that market's preferred finishes:

The $50 MQ3X has been successfully Kickstarted, with 24 days left to pledge at press time.


This is What Prime Air Drone Delivery Looks Like

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Well, this is nuts. If you live in certain areas of Texas, California or Arizona and have Amazon Prime, you can get same-day delivery, and this is how the packages arrive:

"The FAA has given Prime Air additional permissions that allow us to operate our drones beyond visual line of sight," Amazon writes, "enabling us to now serve more customers via drone and effectively expand and scale our drone delivery operations."

Amazon's latest MK30 Prime Air drone can fly through light rain and carry packages up to 5 pounds. The drone scored the FAA clearance because it "uses industry-leading sense-and-avoid technology that allows them to detect and avoid obstacles including people, pets, and property," satisfying safety regulators. And it typically drops the packages off "in one hour or less" from the time they were ordered.

No word on when they'll roll this out in the rest of the country; the company says they're making it available to select locations in the UK and Italy next.

Amazon says the most popular item ordered for drone delivery in the 'States is AA batteries. I wonder what it will be for the Brits and Italians.


Core77 Weekly Roundup (6-17-24 to 6-21-24)

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Here's what we looked at this week:

The Ventete aH-1 is an inflatable, collapsible bike helmet.

Kinetic lighting: Studio Drift's stunning Shylight installation, inspired by the way flowers close up at night.

This surprising FurnSpin cabinet mechanism is by Hettich.

From Japan, anti-dog-pee fencing made of bamboo.

The Maus Fire Suppressor: A designey, no-mess fire extinguisher from Sweden.

The Mobile-Plate, a wearable worksurface, is like a BabyBjörn for your laptop.

Modular adjustable storage furniture, 1960s Danish Modern style, by furniture designer Henning Kjærnulf.

The Lon:HUB, a desk-clinging power strip / charging station designed with UX in mind.

Jacques Monneraud's cardboard-like ceramic products are a comment on overconsumption.

The new design features of a Starbucks cold cup improves UX for baristas.

Industrial Design case study: Pensa designs a building access video intercom system for ButterflyMX.


Industrial Design Case Study: A Building Access Video Intercom

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

ButterflyMX makes building access systems for multifamily and commercial properties. NYC-based industrial design consultancy Pensa helped them develop a crucial bit of their front door kit.

PENSA worked with Butterfly MX to design their next generation video intercom system, creating a new warm, welcoming, brand-driven experience.

A new icon for an industry leaderButterflyMX intercoms offer industry leading technology and services, currently used in 10,000+ multifamily, commercial, and gated communities. PENSA built on the brand's success with a warm, inviting and intuitive building entry experience that considers the needs of residents and visitors as well as building management and installers.


Design and engineering integration
The design of the new ButterflyMX video intercoms creates a new icon for the brand, balancing an approachable and inviting form language with a precision fit and finish. The PENSA team of designers and engineers worked side by side with the Butterfly MX development teams to ensure that the concept vision was maintained, while solving for the challenging product requirements. The units are easy to install on a variety of architectures. Iterative ideation and prototyping lead to forms, materials and assemblies that solve for waterproofing and heat dissipation.

You can see more of Pensa's work here.


The Design Features of a Starbucks Cold Cup

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

If you've worked in structural package design, you may have noticed recent changes to Starbucks' cups for cold drinks. If not, here's a look at the new design features, added to make baristas' lives easier.

"Accessibility features were folded in. Raised dots signify different sizes that can be felt by a swipe of the thumb, for those with low visibility."

"Letters are embossed on the bottom of the cup, so baristas can quickly confirm what size they're grabbing during a busy rush when all the cups are stacked upside down."

"Black and white 'fill lines,' indicating measurement specifications, allow for contrast against both light- and dark-colored drinks."

There's another design change you can't see, one that makes things easier for both baristas and supply chain managers: "The tall, grande and venti cups all use the same size lid. To achieve this, the tall cup was redesigned with a wider mouth and profile, to still hold the same 12 ounces. Previously, the tall cup had multiple lid options, and the grande and venti cups shared a different lid."

The earlier arrangement meant the company had to stock three different lid sizes, which needed to be arranged in-store so that baristas could tell them apart. Unifying the lids simplifies storage, identification and of course, sourcing and ordering. (The trenta cup, however, still requires its own lid.)

The polypropylene sip lids were designed by thermoforming manufacturer Plastic Ingenuity and meant to obviate the need for straws. "The lid was successfully designed to reduce spilling, splashing, and ice migration through the drink opening with the same effectiveness as a straw," Plastic Ingenuity writes.

And finally, a change you also cannot see, but might be able to feel: They've lightweighted the cups, removing as much material as possible while still hitting structural integrity targets. The new cups cost less, and use less plastic (somewhere around 20% less, the company reckons).



Jacques Monneraud's Cardboard-Like Ceramic Products

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Prior to the pandemic, Jacques Monneraud had a long career as a creative director in Paris. Then "I left everything in 2021 and completed a ceramics degree," Monneraud writes. "The urge to craft my own objects had taken over. Since then, I create things, some useful, others less so, but always entirely made by hand on my potter's wheel in my workshop."

Monneraud became obsessed with creating ceramic pieces that look as if they're made of cardboard, and taped together:




The corrugation is painstaking to craft, as well as the "tape:" that's actually a glaze that Monneraud had to experiment with to get it just right.

Monneraud says he chose to emulate cardboard as a comment on its disposability. "I like the idea of ??being able to freeze fragility," he told StirPad. "Then, its apparent simplicity: Three pieces of cardboard + two pieces of tape = a pitcher. It's a mockery of our world of overproduction and overconsumption. We don't throw this cardboard away. If someone hid one of my pieces, it could still be on earth in 3000 years."

See more on Monneraud's Instagram.


The Lon:HUB, a Desk-Clinging Power Strip / Charging Station

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Subjectively I don't find this Lon:HUB device attractive, but can appreciate that it was designed with UX in mind. It's essentially a powerstrip designed to cling to the edge of your desk and provide easy access to useful ports, while hiding power cables beneath the desk. It also provides a modicum of cable management and features a wireless charger.


There's also a Pro version that features additional ports on the bottom.


The Lon:HUB has received a positive response on Kickstarter, where it's been successfully funded at $118K and climbing, with 27 days left to pledge at press time. The units are a bit pricey at $190 for the base version and $419 for the Pro. Multiple plug styles are offered.



Modular Adjustable Storage Furniture, 1960s Danish Modern Style

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Here's an interesting Danish Modern take on modular adjustable storage furniture. This system was designed in the 1960s by furniture designer Henning Kjærnulf. It features a variety of drawer and cabinet units, along with shelves, and is user-configurable.

The crutch-like verticals make extremely economical use of materials. Narrow as those pieces are, they're made of oak, which is strong enough to bear the weight of the components.


And as you can see, there are no horizontals in the structure; that is to say, the components themselves are the horizontals.

The system is infinitely extendable.


As for how the components are attached to the verticals, you can figure it out by studying the two photos below. The components have metal brackets on them that are shaped like an inverted U. These brackets hang on steel rods inserted into holes in the verticals. I imagine that the holes are a lot deeper than required to just hold the rod, meaning you can slide the rod deeper into a hole to free the rod at the other end. (If this is not the case, then reconfiguring the piece would require disassembling the verticals altogether.)


With this alternate design below, the holes run left-right rather than front-back. The components presumably rest on brackets that plug into holes. Sadly I couldn't find any revealing shots.



I was not able to learn what the name of this furniture system is. If any of you know, do drop a line in the comments.


A Wearable Worksurface

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Product designer Zaining Lu created this Mobile-Plate, a wearable worksurface. Made of aluminum, it's essentially a BabyBjörn for your laptop…with a slide-out cupholder.

It has many practical applications, including carrying two hamburgers and a cup of coffee while delivering a rose.

One thing it won't do, however, is help you write complete ad copy.

The scary thing is, I can actually see this contraption catching on. We've already got cities filled with people walking around with their face in their phone. This is the next logical step.


The Mobile-Plate was successfully crowdfunded last year, and expected to ship last February. However, a campaign update written this month explains that they've yet to ship "due to some tooling issues."

A Designey, No-Mess Fire Extinguisher from Sweden

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Designed in Sweden, the Maus Fire Suppressor is an improvement over conventional fire extinguishers.

First off, it leaves no mess. Rather than firing chemical foam or powder, the Maus shoots a non-toxic potassium-based smoke, which snuffs the fire out by interacting with oxygen in a way that makes combustion impossible. The potassium smoke is safe to breathe, will dissipate on its own, and leaves behind no residue. Furthermore, as long as the potassium smoke is present over a fire, the fire cannot restart; it is chemically impossible.

The developers say their patented potassium smoke "is safe for use on expensive engines and electronics and is capable of suppressing lithium-ion battery fires in enclosed spaces. Additionally, the MAUS Fire Suppressor does not deplete oxygen from the air, ensuring that you can still breathe even if you need to use it in a confined space, such as a car."


To operate it you press a button, and then the Maus fires the potassium smoke for 9-12 seconds. And it doesn't need to be directly sprayed on the fire. The Maus "can be employed as a hands-free fire suppression grenade; once activated, it offers a minimum continuous 9-second discharge to fill the space with its potassium aerosol, which, being lighter than air, stays suspended in the space, preventing re-ignition effectively."

The Maus is already on the market in the EU. Here in the 'States, it's being rolled out in a trial run by Lowe's. They run $114.

Here's the demo video:


Congratulations To The Honorees Of The 2024 Core77 Design Awards

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

We're proud to announce the results of the 2024 Core77 Design Awards! The winning projects showcase an incredibly wide range of subjects, materials, technologies, processes and approaches. We truly appreciate all the time and effort that went into these projects, as well as the expertise and consideration of our jury teams in their evaluation of all the entries.

Apps & Platforms

The winning Professional entry is ParaVerse, an app created by the Swiss Paraplegic Centre providing people with limited hand functions barrier-free access to the digital world, and the winning Student entry is a CODI | A Conversational User Interface (CUI) app designed for the Home Depot to aid DIYers in home improvement projects.



Branding & Identity

The winning Professional entry is the identity system for Halsa, a personalized vitamin delivery service, by the design firm Shuka, and the winning Student entry is a new logo and identity system for the Fabric Museum, by Jocelyn Ziying Zhao at Art Center College of Design.




Built Environment

The winning Professional entry is TMC Helix Park, a 14.5 acre medical campus in downtown Houston by Mikyoung Kim Design, and the winning Student entry is the Power Pillar, an integrated EV charging station and load-bearing support structure designed by a team from the Ming Chi University of Technology & Tunghai University in Taiwan.



Commercial Equipment

The winning Professional entry is Aurora, a Microfluidic Modulation Spectroscopy (MMS) system designed by Loft Design, and the winning Student entry is PullTag, a patient labeling tool for EMS workers designed by Zoë Shay-Tannas of The Ohio State University.




Consumer Technology

The winning Professional entry is the Meta Quest 3, a VR/MR headset and controllers from Meta, while the winning Student entry is Aware, a device that alerts runners to cars and bikes approaching from behind, designed by a team from Umeå Institute of Design.




Design for Social Impact

The winning Professional entry this year is Indigenizing Design, a framework for reorienting the Human Centered Design process to better support the teaching and learning of indigenous people and cultures. The project was a collective effort by Catapult Design, CahokiaPHX, Brian Skeet Design LLC, Indigenous Community Collaborative. The winning Student entry is Radicle, a seed sharing service focused on rare, heirloom, culturally significant, and endangered plant seeds designed by Noelle Antignano at the University of Washington.

Emerging Technologies

The winning Professional entry is Elroy Air Chaparral, an autonomous vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that can deliver 300 lbs of cargo across a 300 mile range by Elroy Air, and the winning Student entry is Invisible, a 3D-printed flexible pressure-sensing structure, by a team at Beijing Institute Of Fashion Technology.



Furniture & Lighting

The winning Professional entry is Haworth Cardigan Lounge, a 100% recycled PET workspace lounge chair by Haworth Design Studio with Patricia Urquiola, and the winning Student entry is Polycycle Illumination, lamps crafted from upcycled plastic bags, by Xuanhao Li at Georgia Institute of Technology.




Gaming Accessories

The winning Professional entry is Nex Playground, an active game system created for families, designed by San Francisco-based design firm level.





Health & Wellness

The winning Professional entry is Aescape Robotic Massage System, the world's first robotic massage table, by Whipsaw, and the winning Student entry is Liv, a labor training solution for refugee camps, by Jovan Vulic at Umea Institute of Design.




Home & Living

The winning Professional entry is Charlie, an induction range with an onboard battery, by Mitchell Heinrich, and the winning Student entry is FLIR Pure, an aid for cleaning fresh produce, by Indalecio Gaytán, Jinying Cheng at Umeå Institute of Design.




Interaction

The winning Professional entry is Met 81st Street Studio, a science and art play space for children, by Bluecadet, and the winning Student entry is Adæpt, a computer-access tool, by Zexi Ye at ArtCenter College of Design.




Lifestyle Accessories

The winning Professional entry is The Joyrolla Cart, a shopping cart, by Vert industrial Design House & Soft Serve Studio, and the winning Student entry is Scent Camera & Memory Station, an olfactory capture and playback device, by Yue Wang at Loughborough University.




Packaging

The winning Professional entry is Casa Amarillo, an agave distilled spirits brand, by Laurent Hainaut/ forceMAJEURE Design, and the winning Student entry is "MAY I?", a cooperatively-opened condom package, by Kaiyuan Guan at Xi'an International Studies University.




Robotics

The winning Professional entry is Da Vinci 5, an integrated surgical platform, by Intuitive, and the winning Student entry is Agri Sense, an autonomous data collection system, by Heinrich Zaunschirm & Indalecio Gaytan at Umeå Institute of Design.




Speculative Design

The winning Professional entry is DataWagashi, a climate data edible confection, by VLab, and the winning Student entry is De.fault, a de-personalized recommendation engine, by Yoonbee Baek at School of Visual Arts.




Sports & Outdoors

The winning Professional entry is Yardsale, a magnetic modular ski pole, by Stellar Design, and the winning Student entry is aware, a proximity sensor for safer running, by Chuman(Rachel) Zhang, Nils Achenbach, Yuan Tian, Erik Ivarson at Umeå Institute of Design.




Sustainability

The winning Professional entry is Butlr, an anonymous people sensing platform, by Butlr, and the winning Student entry is Pyri, a low-cost wildfire detection system, by Blake Goodwyn, Karina Gunadi, Richard Alexandre and Tanghao Yu at Imperial College London & Royal College of Art.




Tools

The winning Professional entry is Zone Learn, a wired headset for classroom use, by Logitech Design, and the winning Student entry is CAPTR, a spatial crime scene investigation device, by Heinrich Zaunschirm at Umeå Institute of Design.




Toys & Play

The winning Professional entry is Clixo Mars Rovers Pack, a magnetic building toy, by Assaf Eshet, Sebastian Morales, Evan Cincotta and Yaron Barlev, and the winning Student entry is Airbit, a soft robotics development kit, by Xiaoling Lin, Dikai Yu, Hao Tan, Xiangyang Xin at Hunan University.




Transportation

The winning Professional entry is Scootility, a utility scooter for urban delivery, by Springtime Design, and the winning Student entry is Barn Buddies, a warehouse-sharing service platform, by Lin Yu-He, Chen Zih-Jin, Chuang Chu-An, and Wu Yi-Chen at Ming Chi University of Technology & National Taipei University of Education.



Visual Communication

The winning Professional entry is Dynamic Visual Wall for Unboxing Daxi Exhibition, a kinetic display, by Play Design Lab, and the winning Student entry is Deified, a book on the post–spectacle digital gaze, by Ze Feng at ArtCenter College of Design.




Autodesk Fusion Prize

The judges at Autodesk selected Adæpt as the winner of the Autodesk Fusion Prize for 2024. Adæpt is a computer-accessible tool enabling people with cerebral palsy to freely and independently access the digital world.




KeyShot Visualization Prize

The winner of the Keyshot Rendering Prize is CAPSULE, a reinvention of the bio/pharmaceutical manufacturing process using an extendable lab modules and streamlined supply chain systems and layouts. This project is a runner up in the Built Environment category.



Editor's Choice

Exit The Rat Race is a speculative design project by Easton Nguyen for The Ohio State University questioning the habits of irrational spending in modern society. The project offers an inherent criticism of our capitalist system, as each piece calls into question various assumptions held and decisions made as we go about our daily life as consumers.

2024 Core77 Design Awards Editors Choice Prize - Exit The Rat Race by Easton Nguyen

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Exit The Rat Race is a speculative design project by Easton Nguyen for The Ohio State University questioning the habits of irrational spending in modern society. The project offers an inherent criticism of our capitalist system, as each piece calls into question various assumptions held and decisions made as we go about our daily life as consumers. The added transactional friction embedded in the products is enough to cause a temporary pause, or at least slow down the pace of consumption in modern society.

The project is very well executed, from concept to research to modeling, and includes a dedicated web site and a compelling video summary. In a poetic gesture, the concepts were promoted using a paid online advertising campaign coinciding with Black Friday, 2023, a quasi-holiday and the pinnacle of consumer spending.

Below are a few of the project images. View the full project here and start considering your own role in the future economy.

Cumbersome Credit Card In an attempt to slow down spending, the Cumbersome Credit Card is given to people in credit card debt, bringing shame and inconvenience to the physical check-out process. This credit card has two ends of payment, one end works, and the other does not. With the ends being identical, you can't tell one side from the other resulting in a 50/50 chance of holding up the Starbucks line and receiving the news that "your payment has been declined".

The Leaderboard A dating app of the future brings finances into the equation of partner selection.

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Congratulations to all of this year's honorees! You can view the honorees in all 23 categories on the Core77 Design Awards website.

Check out all the 2024 Core77 Design Awards honorees by category:

Apps & Platforms | Branding & Identity | Built Environment | Commercial Equipment | Consumer Technology | Design for Social Impact | Emerging Technologies | Furniture & Lighting | Gaming Accessories | Health & Wellness | Home & Living | Interaction | Lifestyle Accessories | Packaging | Robotics | Speculative Design | Sports & Outdoors | Sustainability | Tools | Toys & Play | Transportation | Visual Communication | Autodesk Fusion Prize | KeyShot Visualization Prize | Editor's Choice


2024 Core77 Design Awards Autodesk Fusion Prize - Adæpt by Zexi Ye

Core 77 - Mon, 2024-06-24 18:27

Adæpt is a modular, multi-function device that helps with computer interaction. The tool is designed to helping people with cerebral palsy who face challenges with lack of fine motor control. The device allows for customization by the end user to best fit their interests and abilities, and improves their ability to use the computer for socializing, entertainment, and work purposes.

Zexi Ye, the designer, is a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. The judges at Autodesk were impressed by the attention to detail in the project, and especially how it really showcased the entire design and make process.

Equally impressive was the the integration of Autodesk Fusion from start to end, where with one product/project the designer was able to work on all aspects of the product, including modeling, rendering and managing multiple file formats for different production methods such as CNC cutting and 3D printing. The result is a beautifully designed, efficient and novel product.


Autodesk Fusion Prize

Check out the full project entry here.

Bugatti Raises the Standard Again with the $4 Million, 1,800-hp Tourbillion

Design News - Mon, 2024-06-24 17:00
Bugatti has finally replaced its Veyron/Chiron-generation products with a fresh start.

Are There Cheaper Alternatives to Apple’s Vision Pro?

Design News - Mon, 2024-06-24 07:00
This teardown examines whether less expensive AR/VR headsets can meet spatial computing needs.