Monthly Archives: February 2014

This chair designed by IDEO for Steelcase was developed for the way students learn. The chairs are complete desk units that can be reconfigured in the classroom to suite any learning situation. We could use them at ISU.

Here is a novel idea for a consumable gift. The perfect thing for someone who has everything. Cheese is formed into pencil shapes and you grate it on to you salad with a pencil sharpener.

Through a combination of X-ray technology, 3D printing, and scanning, Jake Evill, media design graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, crafted the Cortex exoskeletal cast. It’s a fully ventilated structure used to heal broken bones. The concept received the James Dyson Award £10,000 first runner-up prize, going up against 650 international competitors (the Dyson Award celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers). The fracture support system employs scanning technologies to provide a “trauma-zone localized” support structure. Scanning in conjunction with a software system creates the structure, ultimately making it possible to focus denser support around the fracture. Subsequently, the structure is 3D-printed out of recyclable plastic (this type of cast would require several hours to print). It becomes ready-to-fit directly off of the printer, with built-in fasteners added for the final enclosure. The final result is a customized, tight-fitting, ultra-light cast that more readily fits under clothes. It’s flexible, open-lattice structure makes the casted area much less clumsy than a traditional cast, and gives the wearer easier access to “itchy” areas, as well as being more easy to wash. And, once the fracture heals, a special tool simply removes the fasteners and the cast comes off.