The sun cutter project explores the potential of harnessing sunlight directly to produce objects. the machine is a low-tech, low energy version of a laser cutter. it uses pure sunlight, focused by a ball lens, to repeatedly cut programmed shapes in up to 0.4mm thick plywood as well as paper and card.
The project also explores the merit of analogue mechanized production that draws on the machine technology found in pre-digital machinery and automaton. it uses a cam system, moving an x & y- board to control the shape of the cut. the cams are set into synchronized motion by a small solar-powered motor driving a timing belt.
Each pair of sunglasses made, even though very similar in shape, is still unique, creating a juxtaposition between the machine-made, repetitive and individual, unique object.
In a world increasingly concerned with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, this project explores the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in abundance.
In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.
Solar-sintering aims to raise questions about the future of manufacturing and trigger dreams of the full utilisation of the production potential of the worldâ€™s most efficient energy resource - the sun. Whilst not providing definitive answers this experiment aims to provide a point of departure for fresh thinking.
This project was developed at the Royal College of Art during my MA studies in Design Products on Platform 13.
From printed Aston Martins blown up in the James Bond film “Skyfall”, to personalized sex toys: 3D printing is demonstrating its influence, and making its way into your home for personal use.
Upon visiting Openhouse’s 3DEA Pop Up Store at the Eventi Hotel, we were taken with the evolving 3D printing technology and how it has been applied to fashion and design. Designers Aaron Trocola, Heidi Lee, Mary Huang, Pauline van Dongen, and Dirk van der Kooij showcased fashion and industrial design pieces that push the boundaries – creating custom items that are strikingly beautiful and unique.
We were inspired by the work on display and its significance to this advancing industry. We came up with a concept, called some friends, and pulled this shoot together.
Director/DP: Mark Ledzian
Editor/VFX: Tamino Castro
Executive Producer: Katie Daley
Producer: Chris Antonelli
Hair/Makeup: Rachel Bensimon
Art Director: Kemper Johnson
Models: Gabrielle Blevins and Mari Agory, Major Model Management
Music: Monosurround – Hello World
Featuring: Cocktail Parasol Hat – Heidi Lee / H E I D I L E E COUTURE
N12 Bikini – Mary Huang / Continuum Fashion
Morphogenesis Shoe – Pauline van Dongen
Seed of Life Corset – Aaron Trocola / Forty West Designs
Flow Dining Chair – Dirk van der Kooij
Shot on: Panasonic GH3, Lumix 12-35 2.8
Made in Brooklyn: The Shoemaker
Frank Catalfumo is a 91 year old shoemaker and repairer in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He first opened the doors to F&C Shoes in 1945 and continues to work five days a week alongside his son Michael. If you're ever in the area, make sure to stop by the shop and listen to one of Frank's amazing stories about life in Brooklyn back in the day.
View the photo gallery here: dustincohen.com/STORIES/THE-SHOEMAKER/thumbs/
Directed by Dustin Cohen, Filmed by Dustin Cohen and Michael Hurley, Edited by Bill Kemmler, Color Grading by Simon Biswas.