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Blog 1: Thingiverse

Torus Knot
I. Something beautiful/amazing

The complex geometry of this shape perfectly illustrates a huge advantage of additive manufacturing. I would assume other processes (i.e CNC routing) of manufacturing would have a much more difficult time handling this type of shape.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:231413





Almost anotomically accurate chess piece
II. Something funny/strange

Chess's attempt at becoming a spectator sport.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:230724






Swole T-rex
III. Something useless

Well I wouldn't know what to do with it.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:216933






Bag Holder
IV. Something useful

This is obvious... Makes trying to take only one trip for the groceries actually possible. Could also be slightly modified to double as brass knuckles.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26767






Trumpet mouthpiece
V. Something that surprised me

I happen to play trumpet and most trumpet players like having a variety of mouthpieces at their disposal. This could allow you to completely personalize the bowl size and depth for WAY cheaper than it would be to have one custom made for you. Also, some larger mouthpieces for other instruments (i.e tubas) can cost upwards of over $100. 3D printing a mouthpiece would only cost the price of the printing material.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:232074





Blog 2: Marcin Jakubowski: Open-Sourced Ecology

Background:

Marcin Jakubowski is a technology enthusiast with a dream of creating an open-source set of tools for a civilization to sustain a comfortable existence. His project titled The Global Village Construction Set contains over 50 "tools" in which a small group of people could easily gather the parts and assemble. These tools alone are supposedly enough to build a self-sustaining society.

http://www.ted.com/talks/marcin_jakubowski.html


Personal Opinion:

I often find myself wishing I lived during simpler times. Our civilization's economies have grown to be extremely complex, creating a dependency for a plethora of services and goods. This extreme dependency also creates friction from the competitive market and lack of availability of these services and resources. Trade Secrets, patents, lawsuits are all products of the way we drive our economy. Instead, Marcin calls for an open collaboration between people for the betterment of society, not profit. Marcin's project would allow a civilization to avoid the extra costs from the market's profit margin and also drastically decreasing start up costs. I appreciate the idea of living with a simple and self-sufficient group of people, so I feel as though I see eye to eye with him on his concept.


New Yorker Article:


On Dec 13, 2013, Emily Eakin of the New Yorker released an article on Marcin's "Civilization Kit". Marcin wrote a rebuttle regarding 8 key misconceptions with her article. I'll keep this section short: The author of the article did not clearly understand the objective of Marcin. She spent the article critiquing the way Marcin's "Factor e Farm" preformed their designs and work. Along with this, she made a few controversial statements about how the project makes use of it's donations. Basically she focused on small shortcomings that any project would have without addressing their overall progress fairly. Marcin's response was just.


NEW YORKER: http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=2013-12-23#folio=070

RESPONSE: http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/New_Yorker_-_Article_Response


OSE Applications at PSU

Not entirely sure I have any outstanding ideas in regards to this, but I did come up with two:

1.) Open-Source Textbooks/Subject Notes:

ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE BOUGHT. Textbooks could be run like wikipedia and registered professors could constantly edit/collaborate on them providing an up-to-date perspective on the material. No need to release a new edition every year either.

Bad news(?) - This would be the Student Bookstore's demise.

2.) Open-Source Dorm Dining Hall:

Every dorm building roof has a garden maintained by the students, chickens for eggs, brewing equipment for beer, etc. Inside there would be an area where students could prepare and eat the self-produced produce.