3D Printing Metal in Space?

To continue our Space-related metal theme: Announced earlier this Summer – NASA is planning on using 3D printing technology – get this – in space.  The intent is to place a special 3D Printer on-board the International Space Station.  This would allow Astronauts to replace the Space Station’s worn, broken, or lost parts, and perhaps even develop new pieces – for needs as they arise.  3D CAD data, developed here on earth, can then be transmitted to the Space Station’s 3D printer for fabrication.  From what we can glean, the printer will be producing plastic pieces when flown to the ISS next Summer.  We are guessing it will only be a short amount of time before metal parts are being printed off-world.

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How in the world does this relate to SA Baxter?  We welcome when Designers and Architects email us their 3D CAD models of door knobs, levers, and pulls, from the other side of the country, even half way around the world, for use in their bespoke projects.  Our in-house 3D printer and digital fabrication technologies, allow us to quickly and accurately produce the most gorgeous custom hardware in the world, perhaps even otherworldly hardware…all here at our Hudson Valley Foundry and Atelier.  Who do we talk to about having our hardware grace the International Space Station?

SA Baxter Door Knobs in Polished Nickel and Antique Brass

SA Baxter Door Knobs in Polished Nickel and Antique Brass

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Sochi Games Olympic Medals…The Use of Metals from Out of This World…Literally

All frosty international politics aside, these Olympic Medals for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games are otherworldly.

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Aside from the exquisite detail and color, what makes these olympic medals so special is the use of meteorite fragments.  You may recall the bright blazing footage of the Chelyabinsk meteorite blast from earlier this year – fragments of that meteorite were collected and will be fabricated into these gold and chondrite discs.

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To say these medals may be the most unusual Olympic metal handed out in history may be quite and understatement!

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Stunning Silversmithing…The Works of Hamish Dobbie

The young Metal Artist and Jewelry Designer, Hamish Dobbie, has certainly made a splash in the world of metal sculpture.

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We are enamored with the aesthetic of this collection, and impressed with the use of 3D CAD and 3D printing technologies.  The combination of digital fabrication and delicate hand-chasing, is something we can most definitely relate to.

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The intersection of 3D CAD modeling tools and traditional sculpture mediums has allowed artists to literally warp and replicate forms – which are typically straight and prismatic.  Here’s an excellent example, titled Fingals’ Goblet:

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Bravo!

We Agree…An American Manufacturing Renaissance

It goes without saying that we at SA Baxter are unequivocally proud of our American-based manufacturing heritage.  We are also proud to be part of a new American Manufacturing Resurgence.  A number of Articles and Analysts have cited the potential shift in ‘Made in the USA’ advantages: abundant fuel sources, improvements in productivity, and challenges with outsourcing issues such as rising shipping costs and increasing Chinese wages.

(Scroll down further for links to related articles.)

SA Baxter was founded as an American based manufacturer, on the principles of superior craftsmanship, and maximization of green sustainable practices – which made New York’s Hudson Valley the natural choice for our Foundry and Atelier.

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Another facet of this new fabrication enthusiasm: We’re also excited to see so many gutsy Innovators in the US, taking advantage of access to digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and laser-cutting.  The rise of crowd-sourced funding such as Kickstarter is fueling even more USA-based ‘get it done’ fervor.  Things are really starting to get interesting…

References:

http://business.time.com/2013/04/11/how-made-in-the-usa-is-making-a-comeback/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bmoharrisbank/2012/12/13/is-manufacturing-making-a-comeback-in-the-us/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/01/is-u-s-manufacturing-set-for-a-comeback-or-is-it-all-hype/

Amorphous Bronze…’Growth Chair’ @ Design Miami/Basel

This stunning bronze chair, shown at last week’s Design Miami/Basel event (which happens in conjunction with Art Basel in Switzerland), was created by Designer and Artist Matthias Bengtsson.

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The truly fascinating aspect of this concept is the usage of software for the design process – which is driven by a bio-mimicry technique to generate this flowing intertwined form – not unlike the virtual nature-inspired algorithmic designs of Somerville, MA based Nervous System.  The form is captivating, as is the color and tone of that bronze…Call us impressed.

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