MERCEDES-BENZ ENER-G FORCE CONCEPT CAR- 11.28.12
Mercedes-Benz Ener-G Force Concept Car - it’s like the cartoon super hero car that someone between the Fisher Price Rescue Heroes/Team Fortress/Duke Nukem would drive… with an Xterra-esque rear, an FJ like feel, and the illustrations remind me of Kimberly Wu’s JOY concept from 2008. While I was intrigued by the concept images that have been floating around when it surfaced on NOTCOT.org, i didn’t expect to love it as much as i did in person! The sketches are stunning. The attention to details - fascinating! And in person, in the glow of sunset, it really is hard to take your eyes off of. I love that they created the concept and sketches situations of it for Desert, Polar, and Jungle situations using camel, penguin, and monkey icons - even on the tires, which sadly didn’t make it into the final model. However, they did slip in the side view mirror warning: “Penguins, camels, and other wild animals in mirror may be closer than they appear.” Mercedes, please make this into a toy car model - or an R/C car - or a 3D printable R/C car shell… because it is adorable, and would make for some ridiculously fun photoshoots with action figures.
Take a look at the sketches, details, teaser video (the video is pretty epic) - then the unveiling of the full sized model at Mister C in Beverly Hills tonight. There are a LOT of pictures, but there was too much fun not to share! See it all on the next page…
You HAVE to check out this video!
At the unveiling at Mister C in Beverly Hills - it is really even prettier in person!
Here’s who i imagine driving it…
Whether I listen to my brain, or my heart, I still
don't understand how these damn things work
don't understand how these damn things work
When I told my Graphic Design professor that I wanted to transfer to a school offering Industrial Design, she warned me "Well, if you're going to study ID you're going to have to be able to flip things around in your head, you'll need a strong grasp of 3D." Luckily I had it, and after I made my transfer, orthographics became second nature.
That was years ago, and orthographics, of course, are not true 3D. And looking at things like cube gears makes me realize how mediocre my 3D processing abilities are.
Cube gears and heart gears, which first made a YouTube splash in 2008, have more recently been propagated by 3D-printing Thingiverse guys likeemmett and faberdasher. And just when I think I'm getting my head around how they work, I come across "paradoxical gears:"
They're side by side, and yet they all turn in the same freaking direction. My brain almost broke looking at them. I figured that the guy who invented these surely used some sophisticated 3D software that artificially boosted his capabilities, like some engineering version of steroids. Then I found out it was patented way back in 1988 by a Renault engineer named Mercier. Not a lot of 3D workstations around back then (though it's possible).
To make myself feel better, I dug up some videos of innovative gears that I actually can understand, as these operate in a more comprehensible two-dimensional way. Check out this gear system that changes speed:
Simple but clever. Along the same lines is this gear system that changes direction:
While I can't understand the in-video Mandarin commentary, I can understand the English comments written beneath the video. "How the f___ do you end up on videos like this?" writes one presumably bemused viewer. "I don't even remember why I came to YouTube."
Fisherman Y fijaos que realmente no tiene nada que podamos decir que es realmente innovador o muy lejano de lo habitual. No tal y como yo lo veo. Pero es que han jugado tremendamente bien con el diseño en sí y la ilustración, haciendo al producto tremendamente atractivo. Tremendo ¿verdad? :P
Enviado por Mariano Bonacalza.
For a class project, nine mechanical engineering students at Yale devised a working bicycle with a hubless wheel. It's suspension-free and they only had the time and resources to go hubless on one wheel, but it works:
Why do it? As one of the students explains,
First, it looks cool. Second, we only had a semester so we wanted to pick something that was both feasible and challenging. Also, you can do a lot of things with the space that opens up where the spokes use to be. You can stick an electric motor in there. You can install some sort of gyro balanced storage basket. Finally, the fact that we couldn't find pictures of a real spokeless bicycle online really sealed the deal.
This armchair was designed as an exercise in practical application of tensegrity structure made of bamboo. It was an experiment conducted during the designer master dissertation which studied the interactions between electronic models and mechanical models applied to the development of construction technology of lightweight utilitarian objects made of bamboo, clay, natural fibers and resins.