Manufacturing Techniques: Honda Figures Out How to Bond Steel with Aluminum

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Materials movement sucks, and it's our job as designers, engineers or craftspersons to learn tricks to deal with it. You'll put a slight arc in a plastic surface that's supposed to be flat, so that after it comes out of the mold and cools the surface doesn't get all wavy; a furniture builder in Arizona shipping a hardwood table to the Gulf states will use joinery that compensates for the humidity and attendant wood expansion; and similar allowances have to be made when joining steel and aluminum, as they expand at different rates when the temperature changes.

On this latter front, Honda's engineers have made a breakthrough that those who work with fabrics may find interesting: They've discovered that by creating a "3D Lock Seam"—essentially a flat-felled seam for you sewists—and using a special adhesive in place of the spot-welding they'd use with steel-on-steel, they can bond steel with aluminum in a way that negates the whole thermal deformation thing.

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Practically speaking, what this new process enables them to do is create door panels that are steel on the inside and aluminum on the outside. This cuts the weight of the door panels by some 17%, which ought to reduce fuel consumption. (Honda also mentions that "In addition, weight reduction at the outer side of the vehicle body enables [us] to concentrate the point of gravity toward the center of the vehicle, contributing to improved stability in vehicle maneuvering," but%

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HTML5 localStorage allows sites to fill up users’ hard disks

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Amazing Wall of 12,000 Colored Pencils: colourSPACE

Amazing Wall of 12,000 Colored Pencils: colourSPACE in art Category

Remember when blackLAB Architects dazzled us with their wall mural made from 44,000 golf tees? Well, they’re back with colourSPACE – a wall of 12,000 pencil crayons.

Watch the video to see the team painstakingly install the colored pencils (in 25 colors) and a bit of the exhibition the wall was used in.

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Amazing Wall of 12,000 Colored Pencils: colourSPACE in art Category

The 14′ x 6′ mosaic wall was created with 12,000 colored pencils that mapped out a color gradient from black to white.

Amazing Wall of 12,000 Colored Pencils: colourSPACE in art Category

The installation was created as part of an exhibit at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. For whate

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Stick-lets

And just when you thought you were too old to enjoy the outdoors, Stick-lets comes along. Sure, they’re meant to help kids get back outside and build forts with sticks, but who says you can’t enjoy them too? Be sure to share with others (team building, anyone?), and stay away from trees and branches that don’t belong to you- that could cause some problems- but other than that, have fun. Made from 100% silicone, each Stick-let stretches to meet your construction needs, whether you use natural branches or wood dowels. On the count of three, what’s the first thing you’d build? (One..two…three) a TIPI! Other answers are acceptable, of course. Need it be mentioned that this could be an excellent gift?

Designer: Christina Kazakia of Kazakia Design, LLC

Stick-lets

Stick-lets

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“Children can feel a sense of accomplishment by scavenging sticks and constructing forts, but Stick-lets™ also provide opportunities for problem-solving, teamwork, imaginative play, and hands-on learning.”

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Expand on Demand: Secret Deck Spaces for Small Dwellings

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When it comes to tall apartment and condo buildings, the idea of adding more space is almost always out of the question – but what if you could push a balcony outward on demand, rather than adding an entire deck or patio? Here are three designs to expand outdoor space in creative ways.

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The Bloomframe is a Dutch architect-designed system that turns a simple set of windows into a spacious exterior extension that can be electron

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Skateboarder backflips down stairs onto skateboard

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Adam Miller backflips off his skateboard down six stairs and lands on another skateboard. And below, you can watch him, er, not land it. Many times.

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TEAM

the i in TEAM

Whoever said there’s no “I” in team, you have been proven wrong.

(Made me laugh)

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U.S. overlaid on the Moon for a sense of scale

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How big is the Moon, really? Reddit user boredboarder8 provided some perspective with this image of the Moon with an overlaid United States. It's roughly estimated (and others would be better at commenting on the accuracy better than me), but after some back-of-napkin math it seems about right. The area of the United States, not including Alaska, is a little over 20 percent of the Moon's surface area. [via io9]

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The StarCraft path-finding hack

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