Exciting energy news this week! Researchers have invented a type of battery (technically, a “flow cell”) that uses waste Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to recharge the battery, which is based on a water solution. So the smoke & vapor from energy production (burning coal, for example) can be used to recharge batteries!
Other researchers announced this week that they’ve invented a material that can turn sunlight, heat and motion into electricity. Think of that! When your phone runs low, you could take a walk outside and plug in into your shirt to recharge. These are both horizon technologies at the moment, still needing much research in order to become mainstream, but they bear a lot of promise.
For those of you in DT Year 2 (Class of 2017), I just read an interesting article at DeZeen about some design students in a Swedish university. For one of their projects, they were given 3 sizes of steel rods and a design brief to create a chair using the space frame method. Did their designs end up demonstrating that form follows function? You be the judge.
Y2 (2017): Quotes for Criterion E
Proto labs has an ongoing offer to provide free quotes and advice on moving designs to a small-commercial or large-commercial production, for CNC-milling or Injection molding. This may be really useful for your criterion E if you have parts to make this way.
House in the forest competition
Have you ever dreamed of living in a house surrounded by the forest? Take those dreams to the next level in the House in the Forest 2017 design competition. Open to students and professionals, individual entries and group entries, the design competition seeks ideas in architectural design, landscape design, and site planning that promote environmental conservation. Candidates can choose any fictional location of their liking that is in a forest or surrounded by a forest. Cash prizes totaling $800 will be distributed among the top three winners. Last minute registration ends March 30, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.
Read more at Inhabitat: House in the Forest design competition launches call for entries | Design Competitions