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Water Transfer Printing video

We are mesmerized by this water printing technique! Hydrographic Printing is a decorating process for 3D objects that uses a water-soluble film containing a printed design. The pattern is printed onto a thin film that is laid out on a tank of water. With the use of an activator, the film dissolves in the water leaving the ink floating perfectly flat on the surface of the water. This floating ink will then stick to the 3D object, transferring the design to it. This printing technique can decorate pretty much anything! Want to try this on a small scale? Do it on your nails using the water marble technique. Click here to learn how!

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Mind-bending 3D Optical Illusions image

We are very familiar with optical illusion drawings, but 3D ones? We’re mesmerized by Japanese mathematician Kokichi Sugihara’s solid 3 dimensional objects. He developed a computer program that interprets 2D line optical illusion drawings as 3D objects. The results are these amazing “impossible” structures that bring mind-bending to a different level. This year Kokichi Sugihara received second place in the annual illusion of the Year contest with his “Ambiguous cylinders”, which has been blowing the internet’s collective mind for quite a while. Check it out below:

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Interactive Troll Mirror by Daniel Rozin video

Artist Daniel Rozin has created numerous mechanical mirrors using trash, wood, pompoms, and more! This one, made with paired pink and blue troll dolls, definitely caught our attention. Every pair of dolls rotates and re-aligns to capture the silhouette of the person standing in front of it. Mechanical mirrors use video cameras, small motors, and computers on board to reproduce a “pixel” version of what’s reflected as the viewer interacts with them. This means that they need an audience to come to life: “The important part of this equation is the person, not the artifact.” Check out all of Daniel Rozin interactive art here

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The Hummingbird Bicycle image

The Hummingbird Bike has made its statement in the world of design as the lightest foldable bicycle in the world. Weighing in at 6.4 kg (more or less the weight of one watermelon), the bicycle’s frame is made of carbon fibre – the main reason for its light weight, and smooth ride (the material absorbs vibrations too!). Designed and built in London by Peter Craciun, the Hummingbird is perfect for on-the-go urban commuters. The bike is easy to fold and stow too – with one swift motion, the rider can quickly tuck away the back tire beneath the bicycle frame and bend the handlebars inwards. Its collapsibility makes for convenient transportation, from automobiles to airplanes. It’s sleek shape and intricate components are obtained using the ...

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Futurecraft Footwear: 3D-printed Ocean Plastic Shoes image

In response to the U.N. COP21 climate change summit, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans are collaborating to bring environmental awareness to footwear with the conception of their latest future-craft: a 3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoe. Constructed from discarded ocean plastic content for the upper shoe combined with a 3D printed midsole made from recycled polyester and gill net content, this shoe is a step in the direction towards sustainability within the manufacturing world. Love it!

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