The surge in affordable 3D printing in recent years has allowed hobbyists to craft everything from customized toys to hair to prosthetic duck feet, with the only limit being the creator’s imagination. Now, researchers in Germany are close to achieving a technique that could revolutionize both 3D applications and glassmaking by giving us the power to 3D print glass.
In a study published in Nature this week, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) investigator Dr. Bastian Rapp presented a way of manufacturing a “liquid glass” that can be manipulated with 3D printing software and then heated until it’s a useful solid. (Normal glass consists of melted sand made from sheets in molten tin vats.) By making the glass dispensable through 3D printing nozzles, Rapp believes we’ll soon be able to 3D print glass that’s of sufficient quality for lenses, mirrors, and even drinking cups.
Previous attempts to conceive of a new way of glass production via 3D printers haven’t resulted in glass smooth enough for…
The infinity pool gracing the top of Market Square Tower in Houston, Texas is a great place for residents to unwind … unless they’re afraid of heights, in which case the clear-bottomed pool jutting out from the top of the high-rise is anything but relaxing. The pool is situated 500 feet above the streets of downtown, and all swimmers need to do to soak in the views is look down.
Recently, I was contacted by a company called Fracture, which is having a spring cleaning sale through March 31st [see clearance code below to save 20%], and asked if I would order from their website and write a review about their product. It went something like this:
“Hey, Cori- would you be interested in ordering some free stuff and then writing-“
“Ok, cool- so here’s a $200 gift code. Go ahead and choose what you’d like, order it, and then we can-“
I mean…who could say no to that? Anyway…I visited the website to take a look around, because I’d honestly never heard of Fracture before.
They’re basically an all-in-one frame and photo that’s printed on glass and has a built-in mounting system.
If you’re into home decor, like sleek, clean designs, and/or you’re an avid photo hanger, I’d recommend at least checking them out. According to their website,
“Fracture was founded around a simple idea: there should be a better way to print and display your photos. Fractures are different from traditional pictures and frames. Instead of printing on paper, we print directly on glass. Instead of separating the picture, frame, and mount, a Fracture combines all three into a beautiful, lasting, final product.
We make every Fracture by hand, in Gainesville, FL. We check every image for quality, and send them to you in our safe, environmentally-friendly packaging. Every Fracture comes with a Happiness Guarantee and Lifetime Warranty.”
I do have to admit, the ordering process really is simple. Aside from my inability to make a decision when buying shiny new pretties, I had minimal issues. Due to that plague of indecisiveness, I opted to order prints from their art store rather than uploading my own photos – though I did play around with their image editor while considering what I wanted.
When uploading your photos, there is an editing tool to help you crop, zoom, and resize your image to fit the desired frame, be it a portrait or landscape rectangle, or a perfect square. You can also select from several colors to create a border, switch your photo to grayscale, or change frame sizes, all within the same editing window.
Small (6.4″ x 4.8″) = $18
Medium (9.6″ x 7.2″) = $40
Classic (14.4″ x 10.8″) = $65
Large (20.8″ x 15.6″) = $85
Extra Large (28.8″ x 21.6″) = $125
Small (5″ x 5″) = $15
Medium (11″ x 11″) = $55
Large (23″ x 23″) = $115
After playing around with sizing and editing my own rando photos that I had no intention of ordering, I visited the Fracture Art Store to check out their print selection – because, aside from uploading your own photos, they have a gallery of their own images you can choose from as well. I immediately saw some that I wanted. It was hard to choose, so that’s a good sign – however, I’ve already told you I don’t do well with decisions…but never mind that – the point is, there’s a nice selection of fine art, illustrations, photography, or famous historical…