Fancy aluminum mirror frames ready to head off to be dip-brazed by Parfuse!
Dip brazing is a wonderful process. The aluminum parts are all arranged as they are to be assembled with small shims of braze material in between and either held together with stainless steel clamps, or tack-welded together, then submerged in a vat of molten salt. This salt is only slightly cooler than the melting temperature of the aluminum parts, but it has amazing heat-carrying capacity and temperature stability.
The braze material melts and flows out between the parts and fills every little void via capillary action. The parts come out of the salt permanently bonded together, and perfectly stress-relieved. You can dip-braze a 1” thick plate directly to a piece of corrugated 0.005” foil (try doing THAT with your fancy TIG welder, even with pulsing!). The parts need to be heat-treated to bring them back to a temper appropriate for machining, but Parfuse kindly includes that service in their fee.
We probably aren’t allowed to tell you who the end client is, since these end up in fancy back rooms where people decide whether this or that $3 million necklace is better. Final finish is a shiny black nickel. Super sexy.
Last year NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory revealed a Spiderman-inspired grippy clawthat would let spacecraft easily grab onto passing asteroids and comets. Since then the technology has been further refined and now integrated into a rock-climbing robot called the LEMUR IIB that could put Sir Edmund Hillary to shame.
Each of the robot’s four articulate arms is capped with a gripper that uses 750 tiny claws—apparently all hand-crafted by JPL’s summer interns—to grab onto rough surfaces like rocks. The claws are actually strong enough to hold the robot to a surface even upside-down, but in zero gravity there’ll be less forces trying to break its grip.
Another custom electronics project comes together using rapid prototyped PCB’s, and a custom acrylic housing. The controls are completely analog and even include the hand made NAND gate from our previous post.
Here’s some weird stuff we did for our friend Erik Shirai at Cebu Osani Films. He is shooting food as it is being made, and needed some cookware modified to allow him to shoot from the angles he wanted.
This is not the sort of thing we usually do, but we can, so we figured why not? They turned out nicely, as we are sure Erik’s project will.
We are now making these bodies for our friends over at dlV Designs for their Drum Table. They may have humble beginnings in ultralight MDF, but the guys at dlV turn these into pieces of art. The faux-finishes that those guys do are amazing.
Here is the largest garden whirlygig you’ve ever seen. Seriously, if you have seen a bigger one, we really want to know about it.
We helped artist Glen Fogel create this 8-foot diameter giant-size whirlygig for a show at Callicoon Fine Arts at 124 Forsyth St. in Manhattan. If you’ve never been to this gallery, know that it is only 9 feet wide inside. This makes for quite an….interesting experience when the piece is in motion.
The show is up until the end of March, so go see it if you can!
This chandelier now lives in The Museum of the City of New York at the corner of 5th ave and 103rd street.
Concept by Cooper Joseph Studio
Designed by Studio1Thousand
Built by RUSHdesign.
Months of planning an production went into this custom designed chandelier that can only be described as geometrically hallucinogenic. The patterns of interference create multiple points of infinity that draw your eyes in multiple directions at once. Pictures only partially do justice to this project.
It’ll be around for a couple years but don’t hesitate. Go. See. This.