- 12:20 pm - Wed, Apr 23, 2014
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Taiwanese design factory Fabcraft … wanted to find a way to bring 3D printing to the average person. They wound up getting some design plans and open-source software off the internet to build their own 3D printer, which they strapped to a bicycle and called Mobile Fab.
It has a workstation that grinds plastic cups (currently only No. 5 grade plastic) into a powder that is put into the 3D printer. The 3D printer converts the powder into an ink that is used to create gear-shaped tokens that are later fitted with LED lights and can be placed in bike spokes. The whole process takes about 2 hours.
The Fabcraft team bicycles around town asking people for their used cups and giving demonstrations on how the Mobile Fab works. They explain the many benefits of their creation, including reducing carbon footprints and pollution.
More: Bike Turns Plastic Cups Into 3D Printer Ink - PSFK
- 12:20 pm - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
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In an effort to prepare for a world after peak oil, design student Mark Colliass has invented a bike accessory that can only be described as Peak Hipster. His clever contraption transforms a fixie into a rolling factory capable of cranking out arty, limited-edition lampshades that would make killer Etsy listings.
The project makes manufacturing as easy as, well, riding a bike. A bespoke rotational casting machine attaches to a bicycle’s handlebars. A small shot of liquid resin is poured into a rubber mold and it is inserted into the rig. As the rider pedals, the front wheel rotates the mold, sloshing the plastic around the cavity. A chemical transformation begins, and 40 minutes later the rider can remove a fully formed lampshade.
More: This Contraption Turns Your Bicycle Into a Lamp-Making Factory | Design | WIRED
- 1:20 pm - Mon, May 27, 2013
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A group of students in France crafted wooden, energy-producing stationary bicycles from trash. These novel bikes were recently used to power a film festival screening in St. Étienne.
[The students] formed a collective called Open Sources and developed several plastic bike prototypes in collaboration with a local design firm.
The team constructed new prototypes based on the original bikes, only with upcycled trash for the parts. Slats from old beds were used for the curved seat. The frame came from discarded wooden grocery crates and old church benches, according to the project description. Table legs became the base.
(via Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival)
- 10:00 am - Wed, May 15, 2013
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Many of us have all but ditched physical media like CDs and records.
But that doesn’t mean your physical media can’t be repurposed, as this creative San Francisco resident, captured by writer and editor (and Wired Angry Nerd) Chris Baker on Instagram, shows.
In addition to potentially revealing the owner’s musical tastes, it looks like the CDs also double as reflectors for added visibility.
- 10:03 am - Tue, Apr 30, 2013
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Self-power is an interesting form of unconsumption that seems to be the focus of more and more projects these days. Here’s an example:
The Siva Cycle Atom is the first bicycle-mounted generator that lets you power more than just the lights on your bike.
While riding, the device is attached to the rear axle of your bike and can be used to charge your devices while on the move. It’s usefulness doesn’t stop when you do, however. There is a removable battery pack which you can take with you when not using your bike. Provided your device uses a USB connection, the list of what you can charge is only limited by your imagination.
(via Portable Pedal Powered Battery Powers Devices On & Off The Bike - PSFK)
- 5:12 pm - Fri, Apr 5, 2013
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It’s wine o’clock (somewhere), so time to share an adult beverage-related repurposing find.
Today, it’s Champagne corks used as bike handlebar caps. (photo by Jon Heslop)
For earlier items in Unconsumption’s wine o’clock series, check out the archive here.
- 10:02 am - Wed, Mar 13, 2013
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The morning hours at Maya Pedal were filled with the sounds of grinding metal for the bicicuchilladora, a bicycle-powered cutting machine. The simple appliance, powered by a bicycle drivetrain, has at its heart a concrete cylinder, with columns of two-inch-long blades spinning within a plastic tube. Once used to move people, its bicycle parts now mince plastic in preparation for recycling or turning compost.
(via How a Bike-Powered Corn Mill Can Boost Guatemalan Campesinos | Living on GOOD)
- 8:21 am
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DIY, inspiration — if you can get your hands on some old bike handlebars!
More uses for old bicycles and bike parts here.