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DIY Dad Recreates Star Trek’s Enterprise As a Playset

Set phasers to fun! David Weiberg wanted to do something special for his 8-year-old son, who recently became a Star Trek fan after discovering the beloved sci-fi series and his father’s old action figures from the early 1990s. So the DIY designer built his son an amazing replica of the bridge of the Enterprise from the original series as a playset.

“Inspired by the clean wooden design of some of his other toys, I set out to design and create a modular playset that he could use to assemble various rooms aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise,” Weiberg explained. “I wanted a set that could break down and store easily. I tried to use scrap materials where I could. The bridge was the biggest challenge so I started there.”

The mostly wooden structure was created using a variety of easy-to-find materials, including pine, PVC sheet, filler putty, RTV silicone, and Flexstone spray (which gave the floor texture and mimicked the carpeting from the original TV set). Weiberg even built several crew chairs plus railings that resemble the ones found on the Enterprise, along with a master captain’s chair that he made from polystyrene and Apoxie putty.

For the bridge’s visual components, including its computer displays, Weiberg used Photoshop and printed the images out on glossy photo paper to make them shine like glass panels. When he was finished, Weiberg sprayed the playset with clear Polyacrylic to give it a glossier and more “toy-like” finish.

Weiberg’s son is thrilled with the finished product, which he’ll no doubt be using to boldly go where no kid has gone before.

If you want to build the Enterprise’s bridge yourself, Weiberg has posted step-by-step instructions, and a materials list, at Instructables.com.

[h/t Make]

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Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture
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The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

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“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

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