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Designer Uses Music Vibrations to Add Cool Patterns to 3D-Printed Ceramics

Designer Olivier van Herpt has been adding a new twist to traditional ceramic production—he uses 3D printing and sound vibrations to shape his creations.

Van Herpt has been experimenting with what he calls "functional 3D-printed ceramics," using a clay extruder that he designed and built himself to create bowls and vases with unique shapes. For a collaborative project with sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven called Solid Vibrations, van Herpt introduced sound to the process.

The designer placed a speaker rig beneath the platform while the printer extruded clay based on his digital input. As the sounds designed by van Broekhoven left the speaker, the waves slightly vibrated the platform, which affected how and where the layers of clay were placed.

The video above demonstrates how the low sound vibrations created swirling moiré patterns in the clay. The exterior of the vase is a result of changes in the vibrations, which created different patterns on the object. To see more examples of van Herpt and van Broekhoven's collaboration, head to the designer's website.

Banner image via StudioVanBroekhoven on Vimeo.

[h/t FastCo.Design]

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26 Facts About LEGO Bricks

Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

In this episode of the List Show, John Green lays out 26 playful facts about one of the world’s most beloved toy brands. To hear about the LEGO black market, the vault containing every LEGO set ever released, and more, check out the video above then subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the latest flossy content.

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Of Buckeyes and Butternuts: 29 States With Weird Nicknames for Their Residents
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Tracing a word’s origin and evolution can yield fascinating historical insights—and the weird nicknames used in some states to describe their residents are no exception. In the Mental Floss video above, host John Green explains the probable etymologies of 29 monikers that describe inhabitants of certain states across the country.

Some of these nicknames, like “Hoosiers” and “Arkies” (which denote residents of Indiana and Arkansas, respectively) may have slightly offensive connotations, while others—including "Buckeyes," "Jayhawks," "Butternuts," and "Tar Heels"—evoke the military histories of Ohio, Kansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And a few, like “Muskrats” and “Sourdoughs,” are even inspired by early foods eaten in Delaware and Alaska. ("Goober-grabber" sounds goofier, but it at least refers to peanuts, which are a common crop in Georgia, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas.)

Learn more fascinating facts about states' nicknames for their residents by watching the video above.

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