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Beautiful Norwegian Houses…That Are Green?



green roof

Green roofs in Norway have become a long-standing tradition, and it’s not common to see them dotting the country’s landscape – or in this case, essentially melding with the landscape. During the Viking and Middle Ages most houses had sod roofs, and in rural areas sod roofs were almost universal until the beginning of the 18th century. Tile roofs, which appeared much earlier in towns and on rural manors, gradually superseded sod roofs except in remote inland areas during the 19th century.

While the tradition declined and almost became extinct with the introduction of corrugated iron and other industrial materials, steadfast national romantics revived the vernacular tradition. The renaissance of green roofs was also boosted by a growing interest in open air museums, mountain retreats, vacation homes and the preservation movement, and in turn many cultural and commercial institutions have integrated these roofs into the core of their design as an alternative to modern materials.

Every year, since 2000, an award has been given to the best green roof project in Scandinavia by the board of the Scandinavian Green Roof Association.

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Posted By: Eric Christiansen


Concept Art VS Conceptual Art


I think these two articles are very informative and should be able to clear up the misunderstanding that people have of confusing the two.

Concept Art (Example of a Concept Artist)

Conceptual Art (Definition and Examples)

Poste By: Eric Christiansen

Fauvism Paintings


I think that the main contribution of fauvism, as the first art movement of the new century, is the fact that fauvists took what they had learned from previous experience and broke their ideals. What I mean is that they took the rules that they set up for themselves and broke out from them. Fauvists looked to other cultures and ideas for inspiration. For example, Matisse was an early collector of African sculpture. As a result, he ended up drawing influence from what he was interested in. My favorite fauvist painting is Blue Nude by Matisse. It takes the ideals of academy training and the importance of anatomy, and turns them on themselves.

"Blue Nude"

“Blue Nude”

Posted By: Eric Christiansen

3D Printer!


Jay Leno has a lot of old cars with a lot of obsolete parts. When he needs to replace these parts, he skips the error-prone machinist and goes to his rapid prototyping 3D printer. Simply scan, print and repeat.

It’s an amazing way to fabricate parts. The 3D scanner next to Jay creates a digital model of this flanged nut from Jay’s EcoJet supercar. The nut takes 20 minutes to scan and reverse model and 3 hours to print in plastic.

One of the hardships of owning an old car is rebuilding rare parts when there are simply no replacements available. My 1907 White Steamer has a feedwater heater, a part that bolts onto the cylinders. It’s made of aluminum, and over the 100-plus years it’s been in use, the metal has become so porous you can see steam and oil seeping through. I thought we could just weld it up. But it’s badly impregnated with oil and can’t be repaired. If we tried, the metal would just come apart.

So, rather than have a machinist try to copy the heater and then build it, we decided to redesign the original using our NextEngine 3D scanner and Dimension 3D printer. These incredible devices allow you to make the form you need to create almost any part. The scanner can measure about 50,000 points per second at a density of 160,000 dots per inch (dpi) to create a highly detailed digital model. The 3D printer makes an exact copy of a part in plastic, which we then send out to create a mold. Some machines can even make a replacement part in cobalt-chrome with the direct laser sintering process. Just feed a plastic wire—for a steel part you use metal wire—into the appropriate laser cutter.

Inside the printer, the print head goes back and forth, back and forth, putting on layer after layer of plastic to form a 3D part. If there are any irregularities in the originals, you can remove them using software. Once the model is finished, any excess support material between moving parts is dissolved in a water-based solution. Complexity doesn’t matter, but the size of the object does determine the length of the process. Making a little part might take 5 hours. The White’s feedwater heater required 33 hours.

Any antique car part can be reproduced with these machines—pieces of trim, elaborately etched and even scrolled door handles. If you have an original, you can copy it. Or you can design a replacement on the computer, and the 3D printer makes it for you.

People say, “Why not just give the part to your machinist to make?” Well, if the machinist makes it wrong, you still have to pay for it. The scanner allows you to make an exact copy in plastic, fit it and see that it’s correct. Even when you take plans to a machinist, it can be tricky. Say the part must be 3 mm thick here and 5 mm there. You get it back and then, “Oh no, it doesn’t fit; it’s too thick,” or “It’s too thin.” My setup lets you create the perfect part. And you could press the button again and again—and keep making the part—twice the size, half-size, whatever you need. If you have a part that’s worn away, or has lost a big chunk of metal, you can fill in that missing link on the computer. Then you make the part in plastic and have a machinist make a copy based on that example. Or you can do what we do—input that program into a Fadal CNC machine; it reads the dimensions and replicates an exact metal copy.

Some guys are so used to working in the traditional ways. They’re old-school. So they’ve never seen this new technology in use—in fact, they’re not even aware it exists. When you work on old cars, you tend to work with old machinery like lathes, milling machines or English wheels. When someone tells you that you can take a crescent wrench, for example, scan it, then press a button, copy it, and make a new wrench, these guys say, “Well, that’s not possible. You can’t make the little wheel that moves the claw in and out. You’d have to make it in two sections.”

But they’re wrong. You can duplicate the whole tool.

They stand in front of the machine and watch a wrench being made, and they still don’t believe it. It’s like The Jetsons. George Jetson would say, “I want a steak dinner.” He’d press a button and the meal would come out of the machine, with the roasted potatoes and everything, all on one plate. We may not have the instant steak dinner yet—but my NextEngine system is like the car-guy equivalent.



Posted By: Eric Christiansen

Norman Rockwell: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Commercial Art


If you have ever been to a Old Country Buffet, then you have probably seen one of Norman Rockwell’s illustrations. When I was younger, my family and I went to The Old Country Buffet occasionally for breakfast. I remember being mesmerized by the illustrations that hung on the walls. The one image I remember was the one of the old sheriff sitting in a recliner on a porch with his bloodhound at his feet. I knew it was only a drawing, but it felt so real to me. As if it were going to jump out of the page. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized who they belonged to.

   Norman Rockwell was an American painter and illustrator from 1913-1963. His first real position was working for Boy’s Life. At the age of nineteen, Rockwell became the art editor for the magazine. An impressive position for someone his age to hold back then and even by today’s standards. His first publicized magazine cover was Scout at Ship’s Wheel. This appeared in the September issue of Boy’s Life in 1913.

“Scout at Ship’s Wheel”

Later Norman Rockwell worked on a number of various projects. Most of Rockwell’s famous works were for The Saturday Evening Post. Some of his most famous pieces are: Santa and Scouts in Snow (1913), The Four Freedoms (1943), Rosie The Riveter (1943), and The Rookie (1957). Norman Rockwell’s work embraces the general practices and philosophies of a traditional artist and adds the commercialism of an advertiser. The result is a refreshing take on ads.

“Santa and Scouts in Snow”

“Freedom from Want”

“Rosie The Riveter”

“The Rookie”

Posted By: Eric Christiansen