Daniel Erwin


California, USA

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  • "Why is this any different from glass-fiber-reinforced parts? I get it that "fiberglass" is often unstructured, but it can be structured - for a few months, I worked for a tiny outfit making carbon fiber airplane parts by hand (back in Dallas in the early aughts), and we sometimes used glass fiber that looked just like those carbon fiber sheets, except clear/white. Even if non-directional, seems like all the resin-filling and forming steps would be the same as as a fiberglass/resin composite. What am I missing?"
    on: Nissan Figures Out How to More Affordably Mass Produce Carbon Fiber Parts
  • "So how does this compare to sunlight? My guess is that most viruses and bacteria are toast in direct sunlight for 10 minutes."
    on: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Disinfecting Surfaces and Killing COVID-19 with UV Lights
  • "um how about a write-up of reverse-vending machines - that I only just heard of for the first time. And ideally their whole supply chain - do they also use the same trucks to bring stuff to/from the same factories? Where does the actual recycling happen?"
    on: California Passes Bill SB 372, to Make Beverage Manufacturers & Distributors Responsible for Recycling
  • "This maximal viable product sounds like an interesting concept, but I've gotta say if I were a resident of Redding, I think I'd be a lot less likely to give a designer a long leash after this experience. If you're aiming to expand the conversation about what design can and should be, I think it might be better to find examples that nail their objectives with core users, and maybe scoop up an extra usecase or two without breaking the bank. In this case, I'm thinking that both local dogs and taxpayers are a lot closer to the core users than sightseers who'll likely never visit again.  But hey even a design critique doesn't have to be a masterpiece on the first iteration - why not come back to us with an exploration of the important and real tension between making this park (and the city and region more generally) into a tourist destination, vs the need to have simple, functional infrastructure, and how that reflects and refracts thinking and designing like an engineer vs. like a starchitecht (e.g. see Frank Lloyd Wright's leaky and expensive to maintain buildings). "
    on: The Maximum Viable Product
  • "Amazing. Can't wait to see glass with a honeycomb structure interior, which will be much lighter. Then cover it with silicone stripes/dimples at strategic points to deal with breaking too easily, and you've got virtually a new material."
    on: ETH Researchers Found a Way to 3D-Print Complex Glass Objects With a New Take on Stereolithography
  • "Why wasn't this even mentioned on the front pages that I read religiously? Even Ars Technica didn't mention it. "
    on: The Complete Translated Text of China's Incredible Single-Use Plastics Ban
  • "Love the concept, but are those the real buttons? Seems I'd have to read a guide to figure out how to work it. "
    on: Stove Burners That Hang on the Wall When You Don't Need Them
  • "Apparently this comment system just allows one link per reply. The simpler approach is AirTab"
    on: AeroMods: DIY Aerodynamic Improvements to Cars
  • "Totally agree. Read up on Fuller's Dymaxion Car - he had the idea way back in the '30s, but it hasn't been acted on because it "was highly unsuitable for anything but low speeds" according to wikipedia. Maybe if it can fold up for parking and when I want to drive faster, these could be practical. Which reminds me - what about the Trailer Tail you sometimes see on big rigs on the freeway? Why isn't this fold-up apporoach used for smaller cars? My guess is that it would be available to buy online unless it just doesn't save that much fuel. But i was surprised google showed me this simpler approach  that just requires small additions to create vorticies - anybody want to wager whether that's real or just snake oil?"
    on: AeroMods: DIY Aerodynamic Improvements to Cars
  • "Bookshelf with bungees would be pretty useful when you've got a 1.5-2 year old running around pulling everything off of shelves. I ended up wrapping several bookshelves with a single strand of monofilament for this reason. But the bungee thing is way too permanent for this usecase. "
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #20
  • "What about the sense of privacy, and very real noise insulation, that comes with current bulky/foamy seats? Not to mention when someone's kid is behind you with their knees or poking the screen repeatedly? And how about when I come onboard with my book, just looking forward to a couple hours of peace after the airport speaker system howling at me about the constant threat of terrorism, and then the screen in front of me starts playing ads, and the flight attendant won't shut up about how she wants me to sign up for an airline-backed credit card so she can get her referral bonus? Where's the chair design that will amplify or ensure the best part of the flying experience?"
    on: Move by LAYER and Airbus Aims to Improve the Horrible Economy Class Flight Experience
  • "What if we go a half-step farther and make it so they're immensely less fragile in the first place? I.e. legislate (or maybe some kinda sustainability/quality label?) that indicates it can survive a 1 meter fall without completely destroying itself? It can easily be done, and more efficient/effective if done by the original manufacturer than by a 3rd party who has to make it aftermarket installable by an end user!"
    on: Check This List to See if Your State Has Right-to-Repair Laws
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