Louis Leblanc

Computational Designer
Boston, MA, USA

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  • "For those curious, the total print time was 72 hours. Very impressive."
    on: Watch the World's Largest 3D-Printer Spit Out a 25-Foot Boat
  • "Oooh great topic!I think like other professions or interests that spark a community on Instagram, the posts are much more about the dream and illusions we tell ourselves about those topics than reality. And to a certain extent, that's fine. But thanks for the reminder that designer Instagram is not what actual design is. Designy content that gets high engagement doesn't mean it's actually a viable product or even good portfolio work.I think for a lot of people that post, it can be about justifying the hardworking lifestyle and sacrifices that allowed to achieve some degree of success in a highly competitive industry by glamorizing it. With that said it's not all bad. Some of this work can be inspirational in different ways, as long as you take it with a grain of salt. I've personally came across a really supportive community of folks applying computational design to sneakers. It's been great to share notes and seeing how peers are pushing the envelope. With that said, few in that community would be considered influencers...For design students and the design curious, I yearn for the popularity of the Project section of the Core77 forum. It seems most now use IG for that purpose. I remember a few years back students and professionals taking on side projects would use that forum as an interactive log of their development. You'd see a lot more of the actual work and the feedback would be meaningful with people sending sketches and markups in. I always feel like a creepy maniac if I post a comment on IG that's more than 2 sentences long."
    on: Exploring the Dangers of Industrial Design Instagram Influencers
  • "The only way I can see it happening is if it's a hollow feature in the rim that allows you to put your foot inside. A step that drops down seems dangerous/wasteful to put it inside the wheel. Adding rotating mass is usually not a good thing in car design as it means a lot of energy needs to be put in to get it spinning again. Slower acceleration, worse fuel millage. Balancing and failure of a hinge mechanism would be horrible too (or forgetting to bring the step back up).It could be built into the paneling of the truck. I remember some trim packages of 2000 era F150s had a side step built in the paneling between the rear door and the rear wheel."
    on: Could/Should You Design a Folding Step That Deployed From a Car or Truck Wheel?
  • "For those interested in the subject, have a look at The Machine That Changed the World by Daniel Roos and James P. Womack. They were the ones that brought the Lean Manufacturing systems of the Japenese car manufacturers to light in the 1980's to the Western world. They had lead an international study based in MIT over several years on the subject which lead to their writing of this book."
    on: How Toyota Changed the Way We Make Things
  • "A similar thing is happening in electronics. Tariffs are being applied to the incoming components. Since most components are made in China, US assemblers are actually disadvantaged vs anybody outside of US/China. Moog announced it was considering moving part of their electronics production out of the US. GoPro is looking at moving out of China but US doesn't seem to be on the radar..."
    on: Explaining What the Hell is Going On With U.S. Tariffs and Chinese Injection Molds
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