Tuesday, 12 June 2018

“Shrieks and giggles are what we aim for” - the new Stainless Steel slide!



Design studio Splinterworks has created a sculptural waterslide that is designed to mimic the barrel-shape of a wave before it breaks.


Called Waha, the waterslide takes its name from a term given by surfers to describe the hollow portion of a wave that appears like tube or barrel.

"The elegant design was inspired by surfing a waha – the shape appears to gather momentum and reaches a crescendo, which then circles back in on itself," said Splinterworks.

Intended as an add-on to existing swimming pools, the Waha is the company's first standardised water slide.

It is made from sheets of stainless steel that have been hammered into shape and welded together to form a tubular form. To create a contrast, the designers used a mirror-polished finish on the interior while the exterior is brushed.

"Polished stainless steel doesn't get too hot to touch, even in sunny climates," the UK-based designers explained. "In fact, it actually reflects sunlight and thermal energy as it doesn't oxidise like other metals."

Made from a single streamlined curve shape, the foot of the curve constitutes the steps that take the user to the top of the slide. The slide itself then loosens and turns in on itself.

The Waha slide is available in a range of sizes and finishes, including mirrored, brushed or enamelled in colour. There is also an option to have water jets inserted into the inner surface of the slide.

"We wanted to make a something fun and beautiful; that is just as appealing to kids as it is to grown-ups, and if that is for different reasons we are happy with that too!" said the designers.

"Having made static design objects for 10 years, it is now really fun to create objects that are dynamic, that you can physically move through and that are capable of sparking emotions and feelings," they continued. "Shrieks and giggles are what we aim for!"


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Source/images/read more:
https://www.dezeen.com/2018/05/19/waha-slide-splinterworks-stainless-steel-waterslide-mimics-curvature-wave-design/

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Did knights wear stainless steel chainmail running shoes?



Review taken from https://gearjunkie.com/chainmail-running-shoes

Until I glanced down at the mesh shoes on my feet I’d never before thought much about chainmail beyond renaissance festivals or Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Yet the metal cloth was now swishing against the ground on my feet thanks to the work of Gost, a German company that takes minimalist running in a very weird direction. The shoes, called the PaleoBarefoots, go for a cool $250 a pair. They are made in Germany, constructed of thousands of tiny, interlinked stainless-steel rings.

Holy chrome-moly is right. But Gost claims its medieval shoes can improve barefoot-style running and biomechanics because chainmail gives a “tactile sensation of the ground.” Like it did for knights, the material also protects from sharp objects. This includes daggers and swords, though trail runners more often might find the Gost footwear protecting from rocks and sharp sticks.

I pulled on a pair for a few minutes last month while visiting a shoe designer in Boulder. He’d picked up the PaleoBarefoots for his company’s research and development purposes, not necessarily for running in foot armor through the woods.

My first observation? A swishing noise of metal as I moved brought to mind a Monty Python movie. Then upon walking a few steps the texture of the chainmail felt abrasive on my foot. The metal fabric neither flexed nor felt soft as I trotted around. A company tag line is “remember sensation,” which is hard not to do while your feet are being squeezed and raked by thousands of tiny metal rings.

My verdict? With so much excellent minimal-oriented running footwear on the market there is really no room for questionable designs. The Gost concept, while unique, takes the idea of minimalist running too far. The middle ages can have their shoes back.

By Sean McCoy


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Source/pics/read more:

Images and product:
http://gost-barefoots.com/index.php

Review and article:
https://gearjunkie.com/chainmail-running-shoes

Friday, 25 May 2018

How to use tiny Stainless Steel spikes to kill bacteria…

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US have used an electrochemical etching process to create a bacteria killing nanotextured surface on a stainless steel alloy. 

The initial goal of the research – which is reported in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering – was to create a super-hydrophobic surface on stainless steel, but it soon became clear that creating such a surface would require the use of a chemical coating, which the researchers didn’t want to do. The group decided to explore the use of a nanotextured surface on stainless steel to control bacterial adhesion.


The team experimented with varying levels of voltage and current flow in a standard electrochemical process which they used to roughen the surface of the steel at the nanometre scale.

During laboratory tests the group found that the surface modification killed Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria, testing it on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Closer examination of the material showed protrusions 20 to 25 nanometres above the surface, and while the specific mechanism by which the material kills bacteria requires further study, the researchers believe tiny spikes and other nano-protrusions created on the surface puncture bacterial membranes to kill the bugs. Because the process appears to rely on a biophysical rather than chemical process, it’s thought that bacteria won’t be able to develop a resistance to it.

Intriguingly, the surface structures don’t appear to have a similar effect on mammalian cells, which are an order of magnitude larger than the bacteria. This suggests that the process could offer a solution to microbial contamination on implantable medical devices and on food processing equipment.

As well as its the anti-bacterial effects, the nano-texturing also appears to improve corrosion resistance.

“This surface treatment has potentially broad-ranging implications because stainless steel is so widely used and so many of the applications could benefit,” said Julie Champion, an associate professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. “A lot of the antimicrobial approaches currently being used add some sort of surface film, which can wear off. Because we are actually modifying the steel itself, that should be a permanent change to the material.”


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Source/read more:
https://www.theengineer.co.uk/bacteria-killing-nano-spikes-steel/
https://gizmodo.com/a-new-type-of-steel-kills-bacteria-with-nanospikes-1821270726

Friday, 18 May 2018

A $11,136,642 Stainless Steel Watch! …. We’ll have 2!



This $11 Million Patek Philippe Timepiece Is the World's Most Expensive Wristwatch

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Geneva Watch Auction Four sale in Geneva set a new record over the weekend for a wristwatch at auction. Bidding started at 3-million Swiss francs (just over US$3-million) for the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in stainless steel, a rare perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phases. A little over 10 minutes later, bidding ended at 9.6-million Swiss francs, approximately $9.7-million. With the buyers’ premium included, the final price was 11,002,000 Swiss francs, or $11,136,642.

This beats the previous record of 7.3-million Swiss francs (about $7.38-million) paid for a wristwatch sold at auction last year – a Patek Philippe Ref. 5016, at the Only Watch charity auction in 2015. The Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 was the top lot in today’s sale and, according to Paul Boutros, head of watches for the Americas for Phillips Bacs & Russo, “a once in a lifetime event” for collectors. “I have waited a lifetime to see a 1518 in stainless steel,” he says. “It is number one of only four known to exist.” Made beginning in 1941, the 1518 was the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch ever to be produced in a series by any manufacturer. It is number one in a series of only four that are known to exist. Seven bidders were fighting for the watch. It was sold to a private collector.


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Source/read more:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolbesler/2016/11/12/breaking-news-patek-philippe-ref-1518-in-steel-is-the-worlds-most-expensive-watch-at-11-million/#76c979ee7f44

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/stainless-steel-patek-philippe-ref-1518-sells-phillips-geneva

Friday, 11 May 2018

Stainless Steel still featuring at the forefront of high end luxury


Whatever your response to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, you can’t fault the company’s credentials. Prestige players crave authenticity above all else – it’s a valuable USP, particularly in China – and rather than being fashionably late to the SUV party, Rolls-Royce can legitimately claim to have been a pioneer. With the ultimate celebrity endorsement.


“More valuable than rubies in the desert,” Lawrence of Arabia noted of his nine-strong fleet of Rolls-Royces, modified to handle the brutal theatre of war he operated in. His personal car was called Blue Mist (he’s said to have commandeered it from its owner after spotting it outside a Cairo nightclub); others were open-bed tender vehicles, and several were armoured. During his legendary campaign against the Ottoman Turks, none ever broke down.

A century later, Rolls has different reasons for being in the Middle East, newly armed with a high-minded manifesto for its all-terrain ‘high-bodied’ vehicle. “Our answer to history, to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan,” CEO Torsten Müller Ötvös says. (Rather than rubies, the name references the biggest rough-cut blue diamond ever found.)

Then there’s the traditional Parthenon grille – which came in for some serious stick recently, courtesy of Aston Martin’s design director, Marek Reichman. It’s fashioned from hand-polished stainless steel, and sits proud of the bodywork here. Eleanor, the Spirit of Ecstasy retracts electrically, of course, and sits higher too, presumably so she can get a better view of the vista ahead as well. Or possibly the contents of Prada’s shop window.

Read more: https://www.topgear.com/car-news/british/rolls-royce-cullinan-suv-it


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Source/read more:
https://www.topgear.com/car-news/british/rolls-royce-cullinan-suv-it

Images
https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-shots/rolls-royce/rolls-royce-cullinan-2018-suv-spyshots/

Friday, 27 April 2018

Stainless Steel - blasting off into space.

It was in the early 1960’s when mankind first left Earth’s atmosphere and entered the darkness of space. NASA utilised stainless steel components in the spacecraft from each of its three manned spaceflight programs {Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo}

Due to stainless steel’s exceptional resistance to temperature, it was one of the key materials used to construct the heat shield which protected the craft and the astronauts inside from the extreme heat endured in flight. As the decade drew to a close, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The lunar module - the vehicle which carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin down to the lunar surface - included multiple stainless steel parts. This was just of many ways in which stainless steel pushed civilisation forward into a new age of innovation.


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Source/read more:
http://www.titantanks.net/the-history-of-stainless-steel/

Image from:
https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/from-mercury-mark-ii-to-project-gemini

Friday, 20 April 2018

Ditch the plastic! and pick up a Stainless Steel straw instead.


Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste. Ministers pointed to one estimate that 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year. The prime minister said plastic waste was "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world". And Theresa May will urge leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which began earlier, to follow the UK's lead in tackling the problem.

But there is a simple alternative to these plastic straws and that’s Stainless Steel straws. Durable and lightweight, Stainless Steel metal straws won’t corrode, rust or break.

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Source/read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43817287