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13 Awesome Digital Creations From 2013

2013 was a great year for digital designers, artists, architects, engineers and more.

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1. The first ever Victoria's Secret 3D Printed Wings

Image Courtesy of Eli Schmidt / Via

These wings were designed by Bradley Rothenberg who focused on creating something at the intersection of art, design and architecture. The 3D model of these wings were then printed by Shapeways.

2. A dad who created an awe-inspiring 3D world for his kids

Marek Denko

Originally a Christmas present for his kids, this dad wanted to create a unique poster for their room. Marek Denko, digital artist and dad titled his 3D world “Roofs, Rockets and Adventures Beyond." If you look closely at the image, you can see his children sitting on top of the rocket.

3. Shanghai Tower "topped out" in 2013


Before being built, the Shanghai Tower was designed and tested digitally. Although it has been under construction for a while, this year the massive building has officially "topped out" and become not only the tallest building in China, but the second tallest building in the world. (You can even check out an exhibit on the Tower in our Gallery)

5. Digitizing a Woolly Mammoth

The Smithsonian has digitized not only this Woolly Mammoth but approximately 20 other iconic artifacts from its museums. You can 3D print, interact with and learn about these models in the Smithsonian X3D Explorer.

7. A lost planet falling toward a massive black hole

NASA, Dana Berry, Skyworks Digital

This piece was done by space artist Dana Berry in collaboration with NASA to visualize a planet slowly drifting into a black hole, unattached to any one star or solar system.

8. Soccket: the soccer ball that just keeps on giving

White House/Soccket / Via

The Soccket is a soccer ball made by Uncharted Play that can harness kinetic energy. For every thirty minutes of play, the ball can charge an LED lamp for thirty minutes! (Pictured is President Obama hitting the ball on a trip to Tanzania in 2013, image courtesy of the White House Facebook Page)

9. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Via California Department of Transportation

This project took a while to complete but before lifting a single hammer, the entire bridge was designed digitally. (Building the bridge took 42,000 hours, but here it is being built in 4 minutes)

10. BioLite CampStove


The BioLite CampStove converts waste heat into electricity. Designed and tested digitally so it can use energy efficiently, it can charge and power small electronic devices such as cell phones, LED lights and GPS units.

12. A woman aging decades in just five minutes

Digital artist Anthony Cerniello created this remarkable animation of the incremental aging process using Autodesk 3ds Max.

13. A digital look at how Elon Musk's Hyperloop could be built

Autodesk, in collaboration with WhiteClouds created this digital view at how Elon Musk's Hyperloop could be constructed. Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist has envisioned that the tubes for the Hyperloop could be braided out of carbon fiber almost like a sewing machine on wheels.

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