Ever since I was a boy, I was fascinated by the idea of miniaturization. I read Isaac Asimov's Fantastic Voyage and then, when I finally got my hands on the movie, I probably watched it a dozen times. The premise was that a team of scientists were miniaturized to the point where they could be injected into a person and perform surgery from the inside. Another movie with a similar premise was InnerSpace, starring the incredibly well-matched team of Martin Short and Dennis Quaid. There was the whole Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series of movies and TV shows, and I ate them up as well.
Machining businesses mired in time-consuming traditional quoting might be surprised to learn that many of their counterparts are winning work with little more than a mouse click. Precisely how many is anyone's guess. Although these are top performers, other CNC machine shops constitute the majority of the 2,500-plus manufacturers bidding on this online platform (others include injection molders, additive manufacturing services and parts finishers). While many of the manufacturers are small, many of the parts purchasers are large. Some, like Bosch and BMW, have become investors, pouring more than $50 million into the company since May.
A new company founded by two former USC students wants to change the way rockets are made by using enormous 3-D printers. The company's initial project is called Terran-1, a 100-foot tall rocket that initially will carry satellites of up to 2,800 pounds into orbit around the earth. The current plan is to radically simplify manufacturing, using 100 times fewer parts to create a rocket that's so easy to manufacture, an AI can handle it. Relativity Space is based in Los Angeles, where its working on building a rocket that could launch as early as 2021. Relativity's founders see 3-D printing as the key to the company's success.
However, it is very expensive or nearly impossible to 3D Print large structures with today's technology due to the small size and slow speed of 3D Printers that are available on the market. A london based company named "Ai Build" is developing 3Dp technology for 3D Printing large scale objects cost efficiently at a very high speed. Video Courtesy: Ai Build Music Courtesy: Groovy Baby by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
IT personnel must pay very close attention to 3D printing for two main reasons: It will change how the organization for which they work operates and how they will do their own jobs. The technology has been here for quite some time, but it is increasingly stunning. It continues to change and grow in capabilities. For instance, nanowerk reports on research published two weeks ago in Advanced Materials that describes 3D printing of electronics. This hybrid method – which combines direct ink writing (DIW) with automated pick-and-place of surface mount electronic components within a single manufacturing platform – enables surface mount electrical components of arbitrary shapes and sizes to be readily integrated onto printed soft wearable circuits.
Technology has long been considered a resource-liberating mechanism, granting us better access to resources like information, food and energy. Yet what is often overlooked is the revolutionary impact technology can have on our ability to create art. Many artists are reacting to a world of accelerating change and rapid digitization through their work. Emerging artistic mediums like 3D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence are providing artists with unprecedented forms of self-expression. Many are also embracing the rise of intelligent machines and leveraging the man-machine symbiosis to create increasingly powerful works of art.
Ubuntu is partnering with IBM Power Systems and OpenPOWER to bring the POWER8 architecture into the mainstream of dev ops practices and cloud operations. In this short video featured at IBM Interconnect, Mark Shuttleworth talks about the number one workload to create competitive advantage, and how the OpenPOWER foundation has enabled IBM to bring innovation back into the data centre.