INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

[9/18/17 - 9/22/17] Welcome to Industrial Evolution, Plethora’s weekly newsletter on technology and manufacturing. If you’re building something cool and need parts for it, we can help you make them.

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TOOLS & MATERIALS


🐉 The “Hardware Studio” resource hub that Kickstarter, Avnet, and Dragon Innovation announced in May
is now live!


⌚ Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky writes about what the smartwatch development process taught him about
building hardware.


💉 If you’ve ever flinched away from a needle at the doctor’s office, you’ll be happy to hear that a new 3D fabrication technique allows for multiple vaccinations
in a single injection.


🖨 Engineers from HRL and UCSB have developed a method for 3D printing
high-strength aluminum parts.


💠 Environmental systems researchers have found that
graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace some scarce materials and conflict minerals.


MANUFACTURING


📅 Lean and Agile project management methods have gained popularity in software development, but they were originally
developed by Toyota and can be used for other hardware projects today.


🌲 Materialize.X is using new materials and production techniques to disrupt the
engineered wood industry.


🔨 Core77 interview two craftsmen on the 17th-century Japanese hand-hammering “
Choukin” technique.


👁 Check out this neat video on how
prosthetic eyes are made.


🔩 We just wrote a new
Threading 101 post to explain the nuts and bolts of these common fastening features!


😢 Hand Tool School’s Shannon Rogers explains why you shouldn’t
tear up over tear out.


AUTOMATION


🚗 Lyft and Udacity have come together to launch a nanodegree in
self-driving cars, and Lyft is offering 400 scholarships to communities underrepresented in tech.


🚙 Consumers waiting for driverless vehicles to improve road safety may be overlooking the
boring, near-term advances that could make a real difference.


🚚 TechCrunch takes a look inside Embark’s mission to make
autonomous trucking a reality.


🚎 Who chooses what people self-driving cars kill? Jay Donde frames the self-driving car’s trolley problem in terms of the
American jury’s Hand rule.


ROBOTICS


⚙ SRI’s Alexander Kernbaum has introduced an ultra-compact, infinitely variable transmission for robotics called the
Inception Drive.


👢 Take a look at the demanding ‘
boot camp’ that Boston Dynamics puts their robots through.


💡 The Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks -
Brett - uses reinforcement learning to navigate new environments and solve problems on its own.


👀 Swiss researchers have developed an eye-inspired camera that enables drones to better process
low-light environments.


💪 Researchers at Columbia have developed a 3D-printed synthetic muscle for soft robotics that can lift
1,000 times its own weight.


ELECTRONICS


📱 Check out iFixit’s teardown of the new
iPhone 8.


⚡ Scientists at the University of Chicago have developed a method to make stacks of semiconductors just
a few atoms thick.


〰 Engineers at Lancaster University have devised a method to convert the vibrations of
traffic energy into power.


🔋 Hackaday breaks down the science behind
lithium cell characteristics and safety.


📈 The world is gradually moving toward renewables, but to achieve
100% renewable energy, we need better batteries.


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- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban

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