[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.
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.
📅 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.
🚙 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.
⚙ 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.
📱 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