[11/6/17 - 11/10/17] 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
🎓 Indiegogo is hosting a webinar on hardware crowdfunding tomorrow from 11 to noon PST. If you’re trying to bring an idea to market, this is the perfect time to learn how.
☂️ Marion Rankine explores how bigotry, urban design, and class warfare shaped the history of the umbrella.
🚪 In 2003, mechanical engineer Steve Humble quit his job designing medical surgical lasers to design and build secret rooms.
🛰 Miura-ori, a tessellated origami pattern traditionally used for storing solar panel arrays in spacecraft, is now being studied through the lense of statistical mechanics
🆒 Stanford researchers have developed a reversible material that cools or warms you depending on its direction, expanding your range of comfortable temperatures by about 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
🌉 Urban manufacturing is on the rise in the Bay Area, with more than 7,500 companies representing 10% of the local workforce.
🏭 Last week, Tesla bought manufacturing automation company Perbix as part of its effort to climb out of Model 3 production hell.
⚙️ Advances in polymers have created plastic gear solutions that are superior to metal gears in some applications. Brian Dengel wrote an insightful article on their benefits and drawbacks.
🎷 In 1983, Sesame Street rolled out this delightful clip on saxophone manufacturing, accompanied by - of course - a saxophone.
🚨 The Chinese government is working with Tencent to build an unmanned police station / DMV office in Wuhan.
⚖️ All Things Considered takes a look at the impact automation has been having on legal work in recent years.
🤝 Startup Embodied, founded by researchers from Berkeley and OpenAI, came out of stealth this week with the aim of helping robots get a grip.
☠ Ford is testing exoskeletons for its factory workers to aid in lifting loads, assist in overhead tasks, and ease strain on users’ upper bodies.
👀 Veo Robotics is working to turn legacy industrial robots into modern-day cobots by letting them see.
📈 The market for humanoid robots is set to grow ten times by 2023 - an expected market of $3.9 billion.
🤖 John Pavlus interviews Christoph Salge, the NYU researcher who wants to rework Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.
🐷 Intel and AMD are teaming up to take on Nvidia with a tiny CPU/GPU combo. In other news, pigs have taken to the skies.
💽 November 6th marked the 30th birthday of RAID, the storage solution that transformed computing.
🖨 Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed a new method for 3D printing fully functional circuits.
⚡️ Liyan Gong put together a handy list of 9 technologies you can use to prototype your electronic hardware product.
🖥 Steven Dufresne tracks the development of the integrated circuit, from minimizing the number of hardware components to developing new insulation techniques.
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See you all next week!
- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban