INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

[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.

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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.


MANUFACTURING


🌉
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.


🛠 Watch this Croatia-based designer/builder create this
beautiful curved bench from scratch. (The rest of his woodworking videos are pretty great, too.)


AUTOMATION


🚗 Autonomous cars
just 10% better than human drivers could save hundreds of thousands of lives, but they could also deepen economic inequality and drive the growth of megacities.


🚨 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.


ROBOTICS


🤝 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.


ELECTRONICS


🐷
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

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