[11/13/17 - 11/17/17] 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
🛠 Nick and Jer started Plethora at TechShop Pittsburgh in 2013. We’re incredibly sad to be saying goodbye to this pillar of the Maker community.
🔩 Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories is hosting the Silicon Valley Hardware Meetup on December 6th at their shop in Sunnyvale.
💠 Russia-based CAD company LEDAS just released a 3D modeling cloud platform that supports real-time, in-browser collaboration.
📐 Industrial designer Eric Strebel demonstrates his process for low-volume manufacturing with vacuum-formed panels for a car show display.
💉 Anna Young speaks on how empowering nurses to become Makers can help democratize medical innovation.
🔥 Popular Mechanics ran a great piece on Nicolas Wicks, a 29 year-old blacksmith with a metalworking heritage and a passion for building custom music stands.
💓 Dean Kamen is working to bring the 3D manufacturing of human organs from the lab to the factory.
🏭 UCSB researchers believe that climate change could hinder production in Chinese factories by the middle of the 21st century.
👝 Take a look at the colorful world of zipper manufacturing.
♻️ Skram is a North Carolina-based furniture company with a penchant for sustainable manufacturing. This Design Milk article tracks how their new line of side tables were designed and made.
🚫 Emily and Michael Hamilton argue that cities should not be designed for autonomous vehicles, as AVs’ ability to operate by relying on one another will outpace infrastructure projects.
💼 The Center for the Future of Work just released an interesting new report on 21 new jobs they expect to see by 2028.
📊 Richard Florida writes on the geography, demography, and industry of America’s digitalization divide.
🌉 The guys who orchestrated the giant robot duel with Japan are planning to host the first live giant robot tournament in San Francisco next year.
🤸♀️ If you haven’t already seen Boston Dynamics’ 330 lb Atlas robot doing backflips, you should check it out.
🐝 Robotanica creator Arjen Bangma believes that wild robots could replace vanishing species to help restore damaged ecosystems.
🤖 Baidu just announced a new smart speaker and interactive home robot: Raven H.
📉 Jobs are not created or lost because of a single technology, but because of the business models designed to leverage the power of technology.
🔋 Metal-air battery research was abandoned in the 1980s due to insurmountable technical difficulties, but their high theoretical energy density is drawing scientists back in.
💡 Scientists from Northwestern are studying the the root causes of cascading power grid failures.
💻 A Cambridge team has created a nanoscale magnetic circuit capable of moving information through three-dimensional space.
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See you all next week!
- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban