INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

[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.

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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.


MANUFACTURING


🔥 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.


AUTOMATION


🚫 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.


🚗 How will Arizona’s
urban and legislative landscapes be shaped by self-driving cars?


ROBOTICS


🌉 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.


ELECTRONICS


🔋
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.


👕 Researchers are creating new fabrics that can store
energy and data.


💡 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.


FEEDBACK & SUBMISSIONS

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See you all next week!

- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban

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