INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

[11/20/17 - 11/24/17] 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


🏎 Take a look at how the design of the
Porsche 911 has evolved over the past 50 years.


☠️ CB Insights looked through a database of failed consumer hardware startups to better understand
where things went wrong.


🖨 3D Hubs just released their new
2018 3D Printer Guide.


💠 Researchers are working to design
new metal alloys using engineered nanostructures.


🛣 If you want to build longer-lasting roads,
just add graphene.


MANUFACTURING


👗 Researchers at the University of Sussex have found that, despite some recent improvements, ‘
fast fashion’ is still putting the health and well-being of garment workers at risk.


🌾 These young inventors from Benin are building custom
agricultural processing machines.


🔨 Check out the story of
Wayne Price, a master wood carver who overcame his struggle with substance abuse through craft.


🏺 Here’s how to make your loved ones a
custom concrete dish this holiday season.


📸 Rain Noe gives a
photo-heavy review of Tools for Working Wood’s “Master Dovetailing” class.


AUTOMATION


🚗 We’ve seen
endless predictions about how driverless cars will lead to the death of distance. Richard Florida argues that every one of them has been wrong.


🚙 MIT researchers are taking a look at how
humans kinda sorta drive in self-driving cars.


🛒 Walmart, which recently began a trial of shelf-scanning robots, is now testing self-driving,
floor-scrubbing robots as well.


🍽 A hackathon team from Imperial College London has taken the first steps towards developing a
robot restaurant.


🏗 Caterpillar has funded a robot that can lay more than
one thousand bricks an hour.


ROBOTICS


🥘 Watch this drone
cook Thanksgiving dinner, from potato-peeling propellers to deep fryer air-drops.


🛩
Drones are becoming a crucial tool for engineers in various sectors, from farming and entertainment to insurance and manufacturing.


🔫 UC Berkeley professor Stuart Russell shows how far
weaponized microdrones have already come, and what consequences their future use could have.


💗 A team of scientists has developed a “
half-hearted” robotic solution to augment cardiac function in isolated right or left heart failure.


🤖 Toyota is getting back into humanoid robots with the
virtually inhabitable T-HR3.


ELECTRONICS


📖 The Kindle launched 10 years ago last Monday. Learn about the design process of its last 16 generations from
Lab126’s VP of Design.


💊
Digital opioids powered by stomach acid could help doctors better monitor prescription painkiller use.


🔋 Swiss researchers have developed an initial prototype of a
solid sodium battery.


〰 Could
graphene ripples be tapped into as a clean, limitless energy source?


📈 An international team of researchers has discovered a new dopant that makes organic semiconductors
a million times more conductive.


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- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban

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