[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.
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.
👗 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.
🚗 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.
🥘 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.
📖 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