Many years ago I had the opportunity to visit a university that had a 3-D “rapid prototype” printers. The concept was to take CAD drawings, send the instructions to the device and create a 3-D image by laying down layers of material. They would take a broken part or tool, create a CAD drawing of it, then feed the information to the controller to enable it to be rendered. It was a slow process, but it had the potential to allow for a number of things including the re-creation of hard-to-get and impossible-to-get machine parts, the refabrication of critical tools and dies, and the exact replication of 3-D items.
Fast forward to now. 3-D printing technology abounds with new applications for the technology surfacing every day. Now, if you want custom insoles for your shoes, that technology is there. If the International Space Station needs to replace a broken part, a 3-D printer onboard can create it. Want a pizza – now? Print it! They are even boasting that a house can be 3-D printed and built in 24-48 hours. See this link
Kansas Teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy
A 16 year old high school kid in the region created a 3-D printed prosthetic arm for a family friends kid who was born without fingers on one hand. It works! Article Link. What a great story! Now the promise of building replacement organs at a cellular level is near reality. Printing eyes, bone, livers, kidneys and more is very nearly here.
I think it is revolutionary and it is changing the way we think about many things. It has the potential to completely change the distribution model for the secondary parts industries. No longer will they need to have warehouses full of parts. What might this do to the shipping and transit industry? How will this further compress time-frames? How could it change the field of healthcare and medicine?
Keep your eyes on this trend. It will be a big one and could likely change all aspects of our lives.
A nice discussion of what’s been tried, what’s coming down the pike and what is here right now. More interesting are the possibilities this opens for innovation and unique application of technologies as our lives become more integrated with technology, social media and the Internet.
This past week I had the opportunity to play with a nest smart thermostat. Very elegant, very simple, yet functional, exciting. No wonder that the leaders of this company came from Apple. Just scratching the surface on what could be done.
How have you integrated technology into your home? Anxious to hear your thoughts.
We’re in the heat of the political season. The primaries have concluded and the general election races have begun. A common element across campaigns at all levels is the use of social media to brand the candidate, engage followers and participate in a virtual debate. A good article was posted today in socialmediatoday.com under the heading Social Media Tips of Politicians. The author has done a good job in identifying how to participate in social media, some good tips on what to do and what not to do. Enjoy!
Lenexa, Kansas – my city, is one of 600 or so cities across the country vying for the Google High Speed Fiber project. Our city staff, community and City Council has been working on this since it was initially announced. To find out more information go to http://www.yeslenexa.com. Of course we are hopeful that our wonderful demographics, positioning in the Bio Tech, Bio Science, education and IT sectors will make us an attractive candidate for this test. We’re a city of roughly 33 square miles, 50,000 population with over a 1,000 miles of fiber already in the ground, 20 of those belonging to the City.
Take a look at the following article from Wired.com. 190,000 People and 600 Cities Want Google’s Fast Fiber
According to a new study by Anderson Analytics that involved 5,000 U.S. social media users:
61% of social media users are under age 35
55% of social media users are female
29% of Facebook and LinkedIn users say they could “probably do without” the popular networks
35% said they could do without MySpace
43% could live without Twitter
Under 35, people rely on social networks for “fun” and contacting friends
Older consumers use them to stay in touch with family and friends
75% said Facebook was their most valuable network, 65% who cited MySpace
30% said LinkedIn was their most valuable network
12% said Twitter was most valuable
32% of male respondents said using social media for business/career contacts was a key benefit, 22% for females
The Anderson report also found an estimated 110 million people in the U.S., 36% of the total population, use social media regularly. Of that group, Facebook dominates with 78 million regular users, followed by MySpace with 67 million, Twitter with 17 million, and LinkedIn with 11 million regular users.