Printing 3D parts

[Traditional 3D printing uses a powder/glue method to create
a 3D part molded in something like hard plaster; newer methods now produce
metallic parts or parts with metallic components that can be used directly in
equipment being manufactured, saving considerable sums of money. For point of
reference, the Art Department here uses a 3D printer to create jewelry.]

Published by MIT

Printing Parts

Systems that print mechanical components with metal ­powder
could be used to build lighter, more efficient airplanes.

  • September/October 2011
  • By Stuart Nathan

 

http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38352/

See also http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38371/
for a more-in-depth photo essay on producing parts with metal components

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Unmanned spaceship launched by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin LLC suffered a major failure

[An unmanned spaceship launched by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin LLC suffered a major failure when the ground crew lost contact and control of the vehicle after liftoff during a test flight.]

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos suffers setback with failed spaceship
launch

Greg
Lamm
on Friday, September 2, 2011, 2:10pm PDT

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Amazon Debating ‘Netflix for Books’ Service

[From the article: Amazon was talking with book
publishers about launching a Netflix-like service for digital books, in which
customers would pay an annual fee to access a library of content, The Wall
Street Journal reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. It was
unclear how much traction the proposal has, the people said. Several publishing
executives said that they were not enthusiastic about the idea because they
believe it could lower the value of books and strain their relationships with
other retailers selling their books, they said.Amazon did not immediately
respond to requests for comment Sunday. The proposal was another sign that
retailers were looking for more ways to deliver content digitally as customers
increasingly read books and watch TV on computers, tablets and other electronic
devices.]

 

Amazon Debating ‘Netflix for Books’ Service

SEATTLE
– Amazon was talking with book publishers about launching a Netflix-like
service for digital books, in which customers would pay an annual fee to access
a library of content, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people
familiar with

 

 

 

[From mashable.com: The details about
the project are scarce, but it appears that the library would primarily contain
older works with restrictions on how many books a user can access each month.
The service would also be available to subscribers of Amazon Prime, a
membership program that gives users free shipping and access to movies and TV
shows for $79 per year. Amazon has been on a roll this year, having launched
Amazon Prime in February and a subsidized
version of Kindle
in May. The retail giant reported a 51% jump in revenues
for Q2 2011 and the fastest
growth
in a decade.  Source: http://mashable.com/2011/09/12/amazon-netflix-books/]

How the office is evolving

[From the article: In the last 10 years, we’ve seen a significant reduction in
the average office space per employee. In 1995, it was approximately 300 square
feet; today it is 225 square feet or less. This workspace shrinkage is due to
various work style trends, including companies leveraging hot desking, where an
employee temporarily occupies a workspace outfitted to meet their needs,
hotelling,reservation-based hot desking, and incentive programs for employees
who work from home. …My guess: this is just the beginning. The personal space
will continue to shrink and become increasingly mobile/virtual. We’ll likely
see a day where the office becomes a series of collaboration spaces, designed
to connect fragmented virtual teams.]

How the office is evolving

Reuters – 1 day ago

By Eric Kintz
at GigaOm The traditional office space is in the midst of its most
Eric Kintz is Vice President and General Manager of Logitech for