manufacturing

  • Venture investments in new manufacturing technologies could reshape American industry

    Venture investments in new manufacturing technologies could reshape American industry

    A wave of venture investment into new manufacturing startups looks set to transform American manufacturing. While the foundations for these companies may have been laid in cities like Boston, New York and San Francisco, the startups that are driving this next industrial revolution hail from more unlikely hubs of technology innovation in the smaller urban centers of the Sun Belt and the Southeast. Read More

  • NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is preparing to send its first commercial manufacturing facility to the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D printing company Made in Space has partnered with NASA to send their Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) to the space station on a launch scheduled to take place next Tuesday. Users on Earth can pay to use AMF, a 3D printer specially designed to operate in a microgravity… Read More

  • Is 3D Printing The Next Industrial Revolution? Crunch Network

    Is 3D Printing The Next Industrial Revolution?

    It was in 1909 when Henry Ford, master of efficiency and standardization, famously said that a “customer can have a car painted any color…so long as it is black.” While the First Industrial Revolution introduced machines to replace hand labor, Ford helped usher in what was ultimately the principle of mass production; using those machines to produce large quantities of… Read More

  • Five Good 3D Printers You Can Buy Before The Holiday

    If you’re looking to build your own Christmas tree out of plastic this year, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve collected my five favorite 3D printers that you should be able to order and receive before or on Christmas. While it might be tough to get one or two of these on such short notice if the ones you love want to do some 3D printing, you can do no better than these five. Read More

  • Watch This Amazing 3D-Printed Clock Made With A Multi-Toolhead Printer

    Watch This Amazing 3D-Printed Clock Made With A Multi-Toolhead Printer

    In the future multi-toolhead robots will harvest our organs and control our reproductive cycles. Until then, they can make amazing clocks! This clock, created by Matt Olczyk, was made using a ZMorph 3D printer, a printer that can swap tool heads to perform different actions. The ZMorph system has a CNC mill, dual extruders, an (optional) chocolate extruder, and even a laser burner. By using all… Read More

  • STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing Crunch Network

    STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing

    STEM education and the maker movement have flooded our nation’s schools, making project-based learning much easier to mark off of the instructional “must do” checklist toward meeting new criterion and readying students for a career. Our school districts are feeling the pressure to be innovative and find new ways to engage students with technology while adhering to the… Read More

  • Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a system to put realistic-looking plastic hair on 3D printed objects. While this doesn’t help the follicularly challenged humans among us it does allow you to add cute hairdos to 3D printed characters and even simulate hard growth on living things. The system uses a standard 3D printer with special programming that extrudes a little plastic… Read More

  • “Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World  Crunch Network

    “Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World 

    I’ve always been fascinated by how labor markets work. People are the foundation for how things get done. How we organize across and within companies impacts both creativity and efficiency. The first big labor market shift in my lifetime that I can remember was outsourcing. Fueled first by globalization and ignited further by Internet connectivity, arbitrage opportunities in labor… Read More

  • Join The Giants Of The Maker Movement At TC Disrupt In San Francisco

    Join The Giants Of The Maker Movement At TC Disrupt In San Francisco

    Makers rule the world. Whether you sling code or craft hardware, the ability to build is of absolute importance in the new economy. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be hanging out with Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom, TechShop head Mark Hatch, and Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen on the main stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Read More

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