While the concept behind the “Internet of Things” has been around for about two decades, NEST, the web-enabled thermostat company recently purchased by Google, has popularized the concept. Today, a data-driven infrastructure of internet-connected devices that control utilities, guide our retail shopping experiences, and monitor our health is far from science fiction.
There are two approaches to gaining 3D printed parts, investing in a 3D printer of your own or ordering parts through a service bureau. How do you decide which is best for your business scenario? Take a look at this infographic to give you an idea of the important considerations of both options.
I had the chance to get a behind the scenes tour of the Ford Motor Company’s 3D printing facilities at the Beech Daly Technical Center in Dearborn, Michigan. This facility is normally closed to visitors, so this is a pretty rare opportunity to see how this company uses 3D printing in their manufacturing processes.
The applications of 3D printing seem only limited by an inventor’s imagination. Today, 3D printers can make dental parts, hip replacement joints, food, toys, jewelry and more. The futuristic technology can even print human tissue and recreate human organs.
Opening with a plenary from Vijay Kumar, U Penn, the morning session asked industry experts from different domains including automation, manufacturing, automobile, aerospace, healthcare to talk about the next-generation of problems for robotics to address.
The 10th annual Robotics Science and Systems conference is on at the University of California, Berkeley, July 12 to 16.