The potential of 3D printing is unmistakable, even though the industry has just begun to scratch the surface of that potential. Consumer 3D printers are just making their debut in U.S. stores. Their industrial counterparts are already complementing manufacturing in developed countries, even as others assess their market growth potential. But is this a new […]
Another widespread theory of creativity seems to push up against Galenson’s research, claiming that age or method doesn’t matter as much as the amount of time one practices a creative task (e.g. musicianship, writing).
Popularly outlined in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, the idea is that the most notable creative individuals practice for at least 10,000 hours before becoming experts. That’s to say, creativity can be learned, but unless you are exclusively practicing your artistic skill full-time, eight hours a day, five days a week, for at least five years, you won’t become a successful artist.
GE Aviation has decided to equip a factory in Auburn, Alabama, to make engine fuel nozzles using additive manufacturing techniques.
It will create the first factory in the jet propulsion industry dedicated to mass production of components by 3-D printers, GE says.
The equipment, due to be installed later this year, will build the 19 fuel nozzles installed in each CFM International Leap-1 engine. Production capacity will be sized to build up to 1,000 nozzles per year at first, then grow to more than 40,000 annually by within five years, the company says.
That pace reflects the steep ramp-up on the Leap-1 programme, which is powering the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 Max and Comac C919. The three aircraft makers will combine to build more than 1,000 narrowbodies annually by 2020.
It's been a big couple of weeks for Prof Clayton Christensen, one of the world's most influential thinkers on innovation. Not only has his theory of Disruptive Innovation been attacked in the New Yorker, in his most recent article for the Harvard Business Review he acknowledged that his
To paraphrase the immortal Facebook sage, there are three things in this world I hate: 1. Articles about buzzwords; 2: Irony; and 3: Lists. Let us therefore proceed with all due irony to list our derogations of one of the buzziest: the Internet of Things, known to aficionados and curmudgeons alike as the IoT.
The IoT explosion is rather curious if you think about it, as the Internet has been with us now for nigh on two decades, and everything connected to it has always been some kind of thing. But now it seems every kind of thing from dishwashers to doorknobs require an Internet connection, since after all, we all know our dishwashers have long harbored a pent up desire for scintillating conversation with our doorknobs.
The key point that too many in the clean tech sector overlook in their rush to celebrate innovation (and I am as guilty of this as anyone) is that not everyone likes innovation. Large swathes of the public don't like innovation. Pension funds and institutional investors really hate innovation. Many multinationals, regardless of what they say to the contrary, are wary of innovation. What they want is safe, reliable, bankable technologies, projects and business models that will deliver near-guaranteed returns.
The goal of the clean tech revolution is not innovation for innovation's sake, it is innovation to reach and then pass the point where greener alternatives become safer and more effective propositions than the polluting incumbents they are designed to replace. We need a clean tech industry that can innovate, but we also need one that can roll out its innovations at global scale in the matter of a few years.
3-D Printing Creates Balsa Without the Tree Kevin Wilcox Researchers use 3-D printing to create a honeycomb of epoxy resin that mimics the low weight and high strength of balsa wood. July 15, 2014—Researchers working at Harvard University have successfully developed a lightweight cellular composite material
There's no doubt that 3D printing will make the greatest contribution to the next industrial revolution and may impact almost all sectors of our lives including manufacturing, global economy, business as well as consumption patterns. Here are some of the key sectors likely to be greatly affected by the 3D printing.