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Collection of ideas and resources for open research and open education
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Nasa to take first 3D-printer into space

Nasa to take first 3D-printer into space | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"Nasa to take first 3D-printer into space
... A little larger than a shoe box, the printer has a metal shell with a glass window that offers a view of the goings-on within, so the crew can monitor the progress of the clips, buckles and containers they are printing. The designers say their machine could print anything from toilet pipes to life-saving tools, and imagine a future of game-changing capabilities – including the ability to manufacture kilometre-long megastructures that could not be launched from Earth, as well as construct entire spacecraft mined from asteroid materials."

 

from source: http://www.theguardian.com/

 

#NASA #3D-printer #Maker #Making #Replacement-Parts #space-craft #game-changer #manufacture 

ghbrett's insight:

This is an example of how 3D-printing and 3D-printers are being used in new and unusual environments. There have been discussions about how hospitals might use 3D printing for various medical purposes from external braces, to internal objects, or even printing tissue replacements. Also, 3D printers might be used at remote sites to manufacture replacement parts whether in plastic, steel, concrete, wood, or other materials not imagined yet.

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THE OPEN BOOK

"THE OPEN BOOK is a crowdsourced, multi-author publication built to contextualise the international movement for open knowledge in the words of those who are helping build it today. What are the aims and motivations of this movement’s pioneers, and how do concepts about digital transparency, open data and the Commons impact society? Based on contributions from a variety of thought leaders working in fields as diverse as sustainability, design, business and development, THE OPEN BOOK will serve as a platform for discussion and a launching pad for new ideas about the future of a global open knowledge movement in a time of rapid technological and societal progress" from source: http://issuu.com/finnish-institute/

ghbrett's insight:

Simply put, this is a great read about the many facets of Open Knowledge. It includes a chapter about Peeragogy (http://peeragogy.org)

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Future Trends in Technology and Education

Future Trends in Technology and Education | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"Future Trends in Technology and Education is a monthly report. It surveys recent developments in how education is changing, primarily under the impact of digital technologies. Its purpose is to help educators, policy-makers, and the public think about the future of teaching, learning, research, and institutions.

 

Every month FTTE aggregates recent developments, checking them against previously-identified trendlines. As certain trends build in support and significance, the report recommends watching them for future impact. FTTE also notes trends which appear to be declining in significance."

-- from source: http://bryanalexander.org/

ghbrett's insight:

Bryan Alexander is not only one of the leading Thought Leaders of Technology for Education, Training, and Research; he is one of the most scholarly, well grounded, sharing people I know. His work is based on fact with a dab of opinion from others as well as himself. His eyes, ears, and haptic senses are sensitive to opportunities and trends. Bryan's voice asks the difficult but important questions. Then his synthesis of this input is shared openly with us. He is an essential part of the future. That is why you should quickly take advantage of his offer to share his new monthly report "Future Trends in Technology and Education."

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Howard Rheingold's comment, June 18, 2013 3:58 PM
I agree with George. Follow this if you are interested in the topic.
ghbrett's comment, June 18, 2013 4:01 PM
Thanks Howard!