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eXtreme Manufacturing Car Build Party - Agile Testing Days 2014

eXtreme Manufacturing Car Build Party - Agile Testing Days 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Agile eXtreme Manufacturing Build Party! Use Scrum to build a car in 60-minute sprints.
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3-D printing poised to change manufacturing, and the curriculum — NewsWorks

3-D printing poised to change manufacturing, and the curriculum — NewsWorks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Not long ago, if you were a mechanical engineering student, that meant hours and hours in the machine shop, perfecting your lathing and milling. But with the rise of 3-D printers — machines that can build objects based on a computer design — that is beginning to change.

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3D Printing To Disrupt Heavy Industrial Manufacturing - Bidness Etc

3D Printing To Disrupt Heavy Industrial Manufacturing - Bidness Etc | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the last few years, 3D printing has become all the rage as the technologies behind it are gradually commercialized. Bidness Etc looks at how 3D printing is used in industrial-level manufacturing processes
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3D printing, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Democratization of Art - P2P Foundation

3D printing, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Democratization of Art - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Arts and Crafts Movement of late 19th century England professed to democratize art and the production wares. The most prominent character of the Movement was poet, craftsman and socialist William Morris. I claim that today open source philosophy and peer production combined with 3D printing technology represents a similar philosophy about the democratization of production as the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement. 3D printing is a nascent technology which allows the physical rendering (prototyping) of computer models. As The Arts and Crafts Movement was opposed to machines, I try to ascertain to what extent the Movement’s opposition toward the machine extends and what it is based on. Therefore, I discuss the machine’s two-sided role as, on the one hand, the destroyer of art, and on the other hand, the saviour of art.

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3-D Printer Users Opt for Trinkets - Wall Street Journal

3-D Printer Users Opt for Trinkets - Wall Street Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

ELYRIA, Ohio—Communities across the U.S. are setting up shops that let the general public experiment with 3-D printers and other high-tech manufacturing tools, in an attempt to encourage young people to consider manufacturing careers, foster entrepreneurs and create jobs.

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The Open-Source Electronics Robot, The FirePick Delta, Could Bring Real Manufacturing To The Desktop | TechCrunch

The Open-Source Electronics Robot, The FirePick Delta, Could Bring Real Manufacturing To The Desktop | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Pick-and-place (PNP) machines are the robots that grab and drop tiny components onto circuit boards. Designed to make thousands of boards an hour, these super-fast machines are part of the multi-part ballet that is modern manufacturing. And they’re amazingly expensive – sometimes reaching into the millions of dollars.

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Ceramic Futures 2: where manufacturing and technology meet

Ceramic Futures 2: where manufacturing and technology meet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ceramic Futures: From Poetry to Science Fiction is a project organized by Cersaie – International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings to link ceramic, social networks, design and creativity by students coming from four international schools (http://www.ceramicfutures.com/2/).

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There are some jobs now in manufacturing. Kids just aren't interested in ... - Washington Post (blog)

There are some jobs now in manufacturing. Kids just aren't interested in ... - Washington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A couple weeks ago, Daniel Grigg had two problems with the career fair he hosted at Guilford Technical Community College, where it's his job to get graduates on payrolls.

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Micro-Factories for Smart Manufacturing | SRI International

Micro-Factories for Smart Manufacturing | SRI International | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.
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Open Source Beehives Project - P2P Foundation

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"Farmers are going to need to rebuild the bee population, and that means more hives and more beekeepers. The Open Source Beehives Project is hoping to achieve that by spreading simple, low-cost hive designs to make it easy for anyone to start their own, and encouraging collaboration among designers, technologists, researchers, and bee lovers. So far, it has two templates: the Colorado Top Bar and the Warré. The groups behind the designs are working on improvements all the time.

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New Manufacturing Model Seeks to Bring GE Appliances to Market By Years-End - Appliance Magazine

New Manufacturing Model Seeks to Bring GE Appliances to Market By Years-End - Appliance Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new partnership between GE and Local Motors, an open-source hardware innovator, will pair co-creation and micromanufacturing to build and commercialize next-evolution GE cooking appliances—and expects to have new appliances available to consumers by the end of 2014.

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Global Commodity-Production Network Mapping - P2P Foundation

Global Commodity-Production Network Mapping - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Using open supply chain mapping software and connecting with local mappeo groups the workgroup's aim is to complete a detailed map of global production networks controlled by 147 largest TNCs managing the world economy. Overall objective is to identify bottle-necks and critical points, spaces, processes on the networks to target stratigically, in case of a union actions or solidairty strikes." 

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Production and governance in hackerspaces: A manifestation of Commons-based peer production in the physical realm?

This article deals with the phenomenon of hackerspaces and sheds light on the relationship of their underlying values, organizational structures and productive processes to those of the online communities of Commons-based peer production projects. While hackerspaces adopt hybrid modes of governance, this article attempts to identify patterns, trends and theory that can frame their production and governance mechanisms. Using a diverse amount of literature and case studies, it is argued that, in many cases, hackerspaces exemplify several aspects of peer production projects’ principles and governance mechanisms.

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Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious - Manufacturing.net (blog)

Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious - Manufacturing.net (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“There are significant opportunities and jobs within manufacturing that are not being filled. It’s about training and matching those skills with the jobs that exist,” says Bob McCutcheon, U.S. Industrial Products leader for the professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
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Brazilian Hackerspaces as Spaces of Resistance and Free Education - P2P Foundation

Brazilian Hackerspaces as Spaces of Resistance and Free Education - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Hackerspaces and medialabs in unusual and traditional cultural places seem to be the alternative to the educational and digital gap between rich and poor in Brazil. Raquel Renno analyses this gap and reconstructs the subversive potential auf heterotopic spaces.

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Seed Factory - P2P Foundation

Seed Factory - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The factory is designed as an integrated system. It brings together multiple production steps from raw materials and energy to finished items. Each part of the factory produces resources needed by the other parts to function, making it self-sustaining. Since the parts are all in one place, the whole production chain can take advantage of automation and robotics. Integrated processes can also take waste outputs from one step, and use them as inputs for another. The combination results in a highly efficient design.

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Towards a standard experimental protocol for open source additive manufacturing

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The technological development of open source three-dimensional (3D) printers is creating more affordable Additive Manufacturing (AM) machines for society in different applications. For this reason, the machines’ capability should be evaluated in order to establish minimum standards of performance. This paper deals with the development, manufacture and testing of a geometrical benchmarking model (GBM) in order to evaluate the geometrical accuracy performance of open source 3D printers. The methodology is demonstrated with a case study based on fused deposition modelling (FDM). The case study positions the evaluated machine according to ANSI-ISO's International Tolerance (IT) Grades. Furthermore, root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) value is employed as an accuracy estimator, while Taguchi tools are employed to determine the control factors with the highest accuracy for the fabrication of the GBM.

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Re-Politicising Participatory Design in the Fairphone Project - P2P Foundation

Re-Politicising Participatory Design in the Fairphone Project - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"This exploratory paper is a contribution to the discussion of the re-politisation of Participatory Design. After a brief introduction of this Scandinavian design tradition, the Fairphone, a sustainable and fair mobile phone, is introduced as a case to rethink design as politics. Concern for planetary destruction, as a result of climate change, motivates the discussion of Tony Fry's notion of redirective design in the analysis of the Fairphone. Is the Fairphone just 'less bad' or is it paradigmatic example of an alternative technological vision? There are many lessons to be learned from Fairphone, not just by Participatory Design. Most importantly, Fairphone shows the importance of relating the things we help design to futures that become possible or impossible. Participatory Design, with its focus on democratic practices and 'having a say', needs to find ways to bring the voices of future generations into today's design practices." (http://philo.at/ocs2/index.php/oslo14/ctnewd14/paper/viewFile/295/65)

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Open Hardware Summit 2014 Rome: From Making Open to Open Manufacturing

Open Hardware Summit 2014 Rome: From Making Open to Open Manufacturing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It’s already several years that we talk about open source software, as a winning approach.
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Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die | Zero Hedge

Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die | Zero Hedge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting... Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die
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Reproducing Wealth Through 3D Printers - P2P Foundation

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"this paper reflects a long tradition of utopian thought in engineering, a tradition in which the progressive application of human reason to nature is projected to make the market obsolete. This promise comes in at least two versions. One tendency, epitomised by the ‘red cyberneticists’ in the Soviet Union, primarily objects to the irrationality of the price mechanism, and strives to replace the market with computers as a means of allocating resources (Dyer-Witheford, 2013).

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These Beautiful Charts Show The Emerging Technologies That Will Change The World

These Beautiful Charts Show The Emerging Technologies That Will Change The World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Policy Horizons Canada, a predictive planning organization within the federal government, compiled these and other emerging technology predictions through consulting with experts in a project called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies. As part of the report, the group partnered with futurist and data visualization specialist Michell Zappa and his organization Envisioning.



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Micro brands and the democratisation of manufacturing - DigitasLBi's Gareth Jones talks disruption at SXSW

Micro brands and the democratisation of manufacturing - DigitasLBi's Gareth Jones talks disruption at SXSW | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s become something of a cliché to talk about the disruptive power of technology, but this doesn’t make it any less of a truism. And if SXSW is about anything, it’s about disruption.

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Production and Governance in Hackerspaces - P2P Foundation

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"This article deals with the phenomenon of hackerspaces and sheds light on the relationship of their underlying values, organizational structures and productive processes to those of the online communities of Commons-based peer production projects. While hackerspaces adopt hybrid modes of governance, this article attempts to identify patterns, trends and theory that can frame their production and governance mechanisms. Using a diverse amount of literature and case studies, it is argued that, in many cases, hackerspaces exemplify several aspects of peer production projects’ principles and governance mechanisms."

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DIY Drones - = a site for all things about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): How-to's, videos, discussion and mor

DIY Drones - = a site for all things about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): How-to's, videos, discussion and mor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"DIY Drones, which has blossomed into a community of 30,000 registered members. The site gets 1.4 million page views a month, has 6,000 blog posts, 8,000 discussion threads, and 80,000 comments a year. Anderson has marshaled that community to create open-source software for all sorts of drones." (http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/27/open-source-model-disrupts-the-commercial-drone-business/)

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