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The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure

The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure | Product Design Teacher |

Never once in my life until my mid 30s did anyone ever (to the best of my recollection) call me "creative." But now, I hear it all the time.

So what happened?

Well, after a traditional education, business school, and five years working in strategy consulting and venture capital, I went to a cocktail reception at Stanford's, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, where I met George Kembel, cofounder and executive director of the school. While I cannot remember one thing that we discussed, I do remember laughing for about 40 minutes straight as we riffed on odds and ends. (I've since learned that anyone who has a sense of humor is creative.)

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3-D printers offer new opportunities for product design and small-run manufacturing

3-D printers offer new opportunities for product design and small-run manufacturing | Product Design Teacher |
Engineers and large manufacturers have long used 3-D printing technology, also called rapid prototyping, to make test models before going into mass production.
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Gear4 UnityRemote Universal Remote Controller

By A truly revolutionary idea, UnityRemote not only replaces all your conventional remotes, but also gives you full wireless control of your devices using your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

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3D Printing Guide: How It All Works [Infographic]

3D Printing Guide: How It All Works [Infographic] | Product Design Teacher |

Do you find 3D printing to be exciting, but you don't know how it all works? Have a look at this 3D printing guide and get a detailed explanation of it all.

Imagine a world where shopping online isn’t limited by the amount of time it takes for your purchases to reach your doorstep. Imagine a world where deliveries are made instantly through the very cable that hooks you up to the Internet. The crazy part of that mental image is that it’s right on top of us. It’s something that thousands of extraordinary innovators are constantly trying to push forward with new, more exact machines that with a push of button will print whatever it is that we have ordered online. It’s mind boggling to think that this technology is finally here. It’s science fiction really, yet it’s available to us today. In an attempt to help everyone understand what this is all about, I have found a printing guide, or an infographic rather, that will explain it all more in detail.

The intricate process has eluded innovators around the world for years, but the simple solution has been cracked, and is now being refined down to the smallest micron. It’s a process that is as mind boggling to think about as it is to watch. Right now you can compare it to the first generation matrix printers that were made available to us. They took forever to print a single page, at least compared to the speed of laser printers today. In order to understand it, we really need a printing guide to take us through the process.

The first generation 3D printers are slow, and that’s not an understatement, but they are rapidly becoming faster and more accurate. 3D printers can now print in up to a staggering 100 different materials. The most advanced 3D printers of course cost a lot of money, but there are plenty of household 3D printers made available to us for around $1,500 up to $4,000.

This printing guide infographic (presented by HighTable) called Objects On Demand: The Rise Of The 3D Printing Revolution is a beginners manual for how it all works. 3D printing is still very new to a lot of people, even though it has been available for several years now. However, the progress has always been fueled by the number of people who find it useful, and I guess that is why this 3D printing guide is such a great read. The printing in itself is said to be the easy part to figure out, but it is the printing head’s incremental positioning that is the real problem.

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