3D Printing and the end of ownership - my plastic future There is a lot of discussion online regarding the possible (inevitable?) copyright/intellectual property/patent/legal fights around personal 3D printing. However, I’ve yet to see anything about a different fight that I have experienced several times now, so I figured I’d write about it and see what others think.
Kurzweil Warns Retailers at Shop.org to Plan for Major Paradigm Shifts Attendees of this year's Shop.org Summit were treated to a talk by inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who said the exponential growth in IT/computing power means the world will be very different in 3 years. He warned retailers to make sure they build change into their plans and business models. "There are major paradigm shifts taking place in 3 years - every sector of society is being transformed, and retail cuts across everything we do," he said. He cited a development that could have a significant impact on retailers and on shipping carriers.
3D Printing With a 3D printer for public use and Maker programs every month, your Library is the place to bring your ideas to life. Make It @ Your Library "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" Dr. Seuss You can do it too! Steady state economy A steady state economy is an economy of relatively stable size. It features stable population and stable consumption that remain at or below carrying capacity. The term typically refers to a national economy, but it can also be applied to the economic system of a city, a region, or the entire planet. Note that Robert Solow and Trevor Swan applied the term steady state a bit differently in their economic growth model.
Who will get the biggest slice of 3D-printed pie? MakerBot's Bre Pettis says his 3D printers are for everyone. 3D Systems' Cathy Lewis begs to differ. Each spokesperson made a strong pitch during our 3D printing roundtable at this year's Consumer Electronic Show. Who's right? 3D Systems: Old guard expertise 3D Systems announced its Cube 3D printer at CES this year, but the company has been involved with additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping since 1986. Why 3-D Printing Will Go the Way of Virtual Reality Update: Tim Maly has published an excellent counterpoint to this post over at the Tech Review Guest blog. There is a species of magical thinking practiced by geeks whose experience is computers and electronics—realms of infinite possibility that are purposely constrained from the messiness of the physical world—that is typical of Singularitarianism, mid-90s missives about the promise of virtual reality, and now, 3-D printing. As 3-D printers come within reach of the hobbyist—$1,100 for MakerBot’s Thing-O-Matic—and The Pirate Bay declares “physibles” the next frontier of piracy, I’m seeing usually level-headed thinkers like Clive Thompson and Tim Maly declare that the end of shipping is here and we should all start boning up on Cory Doctorow’s science fiction fantasies of a world in which any object can be rapidly synthesized with a little bit of energy and raw materials. Let’s start with the mechanism. Most 3-D printers lay down thin layers of extruded plastic.
Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers Ben Wiseman Visit the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library and you'll find the usual stuff: rows of books, magazines, and computers. But walk up to the fourth floor and there's something unexpected. Computer Science as Resource Management Many who read about the Resource-Based Economic (RBE) model wonder how such a thing would be possible ever, especially when many consider it to be possible with today’s technology. There is already a well-established science on resource management and efficient decision-making. Computer science has a significant requirement for the wise management of resources and efficient decisions regarding their use. Much of the hard work of understanding and implementing a Resource-Based Economic Model, or more generally a Natural Economic Model (one which does not use price or ownership systems), has already been considered, implemented, and tested by computer scientists. First, we have to define an “economic system”. According to mainstream economics, it is “The large set of inter-related economic production and consumption activities which aid in determining how scarce resources are allocated.”
First 3-D Printing Store Opens In U.S. The 3-D printing world just took another big leap into the consumer market. Next stop: world domination? MakerBot, the unofficial leader of the hobbyist 3-D printing movement, is putting the finishing touches on a consumer store located in the posh Manhattan neighborhood of NoHo. Sure, the rare 3-D printer can be found in the corners of business service centers across the United States. Legal battles loom as home 3D printing grows The controversial website The Pirate Bay announced this week that it would begin hosting digital files for visitors to download and print out on their 3D printers. The site has coined a new word - "Physibles" - for data objects capable and feasible of becoming physical. "We believe that things like three-dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first," the group wrote on its website. "We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare parts for your vehicles." The site has faced extensive legal battles in its home country of Sweden over potential intellectual property infringement of digital content.
Sacramento Public Library - 3D Printer Policy and Procedure Purpose The Library desires to offer community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community to bring their creations to life. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the Library’s 3D printers. Policy Scientists Probe Human Nature—and Discover We are Good, After All When it really comes down to it—when the chips are down and the lights are off—are we naturally good? That is, are we predisposed to act cooperatively, to help others even when it costs us? Or are we, in our hearts, selfish creatures? This fundamental question about human nature has long provided fodder for discussion. Augustine’s doctrine of original sin proclaimed that all people were born broken and selfish, saved only through the power of divine intervention. Hobbes, too, argued that humans were savagely self-centered; however, he held that salvation came not through the divine, but through the social contract of civil law.
At last: a low-cost, professional-grade light-based 3D printer Form 1 (credit: Formlabs) Formlabs’ new Form 1 3D printer could bring professional-grade 3-D prints to the home workshop. Desktop 3-D printing has largely been the domain of extrusion-based machines like MakerBot’s Replicator and homebrew RepRap designs. These lag behind the capabilities of pricier, professional stereolithography devices, where UV light cures incredibly thin layers of resin to create objects on par with manufactured goods. Developing this type of printer at a consumer price point has been an elusive goal until now. The Form 1 is a desktop-sized machine that creates professional-grade, light-cured 3-D prints, Wired reports.
3D Printing in Libraries Around the World April 22, 2013 By Riel Gallant Introduction