(February 8, 2013):
It’s refreshing to see people helping each other. A huge part of the open source attitude is selflessness. I love the idea of 3D printing prosthetics for kids. They grow at such a rapid rate that getting new limbs as often as they are needed is expensive for any family. 3D printing limbs will open up many opportunities for kids around that world that are born with disabilities. I think making this project open source was a great idea. The major benefit to open source is collaboration. You get ideas and input from around the world. The major drawback for open source is finding funding. I think we could help by testing the print files or testing the infill strengths. We could also try to expand the current project to our local area and come up with designs for local kids in need of prosthetics.
(February 1, 2013):
a) After watching this tedtalk: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxOjai-Behrokh-Khoshnevis-Con
This is a really neat idea and shows a really promising future for the construction industry. This can help improve the quality of work done by builders to ensure a good product for new home owners. Although he touched on the fact that 3D printing a house would open opportunities for elderly, it also takes away the opportunity for all the hard labor workers to find jobs quickly. 3D printed homes could also help to develop 3rd world countries.
b) After reading these articles: http://www.cnbc.com/id/49348354 and http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-researchers-improve-living-tissues-3d-printed-vascular-networks-made-sugar
It is crazy and amazing to see what we can do with 3D printers. It's a little freaky and sci-fi to think that we can incorporate 3D printing into the medical field. I don't know if I would want fake organs in my body to be honest. It is a great opportunity to live longer but it's also taking the human out of being human. We are turning into machines and it's a little scary.
c) After reading these articles: http://www.digitaltrends.com/lifestyle/300k-3d-printed-burger/ and http://techland.time.com/2012/04/09/the-delicious-future-3d-chocolate-printer-finally-available-for-purchase/
Now I know we're in the future. I am extremely curious about the taste of this meat. If I had money to spare I would definitely be first in line to try out these burgers. It's weird to think maybe one day all of our food will be produced in this way.
d) After reading these articles: http://www.popsci.com/technology/gallery/2013-01/iris-van-herpens-3-d-printed-fashion-line?image=0 and http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/15493/1/qa-iris-van-herpen
The fashion industry could be greatly customized using 3D printing. It would be really amazing to walk into a store, upload your measurements, and a couple hours later have a perfectly fitting outfit created just for you. This might be a really expensive option at first but eventually could be a great feature for people who are not the cookie cutter shape, like me!
e) I also found examples of Biotech in the way of printing prosthetics. This could make limbs cheaper, customizable, and more available to disabled people. This would be a really inspiring innovation for 3D printing; it would give the opportunity for people without limbs to feel semi normal again. The scariest option I found for printing is weapons. If everyone could print their own weapons, this world would be a very scary place. I really hope this never becomes a real thing.
(January 25, 2013):
After watching the first computer mouse demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfIgzSoTMOs
As a user that grew up with the modern computer mouse, it’s almost comical to watch the movements of the first mouse. It’s amazing to see the transformation that has occurred. Watching the first mouse, I noticed a couple features that`1 are the beginnings of today’s mouse. These include the ability to place the cursor any place on the screen with smooth, fluid movements and the ability to copy and paste a certain area of text. I feel jaded by modern technology to give an opinion whether the demonstration was impressive or not. I’d rather say it’s impressive how far the computer mouse has evolved. I don’t think I would have recognized the importance of this work at the time because I usually don’t have the newest and greatest technology; I wait for the technology to be common and then buy into it.
After watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbl7JEJNTJM
Doyle believed the mother of all demos was a fake. We should share information to expand general knowledge. The population is generally greedy, because we are taught to be. But in a perfect world, there would be no money to worry about so there is no reason not to share information. We could better share information by keeping everything open source. Patents are good for knowing who first created the idea, but beyond that it should depend on the initiative of the entrepreneur to make money from the idea. If people were selfless this would be an easier task, until then it will always be about money.
(January, 18, 2013):
Exploring thingiverse.com, I found some interesting creations.
Something useful: Shotgun/bottle Opener
Something useless: The Cat Bus
Something beautiful: Thayer Vase
Something funny: Stegosaurus Dinosaur Costume
Something scary: Goey Monster
In response to this article: http://www.salon.com/2012/12/30/the_tinkerers_how_corporations_kill_creativity/
I would consider myself a tinkerer, as an engineer this is an important skill to have. Many of my friends are engineers as well, so I would consider most of them to be fellow tinkerers. I don't like the corporate culture interfering with most aspects of my life, let alone my tinkerer abilities. Many young people today have similar feelings; I hope there will be a change in the future, giving that my peers do not just follow suit as soon as they get in any sort of power position.I also find it funny that Steve Jobs started as a tinkerer and his later products prove to be anti-tinkerer.
In response to this video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50138327n
I believe the principles Kelley pushed were diversity, intuition, and empathy for the consumer. We can definitely draw from these to improve our work in the 3D printing lab. We have already dug into diversity with our groups. Many of us have begun playing with the machines by pure intuition. We could develop empathy for the consumer by making the 3D printers easier to use and advertising to make the vocabulary more familiar to the public. It was neat to see Kelley has also jumped into the 3D printing world.