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Tech Trends Which Will Define 2013 (Assuming we avoid the Mayan Apocalypse)

Of course 2012 was supposed to be the year the TV remote died, and despite my voice activated XBox interface I still keep the remote in hand in those rare moments when I get to watch a bit of television.

Next year cars are supposed to become more automated. Design will become more “natural.’ And 3D printing will go mainstream.

We’ll see. I would argue that in the last few months 3D printing has made leaps into our collective consciousness.

Now if we could print a self driving car – that would be something.

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Print Your Organs


Biotech startup aims to use bioink in 3D printer to grow human tissue and someday, organs.

My father has talked about this for a couple of decades. Though his taste is suspect in many things, his long term predictability skills are pretty darn good. He was talking about the buying things over the Internet in 80s. He rightly also predicted the ongoing online education revolution. My dad is an old 70s computer guy and watched a lot of Star Trek.

He was also pretty sure that before his generation was out that we’d see the viable creation of organs from tissue. It appears that he is likely right again.

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How about a printed house which grows like, and has the structural strength of bone?

I’m up for it. In fact I’d put money down right this moment if I could get a house like the one described in the attached article.

3D printing is about to change a lot of things in manufacturing, housing may be revolutionized in the not too distant future. It would be cool to see neighborhoods of homes constructed with a more organic flow. Such a place might lend itself to natural human programming which was originally constructed when right angles were something almost no humans ever saw in his or her lifetime.

The picture of the home in the article reminds me of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona over 100 years ago which was inspired by flowers and honeycombs and trees.

(From SmartPlanet.com)

A new concept design called Protohome was presented at last week’s 3D Printshow. Taking the more “traditional” method of 3D construction and turning it on its head, the team tested how large-scale 3D printing could be made lighter, more flexible and created without the need for adhesives.

The result? A computer algorithm which transforms printed material into fibrous pieces that can be “grown” and twisted in the same way that human bone builds – reinforcing stress-prone areas to keep breaks to a minimum.

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Who Wants to 3D Print a House? I do!

3D printing is absolutely amazing and now one can buy a 3D printer for $500. This is revolutionary.

People have already constructed complicated tools, including things like guns (which work) using 3D printers. So why not “print” a house. I am all for it.

(From Popsci.com)

3-D printers can make airplanes and their parts, food and more — why not entire buildings? A professor at the University of Southern California aims to print out whole houses, using layers of concrete and adding plumbing, electrical wiring and other guts as it moves upward.

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3D Printing is Changing the World, Quickly

3D printing is amazing. Have the file for a toy, a piece of jewelry, even a car, or a gun, and you can probably create it in your garage. Printers are under $500 now. This could change the world.

(From TechCrunch)

Eventually, 3D printing will enable individuals to print just about anything from the comfort of their own homes. Already, hobbyists who own 3D printers are creating jewelry and toys. In the commercial space, 3D printing can print homes, prosthetics, and replacement machine parts.

3D printers can also print guns and synthetic chemical compounds (aka drugs). In July, user HaveBlue reported on the AR15 forum that he had used a mid-1990s. 3D printer to create a fully functional .22 caliber gun. He wrote: “It’s had over 200 rounds of .22 [caliber rounds] through it so far and runs great!” The 3D printed portion of the gun was printed in plastic with a reported material cost of about $100.

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