3D printing is capturing the attention of a lot of people these days, with promises to disrupt the manufacturing process. Devices that can produce finished objects from malleable substrates conjure up utopian visions of Star Trek-like replicators. The promise: We will eventually build anything we want at the touch of a button.But like many promises of technology that will usher in a golden age, the reality is far less shiny. 3D printing will change the way goods are manufactured, but the old ways will still essentially remain in play, albeit with some changes.In other words, don’t count out the Rust Belt quite yet.Inside 3D PrintingWhether you call it 3D printing or additive manufacturing, the process of creating objects by layering material in precise ways to build goods is nothing new. The core technologies behind it have been around for a couple of decades.What’s changed is the availability of sturdier materials used to create printed objects, better software to design the objects, and the general decrease in costs of hardware. These factors have combined to make 3D printing much more affordable.And analysts are noticing: Last week, Gartner released its first forecast on 3D printing, which predicted that global shipments of 3D printers in the sub-$100,000 range will grow by 49% to 56,500 units by the end of 2013, and then jump up another 75% to just over 98,000 units in 2014. Here’s how Gartner research director Pete Basiliere put it:The 3D printer market has reached its inflection point. While still a nascent market, with hype outpacing the technical realities, the speed of development and rise in buyer interest are pressing hardware, software and service providers to offer easier-to-use tools and materials that produce consistently high-quality results.With so much growth potential, it is easy to see a world where additive-manufacturing machines start replacing factories that use assembly lines and injection-molding to create products. But there are some good reasons why this won’t happen on a large scale.What 3D Printing Can’t DoRight now, the biggest limitation for 3D-printed goods is their lack of complexity. While 3D-printed objects can be very intricate in their designs, they are still essentially built in one piece. If you want moving parts, you can create them, but you will nearly always have to remove any rafts or supports that will turn the single-piece printed object into something with movable components.That’s a big deal, because it places limitations on what can be made. Yes, there are a lot of single-piece items to be manufactured, but in order to create items with more than one part, a manufacturer will have to introduce some sort of assembly system, either human-driven or automated. This assembly process will either involve printing separate parts and snapping them together, or removing the supports from a single printed device to create something that moves. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#3d printing#additive manufacturing#manufacturing Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… brian proffitt Related Posts At this point, more limitations come into play. Once assembly processes are introduced, labor has to be managed, as will supply chain—components have to be ready for each stage of assembly. You can have 3D-printed components at the ready, but right now 3D printing is slower than molding methods. The biggest advantage to 3D-printed objects—customizability—is minimized when it comes to assembly. After all, customize a part too much, and it won’t fit with other parts.In the case of converting a single printed object to something that is movable, supply chain isn’t as much of a problem, but labor time and expertise will still have to be taken into account.This is mostly a question of economics. Unless some truly artisan products are being created, any sort of assembly process will need to rely on a supply chain. And 3D printing, by its nature, will have trouble keeping up with demand.Mass production of products still favors the assembly line and molding processes, because the economics will support the upfront expense of creating molds and other fabrication techniques. This is why, unless 3D printing radically improves, it will not be involved in mass-produced goods.What 3D Printing Can DoThough factories won’t be closing due to 3D printing, there will still be some interesting additions to the world of manufacturing now and in the near future.Smaller-batch production is what 3D printing will excel in, with products that will better serve the needs to the customer. Like micropublishing, which prints and binds books on demand for self-published authors, small-batch products can serve niche customers with much greater efficiency.Developing markets will also gain some benefit from 3D printing. In areas of the world where infrastructure is poor and hence labor, materials or distribution channels are difficult to obtain, 3D printing could help get products to market far less expensively than traditional manufacturing processes. One key area where 3D printing could help: printing agricultural tools to make them more readily available for small-farm workers.3D printing will also be indispensable in prototyping and design testing, enabling designers to get their finished products to market a lot faster and with presumably better quality.Perhaps, one day, you will be able to print your new tablet computing device, or that ham and Swiss on rye. But for now, 3D printing will thrive in the niches of manufacturing that large-scale production has trouble filling.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
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Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Sept 2015 – The Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Organisation, and Contestants, paid a courtesy call on the Rt. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the House, in August at the House of Assembly. The occasion marked the first time any of the six contestants or the accompanying committee members had ever visited the House of Assembly. Hon. Hall gave the group a detailed history of parliament and the roles and functions of government in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The contestants also received a brief lesson on table and social etiquette. A courtesy call was also made to the Grand Turk Cruise Center where they were greeted by Mary Fulford, the 1st Miss Teen Turks and Caicos 2014/15. Together they welcomed visitors, and encouraged them to return and see as much of 40 islands and cays in the TCI as possible. The 2nd Annual Miss Teen Turks and Caicos pageant is slated for September 26, 2015 in Providenciales, to coincide with activities planned for this year’s National Youth Day. The lucky teen queen will win a myriad of prizes and will also participate in the 2016 edition of Miss Teen Universe to be held in Costa Rica. Recommended for you Related Items:grand turk cruise center, house of assembly, mary fulford, miss teen turks and caicos, robert hall
Instead of delivering his keynote address Monday afternoon at MediaNext, Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg announced his offices would be closed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which bore down on the East Coast over the weekend and into Tuesday.FOLIO:’s MediaNext, postponed from Oct. 29-31 to Jan. 8-10, and Condé Nast were two of many of media outlets affected by the storm.• The sixth annual Designer Visions showcase, sponsored by Hearst titles Elle Décor, Veranda and House Beautiful, was pushed from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12, while Hearst president Michael Clinton cancelled a charity dinner scheduled also scheduled for Tuesday. • Several news organizations, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, took down paywalls on their websites and apps during the hurricane. Both newspapers also told nonessential personnel to stay home during the storm. The paywall move was not unprecedented for the NYT, which also removed the barrier as Hurricane Irene threatened the eastern U.S. last August.• Seven New Jersey newspapers, including the Star-Ledger, shut down production of their Tuesday editions in the wake of Sandy. “We are still covering this historic storm with all of our resources,” said Star-Ledger publisher Richard Vezza on Monday, but, he added, “there’s just no way to justify putting more people on the road to try to print and deliver a paper when the worst is headed our way right in the middle of our production window.” Tuesday’s papers will be delivered along with the current edition on Wednesday.• Major New York-based websites Huffington Post and Gawker experienced technical difficulties after Sandy knocked out power at their headquarters Monday night. Along with millions of others, their editorial teams took to social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to keep coverage rolling.• Time got out ahead of social media blitz, commissioning five photographers to cover the hurricane via Instagram.• A spokesman for The Weather Channel called Sandy “our mini Super Bowl,” after record ratings soared over 500 percent to 39 million viewers and website page visits surpassed 300 million. Attention came from advertisers as well as audience as State Farm, The Travelers, Procter & Gamble and Duracell all partnered with TWC in specialized storm coverage. Home improvement retailers and generator providers bought airtime on the channel months ago in anticipation of similar weather disasters.• The “lock-up” period for Facebook employee shareholders was scheduled to end on Monday, letting many of them become millionaires over night. Instead, they’ll have to wait until Wednesday when trading on the New York Stock Exchange resumes.The wait could have been much longer if CNN and The Weather Channel had been right. Each incorrectly reported up to three feet of flooding on the floor of the Exchange. Both networks eventually admitted the mistake. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
The in-store events are like experiential event marketing for an event. Barnes & Noble, after all, is Maker Media’s top seller of Make:. More than 10,000 copies of each bimonthly issue are sold at the retailer. And Maker Media put on more than 130 larger-format Maker Faires around the world in 2014, says the company. Yet some smaller niche brands have been immune to broader industry problems. And Maker Media isn’t necessarily focused on the newsstand aspect, anyway. The chain-wide rollout will expose its brands to a much wider audience, says Maker Media CEO Gregg Brockway. “We’re interested in introducing more people to making and the Maker Faire and it’s good for us to get in front of a broader audience and it’s good for Barnes & Noble because they want to experiment with more in-store activities.” Make:, which counts about 200,000 total readers per issue, is planning Mini Maker Faires in Barnes & Noble stores across the country in early November. “The marketing efforts are very holistic, straddling local and national engagement with driving support from the corporate Barnes & Noble team, including Stephanie Fryling, VP Newsstand and Kathleen Campisano, VP of Toy and Game,” she says. “We’re activating the program at the local level to reflect the needs and wants of those communities, but also promoting the event through our national network of Makers, Maker Faires and our digital properties.” Magazine single copy sales may be tanking, but at least one publisher is going to great lengths to market its brands at retail. Maker Media, publisher of the DIY tech magazine Make:, is partnering with Barnes & Noble to bring small-scale versions of its Maker Faires into the stores. The program will launch across all 650 retail stores, with marketing support from both companies, says a Maker Media spokesperson. The partnership is interesting because it’s happening during a particularly grim period in newsstand sales. For the first-half of 2015, sales efficiencies hit an all-time low of 26.8 percent and retail sales shrank another 14 percent, compared to the same period last year. Over three days, customers can participate in robotics and 3D printing projects, for example, and hear from prominent makers from their communities. Barnes & Noble reported a $34.9 million loss for the quarter, its stock closed down almost 30 percent on Wednesday, fueling doom-and-gloom scenarios for brick-and-mortar booksellers. But programs like this one could bring more traffic into the store, and Maker Media will be selling its branded starter kits at the events as well—closing the promotional loop on all three of the company’s brand platforms: media, events and commerce.
$960 Samsung’s Galaxy Note is coming (all while we keep waiting… Now playing: Watch this: Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Phone 4:11 See It 13 Photos An image that purportedly shows the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. WinFuture The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have reportedly been revealed in leaked images. The pictures show a front-facing camera positioned in the middle of the handset and three cameras vertically aligned on the rear of the device, said German tech publication WinFuture. The images come from official marketing, WinFuture reported on Wednesday. Last month saw the revelation that the Note 10 will be launched Aug. 7 during a Samsung Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in New York. The venue is the same place the Korean tech giant launched the Note 9 last year.The images also show volume and power buttons on the left side of the handset, and no Bixby button on the right.Commentary: What the Note 10 has to do to impress us.What the Note 10 Plus will reportedly look like. WinFuture Samsung Indonesia also published a video in a now-deleted tweet that showed some of the productivity features of the Note 10, according to PocketNow. The video “implies that you will no longer need to use multiple devices (desktop, laptop, memory sticks, etc.) to get work done,” the report says.Earlier this week, PocketNow also published pictures of purported Note 10 screen protectors, which it said showed a front camera positioned in the middle of the screen and a vertical alignment of multiple cameras on the rear of the handset.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Sprint See It Review • Galaxy Note 8 is powerful, pricey and soon-to-be-replaced The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 S Pen. Samsung The Note 10 is rumored to have physical buttons for power and volume, no headphone jack, a bigger aspect ratio, a 6.66-inch display — compared with the Note 9’s 6.4-inch screen — a 4,300mAh battery, four rear cameras and a camera on the S Pen.The Korean tech giant is also reportedly looking to make more than one model of the Note 10, including a 5G version like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. $699 Best Buy $471 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Midnight Black) Preview • Galaxy Note 8 could be the Note 7 you should have had, and then some CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1 $329 Amazon See It Share your voice Tags Comment Samsung Mobile Tablets Phones Foldable Phones See it
APFILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference in New York. Schneiderman, who had taken on high-profile roles as an advocate for women’s issues and an antagonist to the policies of President Donald Trump, announced late Monday, May 7, 2018, that he would be resigning from office hours after four women he was romantically involved with accused him of physical violence in accounts published by The New Yorker. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating allegations of violence against women by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned just hours after accounts of abuse by four women.It was a swift and stunning fall for a Democrat who held himself out as a champion of women and a liberal foil to President Donald Trump and who pledged to use his office to hold others accountable for abusing their power.The women described being slapped and choked, verbally abused and threatened by Schneiderman. Some also described him as a heavy drinker.The abuse often happened during what were supposed to be romantic encounters, but the women said the violence was not consensual.Schneiderman, 63, implied in a statement that his conduct was either welcomed by the women, or was not as they described.“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross,” he said.Danny Frost, a spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in a statement late Monday that prosecutors would look into the claims.It’s an unusual twist: Schneiderman’s office had been tasked with investigating the Manhattan District Attorney’s office over its handling of a 2015 sex assault probe involving Harvey Weinstein that resulted in no criminal charges.NYPD officials said they had not received any complaints, but would investigate thoroughly should anyone come forward.The state’s Solicitor General, Barbara Underwood, will serve as acting Attorney General. She has a long history of legal work including serving in the Eastern District of New York and in the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens district attorney offices.Schneiderman capitulated quickly after fellow Democrats in New York, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, called for his resignation.“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” he said in a statement late Monday. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.” He said he would resign at the close of business on Tuesday.Two women who spoke to The New Yorker on the record, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, both said the physical abuse escalated over time. The Associated Press is identifying the women because they agreed to tell their stories publicly.“After the most difficult month of my life-I spoke up. For my daughter and for all women. I could not remain silent and encourage other women to be brave for me. I could not,” Manning Barish wrote on Twitter after the story was published.Manning Barish said she was involved with Schneiderman from mid-2013 through the end of 2014. Selvaratnam said she was involved with him from the summer of 2016 until fall 2017.Manning Barish said Schneiderman became violent a few weeks after they began dating. She said she confided in friends, including novelist Salman Rushdie.Selvaratnam, who was born in Sri Lanka, said Schneiderman started calling her his “brown slave” and made her say that she was “his property.”“After I found out that other women had been abused by Attorney-General Schneiderman in a similar manner many years before me, I wondered, who’s next, and knew something needed to be done,” Selvaratnam said in a statement to the AP.Schneiderman has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement. He filed a lawsuit in February against Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Schneiderman said the company broke New York law by failing to protect employees from “pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”He launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.The women accusing Schneiderman said seeing him speak out on these issues was part of what prompted them to come forward.The former state senator became attorney general in 2010 and had been running for re-election this year. He also has been a longtime critic of Trump, and has been part of several efforts to push back against some of his actions in the White House, like the rescinding of protection for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.Last month, he urged state lawmakers to close a loophole that he said could be used to fight state charges by anyone who has received a federal pardon for similar federal charges.On Twitter, Donald Trump Jr. offered pointed commentary. He showcased one of Schneiderman’s tweets from last year saying that he would remind President Trump that no one was above the law, with Trump Jr. adding, “You were saying???” Share