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HPs New Fusion 3D Printer

Using multi-drive fusion, the multi-jet Fusion 3D printer utilizes fused nylon, rather than a multitude of substances for a machine much smaller than one would expect (not taking up half the room).  HP feels their technology will be faster, with more detail and accuracy (down to 20 microns which is more finely honed) than other 3D printers currently on the market.  Expected to be released in Beta in 2015 and a public release in 2016, it certainly seems HP is pushing to expand beyond their comfort zone of the past. 

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HP Sprout A Big Move Towards Designers

1290988?profile=RESIZE_480x480Defying the past 35 years of personal-computer design, HP has built a machine that invites users to input their ideas on a wide mat that rests in front of the video monitor. Anything sketched or written is captured by sensors in the mat. Anything placed atop the mat is photographed or scanned by an overhead camera — and then transformed into digital content that can be displayed and further manipulated on the monitor. This video clip shows HP’s system in action.

It's a unique machine that combines an all-in-one Windows 8 PC with a set of 3D scanning cameras, a giant tactile touchpad and a downward-facing projector (for displaying graphics on said touchpad). The design is built around a concept HP is calling "blended reality" that blends the 3D physical world with our 2D digital one. The obvious target audience is creative types. You know: advertisers, makers, tinkerers, graphic designers, etc... Rather than the traditional method of control built around mice and keyboards, Sprout focu

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UPS To Expand 3D Printing In Stores

The 3D industry has reported grown by 21% last year alone and according to the 2014 Wholers Report, the worldwide 3D printing industry is now expected to grow from $3.07 billion in revenue in 2013 to $12.8 billion by 2018, and exceed $21 billion in worldwide revenue by 2020.

After testing 3D printing in it's San Diego stores, UPS has decided to expand it's partnership with SSYS to 100 stores nationwide.  California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas are just some of the states set to open stores with 3D-printing capabilities.

3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS) may be the largest 3D printing companies around, but together they only represented about one-third of worldwide 3D printing revenues in 2013. In other words, the 3D printing industry remains highly fragmented, and because no single company controls the majority of the market, there's a massive opportunity for a number of 3D printing companies to grow their revenue and market share considerably.  Other publicly trade

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Small Robots Building Large Structures

As highlighted here previously, China is clearly not the only country exploring the wonderful world of 3D printing and it's application to housing.  Sadly the loser will be the average construction worker.

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona is working on a set of robots that will soon be able to build complex structures by extruding layers of concrete, a process that might be a bit slow but that will allow strange, unique shapes to be formed using concepts popularized by plastic 3D printers.

The team, led by Sasa Jokic and Petr Novikov, has created small robots, called Minibuilders that perform various tasks. The Foundation Robot lays down a structure base while the Grip Robot sits at the top of the foundation and runs around it, laying down a bead of cement and instantly curing it so it can maintain its upwards motion. Finally a Vacuum Robot clings to the side of the object and lays down perpendicular sw

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I still remember being kept after class and having to clean the erasers, clouds of white dust billowing through the air leaving a film across my skin and causing me to cough like a three-pack-a-day smoker.  The smell is imbedded in my memory as if it as yesterday.   Boy are those days gone.

Fast forward to 2013 and not only are tablets and ipads becoming more prevalent in the classroom, but phones can share files with merely a touch and "the cloud" is only beginning to penetrate the education system, but what lies ahead for technology in the classroom?

For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale.  Here are some quick insights....ALL within the next 4-5 years: (comments in italics mine)

  • By the end of this year, the mobile market is expected to consist of over 7 billion accounts
  • Mobile users will have downloaded 70 billion apps across smartphones and ta

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