2015-06-28 1 min read






  • Near net shape is a term I've been using more and more recently. In essence: When a part is manufactured, there are often steps early on in the production process that take raw material and get it *close* to the final dimensions, but not quite there. Metal 3D printing is one of these processes; when I print a titanium part, I'm printing a near net shape - never the final, exact form.
  • A pretty good story on a company, 24M, that's trying to decrease the manufacturing costs of lithium ion batteries.
  • A good description of how topology optimization plays into design today.



Stuff that doesn't fit into my dumb/arbitrary categories.


So Far, There's No Relationship Between a Country's Use of Robots and the Percentage of Manufacturing Jobs Lost.

Love, Spencer.

ps - Thank you to everyone - especially my friends at Gin Lane, Undercurrent, Brilliant Bicycles and on twitter - who referred me to everything here.

We should be closer friends. Coffee's on me.

Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright is the (mostly accidental) founder of Scope of Work, which he started writing (as The Prepared) in 2013. Today he serves as its editor-in-chief and chief dilettante.
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