2015-09-05 2 min read



I'm *finally* listening to The Toyota Way on audiobook. It's long overdue.

Two short blog posts of mine: One about supply chain complexity as the manufacturing technology becomes more mature, and the other about the kinds of improvements I want to make in additive manufacturing technologies.


  • An analysis (largely over my head) of Tesla's recent deal to purchase future production from a lithium hydroxide deposit in Mexico.
  • Siemens is getting more serious about additive with this investment in Materials Solutions Limited.




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

  • If anyone out there knows someone at Precision Castparts Corp (or knows of anything I can read on their history) I'd love to know about it.
  • Auxetics are materials that have a negative Poisson's ratio - they get fatter when you stretch them. Confession: Bradley Rothenberg has been talking to me about them for months, and I only just looked them up :/
  • Does anyone out there read technical (manufacturing) German? I really want to understand this document better.


A nice little nomenclature of robot arm configurations.

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