2016-01-04 2 min read

2016-01-04

Notes.

It's official: I'm joining nTopology full time, and couldn't be more excited about it. Here's my full announcement; the much abbreviated story is:

  1. 3D printed lattice structures offer big engineering & manufacturing advantages over solid forms, and designing them requires a mix of hands-on engineering control and simulation based modeling.
  2. Traditional CAD lacks the technical basis, user interface, and philosophical underpinnings required to design & optimize 3D lattice structures. nTopology's software, on the other hand, is built specifically for that purpose.
  3. nTopology (the company) is awesome, and I *really* love both their attitude and their approach towards manufacturing.

Being a subscriber to The Prepared, you can be sure that I'll write more about this in the coming months. I'm looking forward to it :)

Pathfinding.

Building.

  • A surprisingly compelling description of the cut glass process and history of the American Brilliant cut glass industry.
  • Via Jordan, a home machining video with some remarkable production values. The music is terrible, but the stop motion video is really effective.
  • Via Tom, a Japanese TV show in which rocket engineers compete with the staff of a conventional precision machine shop to see who can make a better spinning top.

Logistics.

  • A really great article on the Flexport blog about those 767s that Amazon is apparently leasing. Ryan points out that while UPS and FedEx make most of their money off of international long haul shipping, Amazon will have a really hard time breaking into that market - because it means that they'd be able to see the freight manifests of their competitors.
  • After decades of low ridership, the NYC subway system is now carrying as many daily passengers as it did in the 50s. But as this article goes in a lot of detail to explain, it does so with significantly fewer cars then it had in the past.

Evaluation.

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

And.

New crew.


Love, Spencer.

p.s. - We should be better friends. Send me a note - 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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