I'm in the UK this week, visiting companies working in metal 3D printing and speaking at Develop3D Live. If you'll be there, say tally ho! ;)
- Three things related to Andy Grove's passing:
First: Ben Thompson's retrospective on the remarkable transformations that Intel went through during Grove's tenure.
Second: Grove's 2010 essay on how the US needs both experimentation (startups) *and* scale (manufacturing).
Third: Intel is giving up on their famous tick-tock product development cycle and moving towards a three step product development process.
- Mongolia's economy is largely based on mining, and their biggest customer by far is China. So as China's manufacturing sector has slowed, Mongolia has been *seriously* hurt.
- A really excellent piece by Zach Holman on firing, writ large.
- Via Xavier and @MachinePix: linear friction welding wood. Related, a pretty good video showing friction stir welding of metal.
- Via Jay, a time lapse video of a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship being built.
- nVIDIA is making a GPU with 24GB of RAM for autonomous cars.
- Bunnie Huang's awesome teardown of a Form2.
- My first lattice design bike part updates in a while.
- Clearpath Robotics announced a smallish warehouse robot to move individual packages around (you'll recall they make a big one that can lift fully loaded pallets).
- Why the signs in Penn Station are so confusing: Lack of conceptual integrity (via Lianna).
- 7 crazily heavy things that ship for free on Amazon. Note: I bought an inspection plate on Amazon recently, and it cost almost exactly the same as the total cost (part plus shipping) from other suppliers.
- Alibaba's Cianiao logistics arm is reportedly worth $7.7B.
- Body Labs acquired some patents related to analyzing human forms.
- Via Kane, a history of the Swiss Army knife.
- The linguistics of jawn.
- I'm not sure why, but I went back and read my own retrospective on my bike framebuilding career this week, and again felt glad that I wrote it (and lived through the experience of having to rethink my own decisions) in the first place.
Stuff that doesn't fit into my dumb/arbitrary categories.
- Apparently a company called Polymagnets is working on controlling magnetic orientation & power to a really fine degree (via Josh).
- How Nike lost Steph Curry to Under Armour.
- "New York banana mogul convicted of embezzling retirement funds."