2016-07-31 3 min read



Lot of reading this week. I also made a bit of progress on backlogged projects yesterday and should have something to share soon.

In addition, this newsletter crossed a milestone recently: The Prepared now has 1000 subscribers. To commemorate - and to explain why I've started asking (gently) for donations, I wrote up a summary showing how much time and effort The Prepared takes every week - and what its impact has been on my life and career. Check it out!

And thanks to all of those who already did donate - it makes weeks like this, with so much to filter through and summarize, feel a lot easier.

Wayfinding & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

  • David emailed this week to say that the America Makes project I gave him feedback on, which focuses on the effect that part orientation has on support structures for metal AM, was ready to share. Want to see what build orientation is like in industrial AM today? Go here, and enter token "ccfondwute1842". You may even get to play with a part I designed :)
  • Wazer is apparently building a (low cost?) water jet cutter, due on Kickstarter in September. Real talk: water jet cutting is awesome.
  • A very good video of tennis balls being made.
  • Linear friction welding at 1/32 speed.
  • Apparently Motorola has been working on a modular phone. Interestingly, they're taking a simpler approach than Ara, Google's modular phone project is.
  • Opendesk's Fusion 360 workflow is pretty crazy.
  • Exmet is apparently (very few details) working on 3D printing amorphous metals.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection & Testing.


Credit to Andrew, Zach, Dan, Georgia, Andrew, Reilly, and Ivo for sending links this week. If you see something, send something :)


With new orders way down, Boeing may
end production of the 747.

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