2017-07-24 2 min read


First: A warm welcome to Formlabs, our new sponsor. I've gotten to know the whole Formlabs team well over the past few years and am honored and excited to have them on board!

Second: While I keep *trying* to catch up on email, summer travel keeps screwing me up. If you're waiting for a reply, I haven't forgotten you! And if you want to get in the queue, holler anytime :)

Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

  • Elon Musk says he has "received verbal govt approval" to build an underground hyperloop from DC to NY. This is a rather strange claim, and honestly hyperloop's sizzle feels a bit wrong when our low-speed rail system is working so poorly... but cool nonetheless.
  • A fun McMaster-Carr feature that I wasn't aware of: Made-to-order gaskets. You upload a DXF, they cut a sheet full of your shape.
  • The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program gives grants to researchers working on long range space projects.
  • On industrial software and the bond that it has to hardware due to its relatively low maturity.
  • A really interesting blog post from Formlabs (sponsor, but not a sponsored link) on the process of formulating colors for resins.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection & Testing.


Drone footage of Hong Kong.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared. Credit also to David and Ada for sending links.

Love, Spencer.

p.s. - We should be better friends. Send me a note - coffee's on me :)

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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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