The 3MF Consortium officially released its Beam Lattice extension this week - a fundamental shift in the way that lattice designs are communicated and transferred between CAD and CAM packages. As I wrote on my blog, nTopology approached 3MF about adapting our file structure to the 3MF spec almost two years ago, and I'm proud to have played a part in the development process; As I wrote on the nTopology blog, 3MF Beam Lattices are often 1/1000th the size of their STL counterparts.
In my first ever Long Bet, I take the bull case for the future of physical verification of simulated (in this case CFD) results: Wind tunnels won't be completely replaced by computers in the next eight years.
VanMoof launched a bike subscription service: A down payment plus monthly fee gets you a license to a bike and maintenance. As someone who likes a certain level of control over the things I use and who also thinks that traditional bike ownership (and maintenance) is bad for a lot of consumers, I'm interested to see where this goes.
Elon Musk says that Tesla tried to automate too much of their Model 3 production line. I also recommend watching Gayle King's CBS This Morning interview with him (part 1, part 2 - scroll down on part 2 to watch all the additional clips), in which Musk seems at times underslept, acquiescent, and somewhat grandiose about things that should be mundane ("the goal for the Model 3 is to have 10 times the precision of any other car...we just keep at it until you really can't even tell with a precise instrument that there's any difference from one car to the next").
Erik sent a few interesting links on autonomous driving: "California requires autonomous driving vehicle makers to create public reports (posted here) about the disengagements (human interventions) while autonomous vehicles are testing). A lot of articles analyzed these reports and crunched the numbers to make nice graphics for the public (like this one). It's still tough to tell who is doing what in the autonomous space, but this third party report provides an interesting graphic. Some interesting points are that Uber apparently wasn't considered a leader in autonomous in this analysis, and Tesla is far behind because of their focus on cameras and their efforts to develop an in-house next-gen autopilot system."