|Sunday morning with a 3d|
printer - I get a kick out of
making things work.
Nowadays it's all about how digital tools are making micro/bespoke manufacturing more possible. Where once you needed an engineer, some machinists and a couple of hundred thousand dollars to build complex components, now you need twenty grand and a willingness to pick up some very easy to manage software. The entry into machining your own, custom components has become much easier.
Not only are digital tools handing back basic production to individuals, they are also allowing companies to explore levels of precision in manufacturing that seem almost science fictional:
I suspect the wedding-cake style melting-plastic-through-an-extruder 3d printer is an evolutionary dead end (there is only so much you can do to speed up a printing process that works around cooling plastic). Fortunately, the next step has already happened:
Another building tool I'd like to try is a digital laser cutter. Like other manufacturing tools, digital laser cutters have been tumbling in price. Coming out this year is a desktop laser cutter called the Glowforge that'll introduce laser cutting, etching and fabrication to many more people. At only about $4000, this undercuts previous industrial units by tens of thousands of dollars.
With this kind of technology available to many more people, I get the sense that the garage of the future will allow us to build things that only get churned out by factories at the moment. When I'm at the point that I can custom manufacture and laser etch bespoke motorcycle hard parts and print my own fairings, I'll feel like my garage can keep up with my imagination.
A good guess might be the garage scene from Big Hero 6:
|Recent advances in processing power and|
optics mean VR is finally (after decades of
promise) arriving at a consumer level.
From a motorcycling perspective, an immersive simulation of the MotoGP circuit on Valentino's bike would offer fans a new level of appreciation for the sport. Preparing for an overseas ride by tasting the trip virtually first offer opportunities for safety preparation that simply don't exist right now, especially if you're trying to wrap you head around new signs and riding on the wrong side of the road.
We're on the verge of the future, and I get another taste next week, I can't wait!
motorcycle 3d printing: http://3dprintingindustry.com/2015/08/03/motorcycle-3d-printing-picking-speed/