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3D printer on ISS

3d printing.pngI mentioned a while back that space exploration and 3D printing were a match made in heaven. Earlier this month, astronauts on the International Space Station received their long anticipated Made in Space Zero-G 3D printer.

 

This is not just your standard 3D printer, it was tested by NASA with over 20,000 print hours of testing. It performed so well that tests were completed early, allowing the printer to be delivered ahead of time. 

 

This article covers the goals of the 3D printer installation in more detail.

Tags: 3D| 3D printing
Labels: 3D| 3D printing

Video Game History Museum coming soon

video game.pngPeople sometimes overlook the role of the video game in shifting the understanding and expectations of our culture and industry. Many technologies like 3D, augmented reality, surround sound… were first experienced in an arcade somewhere in our youth. The first hands on experience with a computer individuals interfaced with on a daily basis was a gaming console at home.

 

Opening someday soon near me will be the nation’s first museum dedicated to video games. The Videogame History Museum includes a wide range of game types and games. I look forward to its opening.

Spoke at the HP World Tour in Mexico City

This week I had the chance to present at the HP World Tour 2014 on the topic of Defining your journey into the future. Essentially talking about many the topics I post about on this blog -- the fact that there is a great deal of change going on and for much of it you can actually predict what could happen and ideas on how to start to take control for your business.

 

There are a number of YouTube videos (from various speakers) out there from this event with interviews like this one on Software Defined Networks – a topic I have a great deal of interest in applying. By the way, 'no' that isn't me.

 

 

 

One of the best things about an event like this is there are a number of parts of HP represented and so if you have a question, there should be someone there who will have an answer.

 

I know I got into a fairly deep discussion about the implications of security assessments and what can and can’t be done today with the software and techniques available to protect data and prevent intrusions.

 

I also had a chance to talk to a leader in the 3D printing space where we discussed where things are headed and the implications on various markets and industries. As well as who from HP may provide some useful perpsective on the topic.

 

The event is very much like a mini HP Discover except hopefully a bit closer and more intimate. The tour site shows other upcoming session in the Americas in Toronto and San Paulo Brazil. There are other events across the globe listed as well.

Recent 3D printing advances

3d printed art.jpgFunny how life can play with you. I wrote a blog post about time and how we all get the same amount every day and then I go for a whole week without the time to post again. So I better get back at it…

 

I've blogged about 3D printing many times before but have been giving the process quite a bit of thought this week. There are some pretty interesting innovations and applications of 3D printing coming about.

 

Some of the recent activities:

  1. Adobe expanding the 3D capabilities of Photoshop CC.
  2. Hershey talking about having a 3D printer (for chocolate!)
  3. Microsoft’s 3D builder application for Windows 8.1 in the apps store

show how various capabilities are advancing.

 

Some of these announcements are likely fallout and response to the 3D vendors at the CES earlier this month or preparation for the 3D Printer World Expo at the end of this month.

 

Although the 3D printing space is definitely the domain of specialists today, there are numerous innovations that are making it easier to use and more reliable. Since additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques are being applied to the creation of the printers themselves, this is a market with incredible price pressure as well as continuous innovation – that may confuse others.

 

By the way the picture is a 3D piece of desk art that I printed on my 3D printer. It's about an inch and a half across.

Not much time to blog this week...

canada.jpgThis week I have been in Canada talking with a number of organizations about the changes taking place in computing and the implications on business. Universally, there was interest in the use of data visualization (3D?) and other techniques applied to facilitate decision making and possibly even automating some of these traditional knowledge worker activities.

 

Many organizations were focused on the balancing act needed between a private cloud approach and the access to short-term computing resources that a public cloud provides. Unfortunately, when we discussed the tools used, none of the software was ready for this burst out approach to computing. With some where the organization created the code, it may be possible to address their needs in the short term. Others were COTS solutions that are unlikely to go down that path anytime soon. Some techniques to segment data and move processing around can be tried but that definitely tactical and not strategic.

 

One item that came out during the discussions were the skills needed to move existing code to this more agile approach. Where can those skills be found? Are there methods that can be used? We described a range of options (from HP and others). Also can GPU processing approaches be applied to radically parallelize the effort – unfortunately, those skills remain pretty hard to come by but powerful and increasingly relevant.

 

HP has preannounced a whole series of high performance tablets that may also influence how these applications are consumed, since we’re finding more people who are working from non-traditional locations with 5 minutes to spare to address a situation.

 

We tried to describe the abundance of capabilities and possibilities available, and help them to think about what remains scarce for their own particular situation.  Like most IT organizations today, they are burdened by their legacy of successes and freeing up resources to tackle new things is one of the key activities for CIOs going forward.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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