Telepresence Robots Enable Oral Roberts University Students to Tour Campus, Take Classes, and Participate in Graduation from Anywhere in the World

ORU turns to Carousel Industries to support learning in a digital society

Zebra Imaging Launches 3D Hologram Creator for Autodesk Revit

Easy Creation Process Brings Holographic Imaging to AEC Community

Hello World. PRENAV Releases Video of the World's Most Precise Commercial Drone System

Bay Area Startup Snags $1.2M in Seed Funding to Develop a Precision Drone System with Centimeter-Level Accuracy for Infrastructure Inspection

FIRST Programs Challenge Students to Explore Sustainability at Early Age

FIRST LEGO League and Junior FIRST LEGO League Task 267,500 Children Worldwide to Learn About How Trash Affects Our World

MakerBot Thingiverse Announces Winners of Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges

Five Winning Designs Help Teachers Integrate 3D Printing in the Classroom; Winners, Schools Receive MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer

MecklerMedia's Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara to Feature 3D Print Vehicle Zone; Virtual Reality Summit; Wohlers Associates Consulting Dinner; and $15,000 Prize for Startup Competition

Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, taking place October 20-22, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Hawk Aerial Introduces the CropHawk350 Solution for Agricultural Industry

Solution includes options for drone purchase, periodic crop monitoring and reporting


Engineers from around the world leave jury of aerospace experts impressed with submissions

Why being able to 3-D print glass objects is such a big deal

By Dominic Basulto for the Washington Post:  Researchers at MIT have just unveiled the ability to 3-D-print beautiful glass objects. While humanity has been forming, blowing and molding glass objects for more than 4,500 years, this is the first time that a 3-D printer has been used to process glass from a molten state to an annealed product.

Obviously, there are some purely aesthetic applications here, as in the potential for epic blown glass art. Think museum-worthy glass objects worthy of Dale Chihuly. In fact, the MIT team — a collaborative team of researchers that includes the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group, the MIT Glass Lab and MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department — plan to display a few of their beautiful objects at an upcoming exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2016. 

But the applications go beyond just beautiful new designs that might be created via 3-D printers one day. As the MIT research team points out in a forthcoming paper for the journal 3-D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, “As designers learn to utilize this new freedom in glass manufacturing it is expected that a whole range of novel applications will be discovered.” That’s the real future potential of glass 3-D printing — the ability to create objects and applications that do not exist today.  Cont'd...

Commercial UAV Expo Adds Exhibit Space Following Initial Sell-Out

Drone Professionals will find 130+ Booths of UAS Solutions at SPAR Point Group's Inaugural Event in Las Vegas

Battery Backup Power, Inc. Makes Loyola University's 3D Printer Lab "Resilient"

Battery Backup Power, Inc. specialized uninterruptible power supplies for 3D printers provide power conditioning and emergency backup power to Loyola University's multiple LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printers.

Midwest Prototyping Named to Inc. 5000 List for 4th Consecutive Year

Adds Two Additional Printing Technologies to In-House Services

Kickstarter - Chinese 3D Printer Maker Zhuhai CTC Electronic Cancels Formaker Project on Kickstarter

The company hits a bump in its overseas crowdfunding journey

Here comes the drone backlash

Mike Elgan for Computer World: Consumer drone technology is barely taking off, and already a harsh public backlash is growing.

Your typical garden variety consumer drone is lightweight, battery operated, has four propellers and is controlled by a smartphone. Most have cameras and beam back live video, which can be recorded for posterity. Some have high-quality HD cameras on them, and from that high vantage point can take stunning photos and videos.

Drones are fun. They're exciting. They're accessible. But increasingly, they're becoming unacceptable.

I'm sensing a growing backlash, a kind of social media pitchfork mob against drones and drone fans. It's only a matter of time, and not much time, before it will be politically incorrect to express any kind of enthusiasm for drones in polite company. I fear that many are about to embark on an "everybody knows drones are bad" mentality that will suppress the nascent industry and spoil this innovative and exhilarating technology.

Here's what's driving the coming backlash:  Cont'd...

Autonomous Drifting


You know how the stuntmen make fast cars drift in action movies? Have you ever wanted to make a remote-controlled toy car drift like that? Of course you have.  If there ever were awards for endeavors that sound silly, but is actually technically interesting, then the folks at MIT’s Aerospace Controls Lab would surely be nominated.

Unmanned systems are rarely fully autonomous.  Instead, researchers are pursuing “sliding” autonomy, i.e. an operator retains control, while some behaviors are made autonomous. Aerospace Controls Lab decided to teach a remote-control toy car how to autonomously drift.

They started by running their learning algorithm through simulations.  Information from these simulations was transferred to performance modifiers. When the car was run through its drifting actions in reality, the algorithm was constantly modified. The result is a car that can maintain drifting in a full circle even when salt is added to the floor, or another vehicle interferes with it.


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