• 3D printing
    3D Printers lack closed loop control

    One of the main technical hurdle the current 3D printing technologies need to take is to go from open loop to closed loop control systems. Closed loop control will enable higher resolution and faster printing.

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    Blank Canvas Syndrome and Co-Creation
    Blank canvas syndrome (BCS) is similar to what blank page syndrome is for writers — also called writer’s block. You do not know where to start. You have the tools or skills but there is no idea, no creativity. If you ask people what they would like to draw with 3D drawing software they have no idea. The blank canvas is staring in their face.
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    3D printing technologies explained

    An overview of the 3D printing technologies and introduction of the most important concepts with regard to 3D printing technology.

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    Why would you want a 3D printer at home?
    Most technologies start out as very specialized and very expensive niche products and become mainstream after a decade or so. Computers, air conditioning and microwaves all started out as business technologies and are now standard household equipment. Will the same thing happen with 3D printing?
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    Future of 3D printing — part 3
    Third installment on the future of 3D printing. This post is about the possible next steps of 3D printing as a technology.
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    Future of 3D printing — part 2
    In my previous post about Future of 3D printing I wrote about the bigger effects of 3D printing on manufacturing. In this post I would like to go into the revolution of 3D printing itself as a technology.
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    Future of 3D printing

    3D printing has all the signs of being a genuine disruptive technology. Let's see where it can take us.

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    Sometimes I feel like I work at NASA

    While I am analyzing these pictures at work today I got the feeling I work for NASA instead of Shapeways. Take a look!

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    Nokia Microsoft marriage is the end of Nokia’s handheld business
    Nokia and Microsoft announced a partnership today. Together they will form a smartphone alliance. The high end profitable market of Nokia smart phones is moving to the Windows mobile platform. Nokia will move the Symbian platform which they used exclusively up until now to power the mid and low range models. The effect of this decision is very profound for Nokia and Microsoft. For Microsoft it finally opens up the market for smart phones for them. Nokia’s market share is still very sizable. For Nokia on the other hand it will move them into a hardware maker. The implementation of Windows mobile will lead to margin erosion on their handheld business. Even if they manage to be a huge player in the smartphone market and become successful with bring Windows mobile handsets to the market they will lose anyway. There is no exclusivity in the Windows mobile platform. When it Is successful other handset players will enter into this market too. The added value Nokia will bring is limited to the quality of their hardware. Any add on service or software they bring will be copies any of the other handheld makers or Microsoft themselves. The only company who wins in this marriage is Microsoft. Nokia has nothing to gain from this deal and can only loose. Either the platform is not successful and they will lose even more market share. Or the platform is successful and other companies will jump in and erode the market for Nokia. The future for Nokia is now very bleak. Most likely it will end the Nokia handset business in a few years — possibly 5 years from now. Nokia will sell its handheld business to a competitor who is interested in the hardware technology Nokia created. Most likely an Asian company will take over and use it to jumpstart their handheld business or bring it to a higher level. It is decisions like this which makes you wonder what the board of Nokia was thinking at the time when they brought in Elop. I am sure they are scratching their head right now since Nokia’s shares went down from $12 to $9 in 2 days.…
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    Why AI is hard

    Artificial intelligence was one of the first buzzwords I can remember from the previous century. It promised a future with intelligent computers or devices which could understand you and act autonomously.Up until now we still do not use AI-enabled devices in our daily life. Why is that?

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