Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Watch, Read, Listen, Do: Motion Control for Halloween Props and the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth

Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Just as it's critical to keep your education up to date, it's even more crucial that your imagination be fed daily doses of inspiration. Part of what lights up our creativity here at the Bishop-Wisecarver Group is how well we keep current on the world around us. We're checking in on social media channels for the good and the great because we're more than just your linear guide specialist! We're also a specialty contract manufacturer and engineering service provider — a busy family of solutions looking for inspiration to spark new creative ideas every day. Here's a bit of what we found inspirational in the world of science, technology, engineering, art, and manufacturing. Where do you dial in for the latest news?

[ Watch ] So Bad So Good writer Alex Wain asks, "Who needs an entire restaurant of expensive chefs, sommeliers, crisp cut waiters or a maĆ®tre d’ when you have an army of 20 robots waiting for your command?" His article features a small restaurant located in Harbin, China that is attracting diners looking for something a little different. Now that's a lot of motion without limits! Check out the photos featured in this write-up.

Photo Credit: So Bad So Good
[ Read ] David Mantey, the Executive Editor at PD&D, recently wrote a cover story titled "Welcome to My Nightmare" that showcases how motion control and automation play a part in the making of Halloween props. The industry known for producing all things that go bump in the night is no stranger to the many imaginative uses of linear slides and rotary guides.

[ Listen ] President of Bishop-Wisecarver Group, Pamela Kan, was featured in the "7 Minutes With" audio series by Modern Distribution Management (MDM) on the impact of sequestration, the value of bringing manufacturing back to the U.S., why social media is part of the manufacturer's growth strategy, and more. Hear what she had to say!

Photo Credit: Bishop-Wisecarver
[ Do ] The Maker Faire is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area this month, so if you're in the area, don't miss out on this inspirational event! From life-size robotic giraffes to CNC routers that will make your woodworking dreams come true, it really is "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth." Meet the makers and their creative designs in "a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness." Tickets can be purchased online prior to the event.