Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Watch, Read, Listen, Do: 3D Printing Human Body Parts and Cursory STEM Education

Albert Einstein said, "Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere." Just as it's critical to keep your thinking skills and logical abilities sharp, it's even more crucial to foster your imagination. 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 slide and rotary guide specialists! We're also a specialty contract manufacturer and engineering service provider — a bustling family of solutions looking for inspiration that will spark new creative ideas. 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?

Photo Credit: DesignNews
[ Watch ] Elizabeth Montalbano, Design News contributing author, informs us of the ways in which the 3D printing revolution poses solutions for many medical dilemmas. Moving forward into the future, for example, burn victims can have skin cells 3D printed to resolve damage to their bodies. What other creative applications of 3D printing are they making a reality? Check out this slideshow!

[ Read ] According to Pat Reynolds of Packaging World, by 2020, only 20 percent of equipment mechanically constructed in 1980 would would be mechanical, with electronics taking their place. With that, "mechatronics" engineering training will be more important than ever.

[ Listen ] An experiment conceived a half century ago has confirmed Einstein's general relativity predictions of the spacetime effects of Earth's mass and spin, Karen Hopkin reports. Tune into this fascinating podcast.

Photo Credit: Bricks4Kidz
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