Friday, July 26, 2013

Tweets of the Week: A Manufacturing Renaissance, Life of an Inventor and DIY 'Blinking Eyes'

We loved the varied conversations we had this week, ranging from the future of manufacturing to application stories of linear and rotary motion systems and articles about teen inventors and DIY makers. Here's a short list of highlights. Stay in touch in the days ahead at @BWCnews!

1. White House Makes Case for Manufacturing Renaissance via Ideas Laboratory: "Nobody really doubts that manufacturing has been a bright spot in the economy," White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling told an audience at a Brookings institution lectureThursday. "But people do raise the issue ... is the focus on manufacturing appropriate public policy? Is it really promising in light of globalization and technology trends, and is what we're seeing in the last couple of years just a normal, cyclical recovery that doesn't represent any structural or competitive advantage for the U.S.?" Via @IdeasLaboratory.

2. Bishop-Wisecarver Videos via YouTube: If you haven't stopped by our YouTube channel, you're missing out on a ton of great stuff, including event news casts, product demos, how-to's and company updates. One of our favorites is a video series of interviews with our founder, inventor Bud Wisecarver. Check it out. Via @BWCnews.

3. Make Your Own LED "Blinking Eyes" via Dr. Lucy Rogers: One of our favorite tweeps and scientist extraordinaire also dabbles around as a maker, a hobbyist. We love this latest project of hers: A pair of spooky blinking "eyes," which she instructs how to recreate with some wiring, lights and a bunch of ping pong balls. Love it! Via @DrLucyRogers.

4. Linear Motion Systems in the Medical Industry via Read about how our LoPro® Linear Motion System guides a coil-winding machine in the medical industry used to make high-quality coils. Via @BWCnews.

5. Meet the 17-year-old Who Make a Cheap, Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm via Fast Company: If you want something enough, you do the work. That's a truth reaffirmed by teen inventor Easton LaChappelle, who set out to make a better prosthetic arm, one attune to the will of the mind. Read his incredible story here. Via @FastCompany.