3D printer manufacturer

ARCAM, based in Göteborg (Sweden) seems to be one of the leading 3D printer producer tailoring their devices specifically for medical applications.

By the way, 3D printing is also called additive manufacturing in contrast to manufacturing techniques where material is removel. According to AdditiveManufacturing.com, additive Manufacturing (AM) „is an appropriate name to describe the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, whether the material is plastic, metal, concrete or one day…..human tissue.“

Our white paper by the winter school participants now available

In November 2012 I  participated in the winter school „Already Beyond? – 40 Years Limits to Growth“ by the VolkswagenStiftung and the accompanying Herrenhäuser Symposium to mark the 40th anniversary of the “Limits to Growth” study by Dennis Meadows and others at MIT.
I am happy to announce that our white paper is now available for download here. Read more about the thoughts, ideas, comments and critics from the group of young researchers from around the globe who intensely discussed the historic, present and future implications of the group breaking Club of Rome report „limits to growth“.

Users innovate collaboratively in fab labs

Fab labs are on the rise. One has recently opened here in Cambridge, named „Makespace„.  In Hamburg we have Fabulous St. Pauli since 2011. These are places where users can turn their ideas into prototypes using state-of-the-art 3D-printing, but as well more conventional tools such as CNC or drilling machines. A recent brand eins article dealt with the phenomenon, particularly in the context of sharing knowledge, resources and just forming local communities. Several examples exist. Visit also the website of the International Fab Lab Association for more information and several examples. According to the article, the first fab lab in Germany was the „Münchner Haus der Eigenarbeit“ founded already in 1987.

Brand Eins mit Schwerpunkt Teilen

Die Artikel der Zeitschrift „brand eins“, Ausgabe „Greif zu“ (05/2013) sind hier online verfügbar. Es geht um Geschäftsmodelle rund um das Teilen (sharing, leasing, renting, etc.) und inwiefern diese für Unternehmen sinnvoll, also gewinnbringend sein können, mit spannenden Beispielen klassischer Firmen (z.B. Linde AG), von Start-ups (z.B. Flightcar, car2go, DriveNow, Zipcar, RelayRides) und weiteren Beipielen aus dem Altag.