Costco thrives with a monthly magazine.Williams-Sonoma and others clean up with catalogs.Bonobos ultimately decided on a small test in 2013, and the results led them to not only continue mailing, but to increase the number of catalogs mailed.High-end retailer Neiman Marcus has found they get $4 back in sales for every dollar they spend on producing, printing, and mailing a catalog.Our big secret to massive growth is … relentlessly following up with leads.Our follow-up, to this day, also consists of an online strategy.
REUTERS/Mike Blake Reuters - United Parcel Service Inc, the world's largest package delivery company, said on Wednesday it will expand the 3D printing services provided through its UPS Stores to create an on-demand manufacturing network starting this summer.Atlanta-based UPS and SAP SE also announced a partnership in which Europe's largest software company will provide supply chain solutions to help manufacturers get products to market more quickly and at a lower cost."Speed is critical to us and we see tremendous value" in extending SAP's capabilities further down the supply chain via UPS, said John Dulchinos, vice president for strategic capabilities at contract manufacturer Jabil Circuit Inc, in a telephone interview with Reuters.UPS already offers 3D printing services using ABSplus, an industrial grade thermoplastic, at more than 60 UPS Stores around the United States.Under the new system, customers will be able to upload digital designs to First Radius, a company specializing in 3D printing in which UPS holds a minority stake.IDC Research Inc analyst Robert Parker said the network will bring UPS only modest benefits at first because 3D printers have limited capabilities at present and few printable materials available.
The company claims that its Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution revolutionises prototyping and printing by delivering "superior quality" end products at half the cost, and up to 10 times faster, than current rivals FDM and SLS printer solutions in the same price bracket .It offers printing at the individual voxel level the 3D printing equivalent of a single pixel in 2D printing, as it were so boasts high levels of accuracy, and also speed with the ability to print over 340 million voxels per second.And while this is aimed at commercial usage and the hardware is very expensive, it's exciting to see what sort of technology is in the wings and could potentially trickle down in some form to desktop 3D printing.Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers."Pricing for the 3200 starts at $130,000 around £90,000, AU$180,000 , with the full solution comprising the 3D printer and Processing Station which you can see on the right in the above image - this provides faster cooling and a cleaner finish, among other benefits starting at $155,000 around £108,000, AU$213,000 .The Jet Fusion 4200 will ship late this year, and the Jet Fusion 3200 will follow in 2017.
Printed electronics pilot factory is located in Oulu. VTT's printed electronics pilot factory has entered a new era. We wanted to change this by developing electronics production line is easily a post-production sensor assembly and visualization system, which allows the associated data value-added services opened out via the interfaces, explains lead researcher Marko Jurvansuu VTT. Pilot Factory offers companies a research environment, where the new sensor assembly and IoT solutions can be customized and tested in a real production environment. The solution also enables big changes in practice, as, for example, the printing press condition monitoring and predictive maintenance can also be partly outsource the measurement data. The first VTT's solution utilizes the company has Offcode by ADN IoT platform is integrated into the model.
According to the company the technology is able to produce high quality parts to ten times faster and half the price compared to existing 3D printing systems. HP sued 3D printers market is currently dominated by Stratasys- and 3D Systems, Inc., says the BBC. HP about the washing machine-sized Jet Fusion 3D 3200 -printterin Prices start at 120 000 euro. 3200 model will be on sale in Europe in 2017, the first to include Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany and the UK. HP models will be the representative that they can print the also multi-colored objects. Research firm Gartner estimates that last year sold about 245 000 3D-print inserts.
SAP and UPS combine software and logistics to let customers order parts instantly – if it s cheaper than traditional manufacturingSAP and UPS are working together to deliver an on-demand 3D printing service that links the former s supply chain software with the latter s industrial manufacturing and logistics networks.Customers will be able to approve and order custom 3D printed parts directly from within SAP software, which will then be manufactured at one of 60 UPS facilities cross the US.SAP UPS 3D printing partnershipUPS 3D printing 2It is claimed the partnership will allow companies to simplify supply chains and open up 3D printing to smaller companies without access to a machine, those who cannot justify a long production run or those who need a prototype made quickly.This agreement with SAP adds an important UPS capability to help customers right-size inventories and lower short-run production costs, and help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life faster than ever, added Stan Deans, president of UPS Global Distribution and Logistics.3D printing has come down in price in recent years with analysts predicting the technology will become more mainstream.Makerbot has targeted small and medium businesses, while HP s recently announced 3D Jet Fusion range is looking at bigger firms, costing between £94,000 and £114,000 per unit.
Oliver Franklin-WallisAssistant Editor, WIREDFollow @olifranklinThis article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine.Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.The Singapore-based designer hand-built the walking mecha toy Codename: Colossus from 435 3D-printed parts."I learned from scratch."Sng also hand-wired the working legs, guns and lights, and hand-painted each part, including the interior and tiny characters.HMC Boudicca can traverse the battlefield or room with its RC hexapodal legsColossus was part passion project, part audition: under the Machination Studios moniker, Sng's conceived a fictional universe for the toys, set after the first world war "where air power never happened, and tanks just got bigger and bigger."
Most 3D printers print layers over and over again until a full object takes shape.The machine uses a high-intensity laser that heats tiny silver nanoparticles to form metallic shapes.The 3D-printing technique was developed by a team of Harvard researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The key to unlocking this new approach to printing metal was balancing the intensity of the laser and its proximity to the nozzle.This kind of delicate metal printing is particularly useful because of its freeform capabilities.The filament can be shaped into virtually any type of metal structure, which researchers expect will be useful in developing wearables, sensors, and even circuitry parts.
Batching prints together, as the process is called, means that less space is wasted on a print sheet, which would traditionally run some way below capacity.OPG is dedicated to finding and funding online printing companies in emerging markets, which Gogoprint founders Alexander Suss and David Berghaeuser — both originally from Germany — told TechCrunch is very key.They are more experienced than us and understand that building companies in emerging markets is fundamentally different, Berghaeuser, who was formerly with Rocket Internet s Zalora business, said.Gogoprint currently has a team of less than 20 which serve the domestic market in Bangkok.They estimate the printing industry in Southeast Asia to be worth $25 billion annually, with smaller customers like SMEs heavily underserved by existing solutions.So if you want to go into five countries, you need some capital for that, Suss, a former Ernst & Young auditor who has run multiple online commerce businesses, said. worldwide have a set of common values.Make a positive impact.This week s guest, Lucio Pentagna Guimaraes Neto, tells us how he pivoted from his Brazilian legal degree and MBA and corporate CEO background, to sailing the world, ending up in China, self-learning 3D modelling, and going on to found Shanghai s first fablab, XinFab.Crazy about machines, Lucio discusses how he merges his passion for 3D printing with his farming heritage.Now building a hack-vacation in South Portugal, Lucio discusses his latest project: a getaway for do-ers.Get your own work done, do sustainable farming, and surf on the side – who needs mainstream Bali?Download the MP3 27 MB or Subscribe via RSSChina Startup Pulse is a weekly podcast designed to give startup enthusiasts around the world a behind the scenes and on-the-ground understanding of what s happening in China s startup ecosystem.Founded and hosted by Ryan Shuken and Todd Embley, and produced by Qi Liu, China Startup Pulse is sponsored by Chinaccelerator, People Squared, and TechNode.TechNode does not endorse any commentary made in the program.
Community groups, churches, synagogues and so on organise their own projects under our banner.This saves a lot of storage space and bandwidth, but it s a disaster if you need originals for editing and/or printing.Jeremy Noonan, DropEvent s founder, says: Originals are stored in the cloud and can be downloaded individually or all at once.The basic ad-supported service is free, but the Event Upgrade costs $5 per month, and there s a $20 per month version for groups who plan on having four or more events live at a time .Of course, not everyone would be able to see all the results.Decades ago, everybody knew how to zip everything, because an 88K floppy disk cost more than £1: storage space was expensive.
The Tangible Media Group at MIT s Media Lab bucked the trend that bigger is better and used their l33t 3D printing skills to produce a 3D-printed micro-pillar object they call Cilllia.Standard CAD software is not set up to print hair-like strands of material, so the team had to start from the ground up by building a custom software program.With the software out of the way, the researchers began experimenting with their printing system, and used it to generate a variety of different hair-like items.The cilia can be printed in any hair shape at a range of thicknesses, with the smallest strands measuring an impressive 50 micrometers.The researchers are developing ways of adding mechanical adhesions, actuators, and even sensors to the final product.In another application, they printed a micro-pillar mat of cilia that could detect the touch of a finger and respond to different swiping patterns.
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By that definition, we've been using cosmetics since the Ice Age, where red pigment used to adorn the body was found in South African caves.Instagram and Tinder have only enhanced this, creating a false beauty reality, thanks to the popularity of filters and retouching apps.However, technology has helped broaden the mainstream media space empowering women.For the first time, we're seeing girls of all shapes and sizes, who have a variety of different skin tones, who have extreme acne, being given face time.2 Technology is empowering women to see through the bullshit"In the factory we make cosmetics; in the drugstore we sell hope"Charles RevsonBeauty brands like Revlon create this unattainable image of beauty, and sell hope to women that they may achieve it.3D printing is enabling women to bypass premium brands in the hunt for premium results.
Traditional 3D printers work by extruding filament – typically either PLA or ABS – layer by layer, building the print from the ground up.In contrast, this new method, dubbed laser-assisted direct ink writing, prints microscopic, free-standing silver nanoparticle structures.The heated silver is extruded and immediately hit with a programmed laser that anneals the metal using just the right amount of energy.The printing nozzle can move on X, Y and Z axes which, when combined with the rotating print stage, enables freeform curvature.Wyss Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Mark Skylar-Scott, who is the first author of the study, said the most challenging aspect during development was dialing in the exact nozzle-to-laser separation distance.This allowed them to modulate the printing speed and distance between the nozzle and laser to control the annealing process on the fly.
The GO wheelchair not to be confused with the HU-GO, another 3D-printed wheelchair project is the brainchild of Benjamin Hubert, director of London design agency Layer.For instance, someone with a spinal injury midway up the back might require more support and a taller seat-back, while someone who has lost a leg might want things to be adjusted to take her off-center balance into account.Only the seat printed on a large-format device — it won t come out of a desktop printer and footrest sintered aluminum for durability are custom-designed; the rest is constructed of off-the-shelf parts, to keep the costs down and repairs simple.The company has been in dialogue with wheelchair users and designed things with their feedback; the GO isn t quite ready for wheelchair basketball those chairs are tanks in their own right, said Hubert , but players were consulted anyway.Right now the GO is still in prototype form, and will be on display at Clerkenwell s Design Week later this month.Hubert said that the design is mostly finalized, but now faces scrutiny from the National Health Services and the European counterparts to the FDA.
A 3D-printed replica is nothing more than a plastic trinket if it doesn t function as well as the original.But as revealed last year, a company called 3Dvarius has created the world s first 3D-printed playable electric violin that sounds just as good as its wooden equivalent—and now you can finally buy one.Its creator, Laurent Bernadac, and the rest of the team at 3Dvarius, have turned to Kickstarter with a $56,000 crowdfunding campaign to help put the 3D-printed instrument into the hands of musicians around the world.That s certainly on the pricier side of violins, even for electric models, but none look like an instrument from the future.The 3Dvarius shape and design is also based on the revered Stradivarius, which can fetch millions at auction.Just don t expect the Antiques Roadshow to get excited when you bring it in for an appraisal.
The sub-$500 3D Printer category is booming right now, and one of the latest additions to this burgeoning subcategory is the Mod-T from NewMatter.NewMatter has clearly gone the extra mile to make setup a painless process.Instead of bets and gears, the printer uses a toothed build plate placed atop two perpendicular pinion rods.This configuration does come with a couple drawbacks more on that in a moment , but the overall idea is very thoughtful and user-friendly.Bill Roberson/Digital TrendsTo find out, we loaded up the lovable little tugboat known as 3DBenchy.The same thing happened on our third try too — but on the fourth attempt we managed to pinpoint the source of the problem.
A 3D-printed replica is nothing more than a plastic trinket if it doesn t function as well as the original.But as revealed last year, a company called 3Dvarius has created the world s first 3D-printed playable electric violin that sounds just as good as its wooden equivalent—and now you can finally buy one.Its creator, Laurent Bernadac, and the rest of the team at 3Dvarius, have turned to Kickstarter with a $56,000 crowdfunding campaign to help put the 3D-printed instrument into the hands of musicians around the world.That s certainly on the pricier side of violins, even for electric models, but none look like an instrument from the future.The 3Dvarius shape and design is also based on the revered Stradivarius, which can fetch millions of dollars at auction.Just don t expect the Antiques Roadshow to get excited when you bring it in for an appraisal.
It's a 'priority'Security vendors have welcomed plans to trial digital versions of the UK s driving licence.The DVLA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is working on a digital version of its driving license for smartphones, to serve as an "add-on" to the existing plastic card.Simon Moffatt, EMEA director at identity and access management firm ForgeRock, welcomed the move as part of wider UK government plans to deliver more services digitally.Consumers are becoming more comfortable with paying for goods by smartphones and paperless airline travel and this is likely to smooth the introduction of digital driving licences, Moffatt argued."One of the main sources of identity theft and fraudulent use is often attributed to the level of human interaction that occurs in the supply chain of such data.Security vendors nonetheless remain upbeat about the prospect of digital driving licences.