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Moon Express Landing A Pickup Truck

ENTRY 6Mountain View, CAThursday, May 29, 2014

In one of the NASA Ames buildings is a large trampoline-like net – its sole purpose is to keep the Moon Express lunar lander from crashing onto a hard surface if something goes wrong during a test. While Andy Aldrin, president of Moon Express…

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3D Printers In Space

ENTRY 7Sunnyvale, CAThursday, June 5, 2014

In almost every company I have visited in the last few years, every one that has a 3D printer tells me that they find unexpected and extraordinary uses for 3D printing. But they do not discover these “unexpected” uses until they have a…

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Bridge Building The Portland Way

ENTRY 9Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Moving a large object, for instance, a 40 foot wooden beam, might involve some brainpower, but not too much. Sliding a 1,000-foot long bridge requires a fair amount of genius. Not only did Sundt Construction propose the novel idea of tempo…

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​The Power of Clean Air in 3D

ENTRY 11Tualatin, ORMonday, June 16, 2014

When Louis Pasteur developed the germ theory of disease, he was building on the work of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis who introduced hand washing to the medical community in 1847. Such a practice seems incredibly basic, but it was overlooked as a way …

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Cutting, Grinding, And Welding For The Greater Good Of The World

ENTRY 14Emeryville, CAFriday, June 20, 2014

Fun. Dynamic. Masterful. Effusive. Lively. Brilliant.A few words that describe Jeff Tiedeken, owner and creator of a modern day machine shop called Monkey Likes Shiny. This is not a hobby shop, but a shop of a full-time tinkerer, a career mak…

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Anything You Can Dream - We Can Build

ENTRY 15Port Coquitlam, BCThursday, June 26, 2014

Anything you can dream . . . we can build. That is the tagline, motto, mantra for Dynamic Structures in British Columbia and I could not find a more appropriate title to give this post. Our timing was impeccable. Craig Breckenridge, who …

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Lessons From The Roadtrip: Update One

ENTRY 16Chicago, ILThursday, July 3, 2014

We’ve been on the road for about six weeks. We set out to get a pulse on all things 3D. A lofty goal, to be sure, and we are learning a lot. In a nutshell, we are getting a solid heartbeat.From consumers to business owners, people find 3D (sc…

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A Motorcycle Built For Any Road: Carducci Dual Sport SC3 Adventure

ENTRY 19Sunnyvale, CASunday, July 6, 2014

Over 10 million motorcycles are on the road in America. A subset of those are known as dual sport bikes – motorcycles you can take pretty much anywhere you want off-road or pavement. Jim Carducci and Sherry Cordova are co-founders of a limite…

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Industry – A Portland Design Firm Building A Bicycle

ENTRY 20Portland, ORSunday, July 6, 2014

Community comes first for INDUSTRY, a design firm in Portland, Oregon. Walking around their studio and workspace, you know you’re surrounded by creative people, but more so, people who are intimately tied to the local community. That’s what p…

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​Test, Test, and Test Those Laptops And Workstations: HP Fort Collins

ENTRY 21Ft. Collins, COTuesday, July 8, 2014

Power and speed – that’s what I wanted in the machines that HP agreed to loan to us for 3DRV. Isn’t that what everyone wants from a computer? Have you ever heard anyone say they needed a slower machine?Well, I can honestly say that …

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Pumping Station One: Take 2

ENTRY 22Chicago, ILTuesday, July 8, 2014

Last week, I made a quick visit to Pumping Station One in Chicago. But we had enough interest, thanks to Bart Dring from Inventables, to make a second trip. Wow! Well worth the drive and effort to hang out with this energetic group of makers,…

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Laser Scanning With Pete - Safer Than Flying Drones

ENTRY 23Yellowstone National Park, WYFriday, July 11, 2014

Pete Kelsey is becoming quite famous here at 3DRV. He makes regular appearances on the 3DRV journey now, well, because he’s willing, memorable, and has lots of good stories while he’s training us. I’m still catching up from our visit that res…

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Bertha, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Mario Kart Tunnel Under Seattle

ENTRY 26Seattle, WASunday, July 13, 2014

The biggest thing about the Seattle Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project is not that a large, two level, above-ground freeway will be completely removed. It is not that there will be a new, relatively quiet tunnel for cars, trucks and buse…

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Eye Candy From Legacy Effects - Hollywood

ENTRY 25San Rafael, CASunday, July 13, 2014

I visited Legacy Effects before the trip officially started, but that didn't make it any less fascinating, any less exciting. Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer, graciously shared some time with me despite an intense production schedule to ta…

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Free Apps Drive Chicago Artists To Create And Print In 3D

ENTRY 27Chicago, ILSunday, July 13, 2014

Chicago Artist, Adrian Stein, has this quote, author unknown, on his website and I found it provocative and representative of the passion and enthusiasm I’m finding across the USA.“Hearts are wild creatures; that’s why our ribs are cages.”Chi…

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Start Your Own Personal Industrial Revolution

ENTRY 28San Mateo, CASunday, July 13, 2014

What is it about Maker Faire that sets people’s minds and hearts ablaze? Mark Hatch from TechShop gives a very clear picture as to why: You can start your own “Personal Industrial Revolution” by taking classes at a makerspace or at a TechShop…

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Step Inside A Virtual Ford Mustang

ENTRY 29Dearborn, MITuesday, July 15, 2014

Today I experienced a piece of the future, of manufacturing in particular, but of design, too. This collaborative virtual reality (VR) lab at Ford, led by Elizabeth Baron, is remarkable. They call it the FIVE lab -- Ford Immers…

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Design Better Portable Power – A Hybrid Generator

ENTRY 32Seattle, WASunday, July 20, 2014

As a startup, any prospective customer call is welcome. But when that call comes from NASA, asking if you can help them with a special project, well, that’s got to be a great day. Planetary Power, based in Redmond Washington, received that ca…

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Roadtrip Nation – Dare To Dream

ENTRY 33Detroit, MISunday, July 20, 2014

Define your own road in life is the Roadtrip Nation motto and it rattles around in my head and heart after meeting this passionate team, this collection of five people who didn’t know each other until a short time ago.I have seen cutting…

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3D Printing Playground At America Makes

ENTRY 34Youngstown , OHThursday, July 24, 2014

As you can see in one of the shirts -- America Makes, formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), is a creative place. The t-shirt reads: America Makes: 3D Printing Playground. Each visit, each stop, h…

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Pittsburgh Meetup -- 3D Hardware And More

ENTRY 35Pittsburgh, PAFriday, July 25, 2014

Pittsburgh is a town that has gone through tough times and emerged victorious. They made a decision to build out a startup culture with the power universities in their midst and it worked in a big way. Innovation Works and its AlphaLab Gear h…

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Videos: Monkey Likes Shiny

ENTRY 39Emeryville, CATuesday, July 29, 2014

On May 20th, the 3DRV visited Jeff Tiedeken, owner and creator of a modern day machine shop called Monkey Likes Shiny. Here are two clips where Jeff talks about his passion for vintage machines and creating unique metal trophies usi…

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​America Makes Translates Into America Works

ENTRY 41Youngstown , OHFriday, August 1, 2014

Hanging out with “the interns” at America Makes in Youngstown a couple of weeks ago, I glimpsed a small view of the future. The leadership at the facility have a clear view of 3D technology and that’s part of their mission, for sure. But…

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​Scanning Vintage Motorcycles In Sturgis

ENTRY 43Deadwood, SDWednesday, August 6, 2014

It is the quietest collection of motorcycles you will ever see, at least while they rest comfortably in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum in Sturgis, South Dakota. In this tiny town of roughly 7,000 people, most would not put the words “motorcycl…

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The Mindset of the Future

ENTRY 47New York, NYFriday, August 22, 2014

New York City has many faces and it is home to some of the biggest names in maker companies – MakerBot Industries, Adafruit, and a company that I have wanted to visit for ages: Shapeways.As Blair Baumwell, Head of Communications at Shapeways,…

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Stern Design Works Grows With 123D Creature

ENTRY 48New York, NYMonday, August 25, 2014

One of the things I’m finding as I wander the nation is that entrepreneurial ventures are almost always a mix of the old with the new. While some might argue that their new “gadget” or “creation” is brand new, disruptive, democratizing (meani…

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Bending Metal In 3D

ENTRY 49Dearborn, MIThursday, August 28, 2014

The English Wheel is a tool, some call it a machine, that allows a sheet of metal to be formed. It requires a skilled craftsman to use it, and although it is a time-consuming process, it can create a variety of shapes and forms by stretching …

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Design Within Reach

ENTRY 58Greensboro, NCMonday, September 15, 2014

The 3DRV National Tour has a tagline: Driven by Design. We liked the play on words and the potential that this short phrase evokes – we can be passionate about design, driven to quality and greater efforts by it, or simply inspired. The doubl…

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Inventing A Better Battery For Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

ENTRY 64Somerville, MAMonday, October 6, 2014

In September 2013, a torpedo-shaped unmanned underwater vehicle set an important record: The longest trip for a battery-powered undersea craft. OpenWater Power sent this vehicle from Boston Harbor over 300 miles and more than four days i…

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3D Printed Earbuds From Normal

ENTRY 65New York, NYFriday, October 10, 2014

Normal, a startup, and the brainchild of Nikki Kaufman (a founding member of the crowd sourced product firm Quirky), is currently producing custom earphones. Normal is using the Stratasys Fortus 250mc printers and its own smartphone app to ma…

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Defining The New Age Of Eyewear With Adam Mugavero

ENTRY 70New York, NYSaturday, October 18, 2014

3D design software has made it easier to create products, to bring your idea to life, but Adam Mugavero works first as a craftsman – taking exotic and common woods and making one-of-a-kind works of art. Couture pieces, if you will, that indiv…

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Rural Studio: Design Build From The Heart

ENTRY 71Newbern, ALSunday, October 19, 2014

A person’s character is revealed when you drop in on them unexpectedly. The character you want to experience is a gracious one, as both Gayle Etheridge and Brenda Wilkerson demonstrated, when you stop by unannounced as we did when visiting Ru…

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Why Pie Is So Important To 3D

ENTRY 73Newbern, ALMonday, October 20, 2014

Pie. It brings people together. It makes travel much more enjoyable. It is the basis of an entrepreneurial and design-way of thinking. I bet you didn’t know that last part.When we decided to go to Rural Studio in New Bern Alabama, we did a fa…

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OpenWater Power demonstrates how company tackles underwater search

ENTRY 108Somerville, MATuesday, October 21, 2014

This is a great new blog post by TJ McCue.

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OpenWater Power Talks Chemical Reactions

ENTRY 108Somerville, MATuesday, October 21, 2014

This is a great new blog post by TJ McCue.

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OpenWater Power uses Autodesk CFD software to model flow and mine data

ENTRY 108Somerville, MATuesday, October 21, 2014

This is a great new blog post by TJ McCue.

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James Alday: Fusion 360 Modeler

ENTRY 77Lake Mary, FLFriday, October 24, 2014

Orlando is loaded with creative people. Maybe we can thank Walt Disney for putting creativity in the Orlando air. Nearly everywhere we visited in Florida, we came in contact with people for whom 3D is comfortable, familiar, not the future but…

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Seminole State College STEM Efforts Powered By UAV Drones

ENTRY 78Lake Mary, FLFriday, October 24, 2014

Another gem discovered in Florida, thanks to the FARO event in Lake Mary. I met and admired the work of Seminole State College and its program with more than 100 Seminole County high school students. Jason M Gaschel, Director, Academic Innova…

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Savvy On 3D - Motley Fool Interview Conversation

ENTRY 80Washington, DCWednesday, November 5, 2014

One of the leading publications to cover 3D (and all financial stocks) is the Motley Fool. I have long been a fan and was excited that they wanted to visit with the 3DRV. Rex Moore is a writer and analyst for the Fool and he spent a bunc…

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S-Scale Model Railroad Creations In 3D With CatzPaw Innovations

ENTRY 81Atlanta, GAWednesday, November 5, 2014

If you want to see a serious 3D printing expert in action, you have to study what Sherri Johnson is doing with CatzPaw Innovations. She and her partner, Yolanda Hayes, are making tiny, miniscule creations for an oft-forgotten part of the mode…

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GeekBeat TV Visit – 3D Technology On Steroids

ENTRY 82Dallas , TXFriday, November 7, 2014

You can’t walk into the GeekHouse without an immediate surge in energy, in enthusiasm, and in bandwidth. It may be possible that John Pozadzides (aka “John P”), Cali Lewis and the extraordinary team exude internet bandwidth, for one. As the r…

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Nashville Electric – Laser Scanning And More

ENTRY 105Nashville, TNTuesday, November 18, 2014

Electricity does not bring to mind 3D design or 3D scanning, at least not to me, but I was amazed during and after my visit to Nashville Electric in Tennessee to see the various ways this organization is using 3D technology. Sure, I’m bullish…

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Conversation w AR/VR/3D Expert Patrick Eleazar

ENTRY 102Los Angeles, CAFriday, November 21, 2014

I have been talking with Patrick Eleazar, founder of Realidyne, about 3D, augmented reality, virtual reality, and the content that supports those technologies for well over a year. He has become my go-to resource when I’m wondering about what…

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3DRV Arrives Autodesk University

ENTRY 107Las Vegas, NVTuesday, December 2, 2014

One writer (me). Eight months (almost). More than 122 scheduled stops (+unscheduled ones too). A million stories (truth).The 3DRV tour began with a simple vision: navigate the country gathering stories from the makers, big and small, who are …

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