Sunday, July 22, 2012
Just stumbled upon this article that tells how a team of Makers are currently developing a Fabricator that can print organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals. If you'll recall, RocketFans, I mentioned that Conestoga Rovers boasted fabbers that were equipped with this ability. The industrial implications of your local Walmart being able to print your prescription as easily as the photo-shop can print your memories pales in comparison to the social implications. Think about what meth labs would look like in the future...
Or here's a real fun example: One of the petty warlords in central Africa makes a deal with, say, a Chinese electronics firm, where the warlord will guarantee palladium shipments for two years in exchange for the fabber templates that China will have surely retro-engineered by then of the latest HIV treatments meds.
What do you call said warlord? Possibly the first ruler of all of Africa.
at 8:29 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Here is a model of the Zhang Qing orbital cutter, made in the surprisingly capable Wings 3D. I've yet to create a UV map or cover the model with a skin, and I dunno if I will. I can, using the free and robust GIMP program. Using the various filters and other bells and whistles, I can make a simple "coloring book" image of just a black outline on a white background without the hours-long process of tracing the outline by hand. Just look at the primitive and flat image of the Qing and you can see how far we've come.
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I hop you like the eastern bloc spacecraft design ethic as much as I do. Enjoy!
at 5:57 PM