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The Future of Design by Elon Musk

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  1. Auzie

    Auzie Tree Hugger Member

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    #1 Auzie, Sep 5, 2013
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    This just came out. Amazing.

     
  2. Soflason

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    Amazing, saw some of this type of stuff in the Iron Man movies (and back in the flick Minority Report), it's really coming to fruition now...
     
  3. efusco

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    Wow...very very cool
     
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    Cool indeed. For me, perhaps the coolest part is that now 3D printers are creating metallic items. We're moving beyond 2 or 3 types of plastic.
     
  5. Grendal

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    Titanium. Not exactly a simple metal either...

    I can't wait until the next launch...
     
  6. SteveW25561

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    Elon Musk = Tony Stark. Not a cliche but the truth! More so everyday.
     
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    Wow . . . this is nuts! If they can now print in metals and plastics, there will probably be a day when we can print in biologic material? Maybe an acorn, a heart valve, or a . . . Yeah, I know that living things are different, but the progress is stunning.
     
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    Some 3D printers are set up to print different materials intermixed, for example to print conductive material inside non-conductive structural stuff. If that could be combined with pick and place robots it would allow small, complex electro-mechanical devices to be produced one-off. Another possibility might be adding springs, joints and actuators, then printing them in place for very small robotic parts.
     
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    Organovo, among others.
     
  11. tdelta1000

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    Wow!!! What else does Mr. Musk has stored in that brain of his????
     
  12. Benz

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    Very cool stuff.

    Wait a minute. Could this lead to a situation in which Tesla Motors will be able to produce some parts of the Model S themselves, instead of having to buy them from a supplier? That really is interesting.
     
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    Tesla and SpaceX already produce more parts themselves than their competitors. The Model S has more parts produced in-house than the GM and Toyota cars previously made at Fremont.

    There is a great story about SpaceX being no quoted by a valve supplier. The supplier had second thoughts and came back a few months later with a quote of millions of dollars and years of development time. SpaceX replied that they had already designed, built, and validated the valve for space flight in-house. The supplier was astonished.

    Elon has even half-jokingly threatened to make his own Aluminum if Alcoa and other suppliers did not keep their prices in line.

    GSP
     
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    What will he come up with next? Cars that run without gasoline? ;)
     
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    The names of his most important engineers.

    His companies are engineer heavy because he believes in product.
     

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