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3D Printing – Evolution Rather than Revolution – Part Two

Here are four different ways to evaluate the future of 3D printing.
Ralf Steck | Engineering Spot

In the first part of this blog series, I explained three concepts that crystallized what 3D printing can and cannot offer. Ultimately, this also dictates the industries and scenarios where 3D printing and rapid prototyping are used in a complementary role. To distinguish between realistic and over-hyped applications for the years ahead, we want to investigate and evaluate […]

3D Printing: Evolution Rather than Revolution – Part One

An assessment of the current state of 3D printing.
Ralf Steck | Engineering Spot

There’s been plenty of speculation in recent years on whether 3D printing spells the end of the global supply chain. Given all that talk, it’s time for a clear-eyed evaluation of the effects of this technology on our world. In this two-part series, I’ll focus first on defining the current state of 3D printing. Part two (coming Friday) […]

Not Impossible

The art and joy of doing what couldn’t be done.
Mick Ebeling | Not Impossible Labs

The following is an excerpt from Mick Ebeling’s book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done.  Which would you rather have screw you up totally: the heat or the insects? That was the choice we faced when we tried to make a hand for Daniel in Yida. We had transferred […]

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

Changing the way we view math could unleash broader knowledge.
Frank A. Farris | Santa Clara University

Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it. Today, digital tools like 3D printing, animation and virtual reality are more affordable than ever, allowing mathematicians to investigate and illustrate their work at the same time. Instead of drawing a complicated surface on a chalkboard, […]

3D Printing Gets Fashionable

How Danit Peleg revolutionized the fashion industry with 3D-printing technology.
Danit Peleg | Fashion Designer

This Q&A is derived from Part 2 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. Today’s shopper expects seamlessness and efficiency — and new technologies are helping retailers deliver on these expectations in new ways. From virtual fitting […]

Mission: Not Impossible

Not Impossible Labs combines the power of storytelling and modern-day technology to make a difference in the world.
Mick Ebeling | Not Impossible Labs

This is Part 2 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. A decade ago, 3D-printed hearts, smart homes and self-driving cars belonged in the world of science fiction. Today innovators are blurring the line between fantasy and […]

How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

Additive manufacturing could provide a real breakthrough in treating patients around the world.
John Menna | UPS

Even as people around the globe enjoy longer, healthier and more productive lives, the rising cost of healthcare threatens to impede such progress. This is particularly troubling in the United States as Baby Boomers approaching retirement place a greater strain on an overburdened healthcare system. Policymakers and medical leaders are scrambling for innovative ways to […]

Seeing Logistics in 3D

From hearing aids to jet engines, 3D printing is revolutionizing the world of manufacturing.
Alan Amling | UPS

Of all the ways 3D printing will change the world, the democratization of manufacturing is perhaps the most important. Think of it as the Uberization of manufacturing, where supply can be accessed anywhere in the world to produce goods at the click of button. This is a once-in-a-generation logistics opportunity, as so-called additive manufacturing will […]

Making the World of the Future

Additive manufacturing, hyper-customization and 4D printing are putting the future at your fingertips.
Juan Perez | UPS

This is Part 2 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. The way we make the world around us – how we design, produce, deliver and reclaim the objects of everyday life – will follow new […]

Assets are Dead … Long Live Assets

We’re overthinking it. Business success is about making lives better.
Alan Amling | UPS

Are assets losing value in this age of platform-based businesses? Conventional wisdom suggests that asset-heavy businesses, which dominated the Fortune 500 list for the last century, are in decline. Uber is on the rise despite not owning any vehicles, Apple is dominating music distribution without owning any record companies and Airbnb is disrupting the lodging […]

What We Loved at CES 2017

Here’s what caught our attention at the year’s largest tech summit – and what could become part of everyday life in the near future.
Dave Roegge | UPS

Convenience was the hot item at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with everything – including the kitchen sink – designed to make our lives easier and better. This year’s smart devices were even smarter, artificial intelligence was more intelligent and virtual reality looked, well, more real. As expected, drones were one of the big […]

With Bio-Texture Modeling, Feeling Is Believing for 3D-Printed Replica Organs

How the futures of healthcare and 3D printing are aligning.
Yasuo Matsunaka | Redshift

When Apple released its 30th-anniversary video in 2014, it featured a somewhat-predictable cast of Mactastic innovators including Hans Zimmer, Moby, April Greiman and others. But one innovator, Dr. Maki Sugimoto, stood out for his creativity in a field not generally associated with the Apple ethos: medical imaging. A leading authority in the field, Sugimoto is renowned […]

Why 3D Printing is the Next Model T

From knee replacements to personalized Coke bottles, 3D printing is driving the customization movement.
Rick Smith | Fast Radius

Mitch Free | Fast Radius

In 2013, an Indonesian designer named Arie Kurniawan re-imagined an airplane part and won a GE aviation contest. He wasn’t a trained aerospace engineer, and he didn’t have experience with industrial manufacturing. He simply understood what many of his rivals did not: the power of 3D printing. His design beat out 1,000 entries to become the first […]

TED@UPS: Could Biology Cure Traffic Congestion?

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Wanis Kabbaj sits down for a Q&A.
Wanis Kabbaj | UPS

In September, UPS Healthcare Strategy Director Wanis Kabbaj gave a TED@UPS talk. Longitudes caught up with him recently to talk about the experience and what he hopes people might learn from his presentation. His talk is being featured on TED.com – click the link below to view. Afterwards, check out our Q&A with Wanis below. Q. […]

3D Printing, Turned Up

Carbon 3D’s fast additive manufacturing is taking investors by storm. How will it change the way things are made?
Mike Keller | GE Reports

Twenty-five years ago, director James Cameron conjured up a liquid metal robot that could assume any form in seconds.  But “Terminator 2” was just a movie. The M1 printer, on the other hand, is making that fantastical vision of near instantaneous, on-demand creation a reality. [Also on Longitudes: 3-D Printed Foods: Curious Cuisine or Fleeting […]

This 3D-Printing Technology Is All Science, No Fiction

What's the future of 3D printing? That's an easy answer for Continuous Composites. It's epoxy fiber.
Drew Turney | Redshift

Imagine 3D printing a car, the wall of a building, an aircraft wing or some similarly complicated structure all in one step — not just the metal, concrete or carbon-fiber shell, either, but with everything like power conduits, plumbing, fuel lines, rubber seals and moving parts intact. Sound like science fiction? Thanks to a revolution […]

3D-Printed Food: Curious Cuisine or Fleeting Fad?

Technology's latest target: the human palate.
Michael Petch | Redshift

Food and technology have a long and sometimes strained relationship. On one hand, harnessing fire led to human evolution. But other technologies, from frivolous “unitasker” gadgets to overprocessed and nutritionally bereft convenience foods, have offered much less in the way of benefits. Now, a new technology is targeting the palate: 3D-printed food. If the plethora […]

3D Printing: Lessons from the Internet Pioneers

Can the Internet’s early days be a roadmap for 3D printing?
Adam Thierer | George Mason University

Even in its relative infancy, 3D printing has created an enormous list of possibilities: dental aligners to straighten your teeth, unique toys for your children, inexpensive custom prosthetics for people with limb deficiencies and restoring lost or destroyed cultural artifacts. It can also be used to create untraceable firearms and an endless supply of copyright […]

How to Build a Smarter Dummy

Escobar Technologies uses 3D printing to make better, more realistic simulated body parts for health education.
Kimberly Holland | Redshift

The U.S. health-care system is as complicated and intricate as it has ever been. As the demand on the medical-care system weighs heavier with each passing year, the need for properly trained nurses, doctors, specialists and health-care technicians continues to grow. Increasingly, these professionals are turning to medical simulators for that training. A medical simulator […]

Pet Rocks, Hula Hoops and 3D Printing?

Research shows 3D printing is no fad.
Alan Amling | UPS

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a 30-year-old technology, but it remains an enigma to many manufacturers who wonder if it’s a fad or if it has applications beyond product design and prototyping. I can tell you that 3D printing is the real deal. And it’s fast becoming an integral part of industrial […]

Leaving the Electric Grid Behind

Take a closer look at the symbiotic relationship between the building and the car.
Zach Mortice | Redshift

They’re the twin pillars of the American dream and the current climate predicament: the single family detached house and the automobile—the convenience, freedom and independence enabled by inefficient and finite fossil fuels. As such, much of the urban-planning and architecture industries are focused on ways to radically subvert this inherited infrastructural wisdom. So what if […]

3D-Printed Prosthetics: Star Wars and Iron Man Inspire Bionic Hands

3D printing is redefining many industries, and one of the places where it is really making an impact is 3D-printed prosthetic hands and limbs.
Jeff Walsh | Redshift

3D printing is redefining many industries, and one of the places where it is really making an impact is in delivering a new generation of low-cost 3D-printed prosthetic hands and limbs. In many cases, these new prosthetics are changing the lives of people who would otherwise be unable to afford the higher-end versions. Various organizations […]

Case Study: GloboBot

Imagine your favorite skyscraper. Now picture it having arms and legs.
Mitch Free | Fast Radius

Ogilvy Advertising was planning a campaign called Ogilvy Play to celebrate creative innovation happening in the international agency’s offices around the world. The first studio to get the spotlight was Ogilvy’s headquarters in New York City, where art director Joel Kuntz’s GloboBot project was chosen to kick off the campaign. Kuntz is an accomplished photographer […]

Thinking in 3D Is About So Much More Than the 3D Printer

3D printing is not a new topic these days, but the way that it is ushering in change—by people thinking in 3D—may surprise you.
TJ McCue | Refine Digital

3D printing appears to be the unstoppable effect, but it is not. The machine itself is not what is creating momentum; the process of how people think is what’s changing, which in turn changes how things are made. This momentum comes from increased access to the tools, from 3D printers to 3D scanners to 3D-design […]

Will Disruption Take a Bite Out of Logistics Jobs?

New technologies and trends will shake up the industry, but could boost employment.
Alan Amling | UPS

As advancing technology and business-model innovations gain momentum and threaten to disrupt logistics, some are beginning to worry about their impact on logistics-related jobs. Take 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, for example. The concern over jobs is based in the fact that 3D printing eliminates the need for both high-volume production facilities and […]

On the Road to Disruption

Change comes to all industries eventually. Is logistics next?
Alan Amling | UPS

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change.”   –Charles Darwin In their heyday, few would have bet against the ongoing market dominance of category behemoths Kodak and Blockbuster. We now use those companies as examples of the myopia that sends […]

Does Your Supply Chain Challenge the Status Quo?

Regulations, cost pressures drive medical device companies to innovate.
Josh Cannon | UPS


It is becoming increasingly difficult for medical device companies to maintain healthy profit margins within a business-as-usual environment amid shifting regulations and changing market trends. Add price and cost pressures to the equation, and you have an industry with ample impetus to innovate. Procurement and other traditional cost-saving measures are being exhausted. To drive business […]

Offset Cold Chain Complexities with Creativity

Pharmaceutical innovations aren’t slowing down, so why should smart logistics?
Wanis Kabbaj | UPS

In entertainment, late filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille once said, “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” The same can be said in healthcare about today’s 7 billion global healthcare consumers, who are living longer, have better access to quality care, and are demanding more choices, more convenience and better outcomes. It’s an evolving paradigm, […]

Cruising at Altitude

Q&A with Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group about how aerospace growth has hit cruise control and what's coming up next.
Richard Aboulafia | Teal Group

The aviation industry has rarely looked so good, and that has Richard Aboulafia concerned. The self-described “Cassandra” of aviation, the vice president of analysis at Teal Group warns that industry players shouldn’t anticipate another dozen years like the ones that just passed — with ever-climbing demand and record-high deliveries. “I don’t see any reason to disrupt this […]