Adding Creativity to Engineering.

By Tom Imerito

3D Printed Robotic Hand

3D-Printed Robotic Hand
Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Since that day long ago when one of our early ancestors knapped a chunk of flint into a projectile point, manufacturing has largely entailed removing unwanted material from a larger mass until the desired item emerged amidst a pile of scrap. Through the millennia, as flint-nappers evolved into stone cutters, wood workers, iron masters and manufacturing engineers, their tools became increasingly capable of producing complex shapes.

The trend to complexity culminated in the twentieth century’s CNC machines which took the handiwork out of the manufacturing equation [Continue Reading…]