anyone hear of this guy?
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering, Joshua Pearce has co-authored a book about feeding the world's population after a global agriculturally devastating event. Hear more about the book and how the human race might be able to survive when growing plants is not an option.
18 Feb ’12
Here's his Michigan Tech homepage.
I'll definitely have to spend some time perusing this.
Here's his wiki page
His research has shown that printing household items with a RepRap; is less costly and better for the environment than purchasing conventionally manufactured goods. Similarly, his group developed the recyclebot, a waste plastic extruder, which drops the cost of 3D printing filament from $35/kg to ten cents per kg while making recycling even more environmentally beneficial.
In 2013 his group released an open-source 3D printer capable of printing in steel, which cost less than US$1,200. in order to encourage more rapid technological development according to Scientific American. This cost reduction was significant as the NYT reported commercial metal printers at the time cost over US$500,000.
I picked up a colander the other night at the store. Imagine being able to sit down at the computer and print the colander you want rather than burning the gas to go to the store and spending the time shopping, which I intensely dislike.
I'm a huge fan of open source projects. I love looking at someone's work and imagining how I could use it or improve it. I really respect someone who believes the solutions to the problem are more important than proprietary knowledge and profit. Bill Gates is a very successful man, but Linus Torvalds (Linux) created the best operating system.
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