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AMT Tech Report: Issue #212

“The future of 3D printing is female." Plastic-eating worms. 3D-printed home coming to Virginia! Need a vacation?
Jun 17, 2022

“If it disagrees with experiment, it's wrong.”

– Richard Feynman

1. “The Future of 3D Printing Is Female”

Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP) was established in 2014 to promote, support, and inspire women to consider careers in additive, a sector currently employing women in just 13% of its roles. Wi3DP’s goal is “to quadruple that – with an aim to see 50% of additive manufacturing roles filled by women, 50% women in the boardroom, and 50% women-owned companies.” The latest effort as I’ve shared here involves a recent partnership with SME, who’s been supporting the manufacturing workforce for 90 years.

Read more here.

2. Plastic-Eating Worms

Put that ivermectin down! We need to protect these worms at all costs! Now before I get too excited, these worms only consume Styrofoam. So, until they’re farmed, bred, and genetically modified to consume a wider range of waste materials, I still say we pack up the Texas-sized trash island swirling around the ocean into low-cost, long-range rockets and ship them straight into the sun.

Read more here.

3. 3D-Printed Home Coming to Virginia!

Unlikely anywhere near AMT’s headquarters in Northern Virginia though. Here the yuppies and their private-schooled kids like microscopic plots of land with five-story, particle-board McMansions. “We’re not just short of homes in general, but also particular kinds of houses: the kind that new home buyers can afford.” PREACH! Just give me a two-car garage with a studio apartment sandwiched on top please. No grass necessary.

Read more here.

4. Need a Vacation?

Well, does your job have a chatbot, like on your company’s website? Go tell IT or HR that it’s sentient. Apparently, that’ll get you put on leave – or so I hear. Lemme know how it works for you. I’m just saying, it happened to this dude at Google who said the system could express feelings. Artificial intelligence isn’t supposed to be scary, but I guess we never thought it wouldn’t be artificial.

Read more here.

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Stephen LaMarca
Technology Analyst
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