The start of 2017 came with some exciting new developments in the technology and engineering world. Check out some of our favorite highlights from January.
After many years of working for science fiction movies like Transformers, Robocop and Terminator, designer vitaly bulgarov has brought to life a giant 4-meter-tall, 1.5 ton robot called ‘METHOD-2′. Developed by South Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology Robotics, the metal creature took its first steps, positively surprising the 30 engineers and members of the media who were able to witness it. The company claims that it is the world’s first bipedal robot, and that it has been built to help humans reach dangerous, extreme and hazardous areas where they can’t go unprotected. (via DesignBoom)
Stratasys will supply McLaren Racing with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions as the official supplier of 3D printing solutions to the McLaren Honda Formula 1 team. Stratasys will work closely with the Formula 1 team as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK. (via Stratasys Blog)
Disruption was the buzzword of 2016. It seems like every industry is facing disruption through technology as the world around us becomes increasingly digitized. 2016 just showed us a glimpse into what is possible through technology. Within 2017, many more industries will be disrupted as technology such as Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing become more commonplace. (via Inc.com)
The WFW addresses two challenges: "The need for lifelong employment among veterans transitioning from the service, and the limited pipeline of skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing industry. According to a 2015 Ford Foundation report, more than 2.3 million advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States are unfilled due to lack of skilled labor." Workshop for Warriors got a successful start in California and are looking to expand nationally. Their goal is to increase their 10,000 square foot building, capable of handling 120 graduates per year, to a 45,000 square feet building with over 450 graduates. (via Industry Week)
After news earlier this week that MakerBot’s Jonathan Jaglom has resigned his position as CEO at the 3D printer manufacturer, we asked parent company, Stratasys about their plans for the brand. (via 3dprintingindustry.com)
The nomination period for the 1st Annual 3D Printing Industry Awards is still open, and we have been overwhelmed with the response. Here is an update on some of the popular choices our readers have made so far. And remember, it’s not too late to make your own nomination-- the deadline is February 15th. (via 3Dprintingindustry.com)
Did we miss any interesting engineering stories this month? Leave us a comment below and let us know!