Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The future is upon us. 3D printing is becoming far more accessible.

I went my local ASDA (Walmart) a few days ago. They were doing a promo for their new 3D printing product. I was intrigued.
I watched the ASDA marketing video. One of the viewers asked what hardware they were using.

Someone said 'Zprinter by Zcorp.'
I looked it up and came across the following video. Its about an hour. However, it does look like affordable scanning and printing is upon us. This technology is a great addition to design software.
Companies already scan competitors products and add them to their math date, altering them to fit their requirements.
The technology is not new per se... however, it is now reaching a point where good quality equipment is becoming affordable.
I would love to see this in the classroom.

The sales guy showed a scanner (about $500 USA) which fits and syncs with an ipad. A professional level printer costs between $5000 and $10,000. Not cheap per se, but I'm sure if you have the student numbers I envisage, I feel a good business case could be made.
Students can work remotely, and send the data. A model can be made and posted. For students on campus it would be a case of waiting for the model to be completed and just picking it up.
Designing something virtually and then being able to have it physically in a short time period is great!
In my opinion this the future.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ten years ahead of my time! DRB Hicom, I am ready and available!

From my last post you can see that the University concept was a bit ahead of its time. Particularly when pitched at the Lotus management of the time.
Now Lotus is owned by DRB Hicom. They look at education as a core business.
Great. They are obviously as a group more open to my proposal.
Now is the time to implement my proposal. With or without me!
In the last year I have lost about 25% of my body weight... 5 stone ( about 32 kilo).
So today, I have ordered a new suit off the peg!
M&S have a sale. So I am buying one.

A year ago this would not have been possible.
Many thanks to Lee and Jade at GYM4ALL. They have led most of the classes that I have participated in.
I highly recommend them!
I am now back to the size I was when I originally made the proposal!
I have enjoyed the last ten years.
I have presented at the Asian Leadership Institue, been an Advisor to the board of a Media company,
written a Childrens Book ... Innocence lost in the Ice cream forest...
volunteered at my local Citizens Advice Centre... and presented my project to, and met various VIP's.

Have I enjoyed it. Most certainly.
Have I worked in the Automotive industry in the last ten years? No.
Have I missed it? No.
However, now is a good time to return to the mainstream.
There are people who have a positive view of me. This balanced out by those who have a negative view of me.
Please take the time to view my blogs and webpage, and make up your own mind!