2018 is drawing to a close, but innovation continues. Across industries, across continents, check out what’s becoming possible in this week’s picks:
- A moveable factory. A system for fabricating custom building components—that’s good. Being able to put that system on or near the construction site? Even better. Building Design & Construction introduces us to the additive manufacturing “toolbox”—a flexible combination of additive and subtractive robots that fits in a shipping container.
- Human minds, machine designs. From seatbelt brackets to airplanes to whole city blocks, the BBC shares how generative design is being used across industries to do more with less.
- Super-powered prosthetics. Having a limb difference may present problems for kids, but it also presents possibilities. Based at Autodesk’s technology center in San Francisco, the Superhero Boost program lets kids design and make unique prosthetics that give them superpowers. (via Forbes)
- Getting better all the time. A robot that can redesign itself, then fabricate and rebuild itself on the go? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Design News recaps the progress in connected design-to-make so far. Ars Technica explores what might come next. And Advanced Manufacturing keeps the conversation going with predictions about what these processes might look like in the year 2050.