March 20, 2013 |
Reader: Recently my department moved to a different work space, and I've been sitting in a cubicle two feet from a large-capacity printer. Almost immediately, I noticed the constant smell of toner and chemicals, which has given me daily headaches. I have never raised a fuss about anything at work and am generally a conflict-avoidant person. But breathing in chemicals 40 hours a week is not okay with me. The easy fix would be to move me (not possible at the moment) or the printer to another location.
February 18, 2013 |
Twenty minutes into his State of the Union address last week, President Obama entered the realm of uber-geekery — three-dimensional printing. The magical devices capable of printing prosthetics, violins and even aircraft parts have the potential, the president said, "to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. " Forty miles away from the Capitol, in Glen Burnie, Md., Travis Lerol is proving Obama's point — with guns. In a spare bedroom, where an AR-15 rifle leans against the...
January 7, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS — When Ford wants to try out a new transmission part, an engineer sends a digital blueprint of the component to a computer, and what happens next once seemed like the stuff of science fiction. Inside a device about the size of a microwave oven, a plastic, three-dimensional version of the component begins to take shape before your eyes . After scanning the design blueprint, the gadget fuses together a paper-thin layer of plastic powder. It repeats, putting another layer on top,...
December 31, 2012 |
It's never easy to peer into the crystal ball and find the trends that will shape the coming year. Part of what makes technology so fun to follow are the curveballs. But as we look ahead to 2013, there are some paths that look ripe for further exploration. Here are some tech trends for consumers to watch for in the coming year: Mobile payments: This is a constantly evolving trend, but one that's picking up quickly. The mobile payments space has seen remarkable growth in the past year alone, and it's an area that's...
September 11, 2012 |
An emerging breed of machines lets us "print" a real-life object, like a toy or a tiara, in the same way we can print a document at our desk. The technology could inaugurate a new era of manufacturing but is also striking fear into the hearts of brand owners. In a must-read story , the Economist explains how cheap 3-D printers could one day let knock-off artists crank out shoes, gadgets, watches and any type of prized design. While counterfeiting is already wide-spread, it could increase dramatically...
August 28, 2012 |
Lexmark announced Tuesday that it will stop making inkjet printers, focusing instead on laser printers, which are used predominantly in businesses. The decision will lead to a factory closure in the Philippines by the end of 2015. Combined with other job cuts, Lexmark will get rid of 1,700 jobs worldwide, the company said in a release . Shares of the company rose on the news, jumping over 15 percent for a high of $22.75 as investors welcomed the news that the company would get out of the...