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5 Common Technologies You Use Today...

...that seemed impossible a mere 10 years ago--maybe less. Technology--it`s moving at breakneck speeds. What`s next?

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5 Common Technologies You Use Today.... ...that seemed impossible a mere 10 years ago--maybe less. Technology--it`s moving at breakneck speeds. What`s next?
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Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 564 Posts
Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:38:47 AM
Not to sound negative, but what a crappy link.
1: QR codes doesn't do anything that a standard barcode does (sure, more data pixels => more data), which has been around since 1974 (so almost 40 years). Nothing here that `seemed impossible`.

QR Codes can hold 100 times as much data as a barcode in the same space. Though... I am still not impressed because the QR code isn`t amazing, the device you use to scan it is.

1-3 on this list is effectively "Smart Phone".

Yeah. pooty list.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 611 Posts
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:18:22 PM
ahhhhh! why did #10 turn orange?

Male, 18-29, Western US
 607 Posts
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:43:08 PM
>As a night shift CNC guy I have to agree, like to see
>how this 3d printer operates, and what is needed to make
>stuff, is it run by Fanuc code or otherwise?

I don't own one (though I`m considering adding an extrusion head to my CNC router, which would give me a pretty hefty printer capable of around 30"x22"x6"), so don`t quote me on this, but, as far as I`m aware, typical hobby CNC printers run off generic gcode. The unique bit of software that`s specific to 3D printers is a slicer application that converts .stl files into gcode for the interpreter to run.

As for the really nice machines that are priced similarly to comparable CNC machining centers (read: a pooton), I can only assume they run off proprietary software/firmware for the most part, though, obviously, they`re very similar at a basic level.

Female, 50-59, Europe
 6868 Posts
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:08:28 PM
Odd thing is- My ex was working on digital photography in 1987 ish. So for me- no surprise at all.

Male, 30-39, Western US
 3404 Posts
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:39:15 AM
Cool, man. The film is interesting too.

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