It’s a tall order to serve both the DIY community and the small industrial prototyping community simultaneously, as both groups have very different needs and value sets. Still, new 3D printing solutions must be a mix of both to be successful.
With the large-scale penetration of renewable energy, both at the utility and residential levels, comes a number of challenges, including integrating this capacity, with its unique, intermittent characteristics, onto the grid.
Developers need to recognize their requirements, needs, and the robustness level that they require for their product and appropriately develop or source software that meets those needs rather than blindly selecting software because it’s “free.”
Smart companies like Amazon are making voice services, like Alexa, accessible to the masses, enabling developers to bring Alexa voice-controlled experiences to customers through available software development kits and hands-on workshops at events like ESC.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has made advances in the thermoelectric performance of organic semiconductors that are based on single-walled carbon nanotube thin films.