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Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques (subtractive processes) which mostly rely on the removal of material by drilling, cutting etc.
A world without factories , or atleast not as many. Where the only thing to be bought is design and raw material . Direct from the creators to the consumers.
Imagine 2025 – with the latest generation of 3 D printers. You browse though online catalogs, select designs for furniture, accessories, clothes. Click buy and then print.
No more inventory planning ( except for the raw material wood,synthetic,cloth, plastic or better still an intermediate that can be done in all of these). Everything is bio-degradable in this new world of 3D printers.
That future is closer than you think! No more Made in China vs Made in USA
Everything will be made at home! designed by artists! delivered by Internet.
This is probably how they will shift manufacturing back to the rest of the planet to the First World, as both China and India are lagging behind in understanding the ramifications of mass produced 3D printers. 3D printers could do to factories what automatic washing machines did to laundry.
From the creator of some of the most widely used packages for time series in the R programming language comes a brand new book, and its online!
This time the book is free, will be updated and 7 chapters are ready (to read!)
. If you do forecasting professionally, now is the time to suggest your own use cases to be featured as the book gets ready by end- 2012. The book is intended as a replacement for Makridakis, Wheelwright and Hyndman (Wiley 1998).
The book is written for three audiences:
(1) people finding themselves doing forecasting in business when they may not have had any formal training in the area;
(2) undergraduate students studying business;
(3) MBA students doing a forecasting elective.
The book is different from other forecasting textbooks in several ways.
- It is free and online, making it accessible to a wide audience.
- It is continuously updated. You don’t have to wait until the next edition for errors to be removed or new methods to be discussed. We will update the book frequently.
- There are dozens of real data examples taken from our own consulting practice. We have worked with hundreds of businesses and organizations helping them with forecasting issues, and this experience has contributed directly to many of the examples given here, as well as guiding our general philosophy of forecasting.
- We emphasise graphical methods more than most forecasters. We use graphs to explore the data, analyse the validity of the models fitted and present the forecasting results.
A print version and a downloadable e-version of the book will be available to purchase on Amazon, but not until a few more chapters are written.
(Ajay-Support the open textbook movement!)
If you’ve found this book helpful, please consider helping to fund free, open and online textbooks. (Donations via PayPal.)
Udacity is a smaller player but welcome competition to Coursera. I think companies that have on demand learning programs should consider donating a course to these online education players (like SAS Institute for SAS , Revolution Analytics for R, SAP, Oracle for in-memory analytics etc)
Coursera is doing a superb job with huge number of free courses from notable professors. 111 courses!
I kind of liked the fact that Google Drive has a lot of apps already- even though it is quite young.
Especially the mechanical engineer in me liked the AutoCAD app and the video editing apps, the online bitcoin wallet, free project scheduling app, the cloud’s first (?) open office document reader and etc
Developers would especially like playing with the OAuth Playground app for Google Drive on the Google Chrome platform.
Check out for yourself.