Weekly News Round-Up: May 6, 2013

This video is a little old, but we’re huge fans of Bre Pettis from Makerbot.

Ethical Fashion: Is the tragedy in Bangladesh a final straw? – A Fresh Air interview between Terry Gross and Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. The author talks about how outsourcing production has allowed fast fashion retailers to drastically lower costs, and conditioned consumers to buy  “throwaway fashion” constantly. While Terry and Elizabeth don’t mention 3D printing, we’re curious as to their thoughts on a world where designs can be created globally, and manufactured hyperlocally. While materials costs are not insignificant (plastic comes from oil, after all), it seems like an interesting solution to some of the larger global issues around clothing production. – via Fresh Air on NPR

Napster for Pirated 3D Printing Templates?  – Josh Constine predicts that in the future, a Napster for 3D files will exist that allows people to freely pirate and share designs for branded goods, jewelry, decor – even guns. Josh imagines printers might be programmed to forbid the printing of some of the most popular pirated designs, but artists + designers getting ripped off seems inevitable. – via Josh Constine for TechCrunch.com

Invisibility Cloak is Technically Possible and Even 3D-Printable – Um, yes please. Scientists at Duke working on a viable 3D printed invisibility cloak. – via Mark Hoffman for ScienceWorldReport.com

Staples wants to sell you a 3D printer – Good news from Staples: the company became the first major US retailer to sell 3D printers. They’re carrying the Cube® 3D Printer from 3D Systems, which will run for $1,300 when it hits select stores in June (though its available through the Staples online store now). – via Ricardo Bilton for VentureBeat.com

Innovation begins with education. This is something that rang true for the team behind the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which marks it’s 25th anniversary this year. What started as a discussion between Mode Collective, The Architect’s Newspaper and public relations firm Tobin and Tucker on the role of education at the ICFF, evolved into DesignX. […]

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