Michael Campos

Silicon Enhance: Cars of the future, Pt 1

There will be over 10 million car accidents by the end of this year, and most of them will be due to human error. Of those 10 million car accidents, over 30,000 will be fatal.

Annual US traffic fatalities per billion vehicle miles traveled (red) and miles traveled (blue) from 1922 to 2012.

Safety technology in cars has come a long way, but the graph above suggests safety benefits are beginning to plateau. Simply put, advancements in car safety are not as impactful as they once were.

Silicon Enhance: 3D modeling

With modern 3D modeling software, engineers, artists, architects, designers and even children can will their ideas into existence.

After building their idea, the virtual object can be turned into a computer file. That file can then be loaded into a fancy machine, like a 3D printer or CNC machine, which uses the file as a blueprint as it builds the virtual object in the real world. 

Silicon Enhance: What is 3D printing?

“3D printing is actually a misnomer. It's actually 2D printing over and over again.” - Joseph DeSimone, CEO of Carbon3D

Have you read about 3D-printed guns or 3D-printed houses? What about 3D-printed cars or 3D-printed organs?

Outside of school, I run a small 3D printing business, and for my first blog I will give a basic explanation of what 3D printing is and how 3D printers works.

What is 3D printing?

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