Archive for: October, 2015

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    Inventor You Should Know: Mary Anderson

    Some of my favorite inventors who continue to inspire my work and my vision are well known icons of entrepreneurship, like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. It’s important to remember, however, that our world today is built on the foundation of the innovative ideas of many lesser known thinkers and makers often marginalized or forgotten…

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    Rubik’s Cube: Is a 3D Puzzle a Good Idea?

    Over 350 million Rubik’s Cubes sold! Lesson: Don’t pre-judge ideas! The Rubik’s Cube is a familiar and beloved three-dimensional combination puzzle game. Invented in 1974 by architecture professor Erno Rubik, and reaching peak popularity in the 1980s, it remains the top-selling puzzle game in the world. The original game has evolved into many theme and…

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    Patent Artwork: John Pattenden

    John Pattenden is the creator of Patent Artwork, a collage project that combines the legal language of patents with images and sketches of an invention. These serve as fine art, memorable gifts, and inspirational reminders of the potential of an idea. One of our team members caught up with Pattenden to learn more about his…

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    3D Printing in the News

    This month, I’ve explored 3D printing as a developing technology set to impact global commerce and quality of life, I’ve shared several of my favorite 3D innovations, and I’ve introduced the story of inventor Chuck Hull, the father of this groundbreaking invention. The inventor is largely a jack of all trades. It’s important to keep…

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    Inventor Story: Chuck Hull & 3D Printing

    The father of 3D printing could not have known that his invention would grant future generations access to unlimited opportunities. Chuck Hull, like many inventors, developed a creation that innovators would continue to improve upon and use as inspiration to solve emerging problems. Over 30 years ago, the production of plastic prototypes was arduous and…

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    3D Printing Innovations to Watch

    3D printing technology is rapidly altering our world and influencing our approaches to persisting problems. In particular, I find the opportunities and developments in design and medicine among the most compelling. From maximizing the inventor’s efficiency and expanding his creative scope to offering dynamic solutions to challenges in the medical field, 3D printing is set…

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    Ford Model T Day!

    Today, 107 years ago, Henry Ford’s first production Model T was completed in Detroit, Michigan, which would mark the beginning of a new era of automotive innovation and revolutionize production and transportation accessibility. Last month, our Davison and Inventionland teams in Pittsburgh and Irwin traveled to Dearborn, Michigan, to tour the Henry Ford Museum and…