Monthly Archives: March 2014

3D-Printer Revolutionizes the World

3D-Printers are one of the most anticipated technology development of 2014. The social media claims that 3D-Printers may revolutionize the world, bringing many new possibilities to technological and medical, even physical development. It is a technology that still has many possibilities, therefore many industries and corporations are seeking to hold the major share of the income that can be produced by the 3D-Printer.

Major Concepts

– Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D printer created a corset that have been demonstrated to gorgeous effect by designer and engineer Michaella Janse van Vuuren. This demonstration opened up the possibilities of 3D-Printers associating with modeling. This may ultimately lead to 3D-Printers creating new fashion trends. Multimaterial is going to be the next major concept of 3D printing. It allows multiple colors and materials in a single print session. This will be highly time-efficient because there will be no need exchange nor switch colors during in a print session, instead running through everything in a single run without stopping for a split second. The printer has 3 nozzles, which makes it possible to print 3 materials at the same time. It also can be done in colors, which is cyan, magenta and yellow, for an entire rainbow for color options.

– Michaella Janse van Vuuren, a South African artist, designer, and engineer has used the Objet 500 Connex3 to create range of fashion items, which she refers as the “Garden of Eden”. Vuuren compliments the printer of its flexibility, in how its capable of combining rigid and flexible materials in one piece, and also introducing color into the process allows whole new possibilities.

– Not only does this technology replace traditional methods of fashion manufacturing, it enables us the manufacture them in completely new ways. The ability to combine multiple material properties and beautiful jewel-like colors in a single run is absolutely astonishing. Vuuren believes that 3D-Printer is a tool for engineering and creative expression, and she is looking forward for what comes in the future.

Potential Strengths/Advantages

– It is a technology not fully developed yet, therefore there is so many possibilities. It can further develop into something that can open up new possibilities in a wide range of things, such as fashion, medical, technological, etc.

– Capable of printing 3 type of materials and 3 type of colors in a single run, making it highly time-efficient.

– Capable of combining rigid and flexible materials in one piece.

– It can not only replace traditional methods of fashion manufacturing, it allows us to manufacture them in complete new ways.

Potential Problems/Limitations/Disadvantages

– The printers are still not capable of printing extremely detailed works, therefore human hands are still required in work situations such as art.

– There is still a limitation in material and color uses, which is up to 3.

– Since the printing procedure is very detailed, there can easily be errors and mistakes.

Discussion Questions

– Is there any ways to expand the limitation of 3 materials and 3 colors?

– What are the varieties of materials compatible with this 3D-Printer?

– How long does it take to manufacture one product?

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Stratasys Color Multi-Material 3D Printing Puts “Garden of Eden” in Fashion

Starr, MIchelle. “3D-printed Corset Wraps Model in Revisionist Eden.” CNET. N.p., 21 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. .

Supporting Guide to Cyberbullying

School is designed to educate kids with books and feed them knowledge to prepare them for their future career and long-lasting life. But for students, its not only that. For students school is a place for socializing, a place for social interactions. School allows us to interact with others, helping us developing our social interaction skills. But sometimes, that place of social interaction cannot come out positively for some people. Especially when you become a target of bullying. Sometimes kids can be really crude and mean to others. Because of their immaturity, they don’t understand clearly how that can seriously affect other people’s life, considering it as a some sort of a game. Bullying can also sometimes take place on the internet, which is known as cyberbullying. The ones that get bullied feels miserable, and worthless. This can lead to suicide cases, or drug abuse, neither not a pleasurable future for the child. There are many ways teachers, students, and adults around that child can support him or her to get through bullying, the tough times of their life.

Major Concepts
– Nearly 43% of all children have experienced being target of cyberbullying
– 1/4 of the 43% says that they have experienced it more than once
– 81% of the child population believes that online bullying is easier to get away with than actual physical face-to-face bullying
– 70% of the students report frequently saying that they are bullied online.
– Teens or adolescents that spend more than 3 hours on social networking each day has 110% higher risk of getting bullied online
– 1 in 10 teenagers are being posted embarrassing photos or videos of them online, without their permission.
– Smartphones are used the most frequently in cyberbullying
– 25% of teenagers are bullied using text messages
– 64% of teenagers are bullied on Facebook
– 29% of teenagers are harassed using twitter
– 21% of teenagers are bullied using emails or direct messages
– Girls are twice as likely to be target of cyberbullying than boys
– Boys have a higher risk of getting threatened than girls
– Only 1 in 10 victims informs to their parents about themselves getting bullied
– Victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to commit suicide
– Victims are more likely to have a low self-esteem, being insecure

Potential Strengths/Advantages
– There are many ways to help out children that is being cyberbullied, and knowing what cyberbullying really is the key to giving good advice and support to children that is being bullied
– We can prevent cyberbullying from happening if teenagers aren’t glued to their electronic gadgets all day, therefore setting a time limit of their use on gadgets may be a good idea
– There maybe a specific reason why people is getting cyberbullied, and identifying the cause will be the first step of stopping cyberbullying
– People bullies others because they react, therefore ignoring the bullies is a good idea. The bullies will lose motivation of further continuing the bully, and it can stop one day
– Saving the evidence of cyberbullying is another way to fight back, if the things completely get out of hand, there is nothing stronger than an stable evidence

Potential Problems/Disadvantages
– Children nowadays can be very cruel, and because they are still young and immature, they do not how it can affect the ones that are being bullied. They are not capable of understanding the pain and sorrow of the ones being bullied, considering it as a sort of a game. We need them to understand this is serious matter, and in the worst cases, death can also occur. We need to acknowledge children what bullying can really do, or this problem will never be prevented
– Teenagers being glued to their gadgets 24/7 is also another reason of this bullying to occur. Even though their parents scolds and tells them to not use it all the time, they are simply addicted to it. When the parents take it away from them they go nuts. We have to get rid of this addiction to electronics or cyberbullying will never vanish

Discussion Questions
– What are the possible ways to prevent teenage electronic addiction?
– At which age does cyberbullying occur the most? And why?

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Lepi, Katie. “What Teachers (And Students) Must Know About Cyberbullying.” Edudemic. N.p., 10 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.