Brilliant convergence of art, manufacturing and computer assisted packaging :
ABSOLUT Vodka launches 4 million one-of-a-kind bottles | BLOG IN A BOTTLE.
ABSOLUT VODKA LAUNCHES 4 MILLION ONE-OF-A-KIND BOTTLES
ABSOLUT Vodka are known for doing things a little differently when it comes to setting their product apart from the competition. But the company’s new ABSOLUT Unique campaign is a first for glass packaging. Under the slogan ‘One of a kind, millions of expressions’ ABSOLUT have released a limited edition range of bottles which are truly unique.
Each of the almost four million bottles produced for the campaign has its own spray-painted finish which is ultimately decided by the splash guns and colour generating machines. The machines could randomly choose from 38 different colours and 51 patterns. Each bottle comes with its own label showing a unique number, ensuring every single bottle is truly one-of-a-kind.
“A new process could let your laptop and cell phone recharge a hundred times faster than they do now.
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011BY KATHERINE BOURZAC E-mail|Audio »|Print
A new way of making battery electrodes based on nanostructured metal foams has been used to make a lithium-ion battery that can be 90 percent charged in two minutes. If the method can be commercialized, it could lead to laptops that charge in a few minutes or cell phones that charge in 30 seconds.
The methods used to make the ultrafast-charging electrodes are compatible with a range of battery chemistries; the researchers have also used them to make nickel-metal-hydride batteries, the kind commonly used in hybrid and electric vehicles.”
via Batteries that Recharge in Seconds – Technology Review.
This has huge implications. Again, another example of not just an incremental change but rather an exponential change in delivery of a platform. See my other posting re 3D component printing technology.
GE, a large American conglomerate, is now proposing to make ultrasound transducers by “additive” manufacturing—or three-dimensional printing, as it is also known. A new laboratory at the firm’s research centre in Niskayuna, New York, is taking a hard-headed look at the technique, which some see as a fad and others as the future, and working out which products might be made more efficiently by addition rather than subtraction.
via Three-dimensional printing: An image of the future | The Economist.
Using a 3D printing form of additive manufacturing is setting the stadge to make not inremental , but rather exponential strides in high tech production .
When we think we have reach the limitations in a process , there is another platform that reaches us across a new breach in understanding and knowledge to take us into greater advancements in science, art , medicine , aerospace and more.