I hope you’re reading this edition of Hardware Roundup in costume, 'cause we are! This month brings you news on innovative power plants, growing metal markets, pinball machine manufacturing, and a watch with 30 components in one piece.
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+ 60% of the world’s cobalt, a byproduct of copper and nickel mining needed for the production of lithium-ion batteries, is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [via Bloomberg]
Inner Mongolia has some of the cheapest electricity prices in the world—one reason is because it is home to some of the biggest Bitcoin mines and Bitmain, a manufacturer of 70 percent of Bitcoin mining rigs. [via IEEE Spectrum]
An unassisted robot in China successfully implanted 3D printed teeth into a woman. The robot adopted a mechanical space fusion positioning method for the procedure. [via Engadget]
While tighter deadlines and budgets in Hollywood have resulted in the decline of physical visual models, The Demorgorgon monster in Stranger Things was brought to life using a hybrid of digital and physical techniques. [via Formlabs]
Spencer Wright and Zach Dunham interviewed Janet Lieberman of Dame Products about designing, engineering, and manufacturing sex toys. This interview is packed with great info on her journey and is especially interesting if you are considering RTV/Urethane Casting for your project. [via The Prepared Podcast]
An in-depth look into adidas' shoe-making "Speedfactory", a hybrid approach with humans and robots that can make unique pairs of shoes much faster than their Asian counterparts. [via Wired]
Learn how a pinball machine is manufactured inside Stern Pinball, the world’s oldest and largest designer of pinball games. [via The A.V. Club]
This Friday, The New Content Conference explores augmenting humanity with speakers from Roam Robotics, MIT Media Lab, Hax, and more. [Eventbrite]
Next Thursday is the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit in Oakland. [Tickets]