Paring Back the Hype in Hyperloop, 3D Printing, R and D

A month ago there was alot of buzz about a 3D printing company that made models based off of Musk’s drawings. Articles had titles like: “3D Printing Startup Builds Hyperloop Model in 24 Hours”This was a bit misleading. If only they had actually made a working model of the hyperloop, then that would have advanced knowledge.

But still, it proved a very important thing, that new technology is so new that often we have dreams and ideas of how it can be used, but that are very different from how they might be used.

I actually thought they had printed a pod car or maybe printed a small track with pod.

The whole exercise of the hyperloop makes clear that 3D Printing technology will be used in they construction. I always imagined 3d printed pylons or arches for the loop.

I can imagine whoever prints a working model of the hyperloop, will have a significant edge of on others in building the actual loop.

Actually, many organizations have put the technical specs of the hyperloop into computer modeling and aerodynamic software. That often eliminates actually building it…like organizations such as this one: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/518076/experts-raise-doubts-over-elon-musks-hyperloop-dream/ Still, “one big problem is getting enough capital together to demonstrate and build untested technology.”

Alas, I reached out on twitter to a technology, sustainability, goverment and transportation expert:

@BlakeA23 Any example of successful tech leap in trans similar in magnitude to hyperloop? DK. Evolution more than revolution, usually.
— Michael Cunningham (@PolicyThatWorks) September 30, 2013

@PolicyThatWorks Probably correct… I wonder if a test hyperloop will be in a developing countries first. Cheaper and more goverment help.
— Blake Anneberg (@BlakeA23) September 30, 2013

So it will be interesting how this could effect Hyperloop technology in Colorado.

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