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