A brave new world of 3D printing

Around 2006, I had the privilege of visiting the famous MIT media lab. Out of the numerous geek toys I had a chance to play with, one was a modified inkjet printer that sprayed glue on successive layers of powder until a 3D object emerged from the dust, thus a 3D printer. Even though I had never heard of 3D printers, this MIT machine was in reality a layman’s version of the SLS printer invented almost 20 years ago at University of Texas at Austin. It looked pretty neat, but I didn’t give it much more though at the time…

A few days ago, I stumbled on this video of a small 3D printed hand fan. The fan was printed as is, with cranks and all in place, no assembly required. I was stunned and realized it was time to do some research on 3D printing. It didn’t take me long to notice how much farther ahead we already are than I imagined. I now have an unshakable feeling that 3D printers are one of those technologies that are going to usher in a new era on humanity. Continue reading “A brave new world of 3D printing”

Veggies and fruits – Lufa Farms

Do you still remember what a real tomato looks like, smells like and tastes like? If it wasn’t for my frequent trips to Lebanon, I’d have forgotten a long time ago. I got used to the idea that veggies and fruits are tasteless in Montreal (except apples). I mostly blamed the weather; with these conditions everything must surely be imported. I was, as I often am, wrong. Turns out there is a vibrant and large community of local farms in Quebec. A very serious system of organic certification for food producers in the province and country is in place. I will leave the details for another post, but http://www.quebecvrai.org and http://www.ecocert.com are good places to start.

One specific farm stood out from the others. Continue reading “Veggies and fruits – Lufa Farms”