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Guest: Barry Levin; Topics: Barry continued his discussion regarding the space industry and the 4th Industrial Revolution with a focus on 3D printing & education reforms. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.
During the first segment of our 2 hour 3 minute program, Barry started off by summarizing the first program in this series from Oct. 25, 2016. We then moved forward with Barry discussing what he referred to as heroic manufacturing from the Apollo period and then 3D printing which was a focus for our entire program. Our 3D printing discussion was in the context of it being a tool to be used in the 4th Industrial Revolution. This new industrial revolution includes many such tools in advanced manufacturing but eventually will rely on new educational techniques to retrain those that might have lost their jobs as advanced manufacturing is implemented throughout the economy with a zero or near zero labor cost. Barry discussed this in depth and fielded many listener questions and calls on the subject so don't miss this part of our discussion..
Barry talked quite a bit about do it yourself (DIY) 3D printing. He put videos up on The Space Show blog in a Dropbox folder (see the comments section for this program on The Space Show website) illustrating what he was talking about. Make sure you see the mp4 he talked about on the show but check out all his documents in the Dropbox folder. When talking educational reforms, he said it had to start with kindergarten.
Marshall was our first caller and inquired about the role of fusion in the new industrial revolution. He referenced Dr. Dennis Whyte at MIT and his work. Barry was very familiar with this work so you will want to hear the discussion Marshal and Barry had. You can learn more about Dr. Whyte's fusion work by watching this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkpqA8yG9T4. Doing a Google search for Dr. Whyte will net you lots of additional information about his fusion work. I will be inviting him to be a guest on the show and I hope he accepts. Watch the newsletters to see if and when he will be a guest on the show.
Other topics in the first segment included the lack of an assembly line in space manufacturing. Barry said that 3D printing would make assembly line production unnecessary. Our guest then talked about desktop 3D printers using ordinary material, ABS and PRA. He talked about printing solid rocket fuel grains using this material with a simple printer.
In the second segment, Doug sent in a series of emails asking about the possible printing of toy centrifuge for a lunar hab or base model using a diorama. He had many questions in support of this so don't miss his email exchanges with Barry. Barry again referred to being able to print Minuteman fuel grains using ABS or PLA and said that a person doing this would only need a high school education.
Joe sent in a note asking about the other technologies besides 3D printing in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Barry again referred to an entire suite of technologies including A.I, genomic technology, Crisper, IOT and more.
John from Ft. Worth called to talk with Barry about 3D printing and IRSU. They had quite the discussion on this and related topics so stay with this conversation. Barry talked about simulation with other listeners and product cost reductions to very low levels. Doug asked market questions for all of the 3D printing that Barry was talking about. Barry thought the market would be there and spoke to hydroponics and other potential technologies and opportunities.
Sally questioned some of Barry's conclusions saying she had never heard of a displaced employee or company offering a departure package that included retraining in 3 D printing. She suggested Barry was not being realistic. Don't miss what Barry said in response to Sally's comments. Kim called from Mexico in support of what Barry was saying as she talked about having a decentralized economy as in Mexico. Kim also asked about radiation hardening for printed materials. Barry had much to say on this subject.
Barry had many things to say in his concluding remarks so don't miss them. He concluded by talking about how different the future will be than the past, especially in aerospace.
Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this archived show on The Space Show website. You can reach Barry through me.