What Has 3D Printing Done So Far?

What Has 3D Printing Done So Far?

Just like motorized automobiles, 3D printing is making an impact on every industry it comes into contact with. Very simply put, a 3D printer is a robot that creates a three-dimensional object by layering certain materials.

Various types of businesses are taking advantage of the endless opportunities 3D printers provide. If you’re looking to capitalize on 3D printing (or better understand it), below are a few of the industries utilizing 3D printing. Take some notes!

Science and 3D printing are coming together to create real-life miracles. Current projects include: the printing of human skin to help burn victims and those with skin conditions, printing of organs and body parts to advance research and work toward the goal of full organ replacement, printing of precise patching to repair heart conditions, and printing cost-efficient prosthetics.

Why it’s important:
By utilizing 3D printing, the healthcare industry has been able to make leaps and bounds. With more detailed 3D models, researchers and scientists can test theories in new ways without harming a living person or animal. Teaching becomes more advanced, and the flat paper of a medical textbook turns into a lifelike 3D model.

Revolutionizing the way things are made, it’s no surprise that 3D printing holds a significant impact on the architectural industry. Scale design models are created faster, with more durability and more detail-giving clients a better visual of the final project. This process saves time and leaves no question unanswered. Instead of architects or assistants pouring over meticulous detailed models for hours, days, weeks, or months, 3D printing allows for exact dimensions and precise creation in less than a day (depending on the size and scale of the project).

Why it’s important:
By saving time, architects and their support staff can tackle more projects. They can deliver quality models in less time, and work more closely with clients on adjustments because those adjustments won’t take extraneous amounts of time to create. And with the specificity of 3D printing, measurements and dimensions don’t get lost in the creation of the model.

Jewelry, accessories, shoes, avant-garde design-when it comes to fashion, 3D printing is limitless. Well-known fashion giants like Nike, Adidas and Chanel have incorporated 3D printing into their pieces, including Nike’s 3D printed duffel bag made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Why it’s important:
Because of 3D printing’s exact measurements and ability to create almost anything, the fashion industry now has no limits to what they can create. The human element has been eliminated in the sense of having to rely on a person to figure out how to create an item. 3D printing produces the item down to the last millimeter, which allows for exact designing.

3D printing brings a variety of benefits to the manufacturing industry such as increased customization and output. From aerospace to consumer goods, 3D printing gives companies the tools they need to be more innovative and specific. Because 3D printing has the ability to eliminate certain manufacturing verticals (those that produce smaller items from common materials), some companies have to be careful how they utilize this new technology.

Why it’s important:
Manufacturing has to be vigilant about how they use and promote 3D printing. As of now, large items are still created the old-fashioned way, so industries revolving around those types of items are safe. But when a person can print his or her own fidget spinner at home, why would they buy one? See the challenge?

Schools with access to 3D printing are going beyond textbooks and teaching in three-dimensions. Since 3D technology is the future, this hands-on experience can help children get bigger, better jobs after graduation. Understanding the world as it really is-in 3D-will allow for better comprehension and retention. 3D printed models will be especially helpful for courses that rely heavily on hands-on training.

Why it’s important:
The more educated and fulfilled our children are, the more advanced the world becomes as they progress into the adult environment. By using 3D printing to give them the best education possible, we’re setting ourselves up for success in the future.

Consumers demand three features for their electronics-mobility, design, and efficiency. And 3D printing makes this much simpler. 3D printing allows manufacturers to easily fit detailed parts together, to create high-quality prototypes, and to use unique materials for production.

Why it’s important:
The technology and electronics industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of our world right now. New products come out constantly, and technology companies are always fighting each other to be the best and biggest. How will they do that? Successful prototypes, useful products, and the ability to create new things from new materials as quickly as possible can catapult one company ahead of another very easily.

How to Host a Successful Marketing Event

How to Host a Successful Marketing Event

Hosting a successful marketing event doesn’t have to be hard. Whether it’s gathering your customers together, an industry conference, or an employee celebration, your business should put on its fair share of events. These events are important and require considerable time to plan, market, and execute, which can limit how much effort you devote to other tasks.

It would be ideal to have an entire team devoted to event planning, but if you don’t have the budget for a team, you can leverage event technology instead, including tools and event platforms that automate the event management process. Here are some ways that you can more effectively manage your events, no matter how big or small.

Utilize event platforms.
Eventbrite is the world’s leading event technology platform. Besides providing a framework for hosting all types of events, such as music festivals, conferences, contests, fundraisers, gaming competitions, and more, the event technology company provides an increasingly automated and integrated system for creating, promoting, and hosting these events.

The good news is, many of the aspects of an event can now be integrated and automated. There are more than 130 extensions that shorten the time you need to spend on an event. Many of these extensions you may already recognize and use, which makes employing an event platform even easier.

For example, you can use MailChimp from the Eventbrite event platform to send personalized, automated emails to sell event tickets. SurveyMonkey automates the event feedback process to determine what your guests thought of the event and what you might improve. Also, Eventbrite has a Publish to Facebook tool and the ability to integrate with Hootsuite to get the word out about your event. Finally, Zapier extends the automation capabilities within the platform to perform numerous event-related tasks, thus removing the need for any manual data entry.

Understand event planning automation technologies.
Event planning automation is advancing in many ways. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology-which has been around for a while-is now becoming a more common tool for automating aspects of an event. For example, the system can be used on attendee wristbands for large-scale events, saving considerable resources and eliminating manual checks. In addition, the stored information can help you enhance the customer experience at the event. Attendees will not need to worry about carrying credit cards or a ticket but can just enjoy the show.

Furthermore, the data from those RFID wristbands can be analyzed through machine learning to deliver new insights that can lead to improved events for you and your audience. Various types of intelligent analytics can now be used to look at every aspect of the event to identify what the audience liked, what delivered the greatest return, and what needs more thought.
Use event engagement technologies.
Attendee engagement is a vital part of the event management process. It could make the difference in the number of attendees who return to future events you hold, as well as the recommendations-or complaints-they share with their network. These technologies offer an incredible range of ways to engage with your attendees, such as gamification, social walls, live streaming, second-screen technology, people discovery, content sharing, and attendee logistics.

Although event engagement technologies like the virtual reality viewers work well for large-scale events, you can still utilize engagement techniques for smaller events like lunch and learns or client appreciation days. Having social media contests, live streaming, and content sharing opportunities makes your event stand out from the crowd.

Offer rewards for feedback.
The only way to know if your event worked is to ask those who attended. You may feel like it was incredibly successful, while the attendees may think differently. You don’t want to figure that out at your next event where no one shows up. To combat this potential embarrassing situation, use surveys and offer rewards to those who complete them. Let’s say you’re hosting a lunch and learn at your facility. Create a digital version of your survey, let your attendees know that if they complete the survey at the end of the lunch, they’ll be sent a T-shirt or other promotional material. It’s a fast and easy way to get feedback, and your events will positively evolve over time.

A complete event package.
This intriguing list of event technologies illustrates the significant changes that have occurred in event management in recent years. There are many ways to reduce the time you spend managing events while also increasing the overall experiences you create and the insights you can glean from them. Even better is that these event technologies are fairly affordable and have proven to deliver a considerable return on investment.

How to Have the Most Effective LinkedIn Profile

How to Have the Most Effective LinkedIn Profile

Out of all the social media platforms, having an effective LinkedIn profile tops the list of importance if you’re in the traditional workplace.

Yes, you can have an “All-Star” rating from LinkedIn, but that doesn’t mean your profile will do all you need it to do. That LinkedIn rating speaks to completeness, not quality, and quality matters the most because your LinkedIn profile plays many important roles in your career success. It delivers your first impression. It helps show you are ready for the next rung on the ladder. It connects you with important people who become a part of your brand community. So focusing a little attention on your profile can have a big impact on your career trajectory.

Here are nine characteristics of the most powerful LinkedIn profiles.

They are:

Magnetic. Your LinkedIn profile needs to attract the attention of people who matter. That means it needs to have all the right keywords so you’re found. And once the right people find you, they should want to stay connected with you. Make your LinkedIn a place people want to stay and hang around in, because you are just that cool.

Human. Credentials and experience are important. They’re the table stakes that get you into the game. Without them, you won’t be considered for a new role or a board position or a business partnership. But when it comes to deciding who we want to work with, people want to work with people-not credentials. A profile filled with amazing experience and accolades will work against you if it’s devoid of personality and human recommendations.

Authentic. Your profile can make you look like a senior leader of a large team even if you’re a junior middle manager. But it likely won’t fool too many people. People can tell when you’re blowing smoke. And what you put online is more likely to be scrutinized by a wide audience as LinkedIn has more than half a billion members. So don’t try to pretend you’re someone you aren’t.

Aspirational. While your profile needs to be based in who you really are, it needs to position you for where you want to be next. When crafting it, you need to be clear about what your objectives are. If you haven’t identified your career goals, how will others know where you want to go? How will you?

Relevant. It needs to speak to the people you are looking to influence. It must be clear to them immediately that you are the right person for them to get to know. That means you need to highlight the elements of your profile that tell your target audience, “I’m one of you and here’s why!”

Compelling. The ultimate goal for crafting a great profile is to compel the right people to take action. When reading your profile, people should say, “This is someone I need to know.” They should not only want to add you to their network but also follow your blog posts or partner with you on a project.

Current. If you haven’t updated your profile in a while, and it focuses on your work in healthcare even though you have moved to information technology, you’re telling people, “I just don’t care.” There are horrid cases of senior executives who haven’t updated their profiles since they created them back in 2003 when LinkedIn launched and they held a junior role in the company. Embarrassing.

Validated. You need others to speak on your behalf. Most of your profile is you speaking about you. It becomes much more credible when others deliver testimonials that prove you right. With LinkedIn, you can invite this validation through endorsements and recommendations. You can also add quotes about yourself from executives or the media in your summary. This is a great way to boost yourself and what you bring to the table.

Well-proofed. Nothing destroys a perfect profile like a typo or bad formatting. If you invest copious time making your content relevant and interesting, invest a little extra time to make sure the layout is beautiful, without any embarrassing grammar errors.

Now go and take a look at your LinkedIn profile with a fresh set of eyes and measure it against these nine important characteristics. Then grab some time in your calendar to polish your profile so that it reflects all nine.

Best Practices on Workplace Interaction

Best Practices on Workplace Interaction

Some of the most nerve-wracking moments in life come from workplace interaction. Unfortunately, none of us work in a perfect office. Most companies don’t have an entire website and multi-million-dollar side projects dedicated to perfecting people and workplace culture like Google does. And since neither of those two things are available for the run-of-the-mill business, your professional habitat can be a difficult place to exist in.

Tempers. Egos. Frustrations. Uncontrollable emotions. Poor judgement. All of these are types of things you’ll encounter in the workplace, just as much as you will outside the workplace. And sometimes, every awful, horrible human trait that you can possibly imagine will exist within the same coworker, and there’s nothing you can do about it-that is, except go into the office every day and work side-by-side with that awful, horrible human being.

We’ve all been there. Trying to relax after a hard day, only to find ourselves re-living that argument with Susan over and over and over again. So how do you handle difficult workplace interactions and coworkers without bringing your pent-up frustrations home with you?

Here’s what we suggest.

First of all, it’s very important to remember that not everything is worth the effort, the battle, or the emotional turmoil. If it’s an issue or dispute that is relatively small in the grand scheme of things, then just drop it. Save your fight for another battle. Make this a reoccurring habit of yours, and when an issue is larger than normal, no one will be prepared for the fight you’ll bring to the table.

You have to recall that there’s a reason people differentiate your professional life from your personal life. Not just because they’re lived in two separate realms, but because one is legitimately personal and the other is not. Do your best to keep personal emotions out of the workplace, and you’ll find that it’ll be much easier to handle difficult people and interactions.

However, this does not mean to be completely emotion-free at work. Emotion is a great thing to utilize in a business setting in the right amount, because it can lead to new ideas and a bigger vision.

Secondly, just like avoiding your negative emotions, it’s best to avoid other’s emotions as well. Now, don’t completely write off the stress or anger that a coworker is feeling in a situation-this can be seen as inadequate interpersonal communication skills. But, you should try really hard to set these emotions aside while you attempt to rectify the actual issue. Try saying, “I understand that this situation is really affecting you at the moment. Let’s take a few minutes to catch our breath and then we’ll come back to the table to address what the real problem is here.” The sooner you can get this out, the sooner you can get to work.

If someone is angry and you choose to get angry back at that person, odds are things will only get worse from there. At this point, you should take note of the previous suggestions. Not every issue is worth the hassle. Most work issues should not be taken personally. And it’s important to address the issue, not the person. If you can remember these tips, then it shouldn’t be all that difficult to maintain your calm.

And if you can manage to stay calm, others will usually follow suit. Emotions tend to mimic other emotions-mostly because it looks rather ridiculous when someone is acting rude or out of control and you’re just sitting there with a smile on your face. So try to stay calm and realize that yelling back at Susan won’t get either of you anywhere.