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Toyota halts production after hard drive fills up: The 6 things you must know.

OUT OF SPACE AND TIME The seeds for the catastrophic event were laid uneventfully on August 27th, when, according to two anonymous sources quoted by Reuters, something went wrong after IT staff attempted to update the parts ordering system. In a press release, Toyota confirms one of the server drives ran into an all-too-common problem: “During the maintenance procedure, data that had accumulated in the database was deleted and organized, and an error occurred due to insufficient disk space, causing the system to stop. Since these servers were running on the same system, a similar...

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Satisfying Your Curiosity About 3D Printing

HISTORY OF 3D PRINTING Although you might think 3D printing is a new technology, it has been around for quite a while. The journey of 3D printing began when Hideo Kodama published a paper in 1981 describing a rapid-prototyping system which made use of photopolymers, an acrylic-based material. When a UV laser beam hits a liquid photopolymer, it turns into a solid. Three years later, Charles Hull invented stereolithography. This machine lets designers make digital models and transform them to print something tangible. The secret of stereolithography lies in its use of the previously...

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