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Is TDIA Honoree and Fellow, Thomas Suarez About to Change the World?

By Craig Hatkoff

The ORB 3D printer is intended to print 10x faster, has full modularity, a new coding language and, oh by the way, uses an open source architecture. Those who saw Thomas at our 2012 Awards when he was 12 might not be completely surprised that he has come up with all of this just two years after we gave him a Makerbot just to see what he could came up with. Yesterday the leading 3D printing industry trade publication, 3Dprint.com, published the below article on Thomas who is now 15. I have been working “secretly” with Thomas over the past year doing weekly Skype calls from his basement and garage and watching all this unfold. It’s been amazing! 

When we honored Thomas at our 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, he was only 12 years old, an app creator and founder of the app platform Carrot Corp.

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

For Thomas, the main problem with 3D printing is that it is just “too damn slow.” So Thomas conceived of a revolving printer bed, used modular design and created his own elegant and fully intuitive “ORB Print Code” that is simpler and requires roughly 10 times fewer lines of code than the industry fav G Code. The analogy for the ORB Print Code can be thought of as similar to programming in BASIC rather than FORTRAN.

This seems to work because of the printer’s modular structure with its parallel commands/communication structure which sends commands directly to each component simultaneously — avoiding command conflicts. The mnemonic code makes debugging much simpler, and its elegance will make it much more accessible to the mass audience.

 To learn even more about Thomas, start by watching his acceptance at TDIA 2012 and the TED Talk he gave at age 12, below:


DISCLAIMER: The text below was originally published on 3dprint.com on January 12, 2015, written by Brian Krassenstein

When it comes to 3D printing, speed is one of the areas in which we would all love to see the most improvement. After all, who wants to wait hours for a fist-sized object to be fabricated? In a world where things are taking place at an ever quicker pace, the lack of speed within the 3D printing process is certainly holding the technology back.

Over the last year we have heard several claims by the leaders within the industry that their forthcoming 3D printers will in fact be much faster. HP claims that they will have a new “ten times faster” Multi Jet Fusion technology available in 2016, while 3D Systems is working hard on a machine they claim will be 50 times faster than current printers on the market today. With that said, little is being done within the consumer market, particularly for FFF/FDM machines. These printers seem to have hit a major speed barrier unless the entire printing process is re-imagined.


That’s just what one 15-year-old teenager named Thomas Suarez is trying to do. We did a story on Suarez back in July when he announced that he would soon be unveiling a desktop 3D printer capable of printing at speeds which are 10 times greater than current technologies available today. As we mentioned in July, Suarez is not your typical 15 year old. He has been an app developer for years, and even gave a TED talk at the tender age of 12.

Today Suarez’s company, CarrotCorp, has officially unveiled their high-speed machine, and although general specifications have yet to be revealed, the ORB 3D Printer seems to be quite revolutionary.

The ORB uses several technologies new to the industry. These include a modular setup, allowing for customization and the rapid switching of particular components. It utilizes a spinning disc architexture, similar to that of a record player. The platform rotates rapidly, thus translating into print speeds which are 10 times that of your typical FFF/FDM 3D printer. Additionally, the ORB printer will be able to use special magnetically enhanced filaments containing specks of metal, which enable it to heat up, melt, and extrude much faster than filaments you may be used to. This, combined with a new heating process which stacks several heating elements on top of one another with a small air gap in between, should equate to the ability to extrude large quantities of molten plastic within a short time frame.

The modular system is part of an open development kit that CarrotCorp will soon be making available. This means that custom modules will be able to be created and used for the machine. Each module will handle a different print function. One module is used for extrusion, another for disc rotation, and so on. Each print instruction is then transmitted to the particular module which requires it.


As for print instructions, Suarez has developed his own type of code. The ORB printer will not use G-code, instead relying on ORB Print Code, a human-readable code which can be understood by practically anyone. Below is a short example of what this code will look like:

rpm 60;
home all;
heat extruder 230;
slide 0;
spin 100;
slide 20;
spin 100;
slide 40;
spin 100;
slide 60;
spin 100;
slide 100;
spin 100;

The printer itself is shaped almost like a round fish bowl, and provides a full 360-degree viewing angle of the object being printed, even though the build platform is fully enclosed. Suarez and his company plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise the necessary funding to mass produce this incredible new 3D printer in the coming weeks. Those interested can sign up on the company’s webpagein order to be notified of the forthcoming campaign. We will have to wait until then, it seems, before a price for the ORB is announced.

Thomas Suarez at TDIA:

Thomas Suarez accepts his hammer from host Perri Peltz at TDIA 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

From 3D Glasses to 3D Printing... Thomas and his dad Ralph Suarez in the audience at TDIA 2013.

From 3D Glasses to 3D Printing… Thomas and his dad Ralph Suarez in the audience at TDIA 2013.

– Craig Hatkoff

Bob Roth — Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation



Bob Roth is one of the most experienced meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages.

Bob currently serves as the Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity which has brought meditation to over 500,000 inner-city youth in underserved schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Leadership Performance, another nonprofit, which brings TM to companies, organizations, and government.

His students include Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorsese, David Letterman and Doctor Mehmet Oz. In his lectures, videos and media appearances, Bob makes the often complicated, head-scratching topic of meditation simple, clear and accessible.


Twitter – @meditationbob

Dr. Sheena Iyengar — Faculty Director, Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School

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Sheena Iyengar joined the Columbia faculty in 1998 and is currently the Faculty Director of the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School. Her core research focuses on the psychology of choice and decision-making, and her work has since turned to tackling challenges faced by businesses in a globalized world, approaching issues through the lenses of network analysis and diversity-inspired ideation. She looks at the processes used by both groups and individuals in making choices to see how we can improve on innovation, problem solving, and leveraging business relationships.

Dr. Iyengar’s work has been published in premiere academic journals across such disciplines as economics, psychology, management, and marketing, and she received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002. Her book The Art of Choosing received a Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, and was ranked #3 on the Amazon.com Best Business and Investing Books of 2010. Her research is regularly cited in the popular media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and BBC. Dr. Iyengar has also appeared on television programs like the Today Show, the Daily Show, and Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN.

Twitter – @Sheena_Iyengar

Britt Morgan-Saks — Artist Services, Spotify


Britt Morgan-Saks leads artist and industry relationships for Spotify across North America. In this role, Britt serves as an advocate for the creative community within Spotify and is responsible for helping artists and their management understand how the new streaming music landscape can grow their careers. Additionally, Britt leads Spotify’s efforts to engage with talent for creative partnerships, events and integrated marketing campaigns.

Prior to Spotify, Britt served as Senior Creative Director, A&R at Sony/ATV, where she focused on discovering and developing new songwriting and artistic talent. Key signings included Sara Bareilles and Flight of the Conchords. Prior to Sony/ATV, Britt was Senior Creative Director, A&R at Famous Music Publishing, where she focused on Urban and Pop on the East Coast.

Britt graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Twitter – @bmorgansaks

Synchronicity: Red, Blue and the Great Debate

By Craig Hatkoff

Irwin Kula (“the literal rabbi”) and I are always seeking insights into and discussing polarization in America whether it be conversations with our friend Glenn Beck (Irwin has become a regular on Glenn’s show) or discussions about how population density, industrialization or agrarian geography (i.e., rice versus wheat) influence the politics of our world views.

Today we had one of our extraordinarily surreal moments in one of our phone conversations. (Irwin is vacationing in Miami and I am in NYC.) He excitedly started to tell me about an amazing exchange he had just had with someone named Skip Simonds (a cold call he had received) about political polarization after Skip saw him on a segment with Glenn on The Blaze. I immediately jumped in. “Geez, that just reminded me, I am reading a great book about the seeds of liberalism and conservatism that I’ve been meaning to tell you about. Give me a second to get the book since I keep forgetting!”

As I returned to the phone with the book I said ” I am reading The Great Debate.…”  Irwin cut me off. “Oh my God!” he said. “Written by Yuval Levin????” I said, “Yes! That’s the book Skip was telling me I had to read!!”

Now, of all the hundreds, if not thousands, of books about the roots of polarization, the probability of The Great Debate coming up was astronomically remote. Good enough reason for us to take it seriously, from a spiritual, synchronistic point of view.

Thomas Paine (left) and Edmund Burke

Thomas Paine (left) and Edmund Burke

Levin crisply couches the discussion through the lens of Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine’s lively 18th century debates about the French Revolution. It is a page turner for political theory geeks. Available on Kindle but let us know what you think.

- Craig Hatkoff

Disruptor David Keyes on The Sony Hack

This blog post is a re-post of an article written by “The Daily Beast” contributor David M. Keyes, one of our Disruptor Foundation Fellows. Originally published December 18th here.

The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror

By David Keyes

If the noble experiment of American democracy is to mean anything, it is fidelity to the principle of freedom. It is to champion the idea that all men and women are endowed with certain unalienable rights—free to think our thoughts, speak our minds, associate with whom we want and express our feelings without fear that a tyrant will silence us. Slavery is not only the physical restraining of the body. It is also the imprisonment of the mind—the instinct to quiet one’s thoughts in the face of terror.

This is a degrading and shameful state which no man or woman should be forced to endure.

Yesterday, Americans not only endured it—they enabled it. Anonymous hackers, possibly associated with the North Korean regime, made unspecified threats to conduct a 9/11-style attack on theaters that showed “The Interview,” a feature comedy film which pokes fun at Kim Jong Un. Major theaters announced they would not show the movie and Sony pulled it.

On Christmas weekend, a North Korean tyrant has decided what American teenagers will see on the silver screen. Some sympathize with the theaters. Who can blame them? Why would any business expose their customers to potential terror?

This is wrong, dangerous and shameful.

By giving an artistic veto to a madman, we submit to the mindset of a slave. We are no longer sovereigns of our thoughts, comedy and art. If anything is worth fighting for, it is this.

Where can such blatant capitulation end? Imagine—just imagine!—if Iranian hackers threatened to attack any bookstore selling critical views of Islam or the Supreme Leader. Imagine if hackers from Saudi Arabia said that any TV station in America broadcasting feminists and gays would be attacked? What if the Taliban threatened to attack any readers of websites advocating women’s education.

What would we do? The answer should be self-evident. Evidently it is not. Either we believe the First Amendment is worth defending or we do not.

There is no middle ground in submitting our sacred rights to the whims of foreign tyrants. None. It is all or nothing. Either we believe the First Amendment is worth defending or we do not. Giving in, even the slightest amount to international gangsters, will only invite higher prices and worse consequences.

We must fight back. If anything demonstrates the power of comedy to make dictators quake in their boots, it is the events of the past few days. To stop Americans from laughing at their Dear Leader, North Korean hackers leaked massively damaging private information from Sony. Kim clearly can’t take a joke.

Bobby Yip/Reuters (via The Daily Beast)

Bobby Yip/Reuters (via The Daily Beast)

A year and a half ago, I launched Dictator Appreciation Month, otherwise known as Make Fun of a Dictator Month. The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants. That’s why dictators break the hands of Syrian cartoonists like Ali Farazat, shut down Egyptian comedians like Bassem Youssef and jail Azerbaijani pranksters like Emin Milli.

Few things are as powerful as a joke. It simultaneously reveals the absurdity of dictatorship and gives comfort to those languishing under an impossible reality.

Egyptian comedian, Bassem Youssef, once said, “Satire and comedy might be one of the very few antidotes against fear. It liberates your minds. It sets your judgement free. And that is why it is a threat…when you laugh, you cannot be afraid anymore…” Elsewhere, he echoed, “Laughter destroys fear and opens the doors of the imagination. It is the strongest weapon for deconstructing an oppressive system.”

Dictator Appreciation Month was to be held each June. In honor of Kim, I’m moving it up to this January. The North Korean tyrant has proven that if there’s one thing he’s really insecure about, it is comedy. So go out today and make fun of this tyrant.

Draw a cartoon of him. Make a video at his expense. Prank a North Korean diplomat. Let’s create a mobilized, grassroots army of satirists to make sure that a brutal tyrant doesn’t have final say over when, where and how we laugh. A joke won’t topple the regime, but Kim has revealed one of his greatest vulnerabilities.

The actions of North Korea this week should also send a clear message about the danger of this regime. Anyone willing to threaten war over a joke is clearly not playing with a full deck. Giving in to the demands of such a leader will, without question, invite greater aggression and brutality.

Kim can hack Sony but he can’t stop the Internet. This movie will spread online. Watch it. Share it. Host evenings at your home to screen it with friends. Project it in parks and on university campuses. Act out its scenes in front of North Korean embassies. Find a way.

This is what Kim fears. This is what freedom means. This is the American way.


David Keyes is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and Reuters and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV and Al Jazeera. He can be reached at david.keyes@advancinghumanrights.org.

Movements.org is a crowdsourcing platform created by Advancing Human Rights which connects activists from dictatorships with people around the world with skills to help them.


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