Category Archives: Writing Technical Content

Writing technical content

Additive manufacturing: 3D printers and much more


In today’s manufacturing world, 3D printers (3DP) bring a lot of buzz to product announcements, trade shows and Kickstarter challenges. Ditto for the tech geek space.

But the breathless push for a 3D printer in every home, like the 70s quest for a computer on every desk, may detract from the real industrial revolution in additive manufacturing (AM). Continue reading

Turning Trash into Electricity

Recently I had the opportunity to tour the Covanta “waste-to-energy” facility in Montgomery County, Md., where I saw first-hand how one county’s trash is converted to electrical power, economically and practically pollution-free.

Montgomery County’s 1,800 tons of garbage per day are collected at a transfer station and shipped to the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) in huge rectangular steel waste containers loaded onto rail cars. These cars, on a dedicated rail line, pass through radiation detectors to prevent contamination from radioactive sources in discarded medical equipment or industrial gauges. Continue reading

WSJ: Business (and Tech) Grads “Struggle for Written Words”

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Diana Middleton writes about a trend in M.B.A. programs to rev up students’ writing skills by hiring special coaches.

Successful written communication is hard to quantify, although readers know it when they see it.  According to one measure, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) essay, scores dropped significantly in the past three years. Continue reading