Afternoon Coffee: Canada Oil Workers Evacuated as Wildfire Spreads, SAP & UPS Announce 3D Printing Network

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About 8,000 workers were evacuated from oil sand camps yesterday as the Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, Canada, spread. The fire is estimated to have cut Canadian oil output by 1 million barrels a day.

SAP and UPS announced a partnership for an on-demand 3D printing network. The two companies hope to enable companies to order 3D printed parts quickly, creating an “end-to-end” system from initial order to final delivery of the product.

A former Google engineer launched a startup aimed at creating autonomous driving technology for tractor trailers, giving commercial 18-wheelers the ability to operate on highways without driver intervention.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed near Philadelphia last May was likely distracted at the time of the crash. Regulators said radio traffic about an emergency situation distracted the engineer, making him unaware of his high speed as he approached the curved track where the train derailed.

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