Published on February 19, 2014
3D PRINTING IS THIS THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING AND CONSUMPTION?
INDUSTRIAL GOES DESKTOP Around in large scale industrial manufacturing businesses since the concept’s invention in 1984 With emergence of RepRap printer in 2007 and rise of DIY community, various companies have developed kits for do-ityourself enthusiasts and hobbyists (maker communities) • Such kits performed step similar to step in personal computer history that brought computer from businesses into households • Apple got its start by offering personal computer kits to computer enthusiasts • 3D printing taking similar step as companies create preassembled devices to purchase and prices become increasingly affordable Starting to see 3D printing emerging as art form and gimmick, demonstrates growing acceptance through pop culture and fads
DESKTOP SALES & MAKERS Solidoodle 2nd Generation Base = $499 RepRap Mendel = $520 Cubify Cube 2 = $1299 MakerBot Replicator2 = $2199 Stratasys Mojo = $9900 And Many Many More!
THE PROCESS OF PRINTING 3D modeling or 3D scanning • Numerous 3D modeling or CAD programs • • From free to expensive to web-based Developing 3D scanning devices & programs • • MakerBot’s Digitizer Smartphone apps Extrusion • Heating material into filaments pushed through nozzle Print table • Moves in accordance to computer programming Layering • Filament layers in shape dictated by moving print table Many different materials • • Plastics & polymers most common Anything that can be heated to be molded • • Metals & mineral compounds & composites Organics (protein, carbohydrates, etc)
POTENTIALS FOR 3D PRINTING Anything physical that needs designing or prototyping or manufacturing or modeling • • • • • • • • • • • Medicine Dentistry Fashion Art Architecture Biology Chemistry Engineering Nutrition Household items Toys
THE END OF MANUFACTURING? Desktop publishing as a threat to traditional publishing • Self-publishing books has not undermined traditional book publishing • Blogging, online news is threatening traditional newspaper and magazine publishing • Democratization and user-generation as threat only so long as not co-opted by corporations Desktop manufacturing as a threat to traditional manufacturing? • Could ability to manufacture consumer goods at home out of basic materials threaten traditional supply/demand model? • Already seeing moves by corporations to co-opt, such as UPS, Hewlett-Packard What does 3D printing mean for the future?
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