9 Stunning 3D Printed Objects and 9 Interesting Facts about 3D Printing
Will 3D printing really change the world?
“Just like the Industrial Revolution, the assembly line, the advent of the internet and the Social Media phenomenon, 3D Printing will be a game changer” – Forbes: Will 3D Printing Change The World? (2012 March)
Since the impact is impossible to predict, let me just give you the facts about where the technology stands today.
3D Printing technologies have been around for more than 20 year. However, technology is slowly becoming affordable.
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It is an additive manufacturing processes of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. This is opposite to traditional machining process where the object is formed by removing material.
Types of Technology
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What is it used for?
Can you get objects printed online?
Yes, you can get a design and get it 3D printed: PrintTo3D, Tech Inc. Or, you can choose objects from the available and order it: 3D Creation Lab, Shapeways, i.materialise. Here is a much larger list.
What does the future hold?
One thing is very clear – at this stage we have no clue what the impact of this technology will be. So, your opinion is as good as mine or the experts:
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Design of object and IP
3D printing requires a 3D computer model. These models are not easy to create.
Here is a detailed discussion on this topic.
View using Consumerization of IT (CoIT) lens
Suppose that 3D printers become cheap enough so that people start buying them like they buy any other gadget – what happens then? Does it not become an opportunity to advertise your products? Just allow customers to download design which has your branding on it. It would become another mad rush like creating iPhone application or being present in Facebook! That is Consumerization of IT.
Who Makes These Printers?
There are many more – see this list.