Everything for 3D Printing From A to Z? Amazon.com

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Amazon.com now has a portal for all your 3D printing needs!  Just go to http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=sr_aj?node=6066126011&ajr=0.  You can use that prime membership for free shipping and get some great prices too.  One more step of 3D printing in the mainstream.All Posts

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Space Exploration and 3D Printing Just Seem to Go Together

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An actual Apollo rocket that was built, but not launched from the Space Center in Florida. Another shameless way to plug a great vacation day.

This entry is a follow-up to our previous entry about 3D printing in space. There has been a flood of recent news in the sector from 3D Systems joining Planetary Resources space mining efforts, to NASA printing food in space, to Made In Space passing key milestones to putting a 3D printer in the International Space Station, to Paypal Galactic giving everyone a way to pay for 3D printing in space.  Space travel is often one of the early adopters of new technology, so this synergy makes sense.  No doubt more news is to come, especially next year when a 3D printer hopefully arrives at the International Space Station!

Does 3D Printing Have the Wright Stuff?

I was struck by a comment that I heard this week about the need for grand vision with new technology. The analogy was made between the Wright Flyer and today’s modern jets. 100+ years ago if you would have told people that the flimsy plane that struggled to carry one man a few hundred feet would someday be transformed into something to carry hundreds halfway across the world they would have called you a dreamer. Sometimes I read an article about a whole plane being printed or printed human organs and my knee jerk is, “there’s no way that’s practical and/or possible anytime soon”, but maybe I just am lacking a bit of audacious vision. Continue reading