It appears 3D printing is finally making a big push from prototype to finished consumer good. 3D Hubs has a ton of excellent data showing things like the most common color for prints to the most common brand of printer, but what I found most interesting was the trend chart above. Continue reading
Nora Freeman Engstrom wrote a spectacular article in SSRN called, “3-D Printing and Product Liability: Identifying the Obstacles.” The article describes how current product liability law could apply/change with widespread adoption of 3D printing. Continue reading
On my trip to the Great Barrier Reef in 2012 you quickly and constantly hear about the disappearance of the reef and its environmental impact, some estimates put the coral loss at 50%. You may have heard of groups intentionally sinking old ships to create artificial reefs and often cast concrete is used, but both these struggle to produce the complexity and diversity of a natural reef. Enter 3D printing Continue reading
What does heavy industry and pregnant elephants have to do with 3D printing? We’ll get to that towards the end I think the payoff will be worth it for you. I subscribe to a number of diverse industrial journals and was surprised to see an article in Foundry Management & Technology about 3D printing of industrial pumps. Maybe I’m foolish, but to me it was a sign, Continue reading
We’ve recently learned about an amazing laser scanning organization called CyArk. If you remember the stories of the Taliban ordering the destruction of the 175 foot tall giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan or saw video of the massively devastating Japanese tsunami, you’ll quickly understand CyArk’s purpose. Continue reading
A while back I cam across the Projet x60 by 3D systems. You can see in the video above its amazing capabilities to print objects in full vivid color, giving more of a finished look rather than a rough prototype. So how do you get to Broadway? Well unlike the joke answer, “practice”, did you know 3D printing is already commonly used by the theater industry? Continue reading
So you’ve heard about getting glasses in under an hour, but what if you could make them at home? The technology is getting to the point that not only can you print the frames, but 3D print a lens as well. You broke a lens, print a replacement. In a 3rd world country without an optics lab, no worries, you just need a 3D printer. This gives new meaning to “3D glasses”! Speaking of 3D glasses, maybe NFL player Ziggy Ansah of the Detroit Lions can 3D print himself a better pair!
So 3D printing technology appears to be developing at warp speed. We’re just years away from one is every home or business and a decade away from a Star Trek style replicator. Or maybe not. Continue reading
According to Michigan Technological University by Joshua Pearce, a household 3D printer could be an economic win for most families. They’ve released a study (that was summarized in a recent article in Laboratory Equipment) that showed up to a $2,000 annual savings 3D printing 20 common household items rather than purchasing them. The group chose items such as cellphone accessories, a garlic press, a showerhead and a spoon holder and costs included things like shipping from online vendors.
Maybe you caught one of my favorite Super Bowl commercials above by Radio Shack. They were poking fun on their image of being an electronic selling relic stuck a few decades in the past and showcasing their new store look and at the end of the commercial a 3D printer was even visible on the checkout counter! Continue reading