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July 31, 2012



The better question is, why wouldn't we be at a point where printing the object at home would be equally economical?

I believe the future of manufacturing will become a battle for licensing the rights to print certain objects.

Innovation will still exist, and just as before, it will take engineers to understand construction, tolerances, forces, etc.; in addition to properly servicing the machines to make our objects. These jobs will actually become more meaningful, and will certainly be different from how we currently perceive them.


There´s still too much things to think like the ABS most used material for 3d print isn´t the same for injection molding, in mechanical propierties is less powerfull on 3d print. and the expertise that you need for design and engineer is nothing that could be replace by a databse of alot of CAD or a software that let you to configure and select parts.

JC Jung

Great Article Richard! What is also interesting is that some key patent are going to run out in 2014 onwards. This will open the door for some cheaper printer and thus make 3 D printing more scalable for up and coming entrepreneurs and accessible for hobbyist. Exciting times!

Peter Gasca

Nice article, Richard. I remember seeing one of these about three years ago for the first time and thinking about the massive impact it will have on consumerism. While the "flux capacitor", as we called it, was ridiculously expensive at the time, one needs only to look at how fast and far we've come with computing! From my understanding, these machines are available for a few hundred dollars these days, and there are plans to mass produce them. I don't think the reality is that far off.
Like any piece of technology that will fundamentally change the way we live, I'm a little nervous at it's implications, but I am nonetheless enthusiastic at the opportunities it presents!


Sorry I should add to the list of non-3D-printing-compatible podcurts, clothing and accessories, wood furniture (actual wood, not reconstituted pulp), and basically anything made natural materials that are already structured.If we broaden 3d printing to include computer-controlled (perhaps 3D) weaving/braiding, and a few other semi-additive processes like CNC sliceform/laminated object manufacturing, then America does indeed have many advantages, as a leader in design and innovation, something I think the Asians will take a very long time to become competitive in, if ever, due to culture.

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