Based on discussions I had with various vendors at the 2011 RAPID show, I would not be surprised to see the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry head down two paths. One path focuses on the needs of the engineer, such as getting product to market … [Read more...] about How do we grow the AM market?
The good news is that the spotlight is definitely on additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, primarily because of the newest hobbyist systems that cost $1600 and less. The bad news is that this attention could lead to disappointment (again) for … [Read more...] about Is convenience the killer app for additive manufacturing technologies?
3D Systems Corporation is getting bigger, now going from the NASDAQ Global Select Market to the New Your Stock Exchange, new ticker symbol will be DDD. This move will likely bring greater investment in the company, and greater growth opportunities. … [Read more...] about A tale of two markets
Here's an interesting video showing why so many people are so interested in 3D printing for home use. Rapid prototying of the Future … [Read more...] about Why is 3D printing for the home so hot?
Everyone is wondering what will be the great application that will propel rapid prototyping/ 3D printing into a huge industry. The answer is people who just want to make things. While the 3D/DC conference in Washington recently was focused on … [Read more...] about The killer app for 3D printing: people who just want to make things
As many of you know, 3D Systems has bought Sycode and now Print3D, both from Deelip Menezes. According to some reports, the company has also hired him to start up a 3D Systems office in India. Sycode is primarily for CAD programs; the software … [Read more...] about Key question of the day: Why did 3D Systems buy Deelip Menezes’ products?
It’s a question that needs an answer, and it looks as though the copyright and intellectual property rights issues this question poses are getting some high profile attention. Good. 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) plans to sponsor and … [Read more...] about Will 3D printing really disrupt manufacturing?
The automotive industry used to be a source for design innovation. It could be again, and very soon. One company, Local Motors (LM) is working on creating the next generation of auto manufacturing. It has developed an interesting business model … [Read more...] about Automotive 3.0—the next revolution in prototyping and design?
I’ve learned not to say that some new idea or technical innovation won’t happen. Take the “home-use 3D printer market,” for example. At some point, it will become an item almost as ubiquitous as the home PC printer (who knows, someone might take the … [Read more...] about How copying could get home-use 3D printing in trouble
What would our economy look like if every home had an additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping system? For example, how would it affect manufacturing? Would it translate into more or fewer jobs? How about transportation? Would we need fewer trucks … [Read more...] about The end of manufacturing as we know it?