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Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   9/15/2011 6:33:42 AM
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Metrix Create:Space's business model sounds pretty interesting. Perhaps a string of 3D printing shop franchises??

It's funny how you said you wanted to get in on the 3D action and write a blog post. I think there's a lot of folks recognizing the possibilities with 3D printing and as they too, want to get in on the action, we're going to see a lot more out-of-the-box thinking on 3D printers, 3D printing services, 3D printing business models, and 3D printing who knows what in the near future.

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TJ McDermott   9/15/2011 9:55:33 AM
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Beth, my first paragraph was a bit tongue-in-cheek.  I hadn't planned on doing one at all until I encountered Metrix Create:Space.  The chance for truly rapid prototyping without the large overhead cost inspired the blog.

 

 

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Beth Stackpole   9/15/2011 11:19:38 AM
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I realize that, TJ, and I've been blogging a lot about this topic lately myself. It just seems like there's a lot of activity and much of it really cool stuff. I found myself expounding on 3D printing technology to my kids the other day (and not even getting an eye roll), telling them about some of the things I'd been writing about. That's when I know I had truly been sucked in!

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TJ McDermott   9/15/2011 11:31:32 AM
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Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age" describes where 3D printing could end up.  Nano-technology, laying down a molecule at a time.  Each residence has a matter compiler of some sort hooked up to the "Feed" which delivers the basic molecues, and there are public M-C vending machines.

 

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otto9D9otto   9/16/2011 4:55:40 PM
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The problem with amateurs (like me) running around in a machine shop is that, if they don't get hurt or destroy something, they are likely to be unproductive. Additionally, you don't need a fancy shop to make cool stuff. I saw a slideshow of third world engineers doing amazing things with limited materials and primitive tools here: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/09/the-chinese-farmer-roboticist-and-other-diy-technologist-tales/244714/#slide1.

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3D printing - now a 'hobby' thing
BobGroh   9/16/2011 9:35:42 PM
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Just recently saw a news posting about a company making a 3D printer in a kit form for about $1,500 and in a built version for about $2,500 (the maker's name escapes me at this moment).  Hobbyists and entrepenourial types are already using these printers to build/make custom items and selling them at craft fairs, sites such as etsy.com and the like. It truly looks like 3D printing is becoming an 'everyman' deal.  Just like watching the PC revolution take off in the 70s!

 

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ronan.ye   9/21/2011 9:55:01 AM
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