If you didn't make it to Philadelphia this week for MD&M East, East Pack, Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, ATX, Plastec East, or Pharmapack, you really missed out. Below is a sample of some of the cool stuff we saw on the show floor.
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3D printing has a major presence at almost every tradeshow we attend, and Philadelphia was no different. I found this little guy at the Design Point Solutions booth.
Cool slideshow, Jenn, especially some of the 3D printed stuff...I can't imagine wearing 3D printed running shoes one day, but who knows...it could happen! If they can make a nose and other body parts work, why not shoes?
I agree, Nadine. 3D printing seems to be at it's best in the creation of toys. When 3D printing starts to reach homes, I could see countless parents using it to make action figures for their kids. This also makes me wonder if Mattel has thought about creating a 3D printing package for consumers to make their own Barbie dolls.
Custom-designed running shoes that fit your own feet and are made of the right kind of plastic sounds like a great idea to me. And that's one of the best points about low-end consumer 3D printing, is its ability to make custom-designed stuff. The comfiest shoes I ever had fit like a glove, were made out of a lightweight rubber/plastic of some kind, and felt like they weren't there.
I could imagine big families buying one of these printers to make shoes for their kids -- gym shoes, dress shoes, sandals, soccer, baseball and football cleats. It's a big upfront investment, but if it makes good shoes, it might be worth it.
Thanks Jennifer for such an informative slide show , Charles you are absolutely correct 3D printing is most common among children toys and there will come a time in near future when children will just be playing with 3 D Printed toys and those whi can afford will buy 3D printers themselves to print toys for there children .
Nice slide show, Jenn. My personal favorite at the show were the M&Ms imprinted with DN Rocks! 1M PVs! that translates into: one million page views, which we received in April. Can't believe that got all that on a tiny M&M.
I'm with you on that, Chuck. There are a lot of "creepily real" limbs and the like being 3D printed these days...but in some ways it's good because they are helping people who need prosthetics! http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=263240
Aluminum pallets sound like a good idea. Anyone who's ever had to work with woodn pallets in a factory knows about the nails that can scratch your arm and the wood splinters that can get caught in your hands.
It's easy to envision printing 3D toys becoming one area where 3D printing could realize the benefits of a very high volume application. Could be a factor in dramatic expansion from the current growth rate.
Excellent slide show Jennifer. One great assets of "additive manufacturing" is the degree of detail that is possible with the process. The facemask and hand represent what can be accomplished. Definitely wish I had been there to witness the show.