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Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
6/21/2013

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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.
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.

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Elizabeth M
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Fascinating stuff
Elizabeth M   6/21/2013 6:34:46 AM
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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?

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big fun
NadineJ   6/21/2013 12:59:12 PM
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Of course, I saw the picture before I read the title.  My first thought was, "Is it time for the Toy Fair in NY already??  This looks like a lot of fun. 

Do the materials from BlueStar Silicones feel as realistic as they look?  That can take Halloween to a whole new level!

Charles Murray
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Re: big fun
Charles Murray   6/22/2013 4:58:19 PM
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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.

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Re: big fun
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 1:45:27 PM
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I agree the toys are cool, Chuck. But what impressed me were the body parts they were making with 3D printing.

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Comfy-looking shoes
Ann R. Thryft   6/21/2013 1:50:31 PM
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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.

Charles Murray
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Re: Comfy-looking shoes
Charles Murray   6/22/2013 5:12:52 PM
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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.

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Re: Comfy-looking shoes
Debera Harward   6/22/2013 5:21:43 PM
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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 .

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Re: Comfy-looking shoes
far911   6/23/2013 3:55:18 AM
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Wow, imagine concept artists collaborating with designers to use 3D printing for coming up with new ideas and realising them. It'd be very exciting. 

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DN's M&Ms
Rob Spiegel   6/21/2013 4:37:21 PM
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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.

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Re: DN's M&Ms
a.saji   6/21/2013 11:52:49 PM
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@Phil: How about doing a 3D version of this ? a 3D print out atleast. 

Charles Murray
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Bluestar Silicones
Charles Murray   6/23/2013 5:08:15 PM
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The silicone hands nd face from BlueStar are creepily real.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Bluestar Silicones
Elizabeth M   6/25/2013 7:07:31 AM
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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

Charles Murray
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ZoomR
Charles Murray   6/23/2013 5:17:16 PM
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SolidConcepts' ZoomR superhero has been a fixture at recnt MD&D shows.

Charles Murray
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Aluminum pallets
Charles Murray   6/24/2013 9:09:44 PM
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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.

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3D Toys
apresher   6/24/2013 9:28:51 PM
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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.

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3D Printing Tipping Point
apresher   6/24/2013 9:39:17 PM
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Is cost the primary tipping point question for 3D printing to reach the next level in terms of volume/growth?

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Re: 3D Printing Tipping Point
far911   6/25/2013 6:52:24 AM
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Cost would directly rely on the type of material used in printing. Is there any information on what type of materials can be used or not? 

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PHILLY
bobjengr   6/25/2013 6:08:02 PM
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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. 

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Re: PHILLY
Charles Murray   6/27/2013 7:53:11 PM
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For those interested in the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show, there will be another one in Chicago September 10-12th.

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Re: PHILLY
Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:20:34 PM
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It's too bad affordable home-based 3D printers were not around 20 years ago, otherwise my Lego and action figure collection would have grown to massive proportions.

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