HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 2/2
TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: The next steps
TJ McDermott   10/25/2012 12:25:32 PM
NO RATINGS
You'll go to the store (or supermarket) to print larger things, but print the smaller things at home.

We're well on our way to Star Trek replicators.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: The next steps
Beth Stackpole   10/25/2012 11:46:03 AM
NO RATINGS
Good point, TJ. As you can see at the end of the post, the retail type movement (a la the Apple storefront concept) is just starting to happen with 3D printing as well. I remember when Apple announced they were going to put stores in malls. As a long-time journalist covering information technology, I thought they were crazy. Who's going to buy a PC or printer in a mall. Well, who's laughing now. I think with the right type of company, the right type of technology (that goes without saying) and the right type of marketing muscle, the retail exposure to 3D print technology might be an important catalyst to help it take off.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
The next steps
TJ McDermott   10/25/2012 10:34:04 AM
NO RATINGS
"Consumer facing" was a good turn of phrase.  The future though, may not be a factory.  For it to take off, 3D fabrication will likely move into commerical spaces rather than industrial.

First steps would be into strip malls, eventually to be as ubiquitous as mobile phone provider stores.

After that, the goal would be to have stand-alone self-serve kiosks in malls and supermarkets (maybe even 7-11s?).

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Industry
naperlou   10/25/2012 10:20:56 AM
NO RATINGS
Beth, while this is interesting, it would be more interesting to see what is being done by people investing in this technology to make real products.  I see a lot of these "community" projects announced with much fanfare.  On the other hand, not much comes out of it that will drive the economy.  In the past there was lots of talk about hackerspaces or makerspaces driving innovation in the mechanical engineering area.  They still exist, but are havens for people to learn, they don't really drive new business.  So, it will be interesting to see what comes out of this new effort. 

<<  <  Page 2/2


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service