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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: 3D printing
Ann R. Thryft   8/26/2013 1:20:38 PM
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3D printing is seen by many high-volume traditional manufacturers more as competition, not as a new tech they might want to convert to themselves. It's not likely that many of them would convert 100% anyway, not with current technology. But some in some industries are likely to begin bringing it inhouse--and are already using specialized D&M service bureaus--for certain components and directly manufactured end-products, such as industrial and aerospace, especially when they're made with metal processes.



Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/22/2013 3:19:45 AM
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Thanks for that perspective, Ann. Action figures--wow, that takes me back to my Star Wars action-figure days! :)

Elizabeth M
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Re: 3D printing
Elizabeth M   8/22/2013 3:18:58 AM
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Well, you're probably right, Chuck. To have to redo everything to support 3D printing/manufacturing would be a little bit difficult and expensive. But I suppose if things trend that way, manufacturers will have to make changes. That is just the way business and innovation work!

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Re: 3D printing
Ann R. Thryft   8/21/2013 8:19:59 PM
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Toys were one of the earliest things to be 3D printed, especially action figures, since they're simple and can be made of cheap materials--but not by the big manufacturers. They are rightly afraid of this technology.

Here's a Kickstarter project for DIY 3D printed action figure kits:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gogodynamo/modibot-mo-diy-action-figures-with-3d-printed-acce



Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   8/21/2013 7:03:07 PM
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Actually, I don't know if toy manufacturers would resist that idea, Liz. I'm just assuming that if I were in that position, and had already invested millions of dollars in tooling, I might not like the thought of someone who sells toys without paying a penny for manufacturing facilities. I'm just surmising...

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/21/2013 6:19:49 AM
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Great idea, Chuck--3D printed toys. Why would toy manufacturers be so resistant? I guess because it would take business away from more traditional players, eh? And require them to change their processes...but this is where technology is going, so it could be a good thing eventually, as you say, lowering the cost of overhead and maybe even increasing production of new and innovative designs in the future.

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Elizabeth M   8/21/2013 5:58:21 AM
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That concept is a bit mind-blowing to me, Pubudu, but I think you're right--it's going to be like ordering glasses or contact lenses...give them your measurements and specifications and get the body part to fit. Wow. What a concept!

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Pubudu   8/21/2013 3:52:47 AM
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@ TJ McDermott, You may be right, Human needs are changing every day with the new technology innovation. Sometimes personal 3D printer is too early for me.

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Pubudu   8/21/2013 3:48:28 AM
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Exactly Elizabeth, In near future there will be a body parts shops with a 3D printer, waiting for the customers with doctors prescriptions, like the spectacle shops that we have now. 

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   8/20/2013 6:56:03 PM
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I still think there's an opportunity for toy manufacturers (although some might be horrified by that statement). Seems like many kids toys could be 3D-printed and easily assembled. Among toymakers who haven't invested in a lot of manufacturing machinery and tooling, it could be a very low-overhead business. Design the product and send it out as software, to be printed at home.   

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