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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Volume may make the difference
Ann R. Thryft   9/3/2013 11:55:31 AM
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Thanks, Rob. You're sure right about higher materials volumes making cost go down--but only if they start being sold by third parties so there's an open market. Something crudely similar happened with inkjet and laser printer ink cartridges, which were insanely high priced as long as you could only get them from printer manufacturers. Once that opened up, prices went way down. I say "crudely similar" because ink is basically ink, with a few color differences, whereas the types of 3D printing materials are far more numerous.

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Re: 2025?
Cadman-LT   9/2/2013 12:31:42 PM
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I forgot to compliment you Ann on your article. I still think that 2025 is crazy!...hehe

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2025?
Cadman-LT   9/2/2013 12:19:27 PM
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Sorry. had to repost. That 2025 is just so wrong. They are doing it now and in the last year it has blown up. So to think it could take that long is just wrong. Way wrong.

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Re: Need a tracking sheet
Cadman-LT   9/2/2013 12:11:18 PM
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Jim...I agree. I think it is growing too fast. I'm not sure what to make of it yet. People are just jumping in to make money. That can either be a good thing or a bad thing. I think bad. We'll see.

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Re: 2025?
Cadman-LT   9/2/2013 12:03:48 PM
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We've only talked about this for a year or two and look at where it has gone...another 2 years will prolly do it.

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2025?
Cadman-LT   9/2/2013 12:00:05 PM
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Hey Ann, that guy is crazy. Look how far it has come in just a few years. I give it...ummm now. lol I think it's already being done. Am I wrong?

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Need a tracking sheet
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/31/2013 12:17:09 PM
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Like the vendor barking at the ballpark- "GIT YER PROGRAMS--Ya can't follow the game, if ya DON'T have yer PROGRAM!"   Ann, we've dialogued on this multiple times, and I was previously confident to talk from experience and recollection – but this industry is unfolding almost exponentially now, and it takes a focused analyst and a tracking sheet to keep tabs on everything.

I see three factors converging & expanding, almost fluidly as an industrial life-form:

·         Manufacturers – springing up, getting acquired, dropping out, booming;

·         Technologies – wet, dry, high-res, low res, expensive, economical;

·         Materials – SLA's, FDM's SLS's  - multiple variations of each, and more

Have you even considered trying to compile a Website or Quick-REF resource to point out the Pros & Cons of each option available to Design Engineers-?  (Notice I put the query to YOU, not to ME!)  (;>)

Rob Spiegel
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Volume may make the difference
Rob Spiegel   8/30/2013 3:11:12 PM
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Nice blog, Ann. My guess is that the materials used in 3D printing will at some point become less expensive simply because of volume. In a few years, there will probably be a handful of materials and much of the 3D technology will become less proprietary. That will open the doors for reduced overall cost.

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