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AnandY
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AnandY   8/12/2014 1:49:38 PM
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For avid Amazon shoppers who have access to 3D printers or are able to buy the same, this could very well prove to be the most cost and time efficient way to go about their shopping. Am not sure though about how practical this method is going to be when it comes to the purchase of jewelry. Jewelry, especially expensive jewelry, is mostly valued because of the material out of which it is made. Wouldn't it be too costly to print, say, a diamond wedding ring?

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AnandY   8/12/2014 1:45:04 PM
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3D printers, awesome as they are, are not nearly half as accessible or as abundant as the more conventional paper printers that everyone is used to. The actual printers are also still rather expensive and out of the reach of the average consumer so even if he or she was able to customize and use it the cost of buying the printer will simply be too much. So from all appearances it looks like physical shipping from the Amazon store will still be the way out for a while to come.

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Ann R. Thryft   8/12/2014 1:19:11 PM
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Clinton, thanks for pointing out that this could also potentially affect engineers, as well as end-consumers, by compensating them for their individual designs. It will be interesting to see if Amazon decides to go that route.

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CLMcDade   8/12/2014 12:50:05 PM
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This is a major first step in the evolution of 3D printing use.  This service by Amazon will allow ordinary, non-engineering people to order (and personalize to a limited degree) both whimsical and useful objects at affordable prices.  

This is the first step in creating mass market awareness and utilization of 3D printing, taking it from the pages of web magazines, newspapers and print magazines, as well as news reports, and putting the end result in people's hands.

The article doesn't cover this aspect, but I hope that a second benefit will be on the design side.  Will Amazon welcome and compensate designers who provide the 3D CAD models that are being made?  If so, this provides a mainstream outlet for selling designs for compensation, instead of the DYI or niche websites that exist now (and mostly provide the designs for free).

The next year or so will be interesting.

Elizabeth M
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New business model
Elizabeth M   8/12/2014 10:38:01 AM
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Well, it certainly didn't take long for a new business model to be created from 3D printing, and also no surprise that Amazon is taking advantage of this. It reminds me of when digital photo printing became a service. It certainly is a good mainstream way for consumers to take advantage of 3D printing.

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