Materials Companies Get Serious at RAPID 2019

Still reeling from a flurry of activity at RAPID 2019, I thought I’d share a thought that occurred to me at the show. Materials companies are getting serious about additive…

Casting New Light on Killer Applications

If there’s one constant throughout my career in both 2D and 3D printing, it’s that the key to growth lies in the ability to uncover and exploit “killer applications.” Nowadays…

Five Steps 3D Printing Service Bureaus Should Take to Keep Their Customers and Grow Their Business

Now is a great time to start a 3D printing service bureau! Over the past decade, many independent shops were acquired and there was significant industry consolidation. But recently, new…

3D Hubs Fumbles with Automated Selection

3D Hubs in in a bit of a pickle. Their crowdsourced model enables consumers to choose from a big list of suppliers, but all that choice leads to friction. As…

The Huge Opportunity For Color In 3D Printing

I think there is tremendous opportunity for color in 3D printing. Here’s why. “For digital (2D) printing, the big tipping point was affordable color. I think the same will be…

Two of 3D Printing’s Biggest Lies

“Complexity is free” and “the cost is flat” are two of the biggest lies in 3D printing. Neither is true, and I’m going to prove it. Right now. MARKETING AND…

Chicken and Egg: The Resources vs. Revenue Dilemma in 3D Printing

You can’t have the resources until you get the revenue. Capturing revenue without resources is incredibly difficult. Chicken meets egg. It’s a problem I’ve been solving most of my adult…

Burning Down The House: Is Desktop 3D Printing Safe?

Over the years I’ve written a lot about the safety of desktop 3D printing. When Underwriters Laboratory announced plans to enter the market, I covered it. When Dremel launched the…

The Where and the Who in 3D Printing

A lot of progress has been made in 3D printing over the last five years. But much of that has been focused on the “what.” What printing technology? What materials?…

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