Two of 3D Printing's Biggest Lies

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 SALES Say you open a 3D printing service bureau. You want to fill it with work, so you hire sales and marketing people to build […]

“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 SALES Say you open a 3D printing service bureau. You want to fill it with work, so you...
Chicken and Egg: The Resources vs. Revenue Dilemma in 3D Printing

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 life. Early on, whether it’s conscious or not, nearly every startup makes a choice. They decide whether they will focus on product or market. In […]

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 life. Early on, whether it’s conscious or not, nearly...
Burning Down The House: Is Desktop 3D Printing Safe?

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 IdeaBuilder I wrote that in my experience, it was among the first to be UL and CE approved – not just at the component level, […]

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 IdeaBuilder I wrote that in my experience, it was among the first to be UL and CE...
The Where and the Who in 3D Printing

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? Beyond The “What” Many in 3D printing are so focused on the features, advantages and benefits of their machine, that they forget the “why” – […]

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? Beyond The “What” Many in 3D printing are so focused on the features, advantages...
AMUG: Between a Rock and Hard Place

AMUG: Between a Rock and Hard Place

Looking for a conference where you can learn more about 3D printing? AMUG would be on almost anyone’s list of recommendations. There’s just one catch though. If your company doesn’t actively own and use additive manufacturing equipment, you can’t attend. 3D Systems started a user group nearly 30 years ago. Over time it morphed, becoming […]

Looking for a conference where you can learn more about 3D printing? AMUG would be on almost anyone’s list of recommendations. There’s just one catch though. If your company doesn’t actively own and use additive manufacturing equipment, you can’t attend. 3D Systems...
Truly Advanced Manufacturing: How Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and 3D Printing Might Combine to Change the Way We Make...Things

Truly Advanced Manufacturing: How Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and 3D Printing Might Combine to Change the Way We Make...Things

A team of Australian scientists recently announced plans to use 3D printing and virtual reality to bring a dinosaur back to life. No, it won’t actually be alive, but it will feel like it is. The team will 3D print a tactile version of the creature, and a virtual reality experience will make the model […]

A team of Australian scientists recently announced plans to use 3D printing and virtual reality to bring a dinosaur back to life. No, it won’t actually be alive, but it will feel like it is. The team will 3D print a tactile version of the creature, and a virtual...
Did a 3D Printer Just Kill People?

Did a 3D Printer Just Kill People?

No. A story this weekend from CBS’ San Francisco affiliate KPIX first reported the death of Roger and Valerie Morash of Berkeley. The article claimed that a “source said that the couple was using a laser 3-D printer that was venting into their residence. Symptoms and signs consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning were found in […]

No. A story this weekend from CBS’ San Francisco affiliate KPIX first reported the death of Roger and Valerie Morash of Berkeley. The article claimed that a “source said that the couple was using a laser 3-D printer that was venting into their residence....
Could Portability Bring New Power to 3D Printing?

Could Portability Bring New Power to 3D Printing?

I’m back from CES 2017, and my head is full of ideas. I’ll do a more formal wrap, but I thought I’d start with a few observations, and potentially, an “out there” opportunity. First a few insights about CES. 3D printing got smaller this year. Not only the the number of exhibitors, but also the […]

I’m back from CES 2017, and my head is full of ideas. I’ll do a more formal wrap, but I thought I’d start with a few observations, and potentially, an “out there” opportunity. First a few insights about CES. 3D printing got smaller this year. Not only the the number...
3D Printing at CES 2017

3D Printing at CES 2017

I’m traveling to Las Vegas today for my annual pilgrimage to CES. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s the USA’s largest trade show. Over 165,000 people will attend the event to see and touch the latest innovations in computer technology. Most of the world’s top technology companies will participate somehow by exhibiting, speaking, sponsoring, attending or holding […]

I’m traveling to Las Vegas today for my annual pilgrimage to CES. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s the USA’s largest trade show. Over 165,000 people will attend the event to see and touch the latest innovations in computer technology. Most of the world’s top technology...
3D Printing and the Educational Market

3D Printing and the Educational Market

In 3D printing, there are four places to make a play. Whether you’re a startup, an existing company looking to enter the space, or an investor with a taste for megatrends, you’ve got to decide where you’ll expend your energy. While it is possible to be in all four, I don’t typically recommend it. Often […]

In 3D printing, there are four places to make a play. Whether you’re a startup, an existing company looking to enter the space, or an investor with a taste for megatrends, you’ve got to decide where you’ll expend your energy. While it is possible to be in all four, I...
Promoting 3D Printing With 3D Printing

Promoting 3D Printing With 3D Printing

It seems any time a conversation about desktop 3D printing comes up, somebody will utter the words, “toys & tchotchkes.” You can almost feel the air deflate from the conversation. Those in the business will immediately fire back with all the great things they’ve seen produced on these machines. From prosthetics to orthotics, and everything […]

It seems any time a conversation about desktop 3D printing comes up, somebody will utter the words, “toys & tchotchkes.” You can almost feel the air deflate from the conversation. Those in the business will immediately fire back with all the great things they’ve...
Why W23DP Is The Critical Next Step In 3D Printing

Why W23DP Is The Critical Next Step In 3D Printing

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a private event for 3D printing industry analysts and press. Our hosts put on an amazing show. It was also a fantastic opportunity to connect with some of the biggest names in the industry. Frankly, I was humbled to even be invited, much less interact with […]

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a private event for 3D printing industry analysts and press. Our hosts put on an amazing show. It was also a fantastic opportunity to connect with some of the biggest names in the industry. Frankly, I was humbled to even be...
Let’s Get Real About TCO

Let’s Get Real About TCO

Here in Cincinnati, we’re about to get a streetcar. Exciting, right? Never mind the fact that we used to have them decades ago, but got rid of them because buses were cheaper and streetcars were confined to tracks, among other reasons. Before it was approved, one of the interesting debates about the streetcar was the […]

Here in Cincinnati, we’re about to get a streetcar. Exciting, right? Never mind the fact that we used to have them decades ago, but got rid of them because buses were cheaper and streetcars were confined to tracks, among other reasons. Before it was approved, one of...
America Makes...Excuses

America Makes...Excuses

I didn’t plan to write a follow up article about America Makes. Their “pay to play” strategy creates a big barrier for startups, which I feel are critical to the development of the 3D printing industry. It’s hard enough for entrepreneurs to get a fair shake in the private sector. Organizations in the public domain […]

I didn’t plan to write a follow up article about America Makes. Their “pay to play” strategy creates a big barrier for startups, which I feel are critical to the development of the 3D printing industry. It’s hard enough for entrepreneurs to get a fair shake in...
America Makes...Money

America Makes...Money

Familiar with America Makes? It bills itself as “the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP),” and “the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation.” The goal of America Makes is to work in partnership to develop “the standards, tools, education, and research required […]

Familiar with America Makes? It bills itself as “the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP),” and “the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation.” The goal of...
How 3D Printing Becomes Normal and Ordinary

How 3D Printing Becomes Normal and Ordinary

I thought I’d start this article with a quote from one of my absolute favorite science fiction writers ever (Kurt Vonnegut is a very close second!) “I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is […]

I thought I’d start this article with a quote from one of my absolute favorite science fiction writers ever (Kurt Vonnegut is a very close second!) “I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: Anything that is in the world when...
UL at UofL: AMCC Opens In Louisville

UL at UofL: AMCC Opens In Louisville

A couple of weeks ago I was cruising my LinkedIn feed and noticed a post from Matthew Pasha. He’s the Marketing Manager for Digital Manufacturing Technologies at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). He was announcing an open house for the grand opening of their new Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC) at the University of Louisville (UofL). I […]

A couple of weeks ago I was cruising my LinkedIn feed and noticed a post from Matthew Pasha. He’s the Marketing Manager for Digital Manufacturing Technologies at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). He was announcing an open house for the grand opening of their new...
3D Printing at CES -- Part Two: The Printers

3D Printing at CES -- Part Two: The Printers

Have I mentioned how much I love going to the Consumer Electronics Show? Not only do I get to geek out on all the amazing gadgets, but I get an opportunity to see some of the latest advancements in 3D printing technology. This year though, I think it was more about what you didn’t see, […]

Have I mentioned how much I love going to the Consumer Electronics Show? Not only do I get to geek out on all the amazing gadgets, but I get an opportunity to see some of the latest advancements in 3D printing technology. This year though, I think it was more about...
3D Printing at CES - Part One: The Content

3D Printing at CES - Part One: The Content

I’m back from CES, and am just starting to feel normal again. Maybe it’s all the people? Over 170,000 attended this year. After a while it starts to weigh on you. Lines at the airport, lines for a cab, lines at the hotel, lines at the show, lines for food…and lines for a damn drink. […]

I’m back from CES, and am just starting to feel normal again. Maybe it’s all the people? Over 170,000 attended this year. After a while it starts to weigh on you. Lines at the airport, lines for a cab, lines at the hotel, lines at the show, lines for food…and...
3D Printing Matures at CES

3D Printing Matures at CES

I’ve popped vitamins, ate right, and got plenty of sleep over the last week. Now I’m at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With 5,000+ exhibits and a crowd of 150,000 attendees, I’ll need all the stamina I can muster. What’s Different This Year? It seems every article I read proclaims this year’s […]

I’ve popped vitamins, ate right, and got plenty of sleep over the last week. Now I’m at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With 5,000+ exhibits and a crowd of 150,000 attendees, I’ll need all the stamina I can muster. What’s Different This Year?...
Access Begets Innovation: 3D Printing & Opportunity

Access Begets Innovation: 3D Printing & Opportunity

ROBO 3D recently conducted a Survey with Northrop Grumman. In it, engineers, analysts, and product support staff were asked if they would prototype more often if 3D printing were more accessible and easier to use. 85% said YES. The respondents were also asked if they saw any additional applications for 3D printing (other than prototyping) […]

ROBO 3D recently conducted a Survey with Northrop Grumman. In it, engineers, analysts, and product support staff were asked if they would prototype more often if 3D printing were more accessible and easier to use. 85% said YES. The respondents were also asked if they...
3D Printing’s Real Money

3D Printing’s Real Money

A few weeks ago, I spoke at the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org Digital Summit on the topic of 3D printing at retail. I really hope I made the case for 3D printing’s disruptive potential. 3D printing and other digital manufacturing technologies are getting better, faster and cheaper, and soon this is going to have a […]

A few weeks ago, I spoke at the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org Digital Summit on the topic of 3D printing at retail. I really hope I made the case for 3D printing’s disruptive potential. 3D printing and other digital manufacturing technologies are getting...
Packaging 3D Print  -- The Global Upheaval That's About to Occur

Packaging 3D Print -- The Global Upheaval That's About to Occur

Ask not what 3D printing can do for packaging, but instead what packaging can do for 3D printing! Sorry to rip off that famous John F. Kennedy line, but just it seemed so apropos. Recently Packaging Digest ran a survey among its readers to get a feel for the use of 3D printing in the […]

Ask not what 3D printing can do for packaging, but instead what packaging can do for 3D printing! Sorry to rip off that famous John F. Kennedy line, but just it seemed so apropos. Recently Packaging Digest ran a survey among its readers to get a feel for the use of 3D...
Escalating Positive Outcomes with 3D Printing

Escalating Positive Outcomes with 3D Printing

Back in January 2013 we were planning the launch of 3DLT. We wanted to kick things off with a bang (apologies in advance for that). Crowdsourcing was an important part of our model. We wanted independent designers to submit CAD designs that we could sell on our site. We identified two tools in those early […]

Back in January 2013 we were planning the launch of 3DLT. We wanted to kick things off with a bang (apologies in advance for that). Crowdsourcing was an important part of our model. We wanted independent designers to submit CAD designs that we could sell on our site....
Old War Horses: Lessons for 3D Printing Service Bureaus

Old War Horses: Lessons for 3D Printing Service Bureaus

In my last article, I looked back at how 2D digital printing developed in the decade of the 1990’s and discussed how 3D printing equipment manufacturers now, could apply the lessons learned then. Even when writing it, the story felt so one-sided. It takes two to tango as they say. Equipment manufacturers would have never […]

In my last article, I looked back at how 2D digital printing developed in the decade of the 1990’s and discussed how 3D printing equipment manufacturers now, could apply the lessons learned then. Even when writing it, the story felt so one-sided. It takes two to tango...

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