future of 3d printing

Shapeways CEO: We are at Early Days in 3D Printing Technology, Digital Manufacturing Will Bring Next Industrial Revolution

Shapeways CEO: We are at Early Days in 3D Printing Technology, Digital Manufacturing Will Bring Next Industrial Revolution

One of my favorite parts of being involved in the 3D printing industry is the fire behind participants’ eyes. With much of our work here at 3DPrint.com conducted remotely, conferences and tradeshows like this week’s Inside 3D Printing NYC grant the opportunity to truly see the passionate spark take hold of those devoting their careers […]

One of my favorite parts of being involved in the 3D printing industry is the fire behind participants’ eyes. With much of our work here at 3DPrint.com conducted remotely, conferences and tradeshows like this week’s Inside 3D Printing NYC grant the...
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...
Predictions for Future Include a Healthy Dose of 3D Printing

Predictions for Future Include a Healthy Dose of 3D Printing

We’re only a couple of days in to the new year and so the idea of 2016 still feels like the future…and, for now, most of it is. So, without a crystal ball at your disposal, how can anybody know what the future holds? As a professor of design history, it should come as no […]

We’re only a couple of days in to the new year and so the idea of 2016 still feels like the future…and, for now, most of it is. So, without a crystal ball at your disposal, how can anybody know what the future holds? As a professor of design history, it...
Staples: Excited About the 3D Printing Space, Services Still Developing

Staples: Excited About the 3D Printing Space, Services Still Developing

It’s obvious that there’s big money to be made in 3D printing if you play your cards right. Overall, the ‘third revolution’ is about greater opportunities for innovation, but of course, it’s also about the bottom line. For numerous industries, the opportunity is now there for making parts that simply weren’t possible previously, as well […]

It’s obvious that there’s big money to be made in 3D printing if you play your cards right. Overall, the ‘third revolution’ is about greater opportunities for innovation, but of course, it’s also about the bottom line. For numerous industries, the opportunity is now...
Good Morning 2029!  A World I Don't Recognize

Good Morning 2029! A World I Don't Recognize

The thing I love most about technology is that its progress is oftentimes plotted along an exponential curve.  As time moves forward the rate of progress increases by an ever expanding amount. Moore’s law is the most well known example of exponential growth within an industry. Moore’s law states that the number of transistors which […]

The thing I love most about technology is that its progress is oftentimes plotted along an exponential curve.  As time moves forward the rate of progress increases by an ever expanding amount. Moore’s law is the most well known example of exponential growth...
Why 2017 Will Be the Breakout Year for 3D Printing Technologies

Why 2017 Will Be the Breakout Year for 3D Printing Technologies

You are likely sitting here having finished reading numerous articles from 3DPrint.com and other news sources over the course of the last several months, thinking to yourself, “This crazy technology is progressing so fast that it’s almost scary.” And while some areas of the industry may be over-hyped in the early going, this rate of […]

You are likely sitting here having finished reading numerous articles from 3DPrint.com and other news sources over the course of the last several months, thinking to yourself, “This crazy technology is progressing so fast that it’s almost scary.” And...
SmarTech: 3D Printing to Create $11B in Jewelry Revenue & Open Up $3.1B Dental Market by 2020

SmarTech: 3D Printing to Create $11B in Jewelry Revenue & Open Up $3.1B Dental Market by 2020

SmarTech Publishing is known for their detailed industry reports pertaining to the 3D printing, scanning, materials, and software markets. With an eye on the future, their researchers and analysts are able to predict where a particular segment of the market will be years in the future. Usually I find that although hindsight is 20/20, foresight […]

SmarTech Publishing is known for their detailed industry reports pertaining to the 3D printing, scanning, materials, and software markets. With an eye on the future, their researchers and analysts are able to predict where a particular segment of the market will be...
Can You 3D Print Luxury?

Can You 3D Print Luxury?

The answer is, sadly… no. At least not yet. I’m sure it’s not too long before you can 3D print with precious metals and jewelers can create one of a kind designs with platinum or gold. But that’s just it. Once it’s created, it can be scanned and recreated. I mean, like, THAT DAY. Is that […]

The answer is, sadly… no. At least not yet. I’m sure it’s not too long before you can 3D print with precious metals and jewelers can create one of a kind designs with platinum or gold. But that’s just it. Once it’s created, it can be...
From Children to NASA Astronauts: Microsoft & Autodesk Just Blew the Cover Off of 3D Printing With 3MF

From Children to NASA Astronauts: Microsoft & Autodesk Just Blew the Cover Off of 3D Printing With 3MF

Imagine one day your kindergartener comes home from school, logs onto your a computer and literally within minutes begins 3D printing a toy that his friend emailed to him 5 minutes ago. Now imagine your 85-year-old grandmother downloading a recipe, and after deciding on a few final ingredients, she begins 3D printing tonight’s dinner. How […]

Imagine one day your kindergartener comes home from school, logs onto your a computer and literally within minutes begins 3D printing a toy that his friend emailed to him 5 minutes ago. Now imagine your 85-year-old grandmother downloading a recipe, and after deciding...
Qualcomm Patent Hints at a World Where Things Are Fixed Before You Know They're Broken -- The 3D Printed Future

Qualcomm Patent Hints at a World Where Things Are Fixed Before You Know They're Broken -- The 3D Printed Future

Imagine a world where critical parts for everything from appliances to electronic devices is detected and monitored via sensors attached through the Internet of Things (IoT) network, and inventory is built and sent with a 3D printer — all before you have any idea it’s needed. A world where you never forget a gift for your wedding […]

Imagine a world where critical parts for everything from appliances to electronic devices is detected and monitored via sensors attached through the Internet of Things (IoT) network, and inventory is built and sent with a 3D printer — all before you have any...
Why The Future Growth of The 3D Printing Market Is Being Underestimated

Why The Future Growth of The 3D Printing Market Is Being Underestimated

Most technology experts as well as business analysts will tell you that the 3D printing industry has been over hyped these last 12-18 months. Sure there is a tremendous amount of hype around the emerging technology of 3D printing, but in my opinion, the hype is warranted. Every few weeks we see business reports released, […]

Most technology experts as well as business analysts will tell you that the 3D printing industry has been over hyped these last 12-18 months. Sure there is a tremendous amount of hype around the emerging technology of 3D printing, but in my opinion, the hype is...
Five 3D Printing Predictions For the Next Five Years

Five 3D Printing Predictions For the Next Five Years

The amount of innovation we have seen within the 3D printing industry in the last three years has outdone all the innovation within the industry in the prior 20 years. This can be seen by the total number of patents filed over the last 30 years within the industry. As prices come down, thousands of […]

The amount of innovation we have seen within the 3D printing industry in the last three years has outdone all the innovation within the industry in the prior 20 years. This can be seen by the total number of patents filed over the last 30 years within the industry. As...