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Design for Disruption: 3D Printing Design for Humans

Human-centered design is increasingly common, as is thorough thinking about human factors, ergonomics, and usability. All roads leading to better, human-focused products are to be appreciated. However, there is a…

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Why Are 3D Printing Projects Always Delayed?

You may have noticed that industrial 3D printing projects seem to perennially be delayed. Desktop 3D printers also always suck, initially. New designs for systems are finicky and underperform no…

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The Sustainability of 3D Printing: Myth or Reality?

Historically, quality, cost and delivery have been the primary drivers for decision making within manufacturing. Today, another word is on the minds of executives: Sustainability. Sustainability is increasingly important in…

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Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing and Jevons Paradox

In this series so far, we’ve discussed the many ways that additive manufacturing (AM) can fit into our already climate-disrupted world, as well as the many obstacles yet to be…

Old-world Shoe Craftsmanship Meets 3D Printing With Don’t Run Beta’s 3D Printed Shoes

Before the days of industrialism and mass manufacturing, shoes were made by hand. The craftsmen who made these shoes paid attention to detail, taking their time to create quality products. Because…

The Future of 3D Printing in Transforming the Concepts of Manufacturing

Rapid Prototyping is aggressively transforming manufacturing industries, posing an intensive threat to conventional approaches. Despite a costly investment, manufacturers continue to adopt rapid prototyping as a means to evaluate the…