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3D Printing in an Age of Upheaval Part One

We are currently living in an age of considerable political upheaval. The established order is creaking and our world seems blanketed in uncertainty. Chaos, irrationality, hate, disasters and a lack…

How Sexy Does 3D Printing Need To Be?

A fast-growing industry is appealing, from a business sense, of course; investors, inventors, and customers alike all flock to get in on the Next Big Thing. With several 3D printing…

“3D Printing” – What’s in a Name?

I devoted a section of the first chapter of my book, , to what I call “The Name Game.”  My premise: “3D printing” is the best name for layered manufacturing….

3D Printer Buying Guide 2017

There are a lot of 3D printers available nowadays. Which one do you buy? It really depends a lot on who you are and what you wish to use it…

After the Honeymoon: The Hype Surrounding 3D Printing

Our honeymoon is officially over. After a few years of being feted by the world’s media and being one of the most talked about tech subjects globally, 3D printing deception…

Should Desktop 3D Printing Be Open Source or Closed Source?

Open source development has brought a lot of advantages to desktop 3D printing. Is our flirtation with open source a youthful indiscretion that will soon be discarded? Or is open…

Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Impacts Advanced Manufacturing

When Trump’s Muslim Ban hit on Friday, protests and expressions of outrage erupted across the nation. One particularly loud voice in this push back has come from the highest levels…

Business Leaders at Davos Put Job Loss Blame on Technology

World leaders, business and otherwise, are gathered for a top tier economic forum in Davos, Switerzland, bringing the Swiss town’s population from a mere 11,000 to over 30,000. This forum,…

Addressing Planned Obsolescence with 3D Printing

Imagine that you had invented a thingamajig that was widely recognized to be of high quality and very useful. Soon, everyone was buying one and your hard-earned investment was paying…

Technology Edges Out Unprepared Human Workers

It’s a common theme in conversations about the introduction of technologies into the workplace. Given the scarcity of quality employment, any news that technology is edging out its human counterparts…

Bartosz Bos’ Quick Route to Failure for Your 3D Print Startup

Who doesn’t love something that promises to provide you with whatever you want in only three easy steps, right? After all, three seems to be the biggest number of things…

Looking for Diversity in 3D Printing by Amping Up the Pink

The gap in numbers between men and women in the 3D printing industry is pretty wide. The reasons behind this gap and the means to address it are far from…

CNC Supporter Declares End of 3D Printing Revolution Came with a Whimper and No Bang

In a provocatively named article, author James Brumley suggested that “3D Printing Came and Went, While CNC Simply Got Better.” He goes on to say that 3D Systems and Stratasys were…

Was Consumer 3D Printing a Fad or Were People Just Expecting Too Much? Hint: It’s Option Two

A recent editorial on Straits Times was lamenting the fact that, according to one person, last Christmas’ 3D printers are now gathering dust. And considering the hard sell that 3D…

Is 3D Printing Disrupting Multiple Industries? How About 3D Printed Surfboards?

The Disrupt Movement (motto: Do Epic Shit) challenges people to be daring activists that challenge conventional wisdom and refuse to accept the status quo. This popular “how to be a…

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Dishes Out His Opinion on the 3D Printing Industry

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend the “Inside 3D Printing,” conference and expo in New York City, organized by Media Bistro.  On the final day…