January 31, 2013

Don't have a 3D Printer, No Problem

A blog post by Shaan Hurley, Autodesk Technologist for the Office of the CTO on where 3D printing is headed.

quotemarksright.jpg... I donít think in the near future every home will have a 3D printer, but I believe they will all have access to one. We are starting to see companies like Staples [offering 3D printing services in in Belguim and the Netherlands] but I want to see a day where the manufacturers of consumer goods provide free or a for a small fee replacement parts or custom modifications that you can purchase online and then pickup at your local FedEx Kinkos which are located about everywhere. That would save time, energy, warehousing, transportation costs and be better for the environment.

A good option is my friends like Duann at Shapeways.com that have some 25+ materials from plastics, ceramics, to metals they can 3D print in and also you can even market and sell your designs on their marketplace. There is also Ponoko, Scultpteo, i.materialize, and many more.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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