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3D Printing Podcast and Staples – Are They In 3D Printing?

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Here is a quick podcast which discusses how staples has entered the 3D Printing marketplace

3D Printing Book Discussion – Chapters In How To 3D Print Money

Here is quick interview about the book How to 3D Print Money. In it a couple of chapters are discussed. The interview is light and quick!

The book is available for download here

This book is also available at Amazon.com

3D Printing Podcast – Is 3D Printing Too Expensive?

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Listen to this quick 3D Printing Podcast and see what we think about the overall cost of 3D Printing. Is it too expensive?

3D Printing Podcast – Will Assembly Lines Ever Be Replaced?

Listen to this quick 3D Printing Podcast and learn about whether or not 3D Printing will replace the assembly line.

3D Printing Podcast And Labor Unions – Will They Stop 3D Printing?

Will Labor Unions stop the 3D Printing Industry? Hear a quick 3D Printing Podcast and listen to what our people think about this.

3D Printing Podcast – Are 3D Printing CAD Files Too Big?

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Are 3D Printing files too big? Listen to some 3D Printing Trade Association members talk about the space needed.

3D Printing Podcast – 3D Printing Industry Trends

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There have been some meteoric rises in the 3d Printing Industry. But a couple of problems persist:

Lack of a Single Defining Application

Historically, personal computers became ubiquitous through their productivity applications. Investment in personal computers became a tangible benefit due to the presence of productivity applications, such as VisiCalc and Word. 2D paper-based printers enabled similar efficiencies. Such applications are conspicuously absent in 3D printers. Their use has remained confined to a niche audience of hobbyists enthralled by the future possibilities of the technology.

Within the mainstream market, 3D printers are mainly used to prototype models for designers and body parts for medical students. The materials commonly used for 3D printing—PLA and ABS, both plastics—and imperfections of the technology make it difficult for average consumers to print useful or complex objects. But that is all changing…

Quality and Material Issues in Manufacturing

3D printing holds much promise in manufacturing. For starters, it can enable crafting of custom products in an easy and cost-effective manner. Secondly, it can shorten supply chain cycles by collapsing multiple product manufacturing processes into a fewer number of steps. But, 3D printing’s limited consumer use is mirrored in the manufacturing sector. According to a report by consulting firm PriceWaterhouse Cooper, only 0.9% of surveyed companies used 3D printing for production of final products or components.

3D Printing Industry Trends – Trends In The Industry Revisited Podcast

Here are 3 Such trends:

3D printing becomes industrial strength.
Once reserved for prototypes and toys, 3D printing will become industrial strength. There are aircrafts that already contain some 3D-printed components. The technology will also start to be adopted for the direct manufacture of specialist components in industries like defense and automotive. Overall, the number of 3D printed parts in planes, cars and even appliances will increase without you knowing.

3D printing starts saving lives.
3D-printed medical implants will improve the quality of life of someone close to you. Because 3D printing allows products to be custom-matched to an exact body shape, it is being used today for making better titanium bone implants, prosthetic limbs and orthodontic devices. 3D Printing could reduce if not eliminate the organ donor shortage.

Customization becomes the norm.
3D Printing grows, and customers get more and more demanding!

Personal Branding In 3D Printing – 3D Printing Podcast

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3D Printing is in need of some real branding. Here personal branding expert Michael Bird discusses branding, the promise, and how it plays with 3D Printing.

3D Printing Podcast – Fashion and 3D Printing Technology

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3D Printing is so entering the fashion business, that the Jerusalem Post even covered it in this story:

….Danit Peleg, a 27-year-old designer from Tel Aviv who graduated from Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in August, says her 3D collection envisaged a world where people would be able to download their favorite t-shirt and print it at home at the “click of a button….”

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