Free Shipping? No Thanks, I’ll Just Print It… Right Now… At Home

If you haven’t heard about 3D printing yet, you will.  I’ve included a short video at the bottom to get an idea of what some of the basic technology looks like in a commercial setting.  However, the really interesting thing is that you can get your own 3D printing machine for about 1300 bucks.

Sure, that may sound like a lot, but think about what you paid for your first cell phone compared to what you would pay for that model now.  Within just a few short years 3D printing will be intertwined with our daily lives.  It may not be a 3D printer in every home, but you can bet that something you’ll use on a daily basis was built with one.  I bet I’ll save a ton of trips to the toy store once I teach my son how to print.

Check out shapeways.com for 3D printing in commerce.  It’s an infinite inventory of designs that once you purchase are printed for you.  Want something custom – design it and they’ll print that too.

Brings a whole new meaning to the idea of prototyping what’s on your mind.  Got an idea, just print it. 

 


Matt Kane

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