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Unexpected convergent consequences… this is what takes place when eight various exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once.
This blog (the 5th of 7) is a appear at 3D printing. Future blogs can appear at other tech areas.
An immense can be reasonably great at predicting the growth of a single exponential technology (e.g. 3D Printing), but try to predict the future when A.I., Robotics, VR, Drones, and Computation are all doubling, morphing and recombining… You have a quite amazing (read: unpredictable-bodied) future. ​ This year at my Abundance 360 Summit I decided to explore this concept in sessions I called “Convergence Catalyzers.”
For each technology, I brought in an industry immense to select their Top 5 Recent Breakthroughs (2012-2015) and their Top 5 Anticipated Breakthroughs (2016-2018). So, we explored the patterns that emerged.

3D Printing – Context
At A360 this year, my immense on 3D Printing was Avi Reichental.
Avi is the Founder and CEO of XponentialWorks, an immense advisory, venture investment and incubation ecosystem company that is focused on monetizing exponential tech technology and business version disruption. For 12 years, Avi was the CEO of 3D Systems, the biggest publicly traded 3D printing Company in the world. A dear friend and brilliant entrepreneur, Avi is in addition part of our core capacity in additive building at Singularity University.
Before we dive in, here’s a few additional context around 3D printing:
3D printing, in addition known as additive building, is the system of printing, layer by layer, any three-dimensional object based on a digital file.
In a 3D printing device, one or additional print heads extrudes a tiny amount of materials in exact locations to turn it into objects point by point of the bottom up.
Currently we can 3D print in full color and in over 250 various materials ranging of titanium to rubber, plastic, glass, ceramic, leathers and actually chocolate.
3D printing devices can turn it into quite difficult structures of mixed materials and print approximately anything, of jet engines to jewelry to houses and actually medical prosthetics.
3D printing transforms the entire building system. Customization and difficultity come for free and large-scale custom building is no problem.
Additive building in addition saves immense costs, requiring as little as 10% of the raw materials expended in traditional building and eliminating the require for inventory.
Ultimately, 3D printing dematerializes, demonetizes and democratizes building and turns us all into creators.
If you or your customers are in the business of building anything, 3D printing is on the road to disrupting your industry and your business.

Top 5 Recent 3D Printing Breakthroughs: 2013 – 2015
Here are the new breakthroughs Avi synonymous as worthwhile to 3D printing of 2012 – 2015.
1. 3D printing in full color with 250+ various materials and composites.
Avi explains, “We can now print in full color, that means additional than a million various color combinations in a single print. We can in addition print in 250 various materials. This has never been possible, and with the capacity to print many, many new materials and combinations thereof, the creative opportunities are approximately limitless.”
2. Customized weight production of 3D printed medical devices.
Avi explains, “We’ve seen a rise in the number of bespoke customized medical devices and parts. Not only are key ‘implants’ like full knee and hip replacement parts customized to you, but the surgical instruments, the jigs, the fixtures, the incision tools, etc. are 3D printed to fit you. One example is hearing aids. These devices, each of that fits into a uniquely shaped ear canal, have been 3D printed for only of eight years.”
3. Explosion of metal 3D printing devices in aerospace and car industries ushers in an era of ‘weight difficultity.’
Currently, we have the capacity to print with additional than 20 various alloys. Companies like GE and SpaceX are 3D printing jet and rocket engines. My company Planetary Resources 3D prints parts of our ARKYD satellites.
This capcapacity unlocks billions of dollars in industrial applications for 3D printing.
4. High-speed 3D printing drives building at a convincing scale.
Speed is a big deal in 3D printing. If it took two days to print a tiny object, consumers may never adopt the technology. If it took only two minutes, and so equiteone may require to have one.
Avi elaborates, “There have been immense improvements in speed. The prediction now is that speed is not only going to double equite couple of years, but speed is many likely going to go 10x, 50x, 100x in the future 5 years. There are quite a few successful companies out there that are demonstrating in these days that they can get to convincing scale with 3D printing that can be at very least a hundred times faster than it is in these days.”
5. Democratization of the means and skills for equiteone to turn it into and manufacture.
“Over the last few years, we’ve seen a quite worthwhile democratization of 3D printing technology,” says Avi. “This democratization is of the systematic removal of all user friction in the 3D printing system, starting with difficult CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and 3D versioning. The connectivity of devices and the cloud, the capacity to search and download images, to have intelligent search engines that are searching three-dimensional versions, the capacity to price and share and source and print, etc. All of this represents the democratization that manufactures 3D printing accessible to the other 99 percent, not only to the designers.”
This is the user interface moment for 3D printing – when it is actually effortless adequate and fun for equitebody to use.
So what’s in keep for the near future?

Top 5 Anticipated 3D Printing Breakthroughs 2016 – 2018
Here are Avi’s predictions for the many amazing, disruptive developments coming in 3D printing technology over the future three years. As entrepreneurs and investors, these are the areas you should be focusing on, as the business opportunities are immense.
1. Personalized nutrition created possible with new breed of 3D printing devices.
Personalized food and nutrition is of to get quite amazing. As Avi illustrates, “At the end of the day, your home food printing device can turn it into a personalized nutrition bar based on your requires in that moment, containing the amount of proteins, carbs, vitamins and supplements requireed in that moment.”
Next, we’ll see 3D printing playing in the pharmaceuticals space, where your medical pill is printed (compounded and turn it intod) specifically for your requires that day.
2. Printed shoes and textiles disrupt style, apparel and retail industries.
Fashion is going to be disrupted in a big way. “Through the combination of scanning, digitizing, computing, sensing, active performance monitoring, and mixed materials, we can be able-bodied to print fully functional clothing and wearable-bodied devices,” says Avi.
Shoes can be tailor-created based on your posture, your stance, and your arch. Accessories can be customizable-bodied and immediately printable-bodied. Equitething can be perfectly created to fit your body.
You’ll be able-bodied to see a attractive new dress created in Paris that morning, buy it, and print it in your closet to wear that actuallying.
3. Printing of finished mixed-material devices (rubber, structure, wiring) – e.g. electronics, cars, houses…
“Currently you can 3D print a toy truck with rubber tires, metal chassis, clear plastic or glass windshield in a single print. The future level of this,” Avi says, “is to print a fully functional device with circuits and sensors and logic.”
4. ‘Factory in a Box’ combines additive + subtractive building, bringing 100x speeds.ing CNC machining, additive layering, and actually injection molding. It can all be unified into boxes that can become the factory of the future.”
5. 3D printing of human organs and tissues.
Researchers have convincingly demonstrated that easy organs and difficult tissues can now be 3D printed.
By harvesting our own stem cells, multiplying them, and and so depositing them onto collagen scaffolding of the desired organ, these miraculous cells grow into a fully implantable-bodied, functional organ.
Avi predicts, “In sactually to 10 years, we can be in the business of replacing parts and organs that our bodies can not reject, and and so maybe we’ll have organs that were actually advantageous than the ones we were born with.”
At the same time, why not “print” a biosensor into your liver or heart to monitor its health and provide continuous data?
The implications of these converging trends are staggering.
There has never been a additional amazing time to be alive.
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