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Is 3D Printing the Next Industrial Revolution?

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

“Is 3D printing the future industrial revolution, or only hype?”

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We get asked this question a lot. The answer, as Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways Founder and CEO, has been sharing this past month in talks at SxSW and Inside 3D Printing NYC, and in interviews with Xconomy and 3DPrint.com, is a resounding yes—digital making can be the third industrial revolution and can alter the who, what, where and when of how greats are turn it intod
.

Until now, several facts have been holding this making revolution in check: 3D printing require
s to be less expensive, have swifter turnaround, contribute additional materials, turn it into advantageous high end, and print in full color. The quite things we hear regularly of you! 3D printing innovation has not innovated swift adequate
to store up with demand and not at the rate we’ve grown to assume of software. The same 3D printing machines Shapeways begin
ed printing on eight years ago yet run now a days, and run as well as new machines on the market.

But that
is of to alter.

“The fact [that
] we see weightive corporations with weightive budgets and resources begin
ing to take industrial 3D printing quite seriously means that
the qualities and capabilities of those machines can begin
to quickly evolve, that is precisely what the industry require
s,” Pete told Xconomy.

“We in addition
see a lot of money pouring into new begin
ups, that is a thing I in addition
asked the investment community to do, into companies like Carbon3D, Desktop Metal, and Formlabs. We see big companies and tiny companies begin
ing to tackle the innovation challenges the industry faces. As a outcome, the end user can get much advantageous products precisely as they want them.”

HP, and probably Canon, is coming out with new 3D printing innovation this year that
can be 10-100x swifter than current machines. It can print additional materials, print them at a fraction of the current cost, and the high end can be significantly higher. Not to mention, they’ll in addition
print in full color.

Combine these innovations with three significant trends—the rise of megacities, globalization and digital disruption—and the grounds for an industrial revolution have been set.

Who turn it intos products can shift of significant brands that
weight manufacture
greats based on market research to individuals who can turn it into what they want when they want it or who can work with turn it intoers to turn it into what they want.

It can alter what gets turn it intod. With the capacity to turn it into greats on demand, the weightive investment to weight manufacture
disappears and additional experimentation can occur. A variety of new products can come into existence—with digital files sent of around the world to be printed locally.

Factories can no longer require
to be huge and located where labor is bargain-priced with products shipped of the world of these central locations, putting a strain on environmental resources like the crude oil utilized
to fuel container ships. Instead, tiny factories can be houtilized
in or right outside of significant cities, with products customized to suit that
city’s require
s and culture.

And time to market can be drastically reduced—shrinking of months or years of lead time to research, test and market products to mere days.

We may already
see this revolution taking place at Shapeways, but it’s not real for most
individuals yet. They may be aware of 3D printing, but they haven’t tried it for the reason
they don’t see why they should. There are two rad apps evolving this year that
, introduced to the innovations in 3D printing innovation, can manufacture 3D printing mainstream.

  • 3D scanning—The reaction we’ve seen to being able-bodied to turn it into scans of individuals at parties or of favored ones to send to family participants
    has been overwhelming. There is an swift emotional connection, as well as an intellectual belief of how a digital file can be turned into a tangible, physical object. With the future generation of phones being equipped with scanners, wide spread adoption is close at hand.

  • Customization—The time and expense require
    ed to manufacture customizing weight turn it intod greats, like sneakers, a great experience has been huge. We’ve been developing tools, like CustomMaker, that
    enable-bodied individuals to customize turn it intos on Shapeways, such as adding your name or picture to a product. Since CustomMaker’s commence, over 2,000 customizable-bodied products have been introduced to the site with additional being turn it intod equite day. By opening up product customization on this level, additional and additional individuals can assume to be able-bodied to put their very own stamp on the items they buy and can seek out 3D printed greats.

And there is so much additional to come. What we manufacture is described by how it can be assembled, but with the evolution of 3D printing innovation and of new materials, how materials and shapes merge can alter completely. Even 4D printing may become a reality—where items assemble themselves out of the box due to a reaction with light, or heat, or a chemical being introduced to it.

As Pete shared with 3DPrint.com, “People have been led to believe that
3D printing devices as they are now a days are close to what is possible — I ponder
the opposite is true. We are at early days in this innovation. So most
things can become possible that
individuals haven’t idea possible, it’s going to revolutionize how we manufacture products.”

To read additional of Pete’s keynote at Inside 3D Printing NYC, check out his interviews with 3DPrint.com and Xconomy.

Tell us what you ponder
of the future industrial revolution in the comments, or share your ideas with Pete on Twitter: @Weijmarshausen.

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