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From Prototype to Part: The 3-D Printing Makeover | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek

From Prototype to Part: The 3-D Printing Makeover | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"My goal is to own every machine available on the market," Thogus President, Matt Hlavin, explained. "I want to have the capability to print anything here. I want to print everything."

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Neat company profile and progression. He's been building and is enthusiastic about it.

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Bezos: 3D printing 'exciting' but not disruptive for Amazon in short term - GeekWire

Bezos: 3D printing 'exciting' but not disruptive for Amazon in short term - GeekWire | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"One of the more interesting questions for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during the company’s annual shareholder meeting this morning was about 3D printing, and its potential to change the distribution of products and reduce the need for traditional delivery via the company’s growing network of distribution centers."

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A fair question and a reasonable answer from Bezos - not yet, not anytime soon. But I bet that somewhere in Amazon someone is still mapping out scenarios.

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Could 3D Printing Disrupt the Designer Eyewear Market? - BoF - The Business of Fashion

Could 3D Printing Disrupt the Designer Eyewear Market? - BoF - The Business of Fashion | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"But it’s the entry-level category of designer eyewear — a strategically important area of business, where brands make a sizable chunk of revenue through highly lucrative licensing deals with companies like Luxottica, Safilo and Marcolin — that may be the first to feel the impact of 3D printing in a significant way."

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I've worn glasses since I was 10, so this application definitely intrigues me. I've also never worn a "designer" frame, so it would likely pass me by.

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Doctor uses 3-D printing to save baby boy

Doctor uses 3-D printing to save baby boy | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Using 3-D printing technology, doctors were able to save Kaiba Gionfriddo whose birth defect would cause him to stop breathing.
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The reason this matters is because there was no effective traditional way to create this kind of medical implant. It's even cooler because the air splint is made of medical-grade biodegradable plastic and will be absorbed into body over time as healthy tissue grows in its place.

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The Next Frontier For 3-D Printing: Helping The Disabled

The Next Frontier For 3-D Printing: Helping The Disabled | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
People with disabilities are too often stuck buying expensive gadgets to improve their daily lives. Worse, those gadgets may be poorly designed and fabricated.
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Applications beyond prosthetics...

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3 Ways 3D Printing Anxiety Resurrects Unfounded Fears From 2D Printing

3 Ways 3D Printing Anxiety Resurrects Unfounded Fears From 2D Printing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
In the hope of stopping crime before it happens, politicians want to ban offensive 3D models from the Internet. Similar fears of 2D printing caused a flurry of laws that has impacted tech before.
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Nice comparisons worth thinking about - how things are similar and some are different.

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Five Prevalent Pitfalls when Prototyping

Five Prevalent Pitfalls when Prototyping | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

In our work with design teams, we see a lot of teams using prototypes today. We’re also seeing many of those same teams fall into traps that reduce the effectiveness of their prototyping efforts. Here’s five of the most common ones we see.


Via Steve Wilhite
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Very well-laid out thoughts on mind-set for any type of prototyping - including using 3d printing as a method, although it is not explicitly mentioned.

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Life-saving heart surgery explores a new dimension

Life-saving heart surgery explores a new dimension | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"It may sound like something out of science fiction, but doctors at Children's National Medical Centre in Washington, DC, are making hearts. Not actual hearts, but three-dimensional synthetic models churned out by what looks like an ordinary printer."

Beth Robinson's insight:

Fascinating application. In essence it's the same as others - making a model or prototype - but it's done to better understand a 2-d scan for both better disease diagnosis and preparation for surgery. I especially liked that they'll mix materials to have softer "tissue" parts and harder "bone" parts to make taking action something that can be tried out on the model before it's tried out on the patient. It's slow (printing) and expensive (scanning) to add this technique to a person's treatment, but it can help save lives by increasing how effective the surgery is.

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Intellectual Property and the Future of @Home Manufacturing

Intellectual Property and the Future of @Home Manufacturing | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Like it or not, the ability to pirate physical objects and functional electronics is nearly upon us. In this article we devote some time and space to thinking about that possible future."

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Excellent discussion of ways current manufacturers could ride the wave of 3-d printing instead of being smashed by it. Something that matters to small-biz and home makers because encouraging it could help avoid a prohibition environment. Read the comments too.

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Key to Inition: Exploring 3D printing with jesmonite

Key to Inition: Exploring 3D printing with jesmonite | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"This process of combining traditional casting techniques with scanning and printing has allowed the cost-effective production of highly accurate replicas without any risk to the original artefacts."

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Another combination of ideas - more accurate museum replicas - made possible by using this tech. Scanning the original and creating an accurate mold is 3D printing tech. Jesmonite is a composite material developed as an alternative to fiberglass and adopted by sculpters and crafters for its ability to take different finishes. 

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US GOVERNMENT: It's Fine For Us To Print 3D Weapons, Not So Much For Cody Wilson

US GOVERNMENT: It's Fine For Us To Print 3D Weapons, Not So Much For Cody Wilson | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Where what Cody Wilson is doing is being explained as "illegal arms dealing," what the US Government is doing is being defined as "streamlining.""

Beth Robinson's insight:

Interesting commentary in this article, although I disagree that it's an example of hypocrisy. It's a clash of goals and not the last one we'll see between users of 3-d printing, although it will likely be one of the most emotionally laden.

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3D Printing - Tapping into Unused Energy - 3D Printing Industry

3D Printing - Tapping into Unused Energy - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
The Fraunhofer institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden, Germany, aims to change all that by utilising an area of physics known as thermoelectrics and 3D printing.

Via ManufacturingStories
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Neat example of how 3D printing might make a technology accessible by allowing automation of a manual process. And a good example of why we keep returning to ideas previously considered impractical for new inspiration.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:46 AM

How one new technology can "spill over" innovation.

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Meet The 'Liberator': Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun

Meet The 'Liberator': Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

VideoDefense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, holding the world's first fully 3D-printed gun. 

Beth Robinson's insight:

I've primarily been avoiding linking to the printing guns articles, but don't feel I can ignore this accomplishment. Of the articles in my feed, this one by Andy Greenberg at Forbes was the best I saw. I don't even know where to begin with an opinion on the social issues.

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3D Printed Guitars by Olaf Diegel - 3D Printing Industry

3D Printed Guitars by Olaf Diegel - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
3D Printed guitars by Olaf Diegel cover steampunk to a more traditional design.
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Ooo, pretty. Obviously there are other manufacturing steps involved as well, but still, very nice.

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Additive Manufacturing in the Job Shop : Modern Machine Shop

Additive Manufacturing in the Job Shop : Modern Machine Shop | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
This small shop invested in production 3D printing in part because its owner expects other manufacturers to make the same move. He wanted a head start.
Beth Robinson's insight:

Nice profile of one shop trying to get ahead of the anticipated trend. The printer doesn't seem to have hit the break even point yet, but the owner is using it to generate new business - which includes business for the more traditional machinery in the shop.

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3-D Printed Pizza to Feed Mars Colonists? : DNews

3-D Printed Pizza to Feed Mars Colonists? : DNews | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"But before we see a renewable supply of Mars mushrooms and cosmic cucumbers, we’d need to change the way we see food."

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Ok, now this is an application of 3-d printed food that makes sense to me.

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Why 3D Printing Is Overhyped (I Should Know, I Do It For a Living)

Why 3D Printing Is Overhyped (I Should Know, I Do It For a Living) | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Everyone's now aware of 3D printing — they’ve read about it in the papers, on blogs or seen it on TV. ... All day, every day, I operate machines and speak to both the public and the industries about what their requirements ."

Beth Robinson's insight:

Well explained and humorous evaluation of the current tech available to an average small biz or home user from a passionate and experienced point of view. Read the comments, too. Some miss the point of the article, but most add interesting perspective.

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3D Printing: Prototyping to Protect the Ocean

3D Printing: Prototyping to Protect the Ocean | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Additive manufacturing is being utilized in early testing and latter molding for SeaTags that hope to change scientists' understanding of the ocean, and to better protect the life within.
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Another neat example of where the flexibility of 3-d printing makes a particular application easier.

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Armac Martin – A Traditional Manufacturer Using 3D Printing Tech to Increase Productivity - 3D Printing Industry

Armac Martin – A Traditional Manufacturer Using 3D Printing Tech to Increase Productivity - 3D Printing Industry | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
Armac Martin, a UK-based manufacturer of metal household/furniture parts such as door knobs and handles has invested in a Stratasys Objet24 3D Printer to improve in-house workflow.

Via ManufacturingStories
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Interesting specific example.

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, May 18, 2013 12:21 PM

Great to see a traditional manufacturer adopting digital fabrication.

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How 3-D Printing Could Disrupt the Economy of the Future

How 3-D Printing Could Disrupt the Economy of the Future | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"All of which is to say that we shouldn’t underestimate the potential for this technology to disrupt economies. Because 3-D printing is in its infancy, government should tread carefully with new laws or regulations intended to limit this upheaval."

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Third in a series of four editorial pieces - follow the links to the other three. It's interesting to see the take of an established finance/business oriented publication like Bloomberg and the group of opinions they collect.

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U.S. Losing its Edge in Additive Manufacturing? > ENGINEERING.com

U.S. Losing its Edge in Additive Manufacturing? > ENGINEERING.com | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Wohlers’ data also raises concerns about the U.S.’s ability to maintain an advantage on the cutting edge of 3D printing technology."

Beth Robinson's insight:

This article amuses me. The nature of 3D printing, even when it's industrial style additive manufacturing, is such that it encourages localization. Why is it a surprise that other countries would catch up and in some areas exceed the US?

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Design News - Blog - Slideshow: How 3D Printed Body Parts Are Changing Medicine

Design News - Blog - Slideshow: How 3D Printed Body Parts Are Changing Medicine | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
3D printing is making it cheaper and easier to make artificial body parts from live tissue and synthetic materials.
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Good collection, with summaries, bringing together 8 of the medical developments I've seen scattered across other stories.

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Additive manufacturing giant trains its sights on the mould

Additive manufacturing giant trains its sights on the mould | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"We are talking about what we call ‘ABS-like’ materials. It’s a digital ABS because it’s a composite mixed from two components, one giving it strength and the other giving it thermal resistance."

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In an interview format, Andy Middleton, a Stratasys general manager, discusses a number of ways the company is pushing to make 3-d printed molds for injection molding of plastic parts more useful. Plus they work with Lego.

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GE Prepares to Test the Potential of 3D Printing | Rapid Ready Technology

GE Prepares to Test the Potential of 3D Printing | Rapid Ready Technology | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it

"Below you’ll find a short video featuring GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt discussing the potential of AM."

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GE also put money behind the ideas with an acquisition last fall. I'll be interested in seeing how the large scale industrial tests go.

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Artist “Nanofactures” Paintings Using a 3D Printer and Molecular Modelling Software

Artist “Nanofactures” Paintings Using a 3D Printer and Molecular Modelling Software | 3-D Printing Stories | Scoop.it
What does art look like in the age of "hacked matter," when anyone can print anything on-demand? That's the question Shane Hope, a New York-based visual artist, is trying to answer.
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Cool! Collage and assemblage on a different level...

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