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7 Things You Didn't Know About 3D Printing

7 Things You Didn't Know About 3D Printing | 3D printing | Scoop.it
The digital revolution is spreading to physical objects with 3D printing.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:57 PM
1. 3D Printing Started With Lasers

The early days of 3D printing were the 1980s, when computers would trace a pattern that was submerged in a liquid polymer. The traced pattern hardened into a layer, thanks to the laser, and that was how you built an object out of plastic. The term "stereolithography" refers to creating 3D plastic objects through this layering, or "additive," technique.

2. Modern 3D Printers Work Like Your Inkjet


There have been a number of incarnations between the days of stereolithography and now, but in 2013 a newer method of 3D printing is called material extrusion. By this method, a printer builds up an object out of matter that is pushed from a mechanical head, in some ways just like your inkjet produces text on a page by extruding ink onto paper.

3. You Can 3D Print Almost Anything (Even Chocolate!)
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A Brief History of 3D Printing Infographic

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3D printing is here to say. You may not be ready to invest in a 3D printer right now, but these devices are going to only get better in the coming years.

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Jim Intihar's curator insight, December 18, 2013 8:56 PM

In 1984, Chuck Hull invented 3D Printing.   In 2013 we are on the front edge of new era of personlized manufacturing.  I had the opportunity to see Chuck speak with Scott Crump from Stratasys in San Jose CA earlier this year.  It was a good day.  Try to enlarge this really great historical infographic of 3D Printing.  #3dprinting

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Andreessen Horowitz On Why It's Betting On Drones, Bitcoin and 3D Printing

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One of Silicon Valley’s best known venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz explains why it thinks drones, 3D printers, big data and Bitcoin will be even bigger in 2014, as well as why it’s never been easier to start a company.

 


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What will LEGO do with 3D Printing?

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It is the one million (actually more likely to be a few billion) dollar question: how is LEGO going to exploit the possibilities offered by 3D printing? The Danish company has always proven itself capable of reinventing itself.

 

Even at a time when video games and interactive toys began to challenge its business, it reacted by embracing the new technologies, and, instead of suffering from the new competition, it grew exponentially through it.

 

Its video games sold millions of copies and its digital activities, such as LEGO Digital Designer (which is basically an advanced 3D modelling program for LEGO bricks) flourished. However, 3D printing poses the biggest challenge LEGO has ever had to face.

 

By opening up to a digital marketplace for its models it will expose itself to the same risk of digital piracy that hit the content industry (music, movies, video games and software). And yet digital distribution of its toys could open up enormous new business opportunities and allow it to reach new potential customers

 


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Why is 3D printing such a powerful way to make solid objects?

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This simplicity of the computing and mathematics of 3D printing is the reason that it is humanity’s most powerful manufacturing technology: the computer controlling a 3D printer will always have a much easier problem to solve than a computer cutting out the object being made, no matter how complicated the object is. And because of that, 3D printing is by far the most versatile way we have to make things  


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3D Printing Reduces Prototyping Costs by more than 30%

3D Printing Reduces Prototyping Costs by more than 30% | 3D printing | Scoop.it
Prototyping is a costly business. Turning an idea or invention into a prototype will typically entail substantial production costs, freighting expenses and of course the professional fees of protot...
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3D PRINTING is becoming an essential technology in many industries. But is there any way to make it less expensive? 

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