Monday, July 28, 2014

Video: Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods. Watch Out Shapeways!

Published on Jul 28, 2014
TechCrunch reports that Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. Amazon Marketplace Sales director Petra Schindler-Carter said in a press release announcing the new storefront, “The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail – that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience." One-offs and small runs are much more affordable via 3D printing, so theoretically the sky’s the limit about what types of things customers could order--provided 3D printing technology keeps evolving.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HP plans 3D printer announcement for June

Hewlett-Packard claims to have solved the two biggest problems with today’s 3D printers and will make its first big technology announcement in that area in June, CEO Meg Whitman said Wednesday.
There’s a lot of “buzz and hype” around 3D printing, but the systems available now have two big challenges, Whitman said at HP’s shareholder meeting. One is that they’re deathly slow.
“It’s like watching ice melt,” she said.
The other, according to Whitman, is that the quality isn’t as good as it should be. “The surface of the substrate is not perfect,” she said.
“We believe we have solved both these problems and we’ll be making a big technology announcement in June around how we are going to approach this,” Whitman said.
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3D printing comes to SF State's College of Business

Published on Mar 18, 2014
This spring semester SF State's College of Business invested in plastic extrusion machines, popularly known as 3D printers, that will help business students design prototypes of products.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

How 3D printing could transform Amazon and online shopping

Amazon’s recent decision to create an e-commerce storefront for 3D-printed products could finally bring 3D printing to the mainstream, but not in the way you might think. 

If you take a quick look at some of the nylon plastic products on offer via Amazon’s partner, 3DLT, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the new pilot program is really just about an incremental e-commerce push at Amazon. In other words, Jeff Bezos now allows you to buy groovy new jewelry designs and quirky plastic toys made by 3D printers on rather than on a third-party site from Shapeways, Cubify or MakerBot. You’ll now be able to pick up a designer $18.86 plastic belt buckle and $28.26 designer iPhone 5 case at along with your books and lawn products and fashion items and have it all delivered via Amazon Prime.

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Optomec ready to unveil new process

Optomec next week will unveil the details of its newest 3D printing technology that will connect directly to existing metal machine tools.
Optomec, which has a patented technology that can 3D print metals, will unveil the new LENS Print Engine at the Laser Additive Manufacturing Conference in Houston. Optomec’s printers are some of the few on the market that can print 3D metal structures.
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Allen Moore explains 3-D printing

Published on Mar 10, 2014
Allen Moore, owner of TouchStone 3D Services, talks about how 3D printers work and how inventors can benefit from them.

Autodesk, Shapeways Discuss Future of 3-D Printing

Bass notes the coming of the sub-$1,000 3-D printer. Some people think every home some day will have one. Is that true? Weijmarshausen replies that its interesting to note the current technology of the machines limits each machine to a single type of material. And the post-production is still very complicated. But Weijmarshausen thinks the big appeal to consumers is the instant gratification of having an actual product. Shutterfly custom books is just one example of that. So, it will be more and more common for the home to have one, he thinks.
Still, Bass thinks that if he can just go to a store, and buy an object, wouldn't that be preferable, as with a service bureau like Shapeways. Weijmarshausen agrees that making stuff is going to become more localizeable. There are lots of things that have limited appeal and with 3-D printing, more objects can be manufactured closer to the end customers. He thinks there can be more and more outlets that make things in many, many cities. Maybe use Amazon.comdrones to deliver to the last mile. It is a way, he suggests, to re-connect design and manufacturing.
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