Will 3D printing really change the world?
“Just like the Industrial Revolution, the assembly line, the advent of the
internet and the Social Media phenomenon, 3D Printing will be a game
changer” – Forbes: Will 3D Printing Change The World? (2012 March)
[Update: September, 2012: MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen 3D Printer, And First
Retail Store ($2,199 and $2,799)]
Since the impact is impossible to predict, let me just give you the facts
about where the technology stands today.
3D Printing technologies have been around for more than 20 years. However,
the technology is slowly becoming more affordable.
Urbee Hybrid: 3-D Printed Car
Art exhibits of 3D printed objects Additive Manufacturing
It is an additive manufacturing processes of making three dimensional solid
objects from a digital file, where an object is created by laying down
successive layers of material. Th... (more)
Products & Packaging can not only be interactive themselves but also generate
an interaction - the result - an item that stimulates interest, provides
information, provides validation or an experience - and entice consumers to
According to ‘disruptive' technologies specialists, IPI (Europe) Limited
there are many printable interactive tools available, including those based
on printable electronics, coupled with mobile ‘apps', that can trigger the
all-important ‘interactive experience' for consumers.
The whole range of rapidly evolving smart and interactive technologies, for
delivering this experience will be covered at the next session of IPI's, long
running, ‘Emerging Technologies Programme' focused on Printing, Packaging,
PoS and Promotional items in London next month.
This session, which will involve participants from all stages of the value
chain, from the... (more)
Cloud computing must have been brushing up on its bedside manner.
HIPAA requirements now stipulate everyone in the health-care industry must
begin migrating patient records and other data to cloud computing. By 2015,
all medical professionals with access to patient records must utilize
electronic medical and health records (EMR and EHR), or face penalties.
A recent study by MarketsandMarkets revealed the health-care cloud computing
market, which is only currently about 4% of the industry, is expected to grow
to nearly $5.4 billion by 2017. The cloud migration process, however, can be
daunting for health-care organizations since they have to move an incredible
amount of data, according to an article on Forbes.com.
Cloud service providers are now offering a variety of new ways to access
information via cloud applications and microsites designed for mobile
devices. To ... (more)
In Shelly’s awesome post on 3D printing,he hints at a future where spare
parts will live on files and not shelves.
It completely upsets our notion of manufacturing, where commodities are
tangible objects. Physical would become virtual. The question would then
become: open-source or closed-source?
What’s the Difference?
Open-source software and application-development tools are available to
anyone for free over the web. Could open-source CAD/CAM files be the same?
(There are already plenty of free designs available online at sites like
As a real-world example, let’s take a look at the bicycle manufacturing
industry. It’s an industry that uses the latest materials, manufacturing
and design principles and techniques. High-end carbon fiber bicycles today
are works of engineering art, the same as Formula 1 cars or MotoGP
motorcycles or fighter jets, e... (more)
Several years ago, any amateur inventor or designer with a plan to create an
injection-molded part or product had to have a budget big enough to equal
their ambition. Those same people today are now finding that what was
previously out of reach due to the cost is now something that’s both
achievable and greatly less expensive. The 3D modeling manufacturing process
is what has brought about these changes in the manufacturing world and is
having a growing impact among established companies and entrepreneurs.
The possibilities are enormous and fashion designers, engineers and musicians
are pushing the boundaries of manufacturing projects. The tasks and abilities
possible today are beyond what was available less than a decade ago and
it’s created a do-it-yourself subculture known as the maker movement,
which consists of jewelry makers, crafters, sculptors, teachers and e... (more)
MakerBot, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is excited to announce it
is now taking orders for one of its newest 3D printers, the user-friendly and
affordable MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer. Orders may be
placed online at makerbot.com/mini, by calling 347-334-6800, and at the three
MakerBot retail stores in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Conn.
MakerBot believes the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is sized to
transform a small desk in an office, home or classroom, into an exciting
creativity center. Winner of four awards at the 2014 Consumer Electronics
Show (CES), MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer impressed CES
attendees, and also drew the attention of media and CES award judges, winning
the coveted CES 2014 Editors’ Choice Award from Popular Mechanics, CES 2014
Best in Show from Digital Trends and ZDNet, and Best of CES ... (more)
Software Eats the WorldDid you read that Uber, the mobile application
company, received $1.2 billion in additional VC investment this month? Why
would investors be willing to invest so much? Investors believe that Uber is
among a group of mobile app companies capable of disrupting entire
industries. They are a data driven start-up enabled by mobile devices.
For insight into this innovative and transformative company read their
description, "Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly
connecting riders to drivers through our [mobile] apps, we make cities more
accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for
drivers. Now that is an ambitious "About" statement!
Do you know how many taxis Uber maintains? NONE! They are a company using
data in innovative ways to make money. Data on drivers, riders, locations,
history, payment infor... (more)
TMC and Crossfire Media today announced an action-packed agenda for DevCon5,
the definitive HTML5 and Mobile App Developers Conference held July 24-25,
2013, at The Kimmel Center on New York University’s campus in New York
City. DevCon5 will bring together the HTML5 elite to highlight the
information and tools developers need to exploit the revolutionary
capabilities of the HTML5 technology. Attendees will gain access to hands-on
sessions that demonstrate the latest tricks and techniques that bring
users’ screens to life.
“I am excited about the program and the way that many of our speakers are
using game development as a way to talk about scale and discovery. The event
always is focused on how enterprise apps and systems can take advantage of
frameworks and hybrid development to control the cost of supporting the BYOD
user,” said Carl Ford, Crossfire CEO and DevCo... (more)
SYDNEY, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3D printing industry heats up amid
a $600 million acquisition; The design industry flourishes as SMEs embrace
freelancers over local agencies; Android continues to school Apple; Facebook
fights fire with fire and comes out triumphant over Twitter; Telemarketing
and Email Marketing experts rejoice as demand surges for these job types, at
the expense of SEO and Link Building; SMEs now use freelancers as an integral
part of their business.
The Freelancer.com Fast 50 charts the top 50 fastest growing job types or
most influential movements in the online labour market on a
quarter-by-quarter basis, providing a continuous measure of job activity and
trends in the online economy.
An analysis of more than 300,000 jobs posted in Q2 2013 reveals that as
corporate giants attempt to innovate in the consumer market with major
product r... (more)
NEW YORK, October 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
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Microsoft Corporation Research Report
On October 17, 2013, Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) announced the global
availability of Windows 8.1, an update to its Windows 8 operating system. The
Company stated that Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customization
refinements and functional improvements, such as - being highly personal,
being more familiar and easy to navigate, enabling enhanced search, allowing
access to a wide range o... (more)