3D Printing Might Bring Manufacturing Back to Canada

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Jacob
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Why only 3D printing
Jacob   7/14/2014 1:14:21 AM
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"The relatively young country faces some of the same problems the US does, namely taking a major hit to manufacturing hubs as a result of globalization. While there is no magical remedy for that situation, applying new technology, including 3D printing, can help the industry get back on course"

Ariella, why it's looking only for 3D printing, any particular reason? They can be looking for other types of industries too.

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Re: 3D Printing not a panacea
Rich Krajewski   7/13/2014 6:56:25 PM
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"But the more advanced form of 3D printing that will require machines that cost 6 figures will still be too expensive"

Remember when computers were really expensive? That was amazing, wasn't it?

 

"The printing process on them is also too slow for real mass production"


Remember 200 MHz processors? That was amazing, wasn't it?

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Ariella   7/13/2014 6:45:52 PM
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@Rich I don't wish to sound like I'm quibbling, but there is a differene between production for the masses and mass production. As I said, I'm certian, 3D printers will become much more common, and people will be able to print certain things they want on demand. But the more advanced form of 3D printing that will require machines that cost 6 figures will still be too expensive for most individuals and even businesses to acquire for themselves.  The printing process on them is also too slow for real mass production. But they can be instrumental in producing other machines designed for greater efficiency. In much the same way that GE uses 3D printing to produce engine parts that are lighter and more efficient, engineers can use it to produce machines that are more efficient, whether by enabling better heat management or through some other desired trait that cuts down on production time. 

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Re: 3D Printing not a panacea
Rich Krajewski   7/13/2014 4:29:07 PM
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"that is bound to happen, as they continue to drop in price"

Well, that's why I mentioned it when _hm said and you agreed that 3D printers are not good for mass production. They may be used for it anyway, if the price drops, which, as you say, "is bound to happen." That's why a company that looks ahead at the environmental effects might be able to achieve a long-term green advantage, if they can withstand the short-term margin differences, if any.

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Re: 3D Printing not a panacea
Ariella   7/13/2014 12:37:52 PM
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@SP yes, I would venture to say it is one of the most transformative innovations of this century. 

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Ariella   7/13/2014 12:37:49 PM
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@SP yes, I would venture to say it is one of the most transformative innovations of this century. 

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Ariella   7/13/2014 12:37:49 PM
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@SP yes, I would venture to say it is one of the most transformative innovations of this century. 

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Ariella   7/13/2014 12:37:09 PM
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@Rich that is bound to happen, as they continue to drop in price. Just like 2D printers, they will be affordable enough for every computer user to have one. 

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SP   7/12/2014 12:20:24 AM
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Not sure if 3D Printing can bring back manufacturing back butit definitely will open up lot of manufacturing possibilities locally looking at the demand. 3D printing is going to be very useful for time to market and shortening design milestones.

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Re: 3D Printing not a panacea
Rich Krajewski   7/11/2014 8:03:11 PM

If 3D printers become cheap and ubiquitous, they will in effect generate mass production, not because they operate quickly, but because there will be so many of them.

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