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Re: I'm not sure
Jim O'Reilly   10/9/2013 5:16:55 PM
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I was at my dentist last week. They've just started printing temporary dentures and bridges in their office. It takes around 5 hours for the denture. Not bad!

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Re: NASA agrees on Star Trek model!
Jim O'Reilly   10/8/2013 11:07:32 AM
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Hailey, The spare parts idea is really good.Keeping parts for years after a unit ships is expensive, and it takes time to get the part if you are not near a depot.

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Re: NASA agrees on Star Trek model!
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   10/7/2013 7:59:41 PM
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@Jim, i see this type of technology as being more like a "spare tire" of technology. i could see an instance where a need for a spare part could take a manufacturing line down and a three D printed version coudl save teh day at least until the part could be delivered. Is this in my head? Or does this happen?

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Re: New Stats from Gartner
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   10/7/2013 7:56:59 PM
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@Jim, it does look like we'll be hitting a tipping point in this industry sooner than any of us expected. It's going to be an interesting year coming up.

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Re: NASA agrees on Star Trek model!
Ariella   10/2/2013 1:47:20 PM
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@Jim yes, and with the nearly daily advances in 3D printing, it's not at all beyond the realm of possiblity in the next few years. 

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Jim O'Reilly   10/2/2013 1:30:56 PM
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Ariella, I suspect printed circuit boards may soon be 3D-printed circuit boards.

Getting a prototype in an hour would be great!

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Re: NASA agrees on Star Trek model!
Jim O'Reilly   10/2/2013 1:28:24 PM
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Except fo some high end printing approaches using sintered metals, directly printed parts aren't usually strong or cheap enough for volume production.

Ther are exceptions. small parts can be economically generated by printing, and low volume, non-load bearing parts like logo plates are best done using the technology.

That will tend to change as printers get cheaper and faster. Remember how slow early PC printers were..technology has made huge speed improvements.

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Re: New Stats from Gartner
Jim O'Reilly   10/2/2013 1:23:12 PM
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I hope we get an explosionof good styling and innovative design with the expansion of 3D printing. That would resolve the hype issues!

Maybe a whole new genre of 3D printed sculpture is heading our way.

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New Stats from Gartner
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   10/2/2013 11:40:15 AM
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This just in from Gartner:

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers (3DPs) priced less than $100,000 will grow 49 percent in 2013 to reach a total of 56,507 units, according to Gartner, Inc.'s first forecast of the less than $100,000 consumer and enterprise 3D printer market. Rapid quality and performance innovations across all 3DP technologies will drive enterprise and consumer demand. Gartner said that shipments will increase further in 2014, growing 75 percent to 98,065 units, followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. 

"The 3D printer market has reached its inflection point," said Pete Basiliere, research director at Gartner. "While still a nascent market, with hype outpacing the technical realities, the speed of development and rise in buyer interest are pressing hardware, software and service providers to offer easier-to-use tools and materials that produce consistently high-quality results."

That's astonishing growth... and astonishing growth of the growth (75 percent in 2014?!) Sounds like this technology is going to be on fire.

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Re: NASA agrees on Star Trek model!
Ariella   8/31/2013 8:53:41 PM
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@himanshugupta 3D printing really is taking off, especially when combined with a cloud engine, as in the case of  Sculpteo. The 3D-printing Cloud Engine enables businesses to incorporate advanced 3D printing into their product lines andcreate products on-demand. And they're not limited to plastic,  Sculpteo offers a choice of 35 different materials, which include some metals. Of course, GE has already applied 3D printing to titanium for its engine parts.

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