Thanks for the link. Yes, the kitchen will be equipped with a 3D printer in the future, as it's equipped with a microwave and a fridge today. Now, what about using the 3D printer to print food for the parts of the world where it is more needed?
One of the charactristics of 3D printing technology is the reduction in cost of the printed product, and the speed. It's a perfect solution for feeding the people in need where there are not so many food resources.
British Airbus engeneers want to print the entire wing of an airplane. Also last year there was a 3D-printed car prototype that worked by remote control. And as I said, a woman got a 3D-printed jaw, and the first 3D-printed kidney has been printed on stage during a TED talk. With the possibility of 3D-printed organs and bones for transplant humany will be as close as you imagine from immortality.
@Susan, It's being speculated if you get a printer that's big enough you might even print your own country and all the little people to populate it. Imagine the possibilities: 3D oceans, 3D rain (on-demand), 3D food, 3D gasoline and 3D plants. Cloning would no longer be a technological marvel and death would cease. Once the end seems to be near, you just 3D yourself into existence again with all the disease -free organs anyone could desire. This is one exciting product!
Like many people, my biggest complaint about printers is the cartridges. What a racket! Taking a loss on hardware is a common enough strategy, but I still can't see how printers can be given away for free. The best case scenario: disposable printers. When something goes wrong with one, it isn't even worth the trip to Best Buy. Anyway, imagine if the materials are not ink but plastic, silicon or some other substance, then think of all the things that could go wrong. That's the time to get into the printer repair business...
Like Bolaji said, this is a disruptive technology. Printers and supplies with home kit for simple CAD will be a big deal. You know there will be DIY costume jewelry, doll furniture, picnic sets, mugs, and the list goes on and on. The Supply chain and store inventories will be altered as many household items will be printed at home. Need a new spatula? Print it Dano!
We will see. The 3D printer has been around for a while now, but I can't really figure out what I can do with it in my house or my office right now. I am not sure if anyone on the site has ever used it either. Can someone share their experience with the 3D printer?
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.