Like that chair you saw in the lobby of your hotel on vacation this spring? Take a snapshot, automatically convert it to a 3D model, tweak the color to match your curtains and have it delivered by the time you get home.
The upshot of this is the very beginning of exponential growth in which design creates rapid-adoption online meritocracies, with the most popular designs enjoying widespread appeal and ready mimicry. That’s actually a good thing as it will support the streamlining of a nascent 3D printing and robotics industry, which hasn’t yet found its Amazon or Walmart. Taken together, we may be looking at the start of a merit-based cycle in which production and distribution prices continue to go down, while at the same time the value of design continues to go up, spawning more competition and better products.
3D printing is a gimmick. If it really is that good, then I’ll write my surname ‘Gou’ backwards [from now on].
Terry Gou, presidente da taiwanesa Foxconn, uma das maiores empresas de electrónica mundiais.
This technology holds the promise of a world where imagination has no boundaries and in time there won’t be a material that cannot be reproduced as a 3D object.
The reality is that 3D printing is not experiencing an unnatural growth curve, but media coverage has exploded. Web sites previously about something are now about something and 3D printing. This is understandable, given how little good economic news we have had to write about during the last few years. It’s almost as if the media is bubble starved.
I believe this new printing medium could be a game-changer as 3D solar cells, despite advances in energy storage, can capture more sunlight than conventional PV models.
A confissão, no The Guardian, é de John J Licata, da Blue Phoenix, uma empresa independente de investigação e consultadoria na área das novas energias.