3D Printing: This Century's most disruptive innovation?!

David F. Flanders like so many in his generation is obsessed with creation: the simple power to imagine something and then build it. This is perhaps due to over enthusiasm in Lego as a child, model airplanes as an adolescent and code as an adult. He has now combined all of this passions into 3D printing. What is 3D printing? well it is printer that prints real objects. Yes any object, if you can imagine it, the 3D printer can print it. In fact the printer that David works on is a self replicating printer called RepRap; that’s right, it prints its own parts so it can print children printers!

David also helps organise “Print Parties” which are organised under the tag PIF3D – where those interested in printing their own 3D printers are given the parts and then shown how to build printer all while having a geeky party of building stuff (this goes back to the simple childhood joy of building things with your friends). Best of all is what David is hoping to accomplish with the growing 3D printing community: “we could all decide to build a Ford Model T, with each of us printing up a part using the Fordian process”. Anything is possible, just imagine and print!

Comments

unbelievable...

We just need a way of being able to easily breakdown items to their component molecules and store them.
Once we have realized that technology then combine the two together it be revolutionary, as long as they don't get patented first.

Patents only provide exclusive legal rights for commercialization. Patented technologies can be used for personal/private purposes.

So, whether or not such a recycling technology is patented, if it can be made DIY, it would be utterly revolutionary.

Some patents related to 3D printing have already expired (e.g., very specialized powder+binder combinations, photopolymerization techniques, fused-deposition modeling as used by RepRap, etc.), and others can be used for non-commercial purposes.

reprap(dot)org is a great resource for open-source 3D printing info, and thingiverse(dot)com for designs...

Two more points:

-Patents do expire (20-25 years for pharmaceuticals, ~30 years for mechanical designs).

-If one is creative and makes an innovative design publicly known/licensed through Creative Commons, it cannot be patented, but can still be used for commercial purposes.

In other words, there's almost always a path 'around' patent law infringement, and plenty of ways to operate in the currently-failing structure while eroding centralized political and economic power, building a more inspiring future, and being the change we'd like to see.

This has the potential to turn the world as we know it upside down. The possibilities are almost endless. I can't wait for this technology to become widespread. Everyone might as well say goodbye to the market system.

One problem though: The uproar we're seeing now over copyright infringement is going to spill over to the patent arena. I predict a "War on Patent Infringement". Of course, it will be unwinnable just like every other war that's been declared out of ignorance, but I'm sure that won't stop some people from trying.

Its relatively outdated technology however (3d printing has been around for well over 30 years now and was applicable for mass production back then in abundance).
Today we have the ability for molecular manufacturing which manipulates matter on a molecular level via nanotechnology, viruses and bacteria (think assembly of computers by using waste which is processed into necessary materials and structures via nanotechnology).

Capitalism is fundamentally disgusting for scientific advancement as it takes a long amount of time for technology to become cheap enough so it can trickle down to everyone else (regardless of the premise that we had more than enough resources/technology to do it in abundance from the get go).
Still, with prices coming down at faster levels, and more advanced technology reaching those who can afford it, Capitalism will destroy itself (cant wait).

*Hmm, how can I make money in a non-market based economy?* I think to myself.

That's they beauty of resource based economy.
You cannot - seeing how money or currency in any shape or form, no longer exists.

Technologies are increasing day by day and there are many new technologies which are in a rise such as in case of 3d printing. 3d Printing has given new dimension to the world of printing. We can multiple clear images and get full representation of the our data. People will be launching different new models of any aero planes which are used in different purposes.

No doubt 3D printing is one of the most popular and disruptive innovation in now days. Therefore we should take the advantage from 3D printing techniques to serve a 3D atmosphere. Basically animator and 3D modelers are using 3D printing techniques to make their project attractive. 3D printing brings better techniques and opportunities for 3D modelers.
CD Printing Los Angeles

It's surprising how useful prints are. I have watch a video wherein they sampled out tools for 3d printing and they look and feel hard like an hammer.

Spark,
Spectra

It was great to see the old printshop and everyone who works there again. I am excited to see a printing business still operating and growing, great job guys
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