3 Ways 3D Printing Will Affect You!

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3D printing is perhaps one of the most interesting new and emerging technologies.
Think about it: you can actually print things. Physical, tangible, functional things! Printing is no longer relegated to the 2D past of simply churning out ink blotted sheets of paper! You could make a spatula. A keychain. A car engine. A miniature rocket ship. Really, the future possibilities are endless.

And the market is growing rapidly, with the expectation that it will reach around 5 billion by 2020. May not seem like a lot, but when you consider the typically exponential growth and influence of technology, it seems on a steady, predictable trajectory.

More over, as the market expands, the price of 3D printing is falling. This has the potential to be hugely disruptive not only in obvious areas like large scale manufacturing, but also remote and local businesses; 3D printing could completely and permanently transform the way that buyers and sellers interact in all markets.

Individuals, people who could not previously compete with already established brands with large manufacturing facilities could, in fact, do so. They will be able to print products in their garages in the same way you might a word document.
WHAT DOES THE THE 3D PRINTER FILLED FUTURE LOOK LIKE?

1. NO WASTE!
3D printers are extremely precise. Let us say, for instance, are printing a Christmas tree ornament, and were using aluminium. The printer would ingest the aluminium, and use the necessary amount to make the ornament. An advanced printer could recycle any excess aluminium, melt it down, and use it in the future when called for.
This means no more thrown away scraps. No more wasted money.

2. THEY OPEN THE DOOR TO NEVER BEFORE SEEN CUSTOMIZATION.
The introduction of 3D printing also means that it would be easier to produce individual products for individual consumers. Instead of only being able to afford to produce a million standard toasters, you could, theoretically, produce a million customized toasters. A toaster just for you! And really, who doesn't want that?

3. THEY WILL TOTALLY REFORM MARKETING AND OUTREACH.
Of course, the real advantage to the continued proliferation of 3D printing is that eventually, most consumers will probably have one (this of course presumes that market trends will continue).
This means that companies could design accessories that might complement products consumers already have, and could be printed right at home. Adding on to current products could be tweeted out in promotional campaigns, giving consumers more reason than ever before to pay attention to what you and your business might be doing.

Personally, I find this field incredibly exciting.
The idea of the means of production being in everyones hands is kind of cool. That being said, I have not had a lot of hands on experience actually using a 3D printer; in fact, I have yet to even see one.
Have any of you all used a 3D printer, or have you seen one?
What do you all think about this new tech and the possibilities it creates?
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  • Profile picture of the author MerinaMark
    3D printing are used to spread awareness among the folks about the business products and brand. 3D printing banners are very useful to promote business.
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  • Profile picture of the author dburk
    Hi GregFreelancer,

    Many of the benefits are far into the future. For now, 3D printing is good for prototyping and very limited production, like one-off items.


    3D printing is a very slow and costly when compared to mass production of products. For the foreseeable future it will play a limited role in most things we produce and consume.

    When perception clashes with reality, reality generally wins. The possibilities of 3D printing are immense, while the practicality of most of those possibilities are extremely restrictive.

    I made my first investment in 3D printing technology in 1987, still waiting for that immense payoff, and it still looks about as far off today as it did back then. We can now print with many more types of materials, and the average cost per printer has decreased substantially, but the market that it remains practical for hasn't really grown that much in all these years and after all those improvements. Injection molding and steel stamping is still way better for volume production and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I do not think it will affect me at all. And, I do not think it is as fantastic as people think.

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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Sorry another useless thread that does not discuss nor ad to a discussion on marking or making money online that this forum was started in the first place and this thread should be moved to OT section

    Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    maybe you could explain how this has anything to do with internet marketing

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  • Profile picture of the author DavidKellog
    I think that t would have been more constructive to explain how 3d printing can be monetized, as this is an IM forum.
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      • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
        Originally Posted by PPG19 View Post

        There is nothing that prevent you from listening to other answers dude.
        Its not the question but the wrong place to post it and the reason other chip in so they can just get there sigs exposed
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          • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
            Originally Posted by PPG19 View Post

            Yeah i kind of feel that .this was about the sig. i don t understand why people get so mad about it and which by the way is unavailble (the sig). If you click on on my sig you will see you will go nowewhere. But is that legit right? Sig are allowed, If they werent i wouldn't do it. I respect forum policies, this one in particular.

            Allright guys you win, i will delete the posts even if i though it was an interesting conversation even if has nothing to do about IM is still about 3d priters.

            This messages will be deleted in 5.4.3...
            The easiest way to explain is that you can have a sig but has to be yours and if you have been on here as long as some of us have you will see others trying to game the system and it is not fair on the ones who have a legit sig and follow the rules

            But if you do go down the dark side the mods will nuke the sig
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            • Profile picture of the author PPG19
              Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

              The easiest way to explain is that you can have a sig but has to be yours and if you have been on here as long as some of us have you will see others trying to game the system and it is not fair on the ones who have a legit sig and follow the rules

              But if you do go down the dark side the mods will nuke the sig
              Regional, that is a legit sign. Why would you think is not. That is my site, not an affiliate link. Is closed to access for everybody expect owners, so nobody can access. And is not an affiliate link. I feel like a have done nothing wrong but i respect you guys and will delete the posts, even if i am not required, so you can keep talking on how to monetize 3d printer which is still interesting topic. I agree.

              Just a suggestion because i a m new here (even if i knew this forum since inception, well not that much, problably since 2006/7), what kind of sig should i add? Do you feel is too long? I haven;t find any guidelines about signatures. Would be glad if you can provide with some rules so not to make mad anybody here on WF?
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              • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
                Originally Posted by PPG19 View Post

                Regional, that is a legit sign. Why would you think is not. That is my site, not an affiliate link. Is closed to access for everybody expect owners, so nobody can access. And is not an affiliate link. I feel like a have done nothing wrong but i respect you guys and will delete the posts, even if i am not required, so you can keep talking on how to monetize 3d printer which is still interesting topic. I agree.

                Just a suggestion because i a m new here (even if i new this forum since inception, well not that much, problably since 2006/7), what kind of sig should i add? Do you feel is too long? I haven;t find any guidelines about signatures. Would be glad if you can provide with some rules so not to make mad anybody here on WF?
                Hate to hurt the ego lol was a general reply so not about you

                Just so we a clear it is not that the article wrong just posted it in the wrong place

                Jason
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                • Profile picture of the author PPG19
                  Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

                  Hate to hurt the ego lol was a general reply so not about you

                  Just so we a clear it is not that the article wrong just posted it in the wrong place

                  Jason
                  No Regional, you didn;t hurt my ego. Infact i deleted the messages for respect only to others that didn;t like me to go off topic. That's it.

                  I don't need my signature to be exposed, i just added it yesterday and i am thinking about getting rid of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPG19
    Plus i need to say that my post was somehow still relatd to the thread but maybe it should have been posted in the general forum or off topic forum sections. Still really intesting to discuss with guys like you in my opinion ok np.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by PPG19 View Post

      Plus i need to say that my post was somehow still relatd to the thread but maybe it should have been posted in the general forum or off topic forum sections. Still really intesting to discuss with guys like you in my opinion ok np.
      OK just so we are clear my response was about the placement of the thread not about anyone's reply to the post as this is a free forum , I dont think you need to not have a signature I have seen worse lol urs is fine and a good way to find an audience

      Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author PPG19
    btw now we have gone completely off topic
    Let's bring it back to the OP original questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Can I throw in my old shoes and clothes and have it print me genuine, US $100 bills? I just need a boxfull of 'em suckers.

    Besides that, I need, really and truly need, to understand what's this thread doing in a marketing forum? Shouldn't the OP have made some kind of connections (saying there'll be tweeting about 3-D printed products ain't enough for me).
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  • Profile picture of the author james flynn
    Originally Posted by GregFreelancer View Post

    3D printing is perhaps one of the most interesting new and emerging technologies.
    Think about it: you can actually print things. Physical, tangible, functional things! Printing is no longer relegated to the 2D past of simply churning out ink blotted sheets of paper! You could make a spatula. A keychain. A car engine. A miniature rocket ship. Really, the future possibilities are endless.

    And the market is growing rapidly, with the expectation that it will reach around 5 billion by 2020. May not seem like a lot, but when you consider the typically exponential growth and influence of technology, it seems on a steady, predictable trajectory.

    More over, as the market expands, the price of 3D printing is falling. This has the potential to be hugely disruptive not only in obvious areas like large scale manufacturing, but also remote and local businesses; 3D printing could completely and permanently transform the way that buyers and sellers interact in all markets.

    Individuals, people who could not previously compete with already established brands with large manufacturing facilities could, in fact, do so. They will be able to print products in their garages in the same way you might a word document.
    WHAT DOES THE THE 3D PRINTER FILLED FUTURE LOOK LIKE?

    1. NO WASTE!
    3D printers are extremely precise. Let us say, for instance, are printing a Christmas tree ornament, and were using aluminium. The printer would ingest the aluminium, and use the necessary amount to make the ornament. An advanced printer could recycle any excess aluminium, melt it down, and use it in the future when called for.
    This means no more thrown away scraps. No more wasted money.

    2. THEY OPEN THE DOOR TO NEVER BEFORE SEEN CUSTOMIZATION.
    The introduction of 3D printing also means that it would be easier to produce individual products for individual consumers. Instead of only being able to afford to produce a million standard toasters, you could, theoretically, produce a million customized toasters. A toaster just for you! And really, who doesn't want that?

    3. THEY WILL TOTALLY REFORM MARKETING AND OUTREACH.
    Of course, the real advantage to the continued proliferation of 3D printing is that eventually, most consumers will probably have one (this of course presumes that market trends will continue).
    This means that companies could design accessories that might complement products consumers already have, and could be printed right at home. Adding on to current products could be tweeted out in promotional campaigns, giving consumers more reason than ever before to pay attention to what you and your business might be doing.

    Personally, I find this field incredibly exciting.
    The idea of the means of production being in everyones hands is kind of cool. That being said, I have not had a lot of hands on experience actually using a 3D printer; in fact, I have yet to even see one.
    Have any of you all used a 3D printer, or have you seen one?
    What do you all think about this new tech and the possibilities it creates?
    But how you will utilize this technology in this contemporary market to generate some money? I know the technology is pretty amazing and stuff but what is your proposal for eager minds at this forum regarding it's use in marketing? Please can you care to elaborate.

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      You print yourself prospect who are easy to convert into buyers?

      Originally Posted by james flynn View Post

      But how you will utilize this technology in this contemporary market to generate some money? I know the technology is pretty amazing and stuff but what is your proposal for eager minds at this forum regarding it's use in marketing? Please can you care to elaborate.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    I've been selling 3D printers, accessories, supplies, and related reference books for over 10 years. This technology really is not new. Also known as additive manufacturing, it was actually developed in the late 1970's.

    Although made mostly from polymers, the last two decades or so have seen developments in metalworking applications. For example, GE uses this technology for building parts in its manufacture of turbine generators.

    Particularly in just the last couple of years, this technology has been booming and revolutionizing every conceivable manufacturing aspect in industry, medicine, engineering, aerospace, consumer products, hobbyists, etc.

    In terms of monetizing this huge market, consider promoting the vast array of selections on Amazon for 3D printers, accessories, parts, supplies, CAD software. The cost of entry is dropping so fast that it is possible now to have a manufacturing facility on the kitchen table.
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    • Profile picture of the author socialentry
      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      I've been selling 3D printers, accessories, supplies, and related reference books for over 10 years. This technology really is not new. Also known as additive manufacturing, it was actually developed in the late 1970's.

      Although made mostly from polymers, the last two decades or so have seen developments in metalworking applications. For example, GE uses this technology for building parts in its manufacture of turbine generators.

      Particularly in just the last couple of years, this technology has been booming and revolutionizing every conceivable manufacturing aspect in industry, medicine, engineering, aerospace, consumer products, hobbyists, etc.

      In terms of monetizing this huge market, consider promoting the vast array of selections on Amazon for 3D printers, accessories, parts, supplies, CAD software. The cost of entry is dropping so fast that it is possible now to have a manufacturing facility on the kitchen table.
      I don't know anything about manufacturing in general.

      Do you have any book recommendations on the subject? I'm just looking for a broad overview.

      I'm not sure if anything concrete will follow from these questions but it's interesting.

      I'm looking to eventually answer questions like:
      Why can province produce XYZ but not this one?
      What is needed to produce XYZ product?
      What kind of organization can produce it?
      And so on and so forth.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        I usually recommend Rapid Manufacturing: An Industrial Revolution for the Digital Age by Neil Hopkinson to those who are seriously considering this technology.

        It costs $175 on Amazon, but covers a lot of information that would generally only be found through an aggregate of perhaps dozens of other books on the subject.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Banned
    I printed this.

    Now what?
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