January 23, 2013
3D Printing & The Maker Revolution
The rapidly expanding technologies behind 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing will revolutionize how we ‘the people’ purchase and consume physical goods and change how businesses large and small come to market with many of the products that require a trip to the supermarket, hardware store or mall today. These same technologies are clearing a path for forward thinking businesses to develop meaningful business models around them. This conversation seeks collect and share information pertaining to the exciting emerging trends surrounding 3D-printing and explore scenarios on how todays businesses may be altered and how exciting new businesses may emerge, grow and profit.
Our standard format is to define the basics of the trend (i.e. in a way that puts non-technical people on a level playing field), discuss the background of the trend, share concrete and referenced facts and data about it’s growth, and finally our take on the opportunities and strategies a potential investor or business manager may wish to consider. As always, a resources and opportunities section follows that will connect interested parties to much more information on the topic from diverse sources worldwide and serve as a link to connect with people and business who are on the front lines of the trend making things happen.
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Definitions: Additive Manufacturing vs. Industrial Manufacturing
For the purposes of clarity, let’s define two terms that may help you get your head around this concept quickly. We’ll look at the definition of Manufacturing first and then compare and contrast it to the definition of Additive Manufacturing.
Manufacturing: The creation of a physical, 3-Dimensional, object or product by use of machines from raw materials, usually on a large scale.
Additive Manufacturing: The creation of a physical, 3-D object or product from a virtual / digital prototype.
Both types of manufacturing are similar in that they produce physical, 3 dimensional objects or products. They are different in that traditional industrial manufacturing relies on raw materials and machines that produce large quantities while AdditiveManufacturing uses digital models, does not require large enterprise machines and can produce the same objects on a much smaller scale.
Got the idea? If so, you please feel free to jump to our Additive Manufacturing Trends or Additive Manufacturing Business Opportunities sections. If you’re like us and want all the details, you’ll find a lot more information below.
Facts & Data: