Tom Burtonwood: 3Dx2013 Year In Review #AdafruitTopTen #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning #3D
We reached out to a handful of 3D printing pioneers and designers featured on the Adafruit blog this past year for their thoughts on the year-in-review — and what we have to look forward to for 3D printing in 2014!
As the sampler was to hip-hop so the 3D printer is to sculpture and designed objects. Open source 3D printing has paved the way for a revolution in making things. Desktop digital fabrication is bringing the cost of failure down by speeding up the prototyping process and collapsing the distance between idea and product, problem and solution, designer and end user. The outcome of this revolution is a sea change in the relationship between the engineer and their audience. 3D printing and scanning combined are time machines. They reach back into the past and teleport objects of antiquity around the globe, reproducing and sharing them for everyone to touch and hold in their hands. Just as blogs disrupted publishing, and smart phones changed communications so 3D printing, scanning and modeling will transform the world of objects and the services that surround them.
3D printing has the potential to open up and democratize all kinds of tools, objects and devices. some will work better than others. this project by schlem seems like a perfect marriage of the old and the new, pushing the tech to it’s limits but also creating something with a broad end user base and opening up an expensive bit of kit to a much wider audience.
But on a wider note more 3DP materials, a wider adoption of 3DP into mainstream, crazy new RepRap variants and new open sourced hardware with the new round of expiring patents.
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