This article does an excellent job of summarizing exactly how 3D printing works, its applications, its potential, and the potential problems.
3d printing had the potential to truly change the way we do business, from the way we obtain goods to the way we innovate. But what impact could it have on society? Check out the article to see one perspective on the development of prosumerism as 3d printing popularity increases.
The 3D-printed implant can replace the bone in people’s skulls damaged by disease or trauma, according to Oxford Performance Materials. The company announced it had received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its skull implant on Feb. 18 — a decision that led to the first U.S. surgical operation on March 4.
Jeremiah Owyang of Crowd Companies identifies how those involved in the maker movement are creating their own goods and products, using recycled materials, or improving on existing products. Some are selling the goods to each other, some trade, and some simply just use for their own personal usage. They use technology, skill, community, and massive fairs to connect and grow.
The lineage of how the maker movement is disrupting brands are as follows:
1) The Internet democratized knowledge
2) Social Media empowered crowd
3) Collaborative Economy endows crowd to buy once, share many
4) the Maker Movement aims at buying from brands no more.
The next generation of industrial designers are going to be the kids who get 3d printers for Christmas
Everyone says 3d printing will change the way businesses run, but this article includes information on what exactly it can change and what individuals can do to prepare themselves to be marketable in the changing environment.