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The 3D Printers Are Coming: Dig More Coal? (Will it disrupt Chinese manufacturing?)
Forbes ^ | February 28, 2014 | Mark P. Mills

Posted on 03/01/2014 1:09:59 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The 3D printers are coming. And fast. The only debate is over how fast.

Velocity matters for stock pickers following the small world of pure-play public 3D printing companies. It is also relevant for business analysts and, perhaps surprisingly, for energy forecasters.

3D printers will — as many have observed sometimes a tad too breathlessly — disrupt a lot of businesses. They will enable and make more profitable many others, while also creating entirely new classes of businesses. The 3D printing ecosystem will as well accelerate the new trend of rising foreign direct investment into the United States. And 3D printing holds the potential to disrupt China, as I argued two years ago in an earlier Forbes column.

Most importantly, 3D printing is yet another feature in the suite of new technologies promising rising productivity, and thus in due course both wealth and job creation.

And, contrary to the claims of Al Gore among others who believe that 3D printers will cause energy use to decline as a result of the “dematerialization” trope, energy use, electricity use in particular, will actually rise as the technology goes mainstream....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting; algore; coal
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1 posted on 03/01/2014 1:09:59 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe Al Gore can have a 3D printer make yet another huge, gigantic-carbon-footprint mansion for himself. With even more SUV's. You know how bad they is for Global Warming 'n' stuff.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 1:19:01 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know next to nothing about 3D printers, so, if I may, I would like to ask a question.

Can a 3D printer make large cap magazines? Can any make the spring out of either spring steel or something comparable? And last but by far not the least is, which one could do these things most economically?

I thank you in advance for any help you can offer.


3 posted on 03/01/2014 4:59:25 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

http://www.thingiverse.com/categories


4 posted on 03/01/2014 5:25:34 AM PST by Haddit
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Most of the action today is around 3D plastic printers where we find what amounts to toys, mainly including hobbyists, experiments, designers, educators and artists.

Now that's an explosive market. I can't wait until I can print my very own Cracker Jack's toys without having to go to the store.

That said, the really serious stuff in metal and ceramic is a while away. And GE (with its acquisition of Morris Technology in 2012) is already getting staged to be the dominant player.

DDD and Stratasys will most likely be acquisition candidates at best...or toy makers and hobbyists favorites at worst.

5 posted on 03/01/2014 6:02:35 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

I’m retired now, but I was a design engineer for 35 years. I see these little plastic printers as allowing us to create new designs and not have to have a lot of money to see them become reality. I have a printer and am having a lot of fun with it. Friends have their own little projects they want me to print and I put an ad on Craigslist saying I would print their project for $20. I printed up 5 projects with just the one ad that I did just for fun. I advertised that I wouldn’t ship a part, but I still had one order from New Zealand and one from Canada.

I don’t have to have investors to have tooling, production or machining for just one prototype.


6 posted on 03/01/2014 6:35:59 AM PST by Haddit
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To: Haddit

All that stuff was made with a 3D printer? Do you know enough about them to recommend one?


7 posted on 03/01/2014 6:44:40 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: RoosterRedux

I lose pocket combs right and left. Will those printers print me out a pocket comb?


8 posted on 03/01/2014 6:45:57 AM PST by winodog
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To: Haddit
Yep. They are great for designers and have even worked out well for surgeons in the imaging capacity. Also great for one-off stuff like the exoskeletal suit that helped paralyzed skier Amanda Boxtel walk again.

But the real 3-revolution will come about by how it changes the industrial world.

As an investor, I am wary of getting too worked up about 3D Systems and Stratasys being the next big stocks.

9 posted on 03/01/2014 6:49:21 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

“That said, the really serious stuff in metal and ceramic is a while away”

3D systems makes LASER sintering printers and Arcam makes electron beam melting (EBM) printers.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 6:56:48 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
3D systems makes LASER sintering printers and Arcam makes electron beam melting (EBM) printers.

And that's very impressive.

But when 3D Systems appointed will.i.am as its Chief Creative Officer and Stratsys bought MakerBot, some investors thought they were signaling that these two companies believed the future direction of 3-D was printing toys/action figures/design prototypes and retail.

Furthermore, 3D's heavy acquisition program has obscured their ability to achieve organic growth (i.e. growth from acquisitions might be unsustainable.).

11 posted on 03/01/2014 7:26:13 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Haddit
I see these little plastic printers as allowing us to create new designs and not have to have a lot of money to see them become reality.

It was 15 or 16 years ago that I worked on a project developing plastic enclosures for a new line of electronic components we were making. The industrial design outfit we hired had one of the original 3-D printers (I'm sure crude by today's standards) and they were able to produce pretty reasonable prototypes of several different designs that allowed us to evaluate them and make changes before we got to the really expensive tooling and mold making phase.

Having that capability sure saved us a lot of time and money.

12 posted on 03/01/2014 8:11:59 AM PST by Ditto
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

Yes, mags can be printed. Heck, they’re working on printing whole guns.


13 posted on 03/01/2014 8:54:18 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

No, I don’t know the brands well and they are advancing quickly. It took me 9 months to get my printer working, it was a small fix in the software, but I didn’t know anyone to ask for help. They aren’t as easy to use as they look and most of the part files you can download have not been tested for printability yet.

But if you have the time and determination it is fun.


14 posted on 03/01/2014 9:02:46 AM PST by Haddit
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To: ctdonath2
Do you happen to know the brand names that are most successful at printing large cap magazines? I am thinking 20, 30 &40 round mags for guns like the HiPoint Carbines.
15 posted on 03/01/2014 10:05:04 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

It’s still experimental.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 11:04:11 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: RoosterRedux
"That said, the really serious stuff in metal and ceramic is a while away."

You didn't see my post #1?

17 posted on 03/01/2014 11:48:48 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

3D Printed AK Magazine Released by Defense Distributed
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18 posted on 03/01/2014 11:51:15 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: ctdonath2; The_Republic_Of_Maine

Already been done, in metal, by Solid Concepts.

19 posted on 03/01/2014 11:57:06 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Prototyping and one off parts = yes

Production = no


20 posted on 03/01/2014 1:05:23 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic

Type in “3D Printing” in search here and be amazed.


21 posted on 03/01/2014 1:07:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I figured out where 3D printing might make a big disruptive hit: Printer Ink Cartridges. Instead of one wall, a store has one 3D printer for every cartridge made. People could print them out at home, refillable for practically free. It would kill HP, Lexmark, Epson, all the big printer dudes — they don’t make their margins selling printers, they make it selling cartridges, ink, and paper.


22 posted on 03/01/2014 1:11:02 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These things are perfect for a small cottage industry.

Thanks to all,


23 posted on 03/01/2014 3:48:16 PM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

They’re poised to print a real functioning human liver this year and a heart within a few more years. That’s no cottage industry.


24 posted on 03/01/2014 3:51:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They’re poised to print a real functioning human liver this year and a heart within a few more years. That’s no cottage industry.

Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that what they were doing is a cottage industry, I was referring to a family business in Maine making high cap magazines and other parts for guns, fishing, etc.

The more I think about it the more I like the things a family could do with a 3D printer, and from what I am seeing online, tehy are not all that expensive.

25 posted on 03/01/2014 5:07:58 PM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

No, there are already some under $500 units.


26 posted on 03/01/2014 5:09:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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