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Old 05-30-2013, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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The question that comes to mind: is the printer that takes up an entire room worth the investment. I'm betting the answer is yes if they have techs that can use it correctly.
I suspect its only a matter of a few years before those 3D printers fit on a desk
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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I suspect its only a matter of a few years before those 3D printers fit on a desk
The problem is scale. A desktop 3D printer won't create anything larger than the foot print of the printer/desk.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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The problem is scale. A desktop 3D printer won't create anything larger than the foot print of the printer/desk.
I see your point.

EDIT: There has to be someway around it but honestly I can't think of what that would be.

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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We received our ExOne M Print that has been on order for a while. It's pretty amazing, CNC machine makers better do something quick. These things are getting more advanced by the month and are becoming very widely used in more advanced prototype shops. I'm beginning to think my boss my sell one of his VF-2s and TL-2s. Just one week after receiving it everyone has been staying late to play with it. I honestly think it will be better for our work, no master cam no coding needed. An ExOne engineer is coming to wow us and help train us to use the machine to it's full potential.
Additive Manufacturing is going to make some people in the CNC manufacturing industry sore if they don't get with it. We don't even need Solidworks, as a matter of fact we made a part with free Google Sketchup.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:23 AM
 
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That, also, sounds like more examples of technological unemployment I talk about.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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Not really. I don't think it will take fewer employees to run the system, it's just going to take less time because the up front work is easier (Sketchup vs. Solidworks) and no CNC encoding, which is pain in the butt.It's also an impetus to the CNC crowd to improve their way of doing things.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:23 PM
 
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Not really. I don't think it will take fewer employees to run the system, it's just going to take less time because the up front work is easier (Sketchup vs. Solidworks) and no CNC encoding, which is pain in the butt.It's also an impetus to the CNC crowd to improve their way of doing things.
Look at this. In the article it says the timeline is 25 years but honestly I think that is way to optimistic. I think they are not taking into account exponential advancemnent of 3D printers so I think the timeline is more like 10 maybe 15 years at most.

This is from NPR:

"We believe that 3-D printing is fundamentally changing the manufacturing ecosystem in its entirety — how and where products are made and by whom," said Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of New York-based Shapeways, an online company that makes and sells 3-D printed products designed by individuals. Products include a delicate, twig-like egg cup (cost: $8.10) and a lamp that looks like a nuclear mushroom cloud (cost: $1,388.66).

"We're on the verge of the next industrial revolution, no doubt about it," added Dartmouth College business professor Richard D'Aveni. "In 25 years, entire industries are going to disappear. Countries relying on mass manufacturing are going to find themselves with no revenues and no jobs."

The link:3-D Printing Goes From Sci-Fi Fantasy To Reality : NPR
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:27 PM
 
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I think 25 years is a better estimate. One example is China. Considering the amount of manufacturing they do, their reluctance to move forward at a fast pace, and the power they wield in the world marketplace, things won't move much faster than they want it to.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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I think 25 years is a better estimate. One example is China. Considering the amount of manufacturing they do, their reluctance to move forward at a fast pace, and the power they wield in the world marketplace, things won't move much faster than they want it to.
Maybe but 25 years is a long time. I mean that would be 2038, a full 8 years after the singularity hits. By 2033 computers will be the size of blood cells so I am just going with my prediction of 10 to 15 years.

I wonder what that will do to the China economy?

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