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Where are we heading with 3D printing? Who knows

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A 3D printer in action

By Subhashish Panigrahi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Everybody loves 3D printing at first sight and it is hard to imagine somebody not thinking about new ways of using it. This amazing technology has been around for a while, but thanks to those who have worked to make it affordable, we can now even think about owning a 3D printer at home. It is getting so big, every day you can find new examples of people giving a good use to it.

Have you ever been to a Fablab? Do you know what they are? FabLab is short for fabrication laboratory and they are just amazing. It all started, as many other great things, at the MIT back in 2001. Today, they are all around the world so you may find one close to your location. Here you can find a list of FabLabs.

If you can’t find a good local 3D printing service, there are startups like Fabshub (they actually beyond 3D printing, check it out!) and 3Dhubs promoting the idea of sharing, so if you have a project you want to print, there are people worldwide waiting to help you for a small fee. Also if you have a very sophisticated design, you can check with the guys at Shapeways where you can also sell your creations. There are thousands of examples from non profit to commercial services.

Back to business, 3D printing means you can have a physical prototype of your work in the matter of hours and at a cheaper price than ever before. People are starting to talk about the Third Industrial Revolution because a major change is coming, and at a fast pace. With 3D printing you may be able to print spare pieces for your gadgets or your war miniatures. Actually, you can already do that thanks to blogs like Thingiverse and services like My Mini Factory and many others.

Here at Inventure Cloud we are using 3D printing to build prototypes of the first ideas that come to our desk and we can’t be more grateful to this technology. There seem to be no limits to it. The more we work with them, the more we see how this is going to change it all. Just imagine the first home paper printer you saw (if you were born in the 70s or 80s) and how they have evolved from those slow noisy blue ink big artifacts to today’s small, HD quality printers you can buy for less than a 100€. Well, its no different with 3D printing, or is it? Well actually yes, you can now print your own 3D printer. Crazy!

A 44 sec video of a 3D printer in action.
A gothic cathedral printed in 10 hours and 20 minutes.

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