Monthly Archives: March 2012

3D Printing Industry Will Reach $3.1 Billion Worldwide by 2016

“Additive Manufacturing, aka 3D Printing, will reach $3.1 billion worldwide by 2016 and $5.2 billion by 2020. In the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing world, you can’t go far without hearing the name: Terry Wohlers. He is the man who built Wohlers Associates with 25-plus years of studying, analyzing, and forecasting growth to give you those numbers above.” Read more here!Image

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The Time is Right for a 3D Printed Clock

This 3D printed clock, created by the UK product design outfit Gilbert 13, was inspired by ” the beautifully crafted antiquities, curiosities and oddities from days gone” and consists of a domed birdcage containing a rotating tree with a moving sing hanging from one of the branches. Check it out in the video or read more in this article, “Time for a 3D Printed Clock.”

3D Prosthetics Offer Amputees New Lease on Life

San Francisco-based Bespoke Innovations talks about creating unique, custom-fit prosthetics using 3D technologies.

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All the Cool Kids Wear Air Jordan Prosthetics

Designer Colin Matsco created a Nike prosthetic leg for an athletic young man who wanted to maintain his active lifestyle. In All the Cool Kids Wear Air Jordan Prosthetics,  Billy May of Yanko Design writes:

3D printing has become an incredibly powerful tool to customize one-off products for differing applications. This project was based on using this technology to design a customized prosthetic leg for a specific user- a young, urban, male athlete. Nike was chosen as an appropriate brand to bring form to the leg. It also required familiarizing oneself with the emotional, medical, lifestyle, and physical changes the user would encounter.

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3D Printing in the Medical World

In early February there was a ton of buzz surrounding an 83-year old woman in the Netherlands receiving the first ever 3D printed titanium jaw transplant. The role of additive manufacturing and digital fabrication in the medical device and healthcare industry is growing rapidly, due to the growing opportunities for its application. In the world of medicine, 3D printing is being used to create customized devices such as hearing aids, orthopedic implants, and dental implants, in addition to creating visual models and surgical guides that helps doctors and surgeons to better analyze and treat patients. Check out the following article: “3D printing in medicine: What is happening right now in patients.”

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3D Printing saves Manhattan-based Jeweler

Manhattan-based jeweler Carlos Zamora speaks with New York Business contributor Jeremy Quittner about the advantages of 3D printing in the jewelry industry.

“There are a lot of jewelry companies outsourcing to China now, and I could not compete with those prices and the labor. If it were not for this, I don’t think I’d be in business. It means I can be price-competitive and keep the work here in the United States.”

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What’s the Difference Between Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing?

Many people often wonder what the distinguishing factor between rapid prototyping and 3D printing is. Well, this snippet by gives a concise explanation of the key differences between the two.

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Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World

Why is it that we are more willing to work toward the “epic win” in the gaming world than in the real world? What is it about the virtual world that empowers us to persistently pursue a mission? Check out this fascinating TED Talk about utilizing technology and the unique way in which we interact with it to create positive change in the world.

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