3D Printing – Cartridge or Generic?

When working with participants in STEMulate Learning workshops and the SOLID Learning educational program, I personally find it very hard to suggest that teachers select cartridge-based 3D printers because budgets for new tech in public schools can be so tight. … Continue reading

3D Printing for Dummies Cast Online Hangout

I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss 3D printing with my fellows from the “3D Printing for Dummies” book, sharing the discussion as part of a Google+ Hangout conducted by Element14 to address their members and anyone that was interested in … Continue reading

Sharing Concepts through 3D Printing

3D Printing has been used for rapid prototyping designs like the outer shell for recent XBox One desigs, but some vendors are offering their latest concept designs for public review and in order to build interest in new concept products. … Continue reading

3D Printed Crowd-Sourced Sculpture

3D Printed sculptures can be formulated by crowd participants, converting the artistic designs of individual designers into an opportunity for community involvement and cooperation. In preparing the “3D Printing for Dummies” book, I took part in the PrintToPeer sculpture Linked … Continue reading

3D Printed Firearms and the Third Industrial Revolution

Liberator 3D-Printed Gun

Multiple concerns have been raised with regards to the potential for 3D printers to replicate firearms, which is a matter of particular concern to governments who restrict their citizens from firearm ownership. The first area in which this issue was … Continue reading

3D Printing for Dummies in Artistic Sculpture

Print2Peer Icon for 3D Printing for Dummies book's tiles.

Artist Jeff de Boer developed the idea for a sculpture he termed “Linked.” This display was intended for display at a Canadian Maker-related event and is made of individual tiles created by members of the public using 3D printers. Tiles … Continue reading

Production Mobility in the Third Industrial Revolution

A black plastic siling ship within a clear plastic "bottle" shape.

A manufacturer of 3D printers, Objet, provides a remarkable example of their 3D printing capability using a dark opaque plastic to create a whole ship nestled within a bottle made of transparent plastic. Just as 3D printers can now create … Continue reading

3D Printing Shattering Traditional Practices

When we consider the impact of the Third Industrial Revolution as we look ahead, 3d printing, crowd funding, robotics, ad-hoc media content, and a host of other technologies offer a means to not only alter the course of production but … Continue reading

3D Printing and Planned Obsolescence

The capability for product personalization and customization in the Third Industrial Revolution offers a way to eliminate the traditional roll-out of “this year’s model” and the concept of planned obsolescence that is behind the current economic cycle: [produce→consume→discard→repeat] As an example … Continue reading