3D Printing And Money – Are There Ways to 3D Print Money?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in 3D Printers, Business, Education

3D Printing And Money – Are There Ways to 3D Print Money?

Besides getting ahold of the best selling book; How to 3D Print Money (downloadable or on Amazon) Create and sell designs. This is the most affordable and easiest way to get started. It’s essentially like creating a smartphone app and selling it for royalties. * Start by learning from free CAD tools like Trimble Sketchup or TinkerCAD. Most beginners are surprised by how easily they can whip up a complex looking design after a few tutorials. Sophisticated and professional quality designs can be made with these tools. Make sure to leverage the available online tutorials and communities for help. Invent a design. * Leverage the power of 3D printing by creating complex shapes easily, customize designs cheaply, or create moving parts which require no assembly. Need inspiration? Spend time perusing the 40,000+ designs on thingiverse.com to marvel at the creativity and possibilities shared by others. * Once your design is complete in CAD, make sure it’s 3D printable (or “watertight,” in industry jargon). Other free tools like netfabb or the Solid Inspector plugin for Sketchup will find and correct errors you inadvertently created. * Now with your ready-to-print file, you just need to find an outlet to sell it. Sites like CG Trader are pure design marketplaces which allow users to search for 3D printable designs and print them on their own 3D printers. Other sites like Shapeways or i.Materialise allow similar services. Buy a 3D printer and offer a 3D printing service. While the concept is simple, this option is not quite as easy. It will require an investment of hundreds to thousands of dollars to acquire a printer. * The first step is to select a printer that has the right balance of cost, output quality, versatility, and ease of use. * Once you have the printer in your home or office you will need to spend ample time experimenting with it and mastering its intricacies. You will need to understand how variables like layer height, extrusion temperature, and travel speed will impact your print job. You will need to know how to select appropriate feedstock and optimize it based on the material type. Even the software you choose to turn the printable file into machine code (G-code in industry jargon) can influence the output. Many printers come with their own software to do this, but you may get different (perhaps better, in some cases) results with the open source replicator G, for instance. This in itself can be a fun path of discovery. * Once you are confident in your expertise you can enter the fray by offering your services as part of one of the emerging 3D printing networks. These are turnkey solutions with support for invoicing and shipping that allow you to list your printer and accept orders from people with designs they want printed. Currently, the largest such network is 3D Hubs. Come...

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News on HP and the 3D Printing Industry From Market Realist

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Investing

News on HP and the 3D Printing Industry From Market Realist

HP announcement leads to huge volatility for industry players “Despite the gains [in 2013], all the above-mentioned 3D Printing stocks suffered major declines in 2014 too. As of November 2014, 3D Systems and Stratasys stocks were respectively down 58% and 8% year-to-date. The primary reason for this decline is thought to be HP’s announcement that it will target the 3D printing industry for its future growth. According to 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental, HP’s entry into the 3D printing industry is expected to pose significant challenges to existing players in the industry. Wohlers Associates analyst Terry Wohlers expressed optimism about HP’s Multi Fusion Jet technology. He believes that HP’s technology has the potential to throw many other firms “out of business.” HP’s lower costs and faster throughput is expected to make the 3D printing industry more...

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Make It In India or Use 3D Printing Technology? What is the 3D Printing Strategy?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Business, Education

Make It In India or Use 3D Printing Technology? What is the 3D Printing Strategy?

Make In India aims to turn the country into a global manufacturing hub. International management expert Richard D’Aveni feels that it can be achieved through future technologies and not through old-world thinking. Another argument says that Modi’s Make In India has the right intent but a more conducive strategy for its success is imperative. Economic commentator Gautam Mukherjee agrees with Richard D’Aveni and says that India should take on hi-tech manufacturing because the mass manufacturing of low tech items is better done in China for many years. He adds that Make In India, in the coming years, will be seen to have rolled out in defence production. India buys more armaments than any other country in the world with huge investment. Anybody coming to India, who collaborates with private sector for defence equipments production, will have massive yields in terms of FDI. Are they developing CAD software in India for 3D...

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