Monday, August 12, 2013

3D printer pieces

There are soooo many things you can grow today with a 3d printer. Your imagination is the limit. Here are some sample items.

3d printer ball

3d printer ring

3d printer shoes

3d printer guitar

3d printer city!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Forecast for 3d Printers

3D printing is projected to be a $782 million dollar industry by 2013. Z Corp, of course, currently controls the lion share of the market. We're still in the infancy of the industry. It will be interesting to see other companies grow in the near future to challenge Z Corp.

The leading technologies in 3d printing are ink-jet, fused depositio modeling, selective laser sintering, and stereolithograph solid imaging.

3D printer prices will continue to decline although we're still a good bit away from seeing this technology enter into the cusumer market. Open source projects like RepRap and Fab@Home may shorten that time though. Who knows, by 2013, you may be seeing 3d printers at Best Buy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The New High School Shop Class

Sherwood High School in Oregon bought themselves a $30,000 3D printer and now John Niebergall’s advanced shop class is covetted class to get into.

“We need to continue to educate our students that engineers are and will remain in very high demand in Oregon and the United States and that we are at risk of losing our edge in innovation in the global market if recent trends continue.”

Brooks says Niebergall’s program, which combines traditional shop classes like woodworking with high tech software and 3D printers “is a shining example of how you can get kids interested in the engineering field.”

“It is fun and remains very lucrative,” Brooks says of the field he chose for his own career path. “Especially for students that continue on to a four-year engineering college program.”

Last year, Jonathan Crompton of Sherwood High School won the Dimension 3D Printing Group Redesign contest. Now, Sherwood's Ben Foley is one of the 3 finalists in this year's competition. A $2,500 scholarship is the prize!

I believe this opens up a whole new market for Dimension 3D. Imagine if every high school across America gets one of their printers ... that's thousands of units!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Dimension 3D Printing Redesign Contest Finalists

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSYS), announced today the nine finalists for its fourth annual “Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge,” a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students.

The nine finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 800 design entries worldwide. Entries fall in to one of three categories: High School, University and the newly added, Art and Architecture category. The three first place category winners will receive $2,500 scholarships. The remaining finalists each will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Finalists and Category Details

The final contestants from the high school category are Ashley Bredemus (Rubik’s Sphere for the Blind) of Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minn.; Kyle Olbrich (The Eggcinerator) of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and in his second consecutive year as a finalist, Zach Stephens (Triple Play Light Bulb) of Westfield High School in Carmel, Ind.

Final contestants from the University category are Ashley Lemon (Public Seating) of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn.; Nate Moren (Flat Door Stop) of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn.; and George Suarez (Solar Powered Water Desalination Unit) of the University of California Davis in Davis, Calif.

Final contestants in the Art and Architecture category are Benjamin Foley (Redesigned Lave Lamp) of Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore.; Nicole Redcross (Mrs. Redcross 2226) of Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Essiah Underwood (Bfly Fan) of Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Announcement of Winners

The three winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 20 at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) Rapid 2008 Conference and Exposition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The announcement will be made at the opening of the conference. Immediately following the May 20 announcement, an in-depth web video profiling the three winning students and their designs will be on Dimension’s Web site.

“Our fourth annual Extreme Redesign contest has again been an exciting competition with impressive designs coming from all categories,” said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. “I want to thank all those who participated in the contest and I look forward to May 20 when we announce the winners in each of the three categories at SME’s Rapid 2008.”