PieceMaker Next Pilot ToysRus

ToysRus PieceMaker Won The West…Again?

Two Locations For Some 3d Printing ToysRus PieceMaker Action

ToysRus are putting The PieceMaker Factory™ into their stores. It won’t be producing the famous Colt PeaceMaker, famed to be the “The gun that won the West.” (At least not in anything else but plastic.) I would think ToysRus hope that this 3d Printing initiative will be a competition leading move.

Innovation and leadership are often the keys to keeping the top dog position in business. ToysRus sprung to the front of the pack as a toy buyers super store. The concept was simple; ‘make your store as big as a warehouse’.  Have loads of product in the largest footprint retail outlet you can find. The large form factor stores really blow away the competition and help streamline inventory management.

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The New 3d Systems Industrial 3d Printer Line Up

3d Printing News Alert: 3d Systems New 3d Printer Lineup

You can dream right? 3d Systems New 3d Printer Range

This looks like a pretty strong move by the company.

I have been a bit critical of how 3d Systems had focused a little too much on the consumer range of 3d Printers. This was a great initial move by the company and gave them a huge jump on the market.

3d Systems Aggressive In The Consumer 3d Printer Space

Moving aggressively in the home consumer area gave 3d Systems media attention and certainly sold the sizzle of 3d Printing and its future to the world. “Let’s put a 3d Printer in every Blokes Shed!” Is how I would sum up the strategy from an outsiders viewpoint.  Of course that included schools, Universities and the like.

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Bionic Eye

Will 3d Printing With evok3d Fast Track Six Million Dollar Man’s Bionic Eye?

Follow-Up Case Study To The evok3d 3d Printing 2.0 Event

After attending the evok3d 3d Printing technology sessions called Updates & Insights – 3d Printing 2.0. I promised I would do some follow-up case studies.  This is the first of a series of really exciting cases on how 3d Printing is enabling breakthrough innovations.  Special thanks to the team at evok3d for keeping me across some really exciting and cutting edge use cases they are involved in.

3d Printing, Steve Austin And The Bionic Man

If you happen to be around my age you may remember a show in the early 70’s called the Six Million Dollar Man. Astronaut Steve Austin is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. They rebuild Steve and make him, “better, faster, stronger than he was before”. He becomes the ‘bionic man’. He gets a new arm, leg and eye.

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Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper? MCOR IRIS Go Figure?

3d Printing Using Paper Makes Sense When You Think About It…

You know when you hear about a new innovation and you think, “what a great idea, that is so obvious, why didn’t I think of that?”  No wise cracks ok!

Yes, 3d Printing in paper makes so much sense.  There are so many benefits.  The MCOR IRIS is certainly hitting a lot of hot points.  Let’s look at the process and list some pros and cons below.

Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper MCOR IRIS
Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper MCOR IRIS

Process

The process is very different to most other 3d Printing engines.  It warrants a post mainly because it is using so many different methods to achieve its high quality result.  The result is Full Colour 3d Printing output.

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Will Multi Jet Fusion™ 3d Printing Power HP Revival

HP Multi Jet Fusion™ 3d Printing Designed To Disrupt

“Multi Jet Fusion™” 3d Printing is set to change the 3d Printing landscape forever. To quote HP its “features include a unique synchronous architecture using multiple chemical agents that together resolve the fundamental limitations of current 3D printing systems”.

This does make a lot of sense and probably strikes at the heart of the one of the limiting aspects of the current crop of 3d Printers. Most of the current crop are very limited in materials variations they can print.  There is likely some of the larger 3d Printing players kicking their respective R&D labs up the butt as I write this. I am not sure how well HP’s innovation is covered by patents, but you would expect there to be plenty of action there. Certainly Multi Jet Fusion™ is trademarked by HP and a catchy little name at that.

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Human 3d Printed Replacement Parts Become The Norm?

The 3d Printing Revolution Will Affect Nearly Every Aspect Of Human Life

I saw this story by Reporter Greg Hoy on the ABC 7.30 Report Hosted by Leigh Sales on the 22nd of October and wanted to share it with all of you that missed it.  It really hit the ball out of the park, showing how the 3d Printing Revolution is changing just about every aspect of our human society.

It’s a great round up of where we are at with 3d Printing.  It does cover a lot more than the medical case that it says on the stories label.

Perhaps we could put this video away as a time capsule and dig it out again in a decade or so.  I am pretty sure we will see a big contrast.  The speed of development is amazing.

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3d Printing With 3DHubs, Go Global Print Local

3d Printing Global Capacity Management

If you are not familiar with 3dHubs, let me explain. 3dHubs is an online trading platform that allows for sourcing 3d Printers to produced 3d objects globally. Yes,that’s it in a nutshell. With “3d Printing With 3DHubs”, you are able to book the production of your product/s with a 3d Printer just about anywhere in the world.  Check out some of the stats from 3dHubs below showing listing growth.  (That is nearly a 30-40 degree growth trend.)

3d Printing With 3DHubs Growth In 3d Printer Listings
3d Printing With 3DHubs Growth In 3d Printer Listings

Th current state of play is seeing 3DHubs with around 8,489. The goal is to have 10,000 3d Printers available online by the end of the year. It does look that they are on track.

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3d Printed Cars? Henry Ford Eat Your Heart Out

3d Printed Cars Could Be A Reality Soon!

Did Henry Ford the visionary, see this one coming? Something that could side step the dominance of assembly or production line… Something that could change the way we conceive of manufacturing?

3d Printed Car - The Strati
3d Printed Car – The Strati

3d Printing Cars, One Of The Most Revolutionary Changes To Auto Manufacture Since The Assembly Line?

Yes, this could change the way we produce something which arguably has defined our modern lifestyles; ‘the car’.

The advent of the mass manufactured automobile could be one of the most fundamental changes modern mankind has encountered. It gave us freedom to roam so much further than we ever had before. To pack the family up and move it and just about whatever else we wanted. Yes, we were soon able to  jaunt off hundreds if not thousands of miles away in a short space of time. This all became possible because of the automobile produced out of the modern manufacturing assembly line.

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PrintAlive BioPrints Living 3d Skin - Cell Layering On Substrate

Yes It’s Real PrintAlive BioPrints Living 3d Skin

Living 3d Skin Tissues Could Change Skin Grafting Forever?

We are seeing a profusion of breakthroughs in the bio printing space. This one shows so much promise. The PrintAlive BioPrints Living 3d Skin! That means that it has the potential to lead the way in replacing the normally very invasive and damaging skin grafting process.

I found the video a little hard to listen to, but if you advance to about 1 minute in you can see the magic happening! The video that shows the microfluidic cartridge-based technology outputting to what seems to me to be the roll of hydrogel. This is truly giving us a glimpse of the future now. This is a little factory. It fits into my proposition that we will soon be seeing Desktop Factories! Being a printer from way back this is a really familiar process!

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3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2

MUST SEE 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2

3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2-Is This How We Will Create The Next Virtual World?

Want to see the future right now? Check out the video below and then let’s talk! Yes, I don’t want to stop you too much longer before you watch VRClay (Virtual Clay)  in action. This is an Oculus Rift Developer showing what can be done with 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2.


Ok, now that we have that out of the way. What did you think? If it was like me, you were completely blown away by 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2.

3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2
3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2

I sometimes wish I was younger with more time in my life to play and hack on this stuff…  I keep contrasting being excited about creating a program that added 2 numbers on my Commodore Vic-20 computer in it’s massive 5k of ram, somewhere around 1980 and being so darn excited. Not long after I also remember thinking; “ok, is that it?” Now we are looking at 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2.

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