An amazing concept for future use of 3D printers is shown in this video. Basically it says that in the future it will be so easy and cheap to print anything that we will prefer to travel without our suitcase. When we arrive to any location we will print locally what ever we need.
Yes I know it will not happen tomorrow but eventually sooner than we think this will be the way we will travel with our luggage.
“Eytam Robotics approached me few weeks ago with a problem they had” says Noam Eshkol CEO and founder of Kazzata which is a 3D printing marketplace for spare parts . Eytam develops, manufactures and distributes high end educational robots. Their customer base are pupils in schools which are very happy with the robots that they program and operate, so they can learn the basics of robotics. The pupils are instructed to operate the robots only on the floor and not on a table. Why? because if on a table and when programing they entered wrong parameters and the robot doesn’t stop at the end of the table, it can simply fell to the floor, and sometimes the outer panels of the robot break.
Eytam robotics searched for a solution to supply spare parts for their first generation of educational robots which they don’t manufacture anymore but still want to maintain high level of service and thus need to keep an inventory of its spare parts.
“I am happy to say” says Noam, “that they chose the solution that Kazzata offer”. They uploaded their first generation robot spare part CAD files into the Kazata repository and now pupils and teachers are downloading the files and print it on their 3D printer only when they really need the part.
Kazzata solution enabled Eytam Robotics save the expenditure of investing in slow moving inventory while their customers still get immediate solution when they need to replace a broken panel of a robot.
About Kazzata: Kazzata is creating the world’s largest online CAD file repository and marketplace for spare parts, which will, through 3D printing, dramatically ease the accessibility of rare or obsolete spare parts for consumers and businesses, reducing frustration and productivity loss. Kazzata also solves the logistical and planning problems of manufacturers that have to supply aftermarket service parts by enabling on-demand 3D printing of parts. For 3D designers and engineers, Kazzata provides a way to monetize designs that are licensed through the site.
According to a new Mckinsey & Company report, CEOs who are already considering the implications of 3D printing technology in the future will have an advantage – as they will have a chance to develop early in-house technical expertise which can be put to work in an efficient manner.
I think we are included in this group with kazzata.com, isn’t it?
I am happy to see that Microsoft is seeing the 3D printing future in a much brighter light now considering they were late to the Internet and missed the smartphone train, but it appears they are just on time for 3D printing.
This guy from Your Lock Lab is exploring different ways to overcome security devices, with a focus on locks. The techniques he will look at include both non-destructive (picking, bypassing, etc.) as well as a few destructive methods. In this video he shows how to 3D print a pick handle.
For HP it’s a natural business to start and develop 3D printers, but is there a possibility that HP will 3D print glass anytime soon?
As part of its ongoing RAGNAROK (Research on Advancing Glass & Non-organic Applications to Recreate Objects & Kinetics) project in 2012, HP Labs is looking at glass as a potential candidate for use in 3D printing. HP’s paper says, “glass is easy to recycle and environmentally friendly. Glass is inexpensive but looks precious; it’s pleasant to the touch and is so familiar that customers won’t be disappointed by its fragility.” Print transparent glass is still the challenge for current 3D printers and HP has been exploring the use of glass and several possible ways of printing it.
Taken from 3ders.org. Click HERE to read full article.