Player Avatar Motleyholic (< 20) Submitted: 8/28/2012 6:36:07 PM : Outperform Start Price: $28.39 DDD Score: -35.13

This new technology has unlimited potential to change the way we design, manufacture, transport and buy things. My prediction is that within the next decade these machines will be selling in retail outlets and will be as common as a paper printer. In the next 50 years this could be the force that develops cellular transportation - print me up, Scottie!!

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Member Avatar BentMike (40.32) Submitted: 8/31/2012 4:28:56 PM
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I don't get it, I have been using this rapid prototyping technology for going on 20 years. It is not new (there are some new materials, but incremental improvements, not new), it is mature, it is being marketed well. Also there are a some idle hands both new and experienced engineers that are trying their hands at product design.

People doing product design do not think this is some great new thing. They have been using it, or they are newbies, or behind the times (=doomed). I do not see where this big upside is going to come from.

Common as paper. That is very fanciful. A 3D model is not a functional product. The printed representation is not either. You would not buy these printed parts at the Dollar store, they don't look good, and they are not made from the right materials to provide good service.

A functional product requires that serious money be put up for tooling and infrastructure. If the bean counters think they can buy each others stock an make big bucks, they will do that and continue to aver actually making anything. They work on productivity, not risky new ideas. This has been going on for a decade. It is why we have a service economy.

Member Avatar 2008Rehab (< 20) Submitted: 9/15/2012 12:43:53 AM
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Good point.
The key for this technology to break out of the model, prototype, and curious objects phase is development of printable durable material.

Member Avatar Rollomc (49.90) Submitted: 10/24/2012 8:44:01 PM
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What will the printable 3-D items that we will all want to produce in our homes be? I can think of a world of things I want. I order one or two a month from Amazon. What are the items I will want to produce then reproduce, or the range of items I will go to my 3-D machine to get?

Member Avatar chris293 (88.33) Submitted: 11/19/2012 1:13:40 AM
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NASN uses the 3D printers for parts, etc. Think of the time and costs saved. I noticed the Graham figure above, yet if you compare some numbers with sales and growth, I believe DDD beats SYSS. This is a new industry with the growth over 50%, how can you knock that?

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