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3D Printing Comes to Community Visioning

3D Printing Comes to Community Visioning

We have a long standing interest in the revolutionary potential for 3-D printing.  Planetizen highlights an Atlantic Cities post on how Lexington, KY is making exciting use of this innovative technology: Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville calls the city’s annual Ideas Festival a “democratized” version of the TED conference. “You don’t have to pay ten […]

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Shapeways:  Bringing 3D Printing to the Masses?

Shapeways: Bringing 3D Printing to the Masses?

I know, we’re getting a little obsessive about 3-D printing.  But TechCrunch recently reported that 3-D printer Shapeways just raised $5.1 million and is preparing to expand its presence into the New York metro area: Historically goods ordered (and then printed) through Shapeways have been manufactured either through contracted third-parties, or through the company’s own […]

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The Next Big Thing:  3D Printing

The Next Big Thing: 3D Printing

We’ve mentioned this before, but the Economist has a piece on how 3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing in the next decade or so: It works like this. First you call up a blueprint on your computer screen and tinker with its shape and colour where necessary. Then you press print. A machine nearby whirrs into […]

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3-D Printing & the NonProfit Sector

3-D Printing & the NonProfit Sector

Much of the discussion about 3-D printing focuses on the impact it is having (and will have) on manufacturing.  The “Future Tech” column at the Nonprofit Times argues that the impact of this technology will extend far beyond manufacturing into even the nonprofit sector.  The potential uses identified include: Education working in the classroom. 3D […]

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Another Milestone for 3-D Printing

Another Milestone for 3-D Printing

3-D printing is one of our favorite topics.  This latest story about the technology comes with a local flavor and a human touch. Joseph Gilbert, a 6-year-old who lives in Chester [NY], was born without any fingers on his left hand. It’s a condition that affects one in every 10,000 births, said his mother, Dori. […]

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The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing:  Human Organs?

The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing: Human Organs?

For several years now, we’ve been following the potential for 3-D printing to change the economy.  The implications for boutique manufacturing and on-demand design and production are pretty impressive.  But here’s something we hadn’t anticipated:  using the technology to create replacement parts for humans.  CNN has the story:  

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