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3D Printing And The Guinness Book Of World’s Records

What weighs around 1,650 pounds and is about as long as a large sport utility vehicle? It’s the world’s “largest solid 3-D printed item,” created by Boeing and one of its research partners – and certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

The record-setting object — which measures 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall – is a wing trim and drill tool that Boeing will use to build its forthcoming 777X airplane. And it represents Boeing’s latest achievement in 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing.

The creation of this item “is just an example of what we can do with additive manufacturing,” said Leo Christodoulou, Materials & Manufacturing chief engineer at Boeing. Another way that 3D Printing is making huge developments in Aerospace.

“Additively manufactured tools will save energy, time, labor and production cost and are part of our overall strategy to apply 3-D printing technology in key production areas,” Christodoulou said.

The making of this tool exemplifies the tremendous efficiencies that 3-D printing can generate.

Read the full article here on Boeing’s website

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Marketing Help For 3D Printing File Companies

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The association of 3D Printing has found some interesting domains for sale by one of our members. 3Dfiledesigns.com and 3d file design.com are on sale at a trusted broker SEDO.com. The small investment can help companies with complicated or non-intuitive URL’s be found easier on google.

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3D Printing News And 3D Printing Disruptions – When Will It End?

In an interesting study by Accenture, the disruptive effects of 3D Printing are actually being monetized. According to Cisco Systems Inc., there is an estimated $14.4 trillion in “digital disruption dollars” up for grabs between now and 2022. This makes it more and moire necessary for 3D Printing entrepreneurs to understand the business of 3D Printing.

Accenture believes that digital supply networks are the backbone of this new ecosystem: worldwide conduits that streamline and accelerate the exchange of products, materials, components and (perhaps most important) information. We also believe 3D printing is an ideal illustration of the digital supply network’s vast potential.

Rad the full article here

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3D Printing And Logistics – Where Is The Disruption?

According to our fiends ant Ernst And Young, 3D Printing is affecting all industries in different ways; The logistics sector, however, is experiencing particular disruption. The impacts are two-way: manufacturers will be able to 3D print products closer to their customers, on demand, so reducing logistics costs. This will influence the entire logistics and transportation industry, requiring it to adjust its business models. As 3DP technology advances swiftly, many global logistics players are considering its impact and how it will influence their future approach.

EY’s global research shows that 10% of all logistics and transportation companies already have experience of additive manufacturing. Will this be another disruptor? Read the full article EY

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3D Printing Disrupting Manufacturing

According to a PWC study, more than two-thirds of US manufacturers are using 3D printing in some way—chiefly in prototyping.

71.1% of US manufacturers are applying 3D printing technology in some way, up slightly from 67% in 2014.
But, when we look at how the technology is being used, we see some important shifts. A higher percentage of manufacturers, compared to two years ago, are using it for prototyping (31.4%), the production of end-products (6.6%)—or both (13.2%). At the same time, fewer (17.4%) are merely “experimenting to determine” how the technology may be useful to their operations—down from two years ago when 28.9% said they were in the tinkering phase.

As customers demand faster turn arounds and more customization, 3D Printing will only rise.

Read the full study here

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3D Printing Business Course Celebrates It’s Third Year

The largest 3D Printing Online Business course, the 3D Printing MBA is celebrating it’s third year educating entrepreneurs and enthusiasts on the business side of 3D Printing. When we spoke with the founders, they told us “3D Printing technology is always changing. But the fundamentals of how to run a successful business do not.” Association member 3D Printing MBA offers a money back guarantee and an entertaining, multi media experience.

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3D Printing Industry Shakeup – 90% Of 3D Printing Businesses Fail

This is better than the Small Business Administration’s statistics that 90% of all business opened each year will not be in business within one year. But we have found, sitting at at the helm of the industry is that 3D Printing Failures are not that far behind.

The most common reason, is that many entrepreneurs are idea people, and what is often missing is strong marketing and sales. In hundreds of meetings with 3D Printing start ups, we often find then concentrating on their differentiators, and not necessarily their customers.

The Association of 3D Printing stands behind the entrepreneurs who created an online business 3D Printing course, which can be found at http://3dprintingmba.com. This course is about business, not “how to print.”

If you look closely, you’ll see some of the Association’s content there as well. At $97, it’s a bargain.

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3D Printing Trade Association Quotes The 3D Printing Book

From “How to 3D Print Money”

3D Myths

This chapter looks at the myths of 3D printing. Radio was criticized when it began. TV was seen as the “work of the devil.” The Internet was referred to as “snake oil.” Every new development, going back even before the days of a “horseless carriage” was fought, critiqued, condemned, and dismissed by many. Movie buffs felt “talkies” would never catch on. 3D printing is no different. In the next chapter we will dispel many of these myths.

Myth #1: 3D Printing will never catch on because it is too technical. This technology uses specialized diagrams, complicated drawings, unusual materials, and requires an understanding of engineering, computer aided design (CAD), and computer automation. The 3D printing machines need special parts that are not easily available.

Myth #2: Most people won’t do any 3D printing because they’re not manufacturing people. Let’s face facts. How many people even understand manufacturing? And the USA is a service economy. Most MBAs aren’t studying manufacturing and the USA’s expertise is in marketing. Are we really all going to have desktops and spools of plastic going back and forth on our kitchen counters?

Myth #3: 3D printing will never replace traditional assembly line manufacturing. It’s much more cost effective to have hundreds of men and women lined up in a room making 1000 widgets with each production run. Didn’t Henry Ford invent the assembly line because it made more economic sense?

Myth #4: 3D printers are very slow and take a long time to make one product, so who can wait? Why wait 1-4 hours for a plastic syringe to be printed when you can have a cabinet full of them, ready to go?

Myth #5: You can only make plastic junk from 3D printers. Every picture I see of 3D printing shows some plastic cup or ball. Who needs it? How many people are using mosaic spheres in our world?

Myth #6: The labor unions will never allow a “no labor” manufacturing process. These unions are powerful and have members everywhere. There is no way they will allow products to be made without their hard work and input.

Myth #7: Holders of intellectual property will get ripped off and not paid for their designs. If I can put a CAD file into the cloud, or email it to someone, why would anyone pay for it? Just like pirating movies, software, Internet news and books….no one will pay for what they can get for free.

Myth #8: Computer automated design drawings are too big, too clunky, and take too long to download. This isn’t a simple word processing file, it’s an entire product design. It will take up a lot of space and most of us don’t have a fast enough Internet connection to get the files.

Myth #9: Most government agencies will not approve of any parts made by 3D printing. Governments have regulations which protect its citizens. If anyone with a 3D printer can start making junk and selling it, who will regulate it? Are you saying someone can print out a car part and just install it in a car? What if the part fails and there is an accident?

Myth #10: This will never be in reach of the common man. Machines are too expensive. Set up is too difficult. Supplies aren’t easy to get. Some of the 3D printing is about toys and games, but other applications seem to be about bones and eyeballs and airplane parts. It can’t get to all of us.

Myth #11: There is no demand for 3D-printed products. With Ecommerce, we can find anything we want on the Internet, order it, and have it in our hands in 1 day. Who is in a bigger rush than that?

Get the 3D Printing Book here!

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3D Printing Trade Association – 3D Printing Predictions For 2017

According to Gordon Styles, founder and president of Star Prototype.

“My biggest single prediction for 3D printing in 2017 is regarding the launch of the Hewlett Packard Jet Fusion 3D 4200. Since the late ‘80s and ‘90s, when SLS, LOM, FDM and many other technologies came out, there have been no real ‘step-changes’ in 3D printing technology. Well, in 2017 we will see the next step change in plastics 3D printing.”

The HP Jet Fusion technology threatens to be five to ten times faster than anything else on the market, offers a very strong nylon, and every voxel will be individually colored. This will be the first time that product designers can genuinely consider a plastic-related 3D printing technology as a truly viable ‘low-volume manufacturing’ technology. HP even claims that many of the structural plastic parts in its own machines have been built using earlier versions of the HP Jet Fusion technology. The world has waited nearly two decades for a genuine step change in plastic 3D printing and now there will be one.

Read the full article in new equipment digest

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3D Printing Trade Association Looks At The 3 Faster Growing 3D Printing Segments

AUTOMOTIVE

According to Chetan Mohan, a lead analyst at Technavio for computing devices research, the automotive segment “is the largest end-user for the 3D printers market, due to the shift within the sector towards the highly customizable 3D printing manufacturing of functional parts and prototypes.”

The sales of 3D printers for manufacturing metal automotive parts have increased significantly in the past ten years, thereby acting as a major factor driving the growth of 3D printers in the automotive segment. In one example, Fiat Chrysler prints model cars using 3D printing technology.

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

The consumer products segment of the global 3D printing should reach USD 2.39 billion by 2021. This is partly due to the price pressure on 3D printers. We now see more and more home-made designer toys and other usable items, including jewelry and clothing.

The manufacturers use various 3D printing software, The launch of more software and related apps for 3D printing is likely to drive the growth of the segment. It makes the whole process easier.

HEALTHCARE

“3D printing is used to manufacture various surgical equipment, prosthetics, implants, and tissue engineering products in the healthcare sector. The demand for the development of advanced or next-generation rapid prototyping systems is likely to propel the growth of the segment,” Mohan said. Plus it saves lives. Learn more about Bioprinting here.

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