This article continues where the last one left off…6 more myths about 3d printing.
Myth #6: The labor unions will never allow a “no labor” manufacturing process. There is no need to make an argument here. Labor unions had better figure this out, and figure out how to embrace the change. We have seen countless industries tap dance their way out of labor unions’ demands. This will be no different.
Myth #7: Holders of intellectual property will get ripped off and not paid for their designs. Yes and no. There is plenty of illegal pirating of audio, video, and other intellectual property. 3D printing will be no different. However, there are legal sites to download audio, video, ebooks, and other protected IP. Some of those websites are quite small but other sites are run by multi-billion dollar firms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. There will always be thieves. And there will be legal, recognizable, accountable companies that house and sell 3D printing blueprints and drawings.
Myth #8: Computer automated designs are too big, too clunky, and take too long to download. This is false. Those files are 1’s and 0’s and are about the size of text files.
Myth #9: Most government agencies will not approve of any parts made by 3D printing. First of all, how will they know? And secondly, aren’t governments more concerned with the supplier’s credibility than the manufacturing process? Just like individuals and companies, governments will benefit from rapid prototyping.
Myth #10: 3D printing will never be in reach of the common man. False. Forget that 3D printers will get less expensive and more available. It isn’t about the technology, it is about the benefits of the technology. So even if there isn’t a 3D printer in every home, big brands like Nike and Black & Decker will be able to use 3D printing for market research, prototyping, customization, and modification. So the next time a runner buys a Nike running shoe, she may have the 3D printing benefits embedded within the product.
Myth #11: There is no demand for 3D-printed products. True, you don’t hear people saying “I need a 3D printed toy car.” Let’s go back to what is demanded. Quick. Customized. Inexpensive. Available. Changeable. Adaptable. The demands are about the products, not how the products are made. Everybody whined about Ecommerce. And that has only risen since it hit the common market. So as long as core desires about purchasing continue in the same trend, 3D printing will satisfy some of the demands. And we haven’t even talked about what companies are demanding.
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