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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 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?

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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


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.


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.


“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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3D Printing Trade Association News – New 3D Printing Center To Open

German industrial group Thyssenkrupp plans to open its own 3D printing center this year to manufacture products for its customers.

As well as producing steel, submarines and elevators, Thyssenkrupp supplies thousands of tonnes of metal and plastic products and provides supply-chain management services to a quarter of a million customers worldwide.

When you use 3D printing it saves money on material costs by reducing the number of parts needed tenfold or more, and also saves time from design to manufacturing, allowing objects to be produced in small batches in a cost-effective way. There is also a lot less waste as you only use the materials you need for any given print.

Hans-Josef Hoss, an executive board member of Thyssenkrupp Materials Services division said: “We have decided to establish our own 3D printing center. We have invested already into the machines.

“We start from the engineering side and deliver the final product with all aftersales and related services,” he said in a speech at an event during the Hannover Messe, the world’s biggest industrial fair.

Hoss said the center would be inaugurated in September, and would produce both metal and plastic products.

On Another note, visit a 3D Printing E-learning site.

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Latest 3D Printing News – 3D Printing For Consumers – New Metal 3D Printer

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3D Printing for Consumers: What Does it Mean for the Future of IP? – Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:10:51 GMT

IPWatchdog.com3D Printing for Consumers: What Does it Mean for the Future of IP?IPWatchdog.comSpeaking at a USPTO 3D Printing Conference in June 2016, Russell Slifer, Former Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy Director of the USPTO, …

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This German Industrial Giant Plans to ‘Print’ Products for Its Customers – Fortune Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:40:41 GMT

FortuneThis German Industrial Giant Plans to ‘Print’ Products for Its CustomersFortuneGerman industrial group Thyssenkrupp plans to open its own 3D printing center this year to manufacture products for its customers, a company executive said on Tuesd …

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​GE, Stratasys, SAP push 3D printing, additive manufacturing – ZDNet Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:57:00 GMT

ZDNet​GE, Stratasys, SAP push 3D printing, additive manufacturingZDNetWhen you look at the industries that 3D printing is destined to disrupt in the future, the list is long and distinguished. Here is our take on the state of 3D printing, the ways co …

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GE expands additive manufacturing capabilities, new metal 3D printer coming soon – 3D Printing Industry Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:09:39 GMT

3D Printing IndustryGE expands additive manufacturing capabilities, new metal 3D printer coming soon3D Printing IndustryThe Munich CRE will feature up to 10 metal 3D printers from Arcam and Concept Laser and use, “GE’s cloud-based Predix operating pl …

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3D Printing Trade Association Discusses 3D Printing Branding

There are two hitchhikers on the road. One is holding a sign that says “Denver.” The other one is holding a sign that says “Denver, so I can meet my mom for dinner.”
The second hitchhiker is more likely to be picked up. He hasn’t provided information to the world, he has provided an emotion. Branding is the emotional relationship between your firm and its prospects and clients. The emotion is everything.

Take an example of a woman needing a washer for her faucet. With 3D printing, she can go online, get a diagram of the washer and print it at home. If she doesn’t own a 3D printer, she can call her local hardware store, which will produce it for her. No shipping company (or shipping clerks) involved, which also means that companies relying on these shipments for survival will have to change models and rebrand.

If our “washer-needing” woman above can simply print out a faucet washer, why can’t she print out a different, more competitive, and less-expensive version? She’ll stick with her original brand only if it makes financial and emotional sense. Ultimately she will get to make that choice, in real time. She’ll print it herself only if that’s a better alternative than having it shipped or seeking it at the hardware store.

Branding services often are pitched as building a brand: the logos, messaging, colors, and corporate identity. There is a lot of chirping about fonts, typefaces, paper stocks, and company slogans. The best branding experts are familiar with all types of media: TV, movies, radio, web, social, print, email, and mobile. They toss around terms like “YouTube channel” and “Facebook page” but the pros know that those are just tools, not the essence of branding.

Less often, though, do we hear about protecting a brand. Branding should be ongoing, fresh, informative, and captivating. Firms wishing to protect their brands will spend more money more frequently. Just like in a marriage (with the emotional connection), the branding relationship needs constant attention. How many husbands know their wives love them? And how many still want to be shown and told about this love? How frequently? Let’s take that a step further. That same wife may (hopefully) love her mother, her child, her cousin, her sister, her best friends, and her cat. Well, maybe she hates her cat. Does she express love the same way to all of those parties? Does she use different emotions, different messaging, and different behaviors to demonstrate this? Yes, she uses different tactics – and she does so intuitively.

So, how do we 3D print money from this knowledge? You can find out more with this 3D Printing Book.

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3D Printing Industry Growth Predictions


The 3D printing market is expected to reach USD 30.19 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 28.5% between 2016 and 2022. 3D printing is used to develop prototypes and end products in industries such as automotive, medical, aerospace, defense, dental, biomedical, jewelry, art, architecture, fashion designing, and interior designing among others. Along with these, electronics, robotics, spacecraft, construction, organ transplantations, food, and other industries have also started adopting the 3D printing technology. The market is growing rapidly, and it is now focusing on the production of end parts with the development of technologies and metal powdered materials.

The break-up of profile of primary participants is given below:

• By Company Type: Tier 1 – 25%, Tier 2 – 45% and Tier 3 –30%
• By Designation: C-Level – 35%, Director Level – 40%, Others – 25%
• By Region: North America – 45%, Europe – 35%, APAC – 15%, RoW – 5%

The major players in the 3D printing market include 3D Systems Corporation (U.S.), Stratasys Ltd. (U.S. & Israel), the ExOne Company(U.S.), Voxeljet AG (Germany), Arcam Group (Sweden), SLM Solutions Group AG (Germany), EOS GmbH (Germany), EnvisionTEC GmbH (Germany), Materialise NV (Belgium), Sciaky Inc. (U.S.), Concept Laser GmbH (Germany), Autodesk, Inc. (U.S.), Hoganas AB (Sweden), Renishaw PLC (U.K.).

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3D Printing News – Where Do You Go To Learn About 3D Printing Failures?

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3D printing is constantly evolving, reaching exciting new heights, and touching every industry you can think of – but all this progress has left a trail of mangled plastic, and a devastated machines in it’s wake.

The Art of 3D Print Failure is a Flickr group that aims to document this failure, because after all, mistakes are how we learn, and how we make sure the same thing doesn’t happen the next time around. It can also prevent mistakes from happening to those who are new to 3D printing, before they even make them!

Particular examples of 3D printing failure include the object becoming loose from the printbed, a glitch in the extruder; unstable printbed temperature, and wrong settings. There are also those times when no logical explanation can be found – which are often chalked up to forces beyond our control.

Read the full article and see the gallery here

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