By Daniel Suib of the 3D Printing Channel
I recently read an article posted by Esther Dyson, a famous Journalist, Philanthropist and tech savvy investor, where she was discussing the future of 3D Printing. The article, written by her in July of 2013 stated her view of the future of the 3D printing industry and how it would affect the world.
And I quote Esther Dyson…
”Like computers and the Internet, 3D Printing will affect business and behavior around the world and across industries. Already, there is a growing number of shared 3D printing services, enabling you to print something of your own design or use (a customized version of) designs that you can find in online catalogues or order through 3D design shops.
Over time, these print shops will replace thousands of stores carrying millions of items, some of which sit around for months waiting to be bought. They will print goods using designs from online services that offer designs for open-source, free-design goods and branded goods that may not seem very distinct except for a logo.”
As Dyson predicted, we are in her future. 3D printing is coming to the forefront of our production channels and disrupting much of the supply chains that are so commonly known as “importing & exporting”. The amount of money that our American companies are going to save strictly in creating our own molds…will be in the billions.
When we are no longer forced to bow to the unpopular business practices of child labor in foreign countries due to cost suppression and profit margins, then we can start thinking about the human affect this industry will have on our integrity and moral standards.
Just a thought as we forge forward with Esther Dyson’s future….