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A Pessimistic Look at the Future of 3D Printing, Not According to the CEO of GE


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TurboSquid does a good job of quality control with their CheckMate Certification program. I could only imagine that other sellers/providers in the future would have a similar structure.
#1 Josh Siefer on 2013-02-08 12:42 (Reply)
As Bill Gates supposedly once said "Why would anyone ever need more than 256k of RAM?" .... not all great minds think great all the time ! I would suggest that Sam Jacob just had one of those moments...
#2 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-02-08 16:38 (Reply)
Time will tell :-)
#2.1 Duann on 2013-02-08 19:33 (Reply)
As a designer I've also feared seeing my designs consumed by the powers at be.
Collected and redistribute for all to have and enjoy. HORRIBLE IDEA RIGHT?

We truly feel that the 3d Printer has already liberated us from a design pipe line that was out of our reach. How they take away our reach in the future is in question.
Sure Straysys and 3dSystems could Patent troll like Apple does and hope that works for them.
However that cat is already out of the bag. The tech is here, the firmware is here, it's ALREADY open source and people have already made it better beyond the patents in question.

Someone asked me... as a designer how does 3d printing fit for you? Aren't you afraid everyone is going to do your job leaving you jobless?

My honest answer for years has been... the common tools that are allowed to the public today are enough to tease them into wanting more. Limitations in quality control, material choices, design alterations, and qty are all things that they are limited on. Initially people will dive in head first... find it is insufficient or doesn't meet their expectations. Their crudely planned design failed... they seek professionals. Enter me.

All I see is a sea of people finally realizing the challenges and thus value of my work.
#3 Justin Kelly (Homepage) on 2013-02-08 18:56 (Reply)
whoa whoa whoa

First you say:

"But this division of design from labor is exactly what makes it possible for a designer to successfully scale their works for financial success, this is not something unique to design for 3D printing, it is typical to design. The difference now lies in craft, where a craftsperson can create their work using digital fabrication and thereby scale their work just as designers have. Their craft may be in the manipulation of digital tools, voxels and code rather than with hands and physical tools, but is craft just the same."

I'm going to read "scale their work" in the 2nd sentence there to mean "get factories to make it", otherwise I'm not sure what you mean by "a craftsperson can create their work using digital fabrication and thereby scale their work just as designers have."

Then you say

"3D printing is already starting to free us from mass produced, corporate controlled forms of consumerism."

By allowing craftspeople to "scale their works for financial success"? Ie, feed them into the system of mass-produced, corporate controlled forms of consumerism?
#4 damian0815 (Homepage) on 2013-02-09 09:59 (Reply)

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