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White House commissions report on 3-D printers


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"A chicken in every pot, and a 3d Printer in every workshop."

#1 John Ross (Homepage) on 2011-01-12 16:19 (Reply)
Design is innovation.
Innovation is productivity.
Productivity is economy.

Makes a hell of a lot of sense to me. If we intend to remain competitive in the global market place, we need every kid on the planet familiar with how to make their ideas a reality. That confidence will serve to foster courage, and technical brilliance as they enter the economy. And some kids, will simply change the world.
#2 Matt Joyce (Homepage) on 2011-01-12 19:38 (Reply)
It's about time America stops churning out middle managers and starts producing inventors, creators, and makers. This would be a good step.
#3 Jestin (Homepage) on 2011-01-12 22:55 (Reply)
I'm very happy to see the potential of 3D printing being recognized in this way. Any funding given toward these goals will return immeasurable rewards for our nation and for humanity. We need to inspire the next generation of designers and engineers to create the future. We need to start right now!
#4 Aaron Trocola on 2011-01-13 01:35 (Reply)
Patents are already a terrifying encumbrance to an inventor and small business person like myself. Lowering the bar for patents could flood the market with even more of these land mines. The biggest threat to small business from patents comes not from infringement, but from the cost of mounting a legal defense. Settling a patent dispute is a long and expensive process that can drive a small business into bankruptcy before it's ever discovered that the patent wasn't infringed or the patent is invalidated.
#5 Matthew Stinar (Homepage) on 2011-01-13 14:42 (Reply)
Sounds like a great time for Shapeways to be invading, er, opening shop, in the US!

Oh, and #10 sounds good to me: Mr Obama, I'm not an American but can I have $500,000 to develop my “Individual Innovation Research Program” ?!!

#6 Glenn Slingsby (Homepage) on 2011-01-13 17:44 (Reply)
That rocks. One thing I'm worried about after my first few months of selling is how much I might get taxed. Also, being considered a "clean company" for efficient manufacturing would be good for marketing, and the environment if enough people buy from such companies as Shapeways.
#7 Christina Westbrook (Homepage) on 2011-01-13 23:56 (Reply)

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