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A Portal into the Future: 2011 in Review, and What's to Come


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Being a math teacher I am hyper sensitive to inaccurate graph scales. I notice that your infographic does not start at zero on the vertical axis so that growth from the start to the finish is inflated. I roughly calculate that your scale makes it look like an increase from the labeled $100k to $400k, instead of the 270k labeled. I expect better from tech minded people.
#1 John Gomm on 2012-01-11 18:18 (Reply)
I totally agree, I'm happy to see that your company is doing well (3D-printing is a matter of great excitement to me), but it shouldn't resort to such a blatant attempt to artificially make things look (even?) better.
#2 Tiax on 2012-01-11 18:27 (Reply)
John and Tiax,

There was no attempt made to be deceptive about the information.

The infographic has no values attributed but is an accurate representation of the output from our data.
The numbers in the graph are rounded down a little in all instances.
The graph lines were not started at zero as the numbers started at from those at the end of 2010.

Apologies for any confusion if I have strayed from conventions in developing the infographic.
#3 Duann on 2012-01-11 18:35 (Reply)
impressive numbers!
#4 cunicode (Homepage) on 2012-01-11 18:36 (Reply)
Thank you,

Your ceramic cups were part of what made 2011 such a great year.
#5 Duann on 2012-01-11 18:46 (Reply)
What are the January-December 2010 totals for the four items shown in the graph? It would be more informative to say for example 'the number of 3D items uploaded to Shapeways increased tenfold to 238,000 in 2011 compared to 24,000 in 2010'.

Would you mind if I used the graph in a presentation on 3D printing I'm going to do in March?
#6 GWMT on 2012-01-12 19:48 (Reply)
You are welcome to use the graph, I will not go back and re-edit the graph and Prezi but I will keep it mind for future presentations.

#7 Duann on 2012-01-12 19:57 (Reply)
Thanks, Duann.

You don't need to edit the graph; just give us the four 2010 totals here in the comments.
#8 GWMT on 2012-01-12 20:21 (Reply)
Proud to say I have been here from the start of it all (almost!).
#9 Glenn (Homepage) on 2012-01-16 02:10 (Reply)
It's definitively the next big thing. And what I like to think about as the new industrial revolution:)
#10 Thomas Delacruz (Homepage) on 2012-06-15 18:03 (Reply)

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