Is the 3D printing industry progressing fast enough? Is AI going to take the place of engineers and designers? Such questions were answered in Inside 3D Printing San Diego 2017. Although a smaller event compared to last year, it was the panel track and the attendees that pulled the event together and made the trip worth taking. Product designers and business owners from Idaho, Colorado and even Guatemala came in to learn what they need to explore and how they can expand in terms of software, … [Read more...]
CAD Part Size vs. Actual 3D Printed Size
In today's episode, Tom and Tracy Hazzard talk about CAD part size versus going to your actual 3D printed size. They discuss how and why this is a problem, and also provide some great tips and examples of what you can do to avoid this problem or how you can deal with it when such issues with actual 3D printed size arise. CAD Part Size vs. Actual 3D Printed Size We have had some requests for some more tech questions, tech topics. We've got a good one and it's … [Read more...]
3D Printed Wedding Favors
In today's episode, Tom and Tracy Hazzard share their experience creating 3D printed wedding favors for their daughter's wedding. They talk about how much time it took to create the designs, to test print and iterate, and to do the actual printing. They provide tips that you can apply to your situation if you ever have to 3D print wedding favors or things of that nature for yourself, a friend or relative, or for your business. They also explain how 3D printing has added a very personal touch to … [Read more...]
3D Print Volume Discounts?
In this episode, Tom and Tracy Hazzard talk about volume discounts in the 3D printing industry. They discuss how and why volume discounts are not applicable in 3D printing and additive manufacturing. They also talk about how shopper mindset has to change on this topic, and why that change is not going to happen overnight. Listen to the podcast here: 3D Print Volume Discounts? Today, we’re going to talk volume discounts. Do volume discounts exist or can they or will they exist in 3D … [Read more...]
Retail 3D Print on Demand is Here!
A really exciting development in the retail 3D print world is a Lowes project called Bespoke Designs. It is a proof of concept kind of test run coming out of the Lowe's Innovation Labs which is right at their Charlotte offices and a partnership between a bunch of 3D printing companies, 3DShook, Voodoo Manufacturing, and then also Digital Forming which we couldn’t get them in time for this show but we are going to do a whole separate show because they need it. It is cool 3D visualization software … [Read more...]
3D Print Power Consumption – How Much Power Does a 3D Printer Use?
We are going to take a bit of a deeper dive into 3D print power consumption. We have been wondering about this for a while. We talked about it in passing but we did not have a lot of data. We also considered talking about this during Earth Week but it ended up getting bumped for another topic, which was Beer Filament. Filaments have a bigger environmental impact on 3D printing, than the electricity consumption. As we have been mapping out potential businesses involved in 3D printing, we have … [Read more...]