Looking Forward: Technological Advancements

There are advances in technology taking place by the minute. As consumers we barely have time to learn the intricacies of one product before the next version arrives on the shelves. 3D Printing has been around for many years (you can see the history timeline in our blog post, Hit Rewind…The History of 3D Printing), yet there are still many advancements that need to be made in order to maximize its potential. We had a moment to chat with 3D Innovations owner, Collin Kobayashi, and talk about the two technological advancements that he sees on the horizon.

1. Digital Designs: I see digital designs becoming more involved with cloud computing and data storage as more online collaboration becomes popular. Cloud computing is an emerging technology which is revolutionizing the way we interact with the web, project management and team members. As cloud computing becomes more accessible and reliable we will see the digital design process move to the cloud.

2. CAD & Digital Design Data: I also see tablets becoming more involved with CAD and digital design data.  As of now, there are a few apps that allow you to view and markup design data but nothing that really allows for development.  I see the development side of the apps hitting the market sometime later this year.

What technological advancements do you foresee for the 3D CAD and 3D Printing industries?


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Martin Stevens
April 13, 2012 8:21 AM

To the best of my knowledge, all the 3D CAD companies have sold some 20 million seats globally (even if I am 100% or more out, my thesis still stands). The population of the world is 7 billion and rising. If you subtract 20 million from 7 billion, if I have got my maths right, you are left with about …..7 billion! I think it is safe to assume that there are a quite a few people out there who might be interested in designing in 3D, but who are not (and probably never will be) CAD enabled. 3D printing will grow exponentially once some of those who might like to design in 3D start doing so. A key driver is therefore low cost user-friendly software which brings many more into the world of 3D design and print.
We offer a hapticated 3D design product, the Chameleon, which is both quick to learn and easy to use, and because of the haptics, which means that through force feedback virtual objects on the screen feel as if they were real, is exciting and stimulating to use. It is also low cost.
We are not alone; the best known is Google SketchUp, and Tinkercad is growing in popularity, but there is plenty of room for other software solutions, both general purpose and ones designed to solve a specific application need.
Another driver is low cost 3D laser scanning. Again (you are surprised, I am sure) we offer such a product, the David 3D laser scanner which enables anyone to reverse engineer (copy) any 3D object and either copy it or use the scan as the start of a new design, perhaps by importing it into our Chameleon. Such tools, which are both affordable and usable will help to generate many more users and designs for 3D printers, in the classroom, in the home, in the studio, in the office and in the workshop / factory.

Colin cad | Grossadjusting
April 15, 2012 5:05 AM

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