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3D Object Printers

Print Your Own Jewelry

— May 23, 2006 — Tech
3D printers let you 'print' objects, typically out of plastic. They are being widely adopted by engineering firms. How much longer until they are in our homes?

The company, 3D Systems, explains that their printers can be used for prototyping and manufacturing designs in less time and at a lower cost than alternative methods of manufacturing.

Plus, 3D printing is awesome.

Implications - The popularity of 3D technology isn't just limited to the screen anymore. Now that this technology is readily available, consumers are hoping to produce their very own three-dimensional images. With so many advanced electronics making it into homes, businesses will soon be able to transform their consumer's homes into a mechanical haven.
Trend Themes
1. Consumer 3D Printing - The availability of 3D printing technology is leading to a rise in consumer demand for producing their own three-dimensional objects.
2. Home 3D Printing - As 3D printers become more affordable and accessible, consumers are increasingly interested in having the ability to 3D print objects in their own homes.
3. Personalized Manufacturing - The widespread adoption of 3D printing technology allows for personalized manufacturing of objects, eliminating the need for traditional mass production.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The consumer electronics industry can tap into the trend of consumer 3D printing to offer innovative products and accessories that can be personalized and 3D printed at home.
2. Toy Manufacturing - The toy manufacturing industry can leverage home 3D printing to provide consumers with customizable toys and game accessories.
3. Jewelry Design - The jewelry design industry can embrace the trend of personalized manufacturing through 3D printing to create unique and customizable jewelry pieces for customers.
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