Do you ever say to yourself: “Gosh, I really need to 3-D print this thing right now?”
Well, now that 3D hubs is bringing the sharing economy to the technology, you can probably get it done just down the street.
For most people, 3-D printing probably seems like little more than hype. We’re constantly hearing about the prospect of 3-D printed food, 3-D printed widgets, and even 3-D printed organs. But where is all this stuff in daily life? It’s coming–according to McKinsey, 3-D printing could have a giant economic impact in the near future–$230 billion to $550 billion per year by 2025 in consumer use, direct manufacturing, and tool creation.
3-D printing networks, where people create models of what they want on their computers and then use 3-D printers elsewhere, may be one of the catalysts in the rapid growth of this industry. This week, for example, 3D Hubs, a 3-D printing network platform, launched (with an undisclosed seed round from Balderton Capital). The Amsterdam-based startup, created by two industry veterans, helps people make money during the 95% of the time that their 3-D printers sit unused–and while giving others access to a local printing network.
Every major city on the 3D Hubs network is considered a community. Some communities–like Amsterdam, London, and Copenhagen–already have lots of printers and active users. To find a printer, just search in your city. Click on Amsterdam, for example, and you’ll see that there are 29 print hubs listed with their printer type (Ultimaker, RepRap, Leapfrog Creatr, etc.), the colors they have available, delivery time, print quality, and price per cubic centimeter of material printed. 3D Hubs takes a 15% commission on each order; in exchange, the company makes sure each file is printable, does a price calculation, and offers secure payment.
The Latest on: 3-D Printing
- 3D-printed heads let hackers – and cops – unlock your phone on December 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm
You can even 3D print a life-size replica of a human head — and not just for Hollywood. Forbes reporter Thomas Brewster commissioned a 3D printed model of his own head to test the face unlocking syste... […]
- Interview with Ankit Sahu of India’s Largest 3D Printing Service Bureau: Objectify Technologies on December 16, 2018 at 8:03 am
Only a few years ago Ankit Sahu started Objectify Technologies. Over the past years of rapid growth, Objectify has become India’s largest 3D printing service bureau. The company serves the ... […]
- VW to start 3D printing of car production parts in 2-3 years on December 15, 2018 at 9:30 am
Your next Passat could be 3D-printed. No, just kidding. A couple of manufacturers are already 3D-printing different components for some of the exotic cars on the market. For example, using this techno... […]
- MIT researchers 3D print inexpensive microfluidics device for personalized cancer treatment on December 14, 2018 at 11:26 am
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have 3D printed a novel microfluidic device that simulates cancer treatments on biopsied tumor tissue. The 3D printed device can help c... […]
- Bulleit introduces futuristic 3D printed cocktail on December 14, 2018 at 10:30 am
Guests were served drinks at a giant bar made completely of 3D printed plastic but managed to look like rustic copper, an achievement its architects took pride in after completing the largest node-bas... […]
- How 3D printers are transforming flying on December 14, 2018 at 10:18 am
(CNN) - The next time you hop on a plane, there's a good chance some of its parts will have been made using a printer. The world's top aerospace firms are increasing their use of 3D printers in order ... […]
- Researchers Decrease Support Structures for Models Through Multidirectional 3D Printing on December 14, 2018 at 8:19 am
In most planar-layer based 3D printing systems, material collapse is prevented on large overhangs by adding support structures to the bottom. But support structures in single-material 3D printing ... […]
- MIT Implosion Fabrication 3D printing makes short work of microscopic objects on December 14, 2018 at 6:04 am
A collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, has produced a new 3D printing-powered micro ... […]
- UB biomedical engineer uses 3D printing to create brain and heart models to enhance surgery on December 14, 2018 at 5:35 am
A UB team of biomedical engineers, neurosurgeons and cardiovascular interventionalists has developed a way to generate 3D prints of the human vascular system, giving surgeons pre-surgical, hands-on ac... […]
- Global Automotive 3D Printing market detailed in new research report on December 14, 2018 at 4:15 am
Our expert research analysts have been trained to map client’s research requirements to the correct research resource leading to a distinctive edge over its competitors. We provide intellectual, preci... […]
via Google News and Bing News