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
- The dead speak: 3D printing brings Egyptian mummy's voice back to life after 3,000 yearson January 25, 2020 at 9:53 am
Nesyamun’s vocal tract was so well preserved that it showed up well enough on a CT scan to give the researchers an image clear enough to 3D-print what they call the Vocal Tract Organ. This device has ...
- Michigan teen smashes 3D print of his cancer tumoron January 25, 2020 at 12:38 am
Henry Dai, 17, found out he beat cancer and celebrated by beating his cancer - with a sledgehammer on Friday, Jan. 24. Surrounded by his doctors, nurses, friends and family, Dai smashed the 3D print ...
- Hear the voice of an ancient Egyptian mummy, thanks to British scientists and 3D printingon January 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm
About 3,000 years after his death, scientists have given voice to an Egyptian mummy, The New York Times reported. Researchers used a CT scanner and 3D printer to recreate the vocal tract of an ancient ...
- 21 states file lawsuit against selling blueprints online to print 3D gunson January 24, 2020 at 1:05 pm
A coalition of 21 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Thursday challenging a regulation that could permit the blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be ...
- $10M 3D Printing Center Opens At Lawrence Livermore National Labon January 24, 2020 at 9:36 am
The 14,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Lab features different kinds of 3D printing technology, ABC7 reported.
- 3D Printing Helps Recreate Voice of 3,000-Year-Old Mummyon January 24, 2020 at 8:33 am
Researchers lucked out when they discovered the 3,000-year-old mummified body of Egyptian priest Nesyamun had a perfectly intact larynx.
- A 3,000-year-old mummy speaks thanks to scientists and a 3D printeron January 23, 2020 at 10:16 pm
In life, Nesyamun was an Egyptian priest who sang and chanted words of worship at the Karnak temple in Thebes. In death, he was ritually mummified and sealed in a coffin with the inscription “Nesyamun ...
- Global 3D Printing Gases Market revenue to hit USD 46.50 Million by 2021on January 23, 2020 at 9:50 pm
The overall Global 3D printing gases market is likely to demonstrate a lucrative growth, owing to tough competition witnessed among the major industry participants across the market, claims a research ...
- Wirecutter's best deals: Save $150 on a Tiertime Up Mini 2 3D printeron January 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here. Street price: $500; deal price: $350 Down to a new low at $350, this is a great chance to save big on a printer we like for 3D printing ...
- 3-D Printing Gives Voice to a 3,000-Year-Old Mummyon January 23, 2020 at 10:34 am
The scans also allowed them to reproduce the vocal tract in a computer model, which they could then 3-D print. Before printing their replica vocal tract, the team added some details to the digital ...
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