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NOT TOO LONG ago, 3D printing was the stuff of science ﬁction, reserved for geeks and scientists. But
those days are long gone, and 2013 may very well go down as the year that 3D went mainstream. From
shoes and clothes, to food and art objects, if you can design it, you can print it. And people across all industries are embracing this new opportunity to be creators.
“3D printing is becoming more and more affordable, and more accessible, every day,” says Danielle Wegert,
editor of 3D Printing Executive Brieﬁng, a new industry newsletter dedicated exclusively to the growing technology. Wegert emphasizes how quickly the industry has changed, going from almost exclusively research and
scientiﬁc uses — think medical devices and NASA — to a rapidly consumer-driven industry.
Although large-scale commercial models of 3D printers can still cost tens of thousands of dollars
(and that’s just for the machine, not the “ink”), the true shift is being seen in the smaller-scale models.
In May, Staples and manufacturer 3D Systems announced that the office supply chain would begin selling 3D Systems’ The Cube printer in retail locations nationwide. The Cube, capable of printing objects
up to 5.5-inches, retails for $1,300, with cartridges of the plastic ﬁlament used for printing priced at $50.
While that price point may seem steep, many view it as a small price to pay for the ability to hold your
design vision in your hands, almost immediately. “The real game-changer here is the ability to completely
customize anything,” says Wegert. “The technology can be applied to every single industry, and it’s going
to completely change manufacturing in the next couple years.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Fall 2013
The Kids Are Alright
Meeting of the Minds
The Future Is Now
Design for Life
Celebration – The 2013 ASID Design Awards
ASID Icon - Fall 2013
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