3D Printing: Preview the Endless Possibilities


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3D Printing, Makers Movement, Manufacturing, Product Development, Business - What are the tremendous opportunities that arise when these worlds collide? Preview the endless possibilities.

By Deepak Mehta, 3DEE. Presented at Crowdsourcing Week Brussels 2014. More info: http://crowdsourcingweek.com/

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  • Show that this can be done with a variety of powders from gold to titanium to nylon and polystyrene.
  • Show that it can print as small as the laser can go and as large as the surface you can submerge
  • FDM is a technology very much like the current ink jet printers, it has a printing head that prints plastics and by moving the printhead around, you control where the plastic is deposited. Do this layer by layer and you will get a 3d object. As you can see the FDM tech will let you make a wide variety of things in a variety of plastics… and it is “cheap” enough to have one at home soon.
  • To explain why it is going to be important, you need to see what happened in 2d printing. 2d printing till my generation was something like this… a printing press, that allowed you to mass reproduce pages based on one original plate. With the advent of the desktop publishing all this changed: you could print single documents and personalise. This has slowly lead to the demise of the printing press. The press is still used for printing newspapers, but you will not find them in schools anymore… Now let’s see where 3d printing is at this moment. Currently if you want to manufacture anything in plastic, you need to create a mould, which is a precise affair and hence expensive. With the advent of 3d printers, In your lifetimes you will see the end of the mass produced plastics using moulds.
  • 3D Printing: Preview the Endless Possibilities

    1. 1. 3DPRINTING Creativity is the new superpower! Deepak Mehta (3Dee)
    2. 2. 3DPRINTING • What is 3dprinting? • How will it impact business models?
    3. 3. WHAT IS 3DPRINTING? • Different materials, different technologies • SLS: Lasers + powders • SLA: Lasers + liquid resins • FDM: Extrusion • Few common principles • Layered, Additive, No efficiencies of scale.
    7. 7. WHAT IS 3DPRINTING? 2D Print: 3D Print:
    8. 8. WHAT CAN WE 3DPRINT? • Medical: prosthesis, bio-compatible materials • Aerospace: light-weight components • Aerospace: 3dprinting on the ISS • Housing: $5000 houses in China and on Mars!
    9. 9. WHY 3DPRINT? • Massa Customisation: • one design model, infinite variations • history of the shoemaker • Just in Time Objects • Make objects when and where needed
    10. 10. WHY 3DPRINT? • New ways of creation • next generation of designers can redesign EVERYTHING • Bio-Mimicry will offer inputs 570 onderdelen + assemblage 1 onderdeel
    11. 11. IMPACT ON NEW BUSINESS MODELS • New Culture: Generation what comes after Z? • What changes? • Threats and Opportunities?
    12. 12. NEW CULTURE • From ownership to use • From Hierarchies to Networks • From Pension to Purpose/Passion
    13. 13. WHAT CHANGES? • Lower barrier to entry for physical product startups • an idea • a 3dprinter • lean business
    14. 14. WHAT CHANGES? • Make products like apps • iterate often • local products solving local problems • early adapters will help you fix your product
    15. 15. WHAT CHANGES? • From 3dprinter to industrial • prototypes and first products: 3dprinter + garage • small batches: 3dprint a mould + outsource • large batches: industrial mould based on 3dmodel + factory
    16. 16. WHAT CHANGES? • 1800-1900: power = land (agriculture) • 1900-2000: power = capital (production capacity) • 2000-2015: power = information (knowledge) • 2015+ : power = creativity
    17. 17. WHAT CHANGES? • Global expansion? • create 1000x100.000 companies instead of one 100.000.000 company • each local company will adapt your solution to local problems • source locally
    18. 18. THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES? • Disruptive • new starters have no existing business to disrupt • new starters can come from anywhere • geographically • sectorial
    19. 19. THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES? • Exponential • some new business models scale exponentially • appear slow at first, but explode • often invisible to incumbents till it’s too late
    20. 20. THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES? • Incubate! • Think of your company as a network • Offer network and expertise to starters • Get to learn your potential competitors as co-competitors
    21. 21. CASE • Ritik Mehta • Age 14 • Passion: customised eyewear & 3dprinting • Passion: helping kids who can not afford corrective eyewear (eyefortheworld.be)
    22. 22. THANK YOU! • I can help you • put your idea into 3d • Contact me on deepak@3dee.be