The Meaning of 3D Printing

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Noah Raford's introduction to the UAE 3D Printing Innovation Alliance in Dubai.

Presented at DesignWeek, at American University of Sharjah, College of Architecture, Art and Design.

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The Meaning of 3D Printing

  1. 1. What Does 3D Printing Mean?Dr. Noah Raford // 7th April, 2013 // CAAD UAS
  2. 2. The World has Moved From Production Lines...
  3. 3. To Manufacturing Networks...
  4. 4. ... To Fabrication CloudsSource: IFTF, “The Future of Open Fabrication”
  5. 5. ...From centralizedmanufacturing andglobal distribution...3D Printing Will Take Us...
  6. 6. ...to on-site fabricationand delivery.
  7. 7. From high capitalcosts and advancedplanning...
  8. 8. ...to rapid innovationand bold experiments.
  9. 9. From mass standardisationand high-volume runs...
  10. 10. ...to bespoke design andone-off creations.
  11. 11. The web has enabled new business models
  12. 12. Where you will soon be able tocopy and paste physical things.“Rip, mix and print”
  13. 13. This will causefundamental changes tothe business environment
  14. 14. Who designs things, and why?The relationship betweendesigners, manufacturers, andthe market place will change.
  15. 15. Who manufactures what and how?Local fabrication centerswill serve local clients,transforming the globalsupply chain.
  16. 16. What consumers want and expectInstant gratification,involvement in the designprocess, and unique attention.
  17. 17. Global sales of personal 3D printers060001200018000240002007 2008 2009 2010 2011Source: Wholers Associates
  18. 18. Global sales of personal 3D printers060001200018000240002007 2008 2009 2010 2011Source: Wholers AssociatesWho is going to win inthis new environment?
  19. 19. Global sales of personal 3D printers060001200018000240002007 2008 2009 2010 2011Source: Wholers AssociatesWho is going to win inthis new environment?What does this mean forindustry, society and theenvironment?
  20. 20. We created the UAE 3D Printing &Innovation Alliance (3DPIA) toexplore these ideashttp://3dpia.me
  21. 21. You are at the start of something big.Your careers will be defined by it.What will you do with it?

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