For any budding entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, here’s a talk you might want on your radar. The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab will discuss what 3D printing means for new businesses. ore details here, but here’s the blurb from the VLAB site:
Just like computers send 2D documents to traditional printers, 3D printers receive 3D models and create real 3D objects. 3D printers deposit materials such as plastics, rubber, and metal layer-by-layer to produce unique items.Capture, Design Print! If you can snap a photo, you can 3D-print. New materials, low-cost printers, simple design tools, and new marketplaces let you make your very own jewelry, toys, shoes, and much more.With a current market size of $1.3 billion, the 3D printing industry is set to explode to $3.1 billion by 2016, according to industry consulting firm Wohlers Associates.
- How are entrepreneurs using 3D printing to build profitable businesses?
- Will the entrepreneurial opportunities be in designing, printing, materials, or tools?
- Will consumers print at home or use cloud-based services?
- Will 3D printing be a niche market or will it disrupt traditional manufacturing with personalized production?