BBC correspondent Peter Day says “3D printing is not—according to one of the prophets of the new personal manufacturing age—going to change the world on its own” in a recent piece.
Editor’s note: Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital . Follow him on Twitter @mattturck . The emerging Internet of Things — essentially, the world of physical devices connected to the network/Internet, from your Fitbit or Nest to industrial machines — is experiencing a burst of activity and creativity that is getting entrepreneurs, VCs and the press equally excited.
Technology has the potential to radically change the way we live, and even how we relate to each other as human beings.
One of the more interesting things about the Ouya game console is that its completely open source, including its design. To help things along, 3D printer owners will soon be able to print their own console cases. At the Game Developers Conference, Ouya announced that it has partnered with MakerBot to provide custom 3D printable Ouya cases via Thingiverse.
Technophiles have been playing around with 3D printing for years, but mostly just to make things like little statues or plastic trinkets. Now, however, it’s possible to print items with the potential to leave more of an impact. Items like guns, for example
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online 3D printing hasn’t even gotten a chance to get off the ground yet, but there is already a “Pirate Bay” for 3D printers. MakerBot is one of the best-known 3D printing companies out there, and its “ Thingiverse ” site allows its 3D printer users to download files to create objects with their printers. Essentially, 3D printing could one day put toy stores out of business, because instead of heading down to Toys-R-Us to pick up your nephew’s present, you can just print one off on your desktop after downloading the right files.
“Space,” a great man once said, “is the place.” Over the centuries, the cosmos have inspired mankind’s imagination and innovation, in pursuit of that final frontier. The past few decades, however, have seen a fading of such romantic pursuits, a phenomenon no better illustrated than with the end of NASA’s shuttle program