Thursday, January 20, 2011

Now, 3D printing in Titanium

By Vasudev Ram

Seen via @gnat on O'Reilly Radar.

Now you can 3D print in titanium

Excerpt:

[ Titanium’s high heat resistance, high accuracy and unparalleled strength lets designers now make things that before now could only be made by the research and development departments of the largest corporations in the world. By putting this technology in the public’s hands we're democratizing manufacturing and giving you the opportunity to design and order something that is exactly as you want it to be. ]

This is pretty interesting news. I'd love to have some gadgets made of titanium :)

A recent post by "A VC" @fredwilson, which I reblogged some days ago, and which in turn was about a 2011 prediction by JWT Intelligence, had mentioned 3D printing as one of the top trends of 2011. It already works, so is not future stuff; as Tim O'Reilly has been known to say, quoting someone, I forget who: "the future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" :)

I didn't really get the potential and importance of 3D printing till recently - when I realized the problems that I have with various (non-computer) hardware thingys out here and even elsewhere - that made me realize that with 3D printing, we now have at least some ability - we meaning anyone - to design and get made, things that we want, more or less exactly to our own specs - just as the excerpt above says. That's a potentially huge innovation and benefit, IMO.

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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