Nike Could Be a Pure Software Company in 10 Years, Predicts Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone

We have all heard the predictions about how crazy the world will be when nearly everyone has 3D printers. Instead of going to the store to purchase their everyday items, they will simply download them. I remember as a kid I would think of the future and how one day, if we were lucky enough, we would be able to have items ordered and shipped immediately, electronically. Continue reading “Nike Could Be a Pure Software Company in 10 Years, Predicts Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone”

Future travel: Don’t pack, just email what you need to a 3D printer

An Amsterdam art gallery called Galerie VIVID is having an exhibition that amounts to a meditation of how 3D printing could reshape travel. The artist Janne Kyttanen has designed a collection of objects that a woman flying for a beach vacation could conceivably print out at a resort instead of packing them with her in her suitcase, including a handbag, dresses, sunglasses, shoes, etc. Continue reading “Future travel: Don’t pack, just email what you need to a 3D printer”

The Future, in 3D

Last August, NASA revealed that their 3D printer for outer space — made in partnership with Made In Space, a startup based in California — passed several initial tests required for space flight. Their goal is to provide astronauts with tools to build replacement parts on demand in the space station. While such specialized 3D printing is making inroads in diverse areas, such as aerospace, medical implants, regenerative medicine and jewelry design, consumer 3D printing with printers small enough to fit on your desk is also developing at a fanatic pace. What will it mean when astronauts can easily replace rocket engine parts, while traveling long distances in space? Continue reading “The Future, in 3D”