But, just like I normally do here, I don’t normally post these things without adding my own additional advice:
Recently TCT Magazine spoke to their readership to ask them what it takes to build a successful 3D printing service bureau for any focus or industry (including jewellery). The results make for an excellent read, with some invaluable advice.
As for my thoughts on the article: I wholeheartedly agree with their thoughts on trust and reliability being the most vital issues. But I would add something else that was not mentioned into this article– the classic concept of underpromising and overdelivering. If you’re going to run any manufacturing equipment day in and day out, you must be prepared for the machines to break down or for a job to produce a surprising result. Therefore, it has always seemed to me any company offering to turn around pieces too quickly either has an enormous capacity they’re not fully using, or they’re running a dangerous game, or both.
As a little bit of Christmas compassion just in time for the holidays, I present a story currently making the rounds about Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped forepaws. On account of his deformity, he could not move about on anything other than smooth surfaces without injuring his lower body.
Thanks to 3D printing, 3D Systems‘ own Geomagic Sculpt software, and a little ingenuity from his owner, Derby now has two artificial forepaws which allow him to stand up and run for the first time in his life.
The full article can be found over at io9.com.
Hmmm… veterinary prosthetics. Now that’s an unusual specialty.
It’s an old article, but it’s still fun to see what’s out there.
The Guardian’s technology section has assembled a pretty respectable list showcasing the weird and wonderful variety of things currently being manufactured using 3D printing. The list items vary from inane to brilliant, and it’s worth a read. In particular, the article’s choices of 3D printed jewellery services are quite interesting– it’s not every day a jewellery company brags to their customers about making their jewellery primarily using 3D printing.