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3D Printers Let Big Data Be Touchy Feely
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Re: Not a believer
  • 10/19/2014 11:14:47 AM
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@Seth much as I like 3D printing, I'd agree with you that holographic visualization would likely work better for analytics.  It's simply more efficient, as any change can be instantly shown rather than printed out again, which is a real cost for both time and materials.

Re: Not a believer
  • 10/13/2014 8:43:14 PM
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@ Beth, I agree 3-D printing could be fun, or maybe a great thing for the movie industry to print a city to be blown up. But for analytics, I think a lot of virtual or holographic technology could be used as well. 

Though for home use, I could have used a 3-D printer when I broke the glass jar to my blender.  (Luckily, I glued it back together.)

@ James, a braille e-reader might be the future for blind people. Right now, it is just a concept, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. 

Re: Where the ink?
  • 10/13/2014 7:43:21 PM
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@Terry- Agreed. At this point, it is time to talk about what these things really are-- desktop fabricators. Or portable factories. Or something like that. 

That said, 3-D printing is probably the best way to explain the consumer model to the non-techie. Regular old consumers get the idea that with a printer you have to buy ink and paper. With a 3-D printer they will get used to buying the "ink" as well.

Re: Not a believer
  • 10/13/2014 7:40:58 PM
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@Beth- Agree with you that 3-modeling in a virtual environment has more value for the enterprise. But i don't see a reason you can't use both tools. We sometimes learn quite a lot with our hands and interacting with physical objects. It might be possible to better "manipulate" data by actually manipulating it. 

Re: Where the ink?
  • 10/13/2014 5:42:58 PM
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"The machine makes the it, but it's not on a piece of paper. It's 3D Printing!"

Re: Where the ink?
  • 10/13/2014 9:48:00 AM
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@Louis: Ha! Good one. I also like Copyright/Trademark Buster. Or maybe Cheap But Grand Imitator.

Re: Where the ink?
  • 10/13/2014 9:36:49 AM
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I think we let the popular media name it for us.

Re: Where the ink?
  • 10/13/2014 9:16:30 AM
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As an amateur 3-D photographer, I too have felt the use of 3D as a generaic term was a bit off. What is really being "printed" is in keeping with the historical meaning of the word. As it's just a extruded or building up of layers process to bring a manufactured object, maybe it's could be "object printing" or some combinations of words that more exactly describe either the process or the result.

Re: Where the ink?
  • 10/12/2014 8:56:10 PM
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@Terry    On  second thought, lets call it what it will become once it gains major popularity...

 

 

"The Counterfeit Machine"  : ) 

Re: Where the ink?
  • 10/12/2014 8:52:53 PM
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@Terry   I agree.  3D-printing is certainly not what one used to think of when this term came out in the early days of modern computing.   I wonder who coins the term for a new technology ?   I guess it is the company or group that invents it of course, but this technology probably came as a result of government efforts.  For once I would like someone to say I am responsible for this stupid/misleading name.   Speaking of that, I am particarly interested in who is responsible for the term "Cloud" in all it variations for instance.  Although that term may not be misleading - it certainly is annoying. 

Regardless, the use of the term "3D-Printing" is misleading   Small-scale industrial extruders ?    That is certainly more discriptive, let me try one, how about Industrial replicator ?   

 

 

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