1. Easy to read, yet detailed explanations of all the 3D printing related technologies currently available
2. Practical advice on how this technology can be leveraged as a successful business in today's economy.
3. The wider long-term repercussions, including real world examples of how 3D printing is set to change the future of industry.
Part 1 of this book presents the various 3D printing systems currently on the market, covering their background, their functionality and their relative pros and cons. Separate chapters offer similarly in-depth examinations of the very latest scanning technologies, 3D modelling software and 3D file archives. Complex technical processes are explained in detail, but using language accessible to readers who are new to this fascinating subject.
Part 2 focuses specifically on areas in which a 3D printer can be used to generate income. It examines a wide range of niche markets presenting real world examples and current success stories. In addition, it identifies and explores many unfilled niches that are still wide open. The author talks extensively about his own projects and analyses large amounts of very well researched information that is unavailable elsewhere.
Part 3 looks at the bigger picture. Individual chapters concentrate upon emerging materials, how the industry is scaling up production, and where the battle lines are being drawn amongst the complex legal issues. Readers are introduced to the highly disruptive nature of distributed manufacturing, demonstrating many of the global impacts and developments that will transform entire economies in the next ten years.
Far from being a dry technical manual, this book addresses three key issues that are important to anybody interested in this rapidly evolving field. What are 3D printers all about? How can they be used to make money? What does the immediate future hold for this amazing technology? Humorous, insightful and inspiring in equal measure.
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About the Author
As a consultant, he travels widely throughout Asia working in Thailand, Korea and the emerging powerhouse China. Seeking out the latest breakthroughs in a wide range of emerging technologies, he visits research facilities, trade shows and suppliers throughout China to analyze and evaluate the latest developments. He turns facts into information, and information into valuable knowledge. His uncanny ability to pick and forecast trends leave him in demand as an advisor to European and North American companies and investors.
As a writer, he has established his expertise by contributing to Frommers and National Geographic. When not consulting or publishing, he can be found exploring Asia's newest frontiers: from the Tibetan borderland ancient tea-horse routes to the fantastic karst landscapes of south China's opium trails.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's amazing how far time advances things. Printers seemed to be behind for the most part. We had color and photo printers but not much else until this new technology emerged! There is so much information about 3D printing that its astonishing to think of the possibilities! This book gives you a glimpse into the possibility of where this may soon go. It is simply amazing when you learn what this is currently capable of. Technology is advancing, this is not only an emerging technology but one that is destined to be vital to the world economy. An amazing book, educational, informative and really captures your imagination to the possibilities! Must have!
I am so pleased at last to see a 3D printing book that is aimed at entrepreneurs, rather than financial investors or technical whizzes. Not only will this book give you a through grounding in how the technology works, but it also looks at what opportunities currently exist for small business types like myself. The author obviously has a lot of experience on online auction sites such as eBay and Taobao, but the last section looking at the future of 3D printing is a really interesting read too.