3D Printing: Here’s What!

The Definition

Weighted Companion CubeIn my last blogpost, 3D Printing: Disruption or Hype? I posed some questions about 3D printing and encouraged you to explore some of the vocabulary and understandings around 3D concepts. In this post I want to link to some of the definitions. There are experts in this field so rather than duplicate their explanations I have provided links to the relevant sites and experts…

Let’s make a start by exploring this infographic that explains the 3D process: http://mashable.com/2012/08/01/how-does-3d-printing-work/ This is a useful way to find out more about the expected growth of 3D and how it is already affecting industries such as medicine, defence and architecture.

And for more information check out this video:

I have used Storify to consolidate some links that will provide you with more answers. In my next post I will be identifying themes emerging from the growth of 3D printing. Otherwise this information is interesting…but so what?

Meanwhile, how did you go with the 3D quiz? Check out the answers now:


3D Quiz answers

This storify shares links to questions asked at http://www.thinkbeyond.co.nz/blog/3d-printing-disruption-or-hype/ Take a look at some of these references and I think you will agree that 3D printing is not just hype.

Storified by CherylDoig· Sat, Mar 16 2013 18:51:33

3D printing: Disruption or hype?The Word 3d printing. It has become one of the buzz words of 2013. It has been described as the next big disruption. This series of blog …
So here we go with the answers….

1. What do each of these words mean and what is their linkwith 3D printing?

a) Additive Manufacturing

Print me a jet engineCONFIRMATION as to how seriously some companies are taking additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, came on November 20th …
3D uses a process of additive manufacturing, where layers are added, rather than the traditional subtractive manufacturing, where material is machined away.
b) Patient Specific Cranial Device
Biomedical Devices, OsteoFab Medical Devices and Implants. | Oxford Performance MaterialsUtilizing the most advanced materials and technology, our OsteoFabTM process can reproduce exactly what you design, or exactly what natur…
Medical implants can be ‘printed’ to meet the needs of individuals.
c) Biological lego

d) Micromasonry
‘Micromasonry’ Turns Cells into Lego Blocks For Building Artificial OrgansMIT researchers have made assembling artificial organs look like child’s play by devising a novel approach to tissue engineering that enc…
This is the beginnings of constructing organs in the lab.
2. How big is a nanometer?
Nanooze! – How Big is a Nanometer?A nanometer is a unit of measure. Just like inches, feet and miles. By definition a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A meter is abo…
And here is the link between 3D printing and nanotechnology.
Itty Bitty Indycar by Advanced 3D PrinterOn Tuesday, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) announced a new 3D printing technology capable of creating int…
3. What is the link between 3D printing and

a)Beauty, the bald eagle
Injured Bald Eagle Gets a New Beak Created with a 3D PrinterThanks to developments in 3D printing technology, Beauty the Bald Eagle has a new beak and a new lease on life. The bird, who was shot in…
b) Regenerative medicine
3D-Printed Human Embryonic Stem Cells Created for First TimeResearchers have developed a 3D printer that prints human embryonic stem cells. CREDIT: Dr Will Shu / Biofabrication Imagine if you could…
4. What is bio ink and will it work in my pen?

Sorry it won’t work in your pen! Bioprinters, though, use a “bio-ink” made of living cell mixtures to form human tissue. Basically, the bio-ink is used to build a 3D structure of cells, layer by layer, to form tissue.
University of Iowa Biomanufacturing Laboratory: Printing Organsuniversityofiowa
But you could print with this one!
3Doodler: The World’s First 3D Printing PenWobbleWorks LLC. is raising funds for 3Doodler: The World’s First 3D Printing Pen on Kickstarter! It’s a pen that can draw in the air! 3D…
If you want to check out more…

Lego Adapters – Ten Wild Things You Can 3D Print At Home – ForbesEvery kid wants a way to connect his Duplos to his K’nex, or his Lincoln Logs to his Legos. Unfortunately, no company has an incentive to…
Pinterest / Search results for 3d printingPinterest is an online pinboard. Organize and share things you love.
These are just some of the examples of 3D printing. It has potential to be as disruptive as the internet was. Our future blogposts will focus on the themes and the implications for leadership.

Check out some of the emerging themes in the next blogpost: 3D Printing: The Themes (the link will be live when the next blogpost is published).

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