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What’s New in 3D Printing? (12/17/2013)

Posted December 17, 2013 1:36 PM by RTD Manufacturing

It's the week before Christmas, but why wait for the New Year to get started? So we're launching our CR4 blog today, but keeping things light with stories about food, music, and - yes - 3D printing.

The 3D Printer That Makes Dinner

Inventors of this 3D printer have unveiled a new prototype that they hope will revolutionize home cooking. The device, dubbed the Foodini, squirts out anything from pizza to cakes in a variety of shapes. Different ingredients are built up in layers following selection of a design on the device's control panel. - The Mirror

Do you remember the McLobster, Coca-Cola Blak, Tesco's Lasagne Sandwich, or EZ Squirt? How about Ice Cream Monster Munch? Just because you can make something edible doesn't mean anyone would want to eat it. Food companies aren't the only ones who should take heed, however. Maybe the makers of 3D printers should consider the full list of Failed Food Launches before insisting that 3D printing is the greatest thing since, well, sliced bread. What do you think?

Cornell Graduate Students Make 3D Printed Speaker

Researchers at Cornell University have managed to 3D print a loudspeaker, according to the University's newspaper. Using two customizable 3D printers originally developed at Cornell, a team of graduate mechanical engineering students managed to almost seamlessly print the loudspeaker's plastic, conductive and magnetic parts, producing an electronic device in two pieces that needed only to be put together to make a functional loudspeaker. - Qz.com

Just because you can make a product with 3D printing doesn't mean that additive manufacturing is the best way to build it. Manufacturers must consider quality, cost, and - yes - product disposal, right? So what does this 3D printed speaker from Cornell sound like? Does producing a speaker in two pieces reduce assembly costs enough to make 3D printing cost-effective? Why don't more stories about 3D printing ask these types of questions? What do you think?

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12/20/2013 4:28 AM

The last paragraph hits the nail on the head. 3D printing is too slow and expensive for high-volume consumer products (like speakers), so outside of a few, small, specialised areas (prototyping, medical reconstructions, expensive one-off consumer novelties) what are the practical uses of 3D printing?

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