3D Printed Model of the Week

By | January 2, 2015

To keep tabs on what is happening in the 3D printing industry, I recently signed up for the newsletter with updates from around the industry. Just as we have come to enjoy the Super-Cool Fold of the Week from The Fold Factory, we can now enjoy the 3D Printed Model of the Week from the 3D Printing Industry.

This week, it’s a 1/10 scale model of the L M Strati. While there are plenty of free downloadable test files, this one comes from Sketchfab, which includes the “best of the best” as staff picks. When I see this model, I don’t envision a business model for printing out automotive prototypes. I envision promotional items and marketing incentives for the automotive market vertical.

If you think 3D printing is not going to affect you at some point, I recommend signing up for the newsletter because it provides a comprehensive picture of what’s happening in the industry. Among this week’s articles:

1. Source for 3D design for everything from prototypes to replacement parts (they design it, you print it).

The point here is to understand that, if you are without expensive machinery, 3D printers, CNC mills, and design software, you can still have access to great designers and quality objects, parts, gadgets and prototypes.

2. Free 3D printable model of the week.

3. China getting its first 3D printing college.  If that’s not a statement, I don’t know what is.

So check it out.

I continue to believe that commercial printers shouldn’t see 3D printing as a “me, too” product. There are plenty of places to get 3D models printed. But I do believe that there are ways to incorporate 3D printing into existing business models, either as a convenience service for existing clients or as a way to produce unique and compelling incentives for marketing campaigns. (For more on this, see related Digital Nirvana articles or my report State of 3D Printing in the Commercial Printing Industry.)


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