Ford kjøper 3D printere til alle!

20121226-125310.jpg Ford kjøper 3D printere til alle!

Hei alle sammen,

Surfet litt på mobilen i dag og fant fram til denne interessante artikkelen angående bilselskapet Ford og hva de kjøpte til alle sine ingeniører.

Dette finner jeg spesielt interessant ettersom jeg skrev om 3D printere og hvor mye de kan forandre verden etterhvert som de blir allemannseie de neste 10årene? Hvem vet men teknologien er ny og mye kan forandre seg mot det bedre.

Her kan du lese det jeg skrev angående 3D printere 30.november.2012 - link

Så hva tenker Ford?

"Ford Motor has caught the DIY revolution and now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers. Furthermore, the car company plans to put the smaller MakerBot replicators at every engineer’s desk in the coming months. Ford pitches this as its commitment to engineering, but I see it as the future of distribution if the desktop replicator technology follows the path taken before it by the minicomputer and then the PC."

Her er lenken til artikkelen: link

Videre er det morsomt å lese artikkelen og se at de er inne på samme tanke som meg...altså at vi er fortsatt i tidlig fase av utviklingen!

"The PC was a similar revolution that started with mainframes, then went to minicomputers, and finally to desktops. With 3D printers I wonder if we’ll see similar adoption trends that we saw with the PC. PCs were very work-specific, with software for productivity dominating, so when people purchased them they tended to do so for word processing, spreadsheets, and other productivity related tasks. Those initial machines were also expensive, so you bought one because you needed it. Later it became a hub for games and fun activities as well. With 3D printers, which can cost less than $1,000, the common consumer may not see much need for one, yet. But all we need is the right killer app to intersect with the right price point, and the machines will become widespread. Some might argue that printing LEGO bricks is the killer app, but I kind of doubt it. My hunch is it may be more mundane, like someone building an open source library of common household parts that break, or a line of products whose parts could be replaced by parts created in a 3D printer. The printing technology and materials would also have to improve, although I’m certain that with wider adoption this would happen. And once we have common 3D printers in the home and office, that could signal a fundamental change in the distribution of physical goods, much as the development of the Web was a fundamental change in the delivery of digital content. Instead of buying new furniture, we buy new replication materials and download the designs over the Internet. If the replication materials are recyclable, you might be able to change your home’s decor in a few weeks and consume ever more products at a lower price point. We’re not there yet, but imagining how the widespread adoption of capable 3D printers could change the world doesn’t just stop with industrial designers or hobbyists. One day you might print out your flatware, your trash cans, or even your next computer. If you think this is nuts, just ponder the line from the minicomputer to your smartphone. Or just go watch one of my favorite videos showing how quickly technology advances."