Friday, December 16, 2011

3D Printers Are Coming to Ruin Your Business

Imagine being able to print anything you need when you need it. Right now, 3D printers are a cool and strange new technology with limited application. But like Kevin Kelly taught us, the questions you need to ask is what happens when the technology becomes ubiquitous. What happens when there is a 3D printer in every house, office, factory, shopping mall and daycare? How does everything change?

For some time now I have been saying that 3D printers are going to revolutionize the world (here & here). The impact of personal-scale manufacturing is enormous. Again -- imagine being able to make anything you need when you need it. It is mind-boggling.

The reason it's so hard to imagine that world is because we have always existed in a world of scarcity. We never have enough of what we want and acquiring them requires energy (time, money, work, etc). The concept of a world where we can have almost anything is too alien to conceive.

But unlike the newspapers and music studios who were woefully unprepared for the Internet, you have been forewarned. You are in a position to do something about it.

There is no such thing as a business that will not be impacted by personal manufacturing. Not one. Start planning for it now or risk becoming the next company steamrolled by new technology.

Call me and I will be happy to help. (305) 423-9574

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