Jake Ervin's top 10 coolest 3D printed parts exhibited at the AMUG (Additive Manufacturing Users Group) Conference in Jacksonville, Florida this year.
3D Printer Stocks and Investing
Several companies which make 3D printers and 3D modeling software are publicly traded companies. The beauty of investing in 3D printer stocks now is that most of the world has yet to know what 3D printing is, let alone understand the future of this world-changing technology.
3D printer leaders like 3D Systems Technology (DDD) and Stratasys. Inc. (SSYS) are trade on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, respectively. Two new smaller companies just recently went public: Arcam AB (AMAVF) and ExOne (XONE). Organovo (ONVO) is a pioneer in the 3D bioprinter area.
Some 3D modeling software (CAD) companies that allows the creation of the digital files that serve as input for the 3D printers, are also public. For example, the biggest player is AutoDesk (ADSK); another player, the creator of the massively popular Solidworks software, is a product of a public company in France named Dassault Systèmes, that you can buy on the Nasdaq (DASTY).
This 3D printer stocks archive page will keep you abreast of the latest happenings in 3D printing investment opportunities.
Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed has successfully fired the world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun for the very first time. Not just the lower receiver, but the whole gun.
Office supply chain Staples has just announced that they are now selling the 3D Systems Cube 3D printer on their website and it's coming to some stores in June.
Photography and filming equipment can be expensive, and a lot of it is plastic. So it makes sense that some frugal DIY directors have designed a few printable camera gadgets and uploaded them to Thingiverse.
From records to tonearms, eventually the whole music experience will be 3D printable.
As more 3D printers enter homes and classrooms, more robots are going to be printed with them. Let’s hope they’re nice!
If you’ve been holding your breath for a 3D printed figurine that has your face, you can exhale now; 3DMe is here.
3D printers are essentially robots, so why not print other robots with 3D printers?
While they’re no replacement for sound medical attention and advice, there are medical devices on Thingiverse.
To bring even more openness to the open source OUYA gaming console, its case is now 3D printable and on Thingiverse.
A documentary by MOTHERBOARD takes a look at Cody Wilson's quest to 3D print a gun. In addition, we've got a video of him interviewed on CNN.
Here's a good interview of Maxwell Bogue, co-founder of WobbleWorks, the company behind the incredibly successful 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen.
This project is just another relatively unknown project, which alone won’t change the world. But 3D printers in the hands of millions of creative people is a revolution.
Cody Wilson started DEFCAD for the purposes of hosting digital fires for 3D printing firearms. Now he's gone to the dark side and will host IP-protected files.
Following suit of Cubify and Thingiverse, Shapeways released their API for developing apps to create and sell customizable objects on their site. Better late than never.