27 responses

  1. singup
    April 23, 2012

    Marginal Cost per chair estimate?

    I read what I think you mean to say is he’s selling them at $1,000 each. And if he’s creating something someone sees a $1,000 value in, great. I’m just wondering what his actual costs are to print a chair. Materials, power, equipment rental time…

    Curious if we’re in the ball park yet of what a typical, old fashioned mass produced Chinese factory could pump them out at.

    Thank you.

    • why06
      April 23, 2012

      Typical chinese factory? probably not, but I’ll say what I always say to technological advancement arguments. “Give it 10 years”. It doesn’t take so long for this type of technology to advanced. I’m not sure when it will explode to be visible in all our lives, but the 3d printing business is growing exponentially and expected to hit 5.8 billion dollars in 2020.

      The thing about these is that they aren’t meant to compete with the chinese factory just like the personal printer can’t compete with the newspaper industry. That level of production will never be in consumers hands, but companies will buy these because they offer such a great amount of detail. Eventually that detail and production speed will surpass conventional factories, but for now, imagine a small locally owned parts dealer, that downloads 3d models from manufacturers and prints highly specific parts for customers.

      And we can have the beginning of a production cycle not focused toward planned obsolescence, but repair and recycle. and ultimately that is the only way this planet will remain fertile with so many people in the coming decades.

      • gurdiac
        April 24, 2012


      • Shawn Whitney
        April 25, 2012

        Wait till IKEA cottons onto 3D printing. You will go in with the measurements of your space and work with an IKEA designer to create your sofa or chair or countertop – what colours you want, what shape, etc. And it will print it for you in a few hours and then they will deliver it to your home. Knowing IKEA, they’ll even give you a discount if you bring in your old piece of furniture or countertop to be recycled into another piece of furniture.

  2. sarfralogy
    April 23, 2012

    Chemistry has gotten on the 3D printing bandwagon and a new approach may even allow people to print their own drugs. 3D printing brings drug production to the masses, but can it be regulated? http://bit.ly/Js0use

  3. Joe Nickence
    April 23, 2012

    This is cool. I can easily see a supporting market springing up from this. Currently he does his own plastics recycling. What is needed is just a major initiative for recycling plants that cater to 3D printing. His processing costs go down, while a jobs market opens up. Ideal consumer costs should be around $150 to $300 for a variety of designs.

  4. reidsteven75
    April 24, 2012

    Very cool! I think 3D printers like this are going to upset a lot of manufacturing industries. We will no longer need huge factories for some of the products we manufacture, just small printing hubs strategically located throughout cities. It’s interested to see where the personal 3D printing market is at right now. You pick one up for under $500 (DIY). http://www.3dprintingpad.com/ has all the personal 3D printers on the market right now.

  5. Ivan Malagurski
    April 27, 2012

    Cool :)

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