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Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Technology |

Manufacturer published schemes related parts to be printed in 3D

Manufacturer published schemes related parts to be printed in 3D

3D printers have become extremely popular as an exponent of free culture and even as a key tool in simplifying manufacturing processes (One example is the research center that will open the U.S. Government) . Gradually, we have seen how different research projects working with these devices with the idea of revolutionizing robotics, architecture or even the medical world by printing artificial bones or blood vessels. The potential of 3D printing, in some cases, may clash with business lines recorded as the marketing of and, as is the case with digital content piracy, may open a new point of contention between traditional business models and dissemination of content through the network (in this case diagrams and plans).

Adapting to change and use them for your business is a good way to deal with this paradigm shift and instead of banning, you can contribute and add to the change without the fear of losing the business. Teenage Engineering , a company which markets a synthesizer, has decided that it makes no sense to market parts and charge a high price for shipping, so decided to open to the world of 3D printing and web gained his CAD drawings for all who want to print their own spare parts .

We work hard to satisfy our customers with operating system updates and new features. But sometimes, we fail and we have noted that the shipping cost is very high because accessories can not find a good transport for such small pieces. While We solve it, we decided to publish all the CAD files of our components in a library from which you can download. [...] Download the files and print them in 3D all the time you want

In the same way that NASA was exploring the possibility of siting 3D printers in the International Space Station to print parts in situ, Teenage Engineering opens its designs to its customers and becomes the first manufacturer to embrace this model of “spare-DIY “.

The initiative is very interesting and, above all, marks a turning point in the market for spare parts and accessories, which often spares are marketed at prices somewhat high. Maybe in a few years, the market changes and replication of components through 3D printing, in addition to lower manufacturing costs, also allow greater access to components and the ability to manufacture them ourselves (or the nearest garage).

However, the world of 3D printing also has its dark side more and we have seen some cases beginning to worry some authorities. A few months ago we saw, within a conference, how a hacker had managed to make copies of the keys to the handcuffs that are supposed monitored and whose distribution is well controlled or if the disturbing rifle whose schemes are intended to distribute freely (although it seems that has slowed the project with the seizing the printer that made the gun).

The possibilities of this technology are enormous and, of course, no one can doubt that may have potential as a transformative element of the component manufacturing processes but, despite the potential benefits and would not be unusual to expect that the industry itself or some sectors require some regulation around this technology to try limit the use of 3D printing.

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