Are We Imaginative Enough About the Potential of 3D Printing?
By: Information Week August 11, 2014
The year is 2017. Nearly every one of the 120 million households in the U.S. has its own multicolor 3DC3 printer with a C3 bath (a C3H6O finishing tank). The president of the United States officially announces a total end to consumer imports of plastic goods.
We are not buying iPhone 9 cases from Asia. Instead, Americans buy a one-time license of their favorite Starck design from the AppStore, and customize it further, as needed.
Admittedly this vision for 2017 takes some leaps of optimism. Anybody familiar with 3D printing has hoped for a version of such a future. Yet in 2014 we are not thinking seriously enough of how 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, can bring such change to our economy – because it can! If we are not thinking of ways to bring about U.S. manufacturing independence with the aid of additive manufacturing, we are not thinking big enough.