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December 2016

James Bond’s Gadget Designer Raises $58 Million on Future Vision of AR Glasses

December 7th, 2016|

Will the Next Gen find AR glasses worth buying?

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Augmented reality is projected to be a $150 billion industry by 2020 and investors are spending like this is an actual reality not a projected one. Osterhout Design Group (ODG) about raised $58 million in Series A from Vanfund Urban Investment & Development, Shenzhen O-Film Tech, and other investors, including strategic partner 21st Century Fox. There has been a lot of rapid movement this year with media companies investing in VR, AR and 360° video being seen in software, content development and hardware. Notably, Facebook and

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Planning the Ultimate 3D Print Design Career

December 6th, 2016|

A 3D print design career is not limited to entrepreneurs as outside consultants, but includes intrapreneurs inside a company as well. Tom and Tracy Hazzard identify the 3D print design and designer gap of professional individuals who are lacking the skills companies desire. The 5 skills needed to fill that gap are not as hard to obtain as one might believe, and while today’s young students are gaining these skills as young as elementary schools, can we afford to wait until they hit to workforce for this gap to be no longer existent?

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Planning the Ultimate 3D Design Career

December 6th, 2016|

A 3D print design career is not limited to entrepreneurs as outside consultants, but includes intrapreneurs inside a company as well. Tom and Tracy Hazzard identify the 3D print design and designer gap of professional individuals who are lacking the skills companies desire. The 5 skills needed to fill that gap are not as hard to obtain as one might believe, and while today’s young students are gaining these skills as young as elementary schools, can we afford to wait until they hit to workforce for this gap to be no longer existent?

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3D Print Project Kits – REPLAY

December 5th, 2016|

 

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3D Print project kits are ideal entry points into the world of additive manufacturing, especially for those looking to customize products that are already on the market. By blending non-3D printed parts with the pieces from a 3D print project kit, users can have an immediate completed project and gain 3D print satisfaction instead of only frustration. These are also entry ways that current craft stores could sell 3D printed on demand components to existing product lines for consumers that are looking for something more particular.

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Best of Holiday 3D Prints for Christmas and Hanukkah

December 5th, 2016|

Tis the season to bring you the best of holiday 3D prints for Christmas and Hanukkah. There are so many great designs out there to download and print that will bring some holiday cheer to your home or to gift to others. These holiday prints are sure to delight and we are so impressed with this batch of 3D prints for our monthly 3D design and inspiration posts.

Best of Holiday 3D Prints for Christmas and Hanukkah

Christmas Ornaments by Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio

It’s time to deck the halls with these holiday 3D prints for Christmas. For those

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3D Printed Guitars – REPLAY

December 2nd, 2016|

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Part 3D printing meets music class and part 3D printing meets art class, Olaf Diegels 3D printed guitar collection has us amazed. By showing your target audience something that 3D printing can achieve that will excite or inspire them is the best use of your marketing and product development dollars. Check back on our original episode here to see the inspiring 3D printed guitar designs and hear how your business can use 3D printing to attract the clients and customers it intends.

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How to See Into Your Brand’s Future Now

December 2nd, 2016|

Taking a look at your brand’s future relevance by exploring disruptive tech

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Beyond the cool experiences you see in disruptive technology like virtual reality, the truly unique brand proposition is that it is so immersive and non-interruptive. But inserting your brand into it in very inauthentic way could be detrimental to your brand promise itself. If you do it wrong, you’re screwed. Today brands are passively interacting with their consumers and it’s not enough to build loyal fans. In a Virtual Reality world, consumers will have the opportunity to make a stronger connection with that

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On-Air 3D Design Consultation with Fleet Hower of Locknesters

December 1st, 2016|

 

Get a sneak peek at how a product or design consultation goes with an on-air 3D design consultation of the puzzle toys created by Fleet Hower. He takes us step by step through his design and business process and we take him step by step through how his products and designs fit into the market he intends to reach. It’s a can’t-skip episode for those interested in knowing more about 3D print businesses, and especially desktop FFF 3D print businesses.

We’ve got what I hope you will agree is a real treat for you today. This is a departure

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Creating Storefront Entrepreneurs One Small Town at a Time

December 1st, 2016|

Shop small this Saturday – revitalize your Main Street.

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In honor of this year’s Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to helping small businesses thrive during the busiest holiday shopping season of the year, I wanted to point out that grassroots efforts to boost local businesses and small towns are happening across America. Maybe even in a small town near you. If you run into the problem Todd Thompson did, shopping in your hometown local stores might be difficult, especially if they’ve gone out of business or vacated the area.

Todd is from a small

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November 2016

SoCal MakerCon 2016 Recap

November 30th, 2016|

SoCal MakerCon 2016 is under new management from our friends at Vocademy, and this years experience was far different from previous years. The noticeable differences between the shows of 2015 and 2016 are a tell tale sign of the state of 3D printing and gives away who may be the forerunners of the industry. Many surprising companies and organizations made a showing at this years event with lots of interactive booths in the STEM/STEAM realm for kids in elementary to high school grade levels. While not as 3D print heavy, there were many take aways from attending and getting

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ZMorph Multicolor Image Mapping

November 29th, 2016|

Poland is a hot bed of high tech FFF 3D printers, so it is no surprise that ZMorph has introduced a multicolor image mapping tool to create mixed or blended filaments with their line of 3D printers. There are very few 3D printer and software combinations out there that are able to attain such fantastic results, and it is something many have been after for a long while. Also out of Microsoft is a new patent for CMYK+W mixing for achieving reportedly any color on a 3D printer, and while this idea is great in theory, it might not

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Quality 3D Printables – REPLAY

November 28th, 2016|

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Rees Calder of MyMiniFactory shared how they are incentivizing 3D print designers to create quality 3D print files that the 3D converted and non-3D converted will want, need, like, and ultimately purchase. With their unique advertisement revenue share system and strategic targeting of key consumer buying bases, they have a true platform for success in the ever growing marketplace. Listen to the original interview episode here.

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Hot Holiday Gifts Without Fighting Black Friday Crowds

November 26th, 2016|

Skip Black Friday! Get all your shopping done at once! AFP Photo / Justin Tallis

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In 2010, Birchbox started it all when they launched a monthly subscription box with the hopes of filling some unmet needs in the beauty market. Fast-forward to now, where subscription boxes have become a way of life for thousands of subscribers, and the beauty industry was just the tip of the iceberg.

Subscription boxes have created a fun, new way to distribute products that creates an experience for consumers from the moment their box arrives. The most popular models feature

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Essentials to Know When Picking a 3D Printer – REPLAY

November 25th, 2016|

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As the holiday shopping season gets into full swing, there’s many factors to consider when shopping for the 3D print maker on your gift list. Picking a 3D printer to bring home out of the thousands out on there market can be a daunting task, but answering a few quick questions from our original post here will help to narrow down what 3D printer is best suited for your needs, budget, skill level, and what you intend to create.

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Scanning for 3D Data with Lisa Federici of Scansite

November 24th, 2016|

Just as 3D printers range from hobbyist level, to professional, to commercial, so does the world of 3D scanners. Lisa Federici of Scansite, a company that has been doing professional 3D data scans since 1994, shares her enthusiasm for the growing 3D scanner market and why the different types all have their place in the industry. We also get her tips on what makes a good 3D scan better from her experience working with the military and high profile companies like Nike, Boeing, and Fitbit.

We’re going to take a deep dive into scanning. When I say deep dive,

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Fad or Future: Escaping Reality in Virtual Reality Tech

November 23rd, 2016|

I consider myself a “tech skeptic” – one who really needs to see that technology fits or facilitates an inborn desire to do something and has the potential to convert for brands or developers. Without both, innovation is short-lived – a fad that stays in the early adopter world and never tips mainstream. So when I came back to my office after attending the FutureX Live event orchestrated by innovative brand-builder Moxie, beyond excited about the future of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality, my partner thought I drank too much of the Moxie Kool-Aid.

But right now,

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Lessons Learned After 1000s of Hours Designing 3D Prints

November 23rd, 2016|

Thousands of hours spent on designing 3D prints has led to more than a few lessons learned about how to best create 3D printed products. The order of the design process has to be right for the product to end up right so we are sharing our five top lessons about 3D printing, 3D design thinking, and what to do and consider at each step of the process.

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We’ve been doing a lot of reflection on the thousands of hours we’ve been 3D printing

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Digital Formed 3D Print Gift Angel

November 22nd, 2016|

Part software, part web plug in, the Digital Forming customization tool is the app that 3D printing for consumer products has been missing. We tested it out on our 3D print angel ornament to see how the entire process works from setting up customization limits and allowances to it generating a new STL file for the custom worded design. Any 3D print business thinking about expanding their product line to include personalized varations from text to texture, or size to final shape, should check out what Digital Forming has to offer to streamline major design steps.

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Why Herman Miller Redesigned Its Bestselling Aeron Chair

November 21st, 2016|

The Aeron Chair Herman Miller

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We’ve all heard that old saying ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.’ But that’s not what the maker of the bestselling office chair of all time said. Let’s go back to 1994, the year a global design manufacturer by the name of Herman Miller presented the first generation Aeron Chair. The chairs designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf created an instant icon for office workers around the world. Yes, really, around the world. The first-gen chair saw over 7-million sold in 134 countries.

And with such great success, you

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Setting the Table with 3D Print Thanksgiving Designs and Inspiration

November 21st, 2016|

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you don’t have time to run out for anything other than a turkey, just hit “print” on these cute 3D print Thanksgiving designs to liven up your holiday table. If you do have a little more time, some of these designs are sure to inspire designing a few beautiful place settings and decorations to give your gathering a more festive fall harvest feel.

Setting the Table with 3D Print Thanksgiving Designs and Inspiration

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together, so why not show off a few

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3D Print Design Coding is Not Art – REPLAY

November 21st, 2016|

 

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Using coding and algorithms to “design” 3D prints is limiting, boring, and you, more often than not, end up with generic, boring, and ugly. While sometimes it’s necessary to go into the g-code and make a few changes, only staying in the g-code and using that as the only method for product creation limits innovative and creative design thinking. We opened up a can of worms on what art and design really means to us as product designers with a fine arts degree from

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3DP Maintenance Tips for Consistent Material Flow – REPLAY

November 18th, 2016|

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3D printer maintenance and good filament storage practices are obvious ways to prevent clogged extruders and failed prints, but we uncover some of the not so obvious techniques to keep 3D print materials flowing smoothly. How to determine if it’s a poor quality filament or a poorly designed product and what to do when a filament jam inevitability happens. Take a look at our tips for 3D printer maintenance in our previous blog post here.

Avoid filament mishaps like this 3D printed “nest.”

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3D Print Aerospace with Donald Godfrey of Honeywell Aerospace

November 17th, 2016|

Heading into the world of 3D print aerospace with Donald Godfrey of Honeywell. There are so many lessons any 3D printing business can take from look at the model of success in this additive manufacturing industry segment. Donald showcases how rapid prototyping provides astonishing cost and time savings that produces safer and more reliable parts, as well as detailing what engineering students need to know and be doing now in school to find success in the workplace after graduation.

We’re really excited because it took us a while to set this one up, and I’m so glad it has

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Medical 3D Printing Bones

November 16th, 2016|

The numerous benefits of 3D printing bones found by researchers are Northwestern University are astounding. We’ve seen medical 3D printing before, but the way these 3D printed bones are being produced is very FFF like in nature. Looking at all the benefits hospitals, doctors, surgeons, and patients could see from 3D printing bones when it’s cleared for use in human patients.

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We’re going to talk medical 3D printing, specifically 3D printing bones. This is very, very cool technology, that seeing is believing, holy mackerel, this is cool stuff.

The

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3D Printing Manufacturing Revolution

November 15th, 2016|

The declining state of many factories does not lead us to think that we are on the verge of a 3D printing manufacturing revolution, as TED Talk speaker Olivier Scalabre has presented. Some aspects of the 3D print industry are seeing an evolution, while other segments are not. An area that needs the most evolution, revolution, renovation, and upheaval lies in the hands of the school system and educators to provide a better foundational understanding of how products are made if we want to be able to understand how to improve their manufacturing processes.

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3DP Market Needs Gap Identification – REPLAY

November 14th, 2016|

Listen to the podcast here: 3DP Market Needs Gap Identification – REPLAY

Identifying where the 3D print market has a needs gap, and in the case it’s huge cavernous one. Looking at other market areas, it can be hard to pin point if the gap is there for a reason or if it’s an opportunity for a business to develop and grow in. Avoid the “me too” and be “me only” or “me special” with our thoughts on market-proof testing and market gap identification here.

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Shifting Your Office Into a More Zen Space

November 11th, 2016|

I love writing about office design because my creative side gets lost in the details of choosing every right pattern, placement, and object to make a space really work. When it comes to design, there is so much more to every last element than what meets the eye. Pamela Edwards and Michael White-Ryan have built their business, Language of Space, around these very ideas, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to share their ideas with you. Pamela and Michael built their business around the ancient art and design philosophies of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui, you might say?

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Why Every Artist Needs to Go to Business Bootcamp

November 8th, 2016|

The Art of Business – Making Money Creating

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The American dream is shifting. What was once a benefits package and early retirement has now become gigging and freedom. Creative types around the world rejoiced when the internet opened up a $715 billion dollar marketplace of freelance work ripe and ready for the picking. So freelance they did, business they did not. And here we are, several years in, with quite a few lessons under our artist aprons, of business savvy, balance, and what it really takes to survive as a non-starving artist.

Why Balance Is

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October 2016

Raise Your Prices AND Get Better Clients

October 29th, 2016|

Have you ever noticed there are some businesses that are always “liquidating” or having their final “going out of business” sale? It’s because over the past decade we have become obsessed with getting a good deal, being savvy shoppers, and getting more bang for our buck. This trend has put us in a perpetual cycle of Sale! Sale! Sale! Now, data and buyer trends allows us a great amount of insight into what motivates clients to buy and the amount of value they place on each purchase. In the world of business, being the best deal is not always

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Move From Start-Up Mode to Grown-Up Mode

October 27th, 2016|

Growing your business from start-up to grown-up in 3 simple steps.

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Something we can all agree on, when looking at the world of business, is that most entrepreneurs never actually evolve out of start-up mode. A lot of the time, in a start-up (especially with a creative type at the helm) there is a false belief that every aspect of the business must rely on you, must be controlled by you, and must be run by you. Otherwise the business will not be able to function. This limiting belief will prevent your business from growing

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