August 2016

Rock Your 3D Print Trade Show Booth

August 25th, 2016|

An interview on something everyone in the 3D printing industry should take note of: How to have a successful 3D print trade show booth with guest Jessica Larimore. So much of what we have seen at trade shows makes us cringe, avoid a flop at a major event with her tips on how to represent yourself, your company, your brand well. She shares how to create your 3D print trade show booth to ensure success for your business.

We are going to do something a little different today with an interview that many of you who are in 3D print industry could really use some of her advice. Although you might not first think that it is directly related to your business. It doesn’t matter if you have a business or if you are just a maker who is at craft fairs or farmer’s markets or other things like

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3D Printing at the Olympics 2016

August 24th, 2016|


3D Printing at the Olympics 2016

It’s only been a few days since the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Olympics and I’m going through a bit of withdrawal so I thought it’d be fun to take a look at two of my favorite things: 3D printing and the Olympics. 3D printing at the Olympics made a big splash this year and is quite possibly the reason behind the backlash around Gabby Douglas at the team gymnastics awards ceremony.

3D Printing at the Olympics | Image via Getty Images

You see, this years Olympic logo was designed by Tatil and was 3D printed as a mini statuette and given away to every athlete to them to take home. This is huge in terms of spreading the word about 3D printing to the globe, and I wish that there was more big news network coverage of the fact that the

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Customized 3D Print Shoes from DSW

August 24th, 2016|


In the world of 3D printed shoes, a strategic announcement from Feetz and DSW came out this summer. Bringing custom fit 3D printed shoes to retail is a high goal and it will be interesting to see how they define it as a sustainable product. Also in the world of 3D print shoes, there’s a new type of life hack to create your own custom fit 3D printed orthotics which is fascinating how they combined 3D scanning with 3D modelling and then 3D printing.

Listen to the podcast here: Customized 3D Print Shoes from DSW

The Gemini style. | Image via Feetz.com

Today, we’ve got something really cool to talk about in 3D print shoes. There has been an announcement just recently this summer from Feetz. They announced a strategic partnership with DSW, which is a big shoe retailer that most of you living in the United States know of them.

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Uber for 3D Printing – Full Disruption Additive Manufacturing

August 23rd, 2016|

Major announcements on an Uber for 3D printing were announced in May that completely disrupt the additive manufacturing world. The reality of zero inventory and complete on demand manufacturing has arrived and it has CEOs in all industries, especially the supply chain industry talking about 3D printing.

Listen to the podcast here: Uber for 3D Printing – Full Disruption Additive Manufacturing

Talking about some recent news about a major announcement involving UPS and an Uber for 3D printing. We have covered UPS on the podcast a couple of times, we went to one of the UPS stores in Kearny Mesa in the San Diego area last year. We did a deep dive into what UPS is doing with 3D printing. They have about 60 stores that do that. This is something different. This news is really being dubbed about an “Uber for 3D printing.” I am going to talk

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Diving into Your 3D Print Business Feet First

August 22nd, 2016|


With the 3D Print industry being so new, it can be hard to find a 3D print business model to follow. How do you decide if you need to take things slow, or jump in with both feet and completely commit? 

Listen to the podcast here: Diving into Your 3D Print Business Feet First

Talking today about diving into your 3D print business feet first or if you should just dip your toe in like when you get to the pool and you are worried about if it is too cold to get in or not. Is that the best way to do it or should you jump into it and be like a cannon ball? We have had some businesses call us up on the phone and wanted to talk about their 3D print business plans. This issue of diving in or jumping in with your

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3D Prints for College Back to School 2016

August 19th, 2016|

Our top 3D prints for college back to school season 2016! These 3D printables are fun, creative, and useful for any college student preparing for the upcoming fall semester – especially those students that will be living in the dorms this year. You can download these prints as is by following the link, or let them inspire you to create your own  3D prints for college.

3D Prints for College Back to School 2016 – Top WTFFF?! Picks

Aaah, don’t you remember your first college dorm and how incredibly boring it was when you first moved in? The most high tech thing in there was the laptop you brought with you and you’d be lucky if your dorm came with wifi, but not these days where the incoming freshman class is used to seeing, “Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a

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3D Fool’s 3D Print Stocks Reality Check

August 18th, 2016|

Anyone considering buying 3D print stocks needs to tune into this reality check by The Motley Fool, Steve Heller. Today’s  guest is Steve Heller from the Motley Fool on 3D print stocks and investments. I am excited to get hooked up with him. We’ve want to talk with authority on the state of the 3D printing industry form a business and investment perspective. He is a 3D printing specialist, and their website is www.fool.com. He writes all about investing in the 3D printing industry. He’s got a pulse on what is happening there and has great sources inside the companies. He hears things from 3D Systems, Stratasys, and GE. He also goes to major trade shows too and has got a lot of knowledge to share. We have a lot of conjecture about these things on how to make a sustainable business.

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Fool’s 3D Print Stocks Reality

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How to Be a 3D Print Power User

August 17th, 2016|


What 3D print power users are doing to create 3D CAD designs that sell and equally as important: are printable. Stand out as a 3D print designer by taking into consideration what many 3D print users don’t, your “what.”

Listen to the podcast here: How to Be a 3D Print Power User


What  does it really mean to be a 3D print power user? Someone called us out on social media saying that we were “3D print power users” or a “3D print power desinger” – I can’t remember the exact terms, but it got me thinking about what it really means and how we are different than your average 3D print user. We are different in different ways than a lot of other users of 3D printing; the idea that the majority that we do is design from scratch. We are highly capable of designing

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Stratasys Materials and Filament Selection

August 16th, 2016|

Stratasys material and filament list for an extensive amount of 3D printers is influencing the industry from a commercial and consumer standpoint despite not being in the consumer market. From functional to stylistic, Stratasys materials and filament completely hits the mark, except for one key thing in terms of what users are looking for. Understanding and taking a look into what material options are available to you is essential in creating products specifically made to be 3D printed.

Listen to the podcast here: Stratasys Materials and Filament Selection

It is Tech Tuesday and we are going to the material side of tech today with Stratasys materials and filament selection. We will have a deep dive on it, and this is a pretty big company. I was looking at the different materials, and Stratasys materials and filament selection is really extensive as to the kinds that they have available for the different kinds of

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Intellectual Property 3D Printing

August 15th, 2016|


While many people involved in the RepRap movement, and the modern desktop 3D printing industry, think that Intellectual Property has been holding the industry back from growing to its full potential, Tom & Tracy discuss how Intellectual Property plays an important role in corporate asset value, and is actually responsible for making desktop 3D printing what it is today.

Listen to the podcast here: Intellectual Property 3D Printing


A business topic that bridges over into one of my special areas of interest which is intellectual property. We talked about how we have this discussion today. There is so much discussion throughout the desktop 3D industry on the dislike of patents because of the whole RepRap Movement. This is the open source kumbaya thing where they think that everyone should help each other.

We have to go back to really the beginning of 3D printing in the 80’s

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Growing an Iconic Brand Requires Perseverance

August 14th, 2016|

5 Secrets From A Body Language Expert To Perfect Your Pitch

August 13th, 2016|

Secret Formula to Designing Products That Sell

August 12th, 2016|

Guns: The Dark Side of 3-D Printing Arrives in Reno

August 11th, 2016|

Becoming an Innovation Tourism Hot Spot Through the Silicon Valley Model

August 11th, 2016|

How a Snail-Mail Business Gave Itself a Digital Makeover

August 11th, 2016|

How Jamaica Became a Logistics Powerhouse

August 11th, 2016|

Tips to Make Your Overseas Business Trip Carefree

August 11th, 2016|

Designing Your Path to Profitable Success by Focusing On Impact

August 10th, 2016|

5 Design Personalities You Need to Level Your Team

August 10th, 2016|

Defying the Rules of Branding One Big Ass Fan at a Time

August 10th, 2016|

How Startups Really Get Funded

August 10th, 2016|

5 Warning Signs You’re About to Fail

August 10th, 2016|

Three Keys to Branding Your Start-Up as an Innovation Leader

August 10th, 2016|

3 Things Freelancers Need to Do Now to Get Gigs

August 10th, 2016|

10 Critical Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring an Expert

August 5th, 2016|

Whenever I talk about hiring experts, I always think of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich story about a man who was ‘3 Feet From Gold.’ After an initial find of gold ore, the man covered it up, returned home, raised money, bought equipment and went back to dig. He found some more but then the gold stopped. He kept on digging but eventually gave up in frustration and sold everything to a junk man. The junk man consulted a mining expert and found out that gold runs in a vein. They simply turned three feet and dug up millions. Perseverance to not give up would not have been the point of this story if the miner had just reached out for an expert. Your mindset can be blocking your from seeing the need for an expert.

Once you get over the mindset block and recognize that you can’t […]

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July 2016

Three Mindsets Blocking Your Way to Invention Success

July 30th, 2016|

Pushing past naysayers and those who don’t see your vision absolutely requires a thick skin and perseverance for any inventor. However, giving up too soon is not likely to be the biggest problem blocking your success getting your innovation to market. You are.

Here are three mindsets that might make you a successful inventor but be blocking you from seeing the actions or resources needed to take you to success:


Of the hundreds of products and inventions I have reviewed or been asked to advise on over the last few years, an overwhelming percentage of them had patents that had already issued. The majority had been worked on for at least a year or more. Maybe to you that might be unsurprising, but less than 10% had ever tried to sell a single unit or been market tested with an actual audience. The most common reason stated was […]

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New Design Economy Tools that Empower Creative Freelancers

July 30th, 2016|

We have watched trends in the workplace come and go with each generation, but for some of the trends, their staying power leaves such a mark it is sure to influence the tapestry of everything that will follow. The trend I am talking about, specifically, is freelancing. We are watching priorities change with each generation entering the workforce. Professionals are no longer forced into a cubicle box with a 9 to 5 schedule and a week of vacation.

There are platforms popping up around the world for creative entrepreneurs, for professionals, for designers – to become freelancers almost overnight. Marketplace connector sites, like Spoonflower, allow home crafters to turn designs into commerce and allow professional designers to freelance more, shifting the design economy to be more accessible for freelancers at all levels.

Freelancing Requires Low Barrier to Entry Technology

I started my career in the textile industry over 20 years […]

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Making Government Great Requires Innovation

July 28th, 2016|

Using technology and innovation to turn Uncle Sam as efficient as “Aunt Alexa”

CREDIT: Getty Images

Imagine using your Apple watch to explore boat launches and water trails at state parks – (this is happening in Maryland). Or using an innovative technology product like  Amazon Echo to quiz you for an upcoming driving test – (currently available in Utah). Or having your cell phone remind you and help you renew your driver’s license – (thousands are using this in Arkansas).

No lines. No paperwork. No bureaucracy. Which sounds slightly unbelievable given that we are discussing the government, but what we are looking at is the future role our government will play in our daily lives.

The company at the heart of this innovation is NIC. With a slogan that reads “making good government great” NIC describes their purpose as making government more accessible and more efficient for all. 

NIC has […]

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How to Power-Boost Your Confidence in 2 Minutes

July 28th, 2016|